We first visited Coffee Academics Scotts Square three years ago, in 2015, soon after they opened. We were impressed by the decor and layout of this new cafe. The spaciousness and fresh layout made it stand out from the competition. We revisited Coffee Academics Scotts Square recently. Quite a few thing have changed during the three years. Three years on, Coffee Academics has opened a new outlet in Raffles City (you can read about our visit here) and Coffee Academics Scott Square is still going strong but the spacious atmosphere seems to have been sacrificed in the process.
The best change that they had made over the past three years was the installation of what looks like a statue of Wonder Woman’s torso. It is a brilliant pop art installation. Apart from that, we are not too positive about the rest of the changes which added more tables on the premises. CA is still a nice place to eat but we very much prefer the original layout (see our 2015 post). Anyway, they must be doing something right as demand is still strong after three years.
One part of Coffee Academics Scotts Square that (thankfully) has not changed is that area that looks like a science lab. It is nice to see people taking their craft of coffee-making so seriously.
Coffee Academics Scotts Square Menu
Here are pictures of some sections of the Coffee Academics Scotts Square menu.
The calamari and sprouts ($17) was a delicious dish. According to the menu, the calamari was prepared with “rayu ponzu tossed sprouts with cannellini beans”. A quick internet search revealed that ponzu is a Japanese style citrus based sauce with a tart taste. Rayu is a spicy oil made of chili-infused sesame oil, diced onion, and garlic. We think it was a brilliant idea to combine these sauces with deep-fried squid. This is a dish we can eat any day.
Our other dish – grilled salmon with tomato salsa ($26) was a more ordinary dish. Served with baked potatoes, broccolli and sautéed mushrooms this was no doubt a healthy dish, but we will probably order something else next time. The overall dish felt too dry for the salsa to rescue.
The coffee ($5.50 for latte or cappuccino) was of course smooth and enjoyable and reasonably priced.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
The Coffee Academics
Scott Square #02-01/02
Tel: +65 65381940
Opening Hours: 9 am to 9 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard
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