Cafe Hangout: AEIOU at 111 King George's Avenue, Singapore 208559

June 14, 2015

The cafe that probably can win the "Best Hipster Cafe Decor" award, AEIOU Cafe at Jalan Besar does not disappoint when it comes to serving up a good ambiance for a cuppa. I can't believe I haven't checked it out until now since I worked around the area when they opened in Jan 2015, but better late than never! Just like Chye Seng Huat, AEIOU kept the original shop front name, "Oriental Antique House" but looks completely unlike one when you examine the rest of it.

There are some outdoor sitting too, but when I was there on a Saturday late afternoon it was blazing hot! Otherwise it'll be nice to sit outside and shoot the breeze while having a coffee too.

Walking in, it's quite spacious and airy for a shophouse! There's also no smell of grease, good ventilation, excellent.

Very random furniture and brick-brats. I think they can be purchased.




AEIOU Cafe serves up, just like their furniture, an eclectic selection of food. I'm not kidding, you won't find your typical eggs benedict here... prices are slightly on the high side, but then again that's most cafes. The sides/breakfasts feels slightly Middle Eastern mixed with Mediterranean, while mains are mostly Western.






So their Avocado Coffee ($8) is probably the most famous drink there. It was according to my friend who tried it, good! I expect it to be quite creamy while the caffeine will punch through with an aromatic presence.


Their iced latte ($5.50) was decent. What's cool was that they are served up in glass cut alcohol bottles, recycling and all yo.

Then the food. Sad to say, the food paled in comparison with the decor/ambiance. All 5 dishes (1 not pictured here, the beef cheek pasta) were below what I would rate as tasty. 

The root vegetable fries ($7.90) were interesting and quite ok. Maybe just this. Even so, I found shelling out 8 bucks for a few fried sweet potato fries a little much. 

My friend's Garden Wrap ($8.90) was simple and reminiscent of Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Prawns were fresh, but it's not very filling though.

Then there was the Sunny Side Up ($8.90) which came out looking a bit too raw, with the egg whites still being transparent. It's essentially 4 eggs on a saucepan sprinkled with some seasoning. I hope I am not being too harsh, but I really don't see how this is something that would satisfy anyone.


Again, my Frittata ($12.90) was disappointing. It was really plain, dry and all I could taste was eggs, and not in a good way. The diced peppers did nothing to liven up the dish. Sigh. I had high hopes.



Verdict? Definitely check the cafe out if you are in the area and want to chill out somewhere with a book or iPad. Order maybe just their avocado coffee and perhaps a dessert to share. The rest are skippable. 



AEIOU
111 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208559
+6562912698
Tue - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sundays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/aeioulife/

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