Hidden Find: La Ristrettos Cafe at #08-37 Novena Medical Centre, Singapore 307506September 01, 2013
That's how I would describe the most hidden away cafe in Singapore, La Ristrettos. It's as if the cafe owners do NOT want to be discovered by random passerby's. Instead, they rely solely on word of mouth and kindness of customers to spread the word. Also, it is probably the only cafe that closes on Sunday, and only open for half a day on Saturdays (8am to 1pm). Weekdays are 8am to 6pm. Working adults with regular schedules, Saturday morning is your only chance.
Which is why me and my siblings hurried there this morning because we've heard so much about its coffee - which my barista-in-training brother was interested to check out - and its location.
The cafe is tiny by the way. One big table in the middle that can seat.. 16? And counter seats at the side. I do however like the brick walls and 'coffee-ness' of it. The coffee machine is located at one side of the cafe actually, which is rare since they usually go behind the counter. So you see my brother inspecting them in the pic. Apparently that machine is super good.
Here's my youngest brother's Panini E Uova Pancetta ($11) - panini bread with fried eggs, bacon and provolone cheese on toasted panini. It's quite a hearty dish, which my brother ate like one would a burger. He said it was delicious, and I take his word for it.
I had the Grande ($14) consisting of eggs (scrambled, poached or sunny side, I chose poached), sauteed mushrooms, bacon, spicy italian sausage, salad and sourdough bread.
#08-37, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive, Singapore 307506
Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 18:00, Sat: 08:00 - 13:00
Closed on Sundays