Frequented by Japanese expats and tourists, which is always a good sign, Wa-Cafe has established itself as one of Singapore’s most authentic Japanese-Western cafe. Even its complex brewing machines, pure copper mugs and classy dining wares are imported from Japan. Staff are extremely hospitable and attentive, while comfy cushioned sofas and couches add to the homely atmosphere. Furthermore, the cafe provides FREE Wi-Fi and multiple charging ports, making Wa-Cafe perfect for office workers or group of friends to have casual meetings over coffee and bites. No service charge and GST too!
Wa-Cafe uses a Sumiyaki blend of coffee for their hot coffee. Hot coffee is brewed using a round Japanese syphon, while cold coffee is brewed using a Dutch style cold drip. The process of brewing Wa-Cafe Blend ($8.80) using a syphon took 45 to 90 seconds, where water moved up the brewing chamber and back down as perfectly brewed coffee. Like any syphon brewed coffee, Wa-Cafe Blend produced mild and clean, but aromatic and flavoursome characteristics up front, and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.
The process of brewing Dutch Style – Cold Brewed ($6.80) using a cold drip is more lengthy. It takes 8 hours to steep coffee ground in room temperature water to extract luscious cold brewed coffee. Since Wa-Cafe carries only 3 of such machines which makes 10 cups each, and brews every 8 hours, only 90 cups of cold dripped coffee are served each day! More impressively, our Dutch Style – Cold Brewed was served in a pure copper mug with high thermal conductivity, so we were able to imbibe fresh ice cold coffee for a longer period of time!
Besides coffee, there are teas and soft drinks too. Japanese Matcha Latte ($8.80) uses Uji-Matcha Green Tea from Kyoto Japan, and offers a mellow taste.
The more popular Japanese soda, Japanese Melon Float ($9.80) uses thick molten Hokkaido ice cream, and offers a bright, tangy and refreshing taste. Quite the appetite cleanser I must say. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy some ice cream amid the humid weather, try Chocolate Parfait ($14.80). It is a colourful combo of smooth ice cream and crunchy cereal textures, with a thin smear of chocolate sauce at its base to kindle all that sweet flavours.
Toast is such a versatile staple, you can have it at any time of the day. For something heavy to fill your belly, we highly recommend you to try the signature Japanese Matcha & Ogura Honey Toast ($16.80). Every bite was enjoyable, from the crisp edges of the toast, all the way to the soft centre infused with vanilla and matcha ice cream. The chunky sweet Ogura, or red bean paste, gave the dish a peculiar local taste, but the finishing touch of matcha powder ensured the traditional taste pertained.
Other toasty options include sweet Ogura Toast ($6.80) served with light cream sauce on the side, and savoury Pizza Toast ($6.80) with cheesy mozzarella. For something more popular among Singaporeans, try Banana Cinnamon Toast ($4.30) served warm with a nice blend of sweet and savoury notes soothing to the stomach. There’s something for everyone on the menu, besides little can go wrong with two best cuisines in the world combined.
#B1-51 Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
T: 6444 7646
Operating Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily