Chock Full of Beans is famous for their 3D coffee art and I have to admit that it was one of the main reasons I went there. True enough, the coffee art was exceptional and I’m sure it appealed to mostly the female population. The cafe is packed on Sunday mornings and because the place is rather small, large groups of people would have to queue and wait for quite a while. The indoor area (meaning air-conditioned) only had about 5 tables so for those who extremely hate the heat, go early and beat the crowd! On my first visit, I was lucky to be on holiday so I was able to go on a Wednesday late morning when there was no queue. I had an overall cheerful lunch experience despite the drizzle on that day, thanks to the cute coffee art and good food! The location isn’t fantastic for those in the West or Central area of Singapore, but it’s worth the trip.
– General Review –
- Service: 7/10
Staff were friendly and were able to recommend popular dishes. Food and drinks were served fairly quickly as well. Note: complimentary water is provided (outdoor area) but it’s self-service.
- Servicescape: 7/10
Decorations were simple and pleasant. Lighting was a bit dim but cosy. It’s located at a non hustle and bustle area so it was quite peaceful when it wasn’t packed. There was a sign that said Wifi was available but we couldn’t connect to it. On a positive note, that should give more chance for real human interactions for those who rely on Wifi.
- Non-smoking area: Yes, both indoor and outdoor are smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Available but not extensive.
- Price range: $$ (SGD$2 – $18 from drinks to main dishes)
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
– Food Experience –
1) Coffee (Cafe Mocha and Matcha Latte):
I’m addicted to both Mocha and Matcha Latte. They were both really good here! (Honey Matcha might be a little too sweet for non sweet tooths.) Chock Full of Beans served excellent coffee and I, of course, fell in love with their coffee art. Who wouldn’t? Note: 3D coffee art was only available on some of the cold drinks.
Besides Mocha and Matcha Latte, pasta is my favourite food choice in restaurants/cafe, especially Aglio E Olio. So here, I tried two pasta dishes: 1) Linguine Aglio Olio with Prawns & Squids 2) Spaghetti with Prawns in Arrabiatta Sauce. The Aglio Olio was delicious even though I thought it lacked a bit of garlic. The prawns were juicy and squids were perfectly cooked! Spaghetti with Prawns in Arrabiatta Sauce (I’ve never heard of that sauce before) was tasty as well. The prawns were juicy and cooked just right and the sauce was well-balanced. Beautiful lunch I had there. Note: Serving size was just enough for one person. Perfect portion to fit in a dessert afterwards!
3) Omelette w/ 3 Fillings:
I’m not a huge fan of brunch food but I enjoy it once in a while. I thought the brunch dishes here were pretty standard and they weren’t extraordinary. Then again, it might be due to my personal preference and slight bias against brunch food. My omelette was average, but the toasted bread was quite yummy. I chose smoked salmon, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese as my fillings. I tasted the mushrooms and smoked salmon, but they weren’t very generous with the cheese. Nevertheless, I had a quite filling brunch (see what I did there? Ha ha).
On my third visit (yes I went there 3 times in 3 weeks), I decided to give in to temptation and indulge in those beautiful looking cakes. My regular cake choice: Red Velvet or Chocolate. I was lucky to be able to try both. The red velvet cake was pretty good, but I didn’t enjoy the shaved coconut on the cream cheese icing. The chocolate cake was classic, quite rich but not too sweet. The winner? Red Velvet without coconut.
I didn’t try the Macchiato but here’s a picture of it:
Location: 4 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500004
Contact number: +65 6214 8839
Website: Chock Full of Beans
Operating hours: Tue – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 9am-10pm
Posted by: W