A good brunch menu that includes items like pulled pork benedict, sunny prawn avo and fusion rice bowls and very good crafted coffee make Habitat Coffee at King George’s Avenue one of the best cafes to visit in the Lavender-Jalan Besar precinct.
Habitat at King George’s Avenue
If you are visiting Habitat at King George’s Avenue for the first time and are unfamiliar with its location, you may have in your mind a neigbourhood like King’s Road of London or George Street of Sydney. You will think that your Grab driver has made a mistake when he stops along HDB Block 803 and tells you that you have arrived at your destination. There is no colonial building in sight and it is unlikely that you will see people in business attire or in trendy hipster dressing. The bare-chested men there are not the hunks you see at the beach. They are harkworking labourers with weathered skin sitting on the pavement working on canvas sheets – preparing banners and canopies.
Blk 803 King George’s Avenue is a low rise HDB block with commercial and retail units. There are many canvas and hardware shops.
It is a huge block that stretches from French Road to King George’s Avenue. Habitat Coffee is near the corner of the block that is closest to the junction King George’s Avenue and Horne Road. The cafe is just opposite the Jalan Besar Stadium.
We had visited the old Habitat Coffee in Upper Thomson. It was small and spartan. The new premises at King Goerge Ave is much more spacious. It retains the light industrial style interior design. There are large communal tables, window counter seats as well as small modular cafe tables.
Menu of Habitat Coffee
The menu of Habitat Coffee is rather extensive for an indie cafe. Besides the usual all day breakfast items, pastas and sandwiches, there are also fusion rice bowls on the menu. You can view the delivery/takeaway menu on the cafe’s website (link below). Photos of the dine-in menu are below.
It has a fair range of hot and cold beverages.
Brunch @ Habitat Coffee
We ordered the Teriyaki Katsu Rice Bowl ($18) and Scrambled Egg Tomato Relish ($17) for brunch. Water was served and the food arrived within a short wait. The food was attractively presented.
The Teriyaki Katsu Rice Bowl had breaded pork loin and fluffy eggs sitting on a bed of rice. The brown crust of the pork was light and crispy and the pork was tender. The sweet tangy teriyaki sauce added flavours and gave moisture to the dish.
The Egg Tomato Relish was Habitat’s version of the Spanish baked eggs or Middle Eastern shakshouka. The classic brunch dish was centred on eggs and tomatoes. We had a choice to top the dish with runny egg or scrambled egg. We opted for scrambled. The mildly spicy tomato sauce had lots of ingredients in it, including beans and streaky bacon. It was a hearty and tasty dish.
Coffee & Cake
We also had a piece of Earl Grey Tea Cake and coffee. Both the cappuccino and long black were very good coffee. Overall, we had a very enjoyable brunch at Habitat Coffee.
Another Great Cafe in Lavender
Habitat Coffee moved from Upper Thomson to join the thriving indie cafe hub in the charming Lavender and Jalan Besar neighbourhood. It will be missed in Upper Thomson. We like its more spacious and welcoming premises at King George’s Avenue. The menu is sufficiently extensive and interesting. Not surprisingly, we still love the coffee. Habitat Coffee is another great cafe in Lavender.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
803 King George’s Avenue
Tel: +65 8750 5258
Opening Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Closed on Monday
Nearby MRT Station: Lavender, Jalan Besar & Bendemeer
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