Cafe Hangout: Strangers' Reunion at 37 Kampong Bahru Rd, S169356

August 05, 2012

Checked out Strangers' Reunion two Saturdays ago after attending the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 at the Singapore Flyer, together with @stooffi and another friend. I've heard so much about the place and we had some time to kill so we decided to pay the cafe a visit.

So it is actually beside a big main road in a row of shophouses with a super eclectic mix of tenants.



The cafe is actually a long rectangular space. When we stepped in the place was positively buzzing.


I quite liked the decor up front though. Very typical of indie cafes, but its charming nonetheless. 


Here's their coffee menu. I've heard good things about their coffees.


Apparently they sell some as well!


So this is the view all the way inside. So what happened was that there were a few class gatherings just right beside us on the right that filled up the entire cafe with loud sounds. It was at least 15 people squeezed up against tiny tables just chattering in competing volumes. 


So the pictures looked pleasant and quiet, but in fact it's noisier than a coffeeshop on a Sunday.


I had a iced latte once again, while @stooffi ordered a latte. Our friend had a sandwich which looked quite mediocre and tasted just so as well. For the coffee itself, I really cannot give it an accurate rating.

What I can say was that the crowd and the noise actually drove us away and I was downing my iced latte like it was a glass of vodka cranberry.

Steph mentioned that perhaps they took the word "reunion" quite literally and held their class reunions there.

However I do see the potential in this place - if there are only a few human beings around. I can imagine it as a quiet cafe that will go perfectly with a book and some Olivia Ong.

It being sufficiently close to Tanjong Pagar/Outram also makes it relatively easy to revisit.


Giving this cafe a neutral rating because of the not-so-pleasant first visit, but am willing to give it a second chance! Perhaps you will have better luck than me.



Strangers' Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169356
+65 9368 3610
Mon–Sun: 9am – 10pm (Closed on Tue)

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