New cafe: Columbus Coffee Co. at 220 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574352

Barely a week old, Columbus Coffee Co. at Upper Thomson is already making waves for yet another place for coffee and brunch. But before you brush it off as just any other third-wave cafe, know that Columbus Coffee Co. descends from the impressive lineage of Assembly Coffee (defunct), Atlas Coffee and Lunar Coffee. Yes, they definitely have the street cred. It also takes guts to open up at the very crowded Thomson stretch, but this space is gorgeous so I am glad they managed to take it up!

During weekends be prepared for the crowd, but we went early this Sunday morning so it was still quite quiet. The ventilation was great (no fried food smell, thank goodness) and it was also not as echo-y and noisy as you would think. The light from the French windows really helped.

Here's the menu. Daphne, the brainchild behind all these cafes, explained to us that her menu tries to stay away from the typical brunch fare around the area, which is why I suppose there are things like salmon soba noodles and seafood pasta! Though they couldn't possibly run away from their super star item, the waffles. 

It was only after looking at the receipt again later that I realised that there's NO GST nor service charge! Prices are nett, and that probably sets them down as one of the most affordable places in that area for food and coffee. 

They also sell coffee beans (from Two Degrees North Coffee Co), which again, was competitively priced below the other cafe down the corner.

We had to order and pay at the counter (which is good, actually). They have cakes, croissant and cold brews there. 

My brother's Flat White (S$5) was excellent. "Finally, a decent cup of coffee," he said. That's a rare compliment, since he is such a coffee snob, haha. 

I had a The Cosmos Cold Brew (S$7), which was perfect for the sweltering heat. I like cold brews because they are like coffee-flavoured iced tea in terms of intensity. 

Then our food arrived! It's quite hilarious cos I ordered sunny side eggs (S$2) on the side with some Italian sausages (S$3), which was meant to go with the Sourdough Toast and Creamy Mushrooms (S$14). I can't stop laughing at the face with sausage lips.

We also got the Buttermilk Fried Chicken (S$14.50), which had 6 big chicken wings (with the thigh attached). It was really juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. However, I felt like it lacked a bit of salt - yet if you have to eat more than 1 chicken wing, you'll probably want it less salty. Still, I feel like there could be a bit of improvement. Maybe it will be better with some hot sauce (S$1+) addition? 

Fried chicken lovers, this is one place to stop by.

My friends also ordered the Earl Grey Caramel Buttermilk Waffle (S$12) which came with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and some strawberries! That's actually pretty worth it? I had a bite of it and it was awesome - you could taste the light fragrance of earl grey while the waffle itself was fluffy and crispy. If you just want dessert to go with your coffee, get this, or maybe try their pancakes!

And here's our receipt. Even though prices were a little on the higher side but essentially what we got was really good quality food and coffee, plus smiley service and an awesome new space to hang. No complaints - worth it!

Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574352
+65 62536024
Tuesdays to Sundays 9am to 10pm (7pm for Sundays)
Closed on Mondays

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