The inventive all-day breakfast menu is only the icing on the cake of this newly opened, much-needed CBD café. Try the Darling’s Eggs ($10.50 for two): sourdough adorned with a thin layer of ham and cheese, slices of Roma tomatoes and a poached egg. Or Dean’s Breakfast ($9.50 for two): strips of toast lathered in butter and Vegemite, ready for a dip in the egg. The Melbourne-inspired, chic’n’laidback vibe is achieved with bare designer light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, cement-washed walls and a bright red ladder displaying imported design magazines. Genovese coffees ($3.80), homebaked sweets ($4.80)and sandwiches ($8) are being offered as well. It’s like visiting someone’s home and wishing you were the one living there instead. James P Ong
Kris said: “Melbourne really did land in Singapore!”
Vincent and the team really know how to do a great coffee, and I highly recommend you order a full Dean's breakfast! 10/10... thanks Vincent!
Posted on Fri 06 Jan 2012 12:48:01
Natasha said: “Proves how different people like different types of cafes”
I love the people and the place, always been helpful and passionate. The owners were away one day I was in there a few weeks back, the replacement staff were not as quick and efficient (if that was my first visit I might feel different).
I guess they're very different to Starbucks, they're more everyday-human, more intimate. They're not in the selling you office space business, although I've worked happily in there without being hassled.
Posted on Wed 20 Apr 2011 09:09:19
Eva said: “Staffs need training”
The food was good and price were reasonable, we found the staffs were too raw, too inefficient.
I reminded one of the waitress to use a pen to take down our order, but she insisted she could remember, it made us to repeat 3 times of our order and when we asked for the bill she had to ask what did we eat?
So there was no computer register of our order? We found this is the management fault, should have a system how to take order and recorded.
Overall, the food was good, a place to have a quite breakfast.
Posted on Sun 17 Apr 2011 01:36:24
Peter said: “Not a workplace, it's a coffee shop”
Great place for a coffee and some eggs. To set an expectation for readers, this is a typical Australian coffee house, not starbucks. At one of the best coffee houses in oz, campos, they will ban you if you even talk on a mobile phone, let alone try to get your laptop out of your bag. You go to a place like Plain to drink coffee, chat with real life friends or read a book. If you want to work, go somewhere else.
Posted on Mon 28 Feb 2011 17:12:43
Vivien Goh said: “I love The Plain”
The eggs are to die for! I love the place and it is an excellent cafe to chill out, Melbourne style! Cosy, clean with great waiting staff and owners! Definitely returning!
Posted on Fri 25 Feb 2011 12:35:20
Justin said: “Rude owner”
The owner of The Plain is extremely rude. I tried to plug in my laptop because my battery was dying -- all this after spending more than $25 on food and a coffee (which are far more pricey than what you'd usually get at a similar cafe). He came up to me and said they were going to charge $5 for electricity per hour. Isn't that ridiculous?
It's so unprofessional to accost PAYING customers like that. There was no sign saying electricity is $5 per hour, so he has no right to charge. That's the law, otherwise he could just charge whatever he wants on a whim. He ruined my experience and I will never return.
Posted on Sun 20 Feb 2011 16:23:01
BBB said: “Average price for all day brekkie in Singapore”
Lovely, lovely place. It certainly felt like it was owned by really good friends. I felt the pricing was not too bad. Any other cafes you (Someone said) could recommend for the same quality at a lower price? :) please tell us your other places, can't wait to go and explore in Singapore.
Posted on Sun 28 Nov 2010 20:20:09
Someone said: “Quick Review”
A limited menu in an otherwise quaint cafe (probably opened by a group of friends). One drawback was the 7.30pm closing time, though the reason became apparent in the portion of their eats.
While prices are slightly above what I would pay for an all-day breakfast, the perfect poached eggs in my Dean's breakfast more than makes up for it, coupled with the warmth and friendliness of the Australian owners. A perfect spot for an afternoon book read on a weekend.
If there is better cup of coffee in Singapore, I've yet to find it. The small menu is based on simple, high-quality ingredients and executed with perfection. For a real local coffeehouse experience, check out this place out.
Posted on Mon 15 Nov 2010 20:33:29
Victoria said: “Very cool!”
I went to The Plain this evening for the first time.
Vincent the owner was super friendly and really made me feel at home. I had the Darling's Eggs which were just delish. Simple, but great.
I cant wait to go again :)
Posted on Thu 11 Nov 2010 22:18:21
NT said: “True Gem - Must Try!”
Each cup of coffee is made with love. If you visit more than once, be prepared for Vincent (the owner) to already know your order by heart. Be sure to try the sandwiches as well!
Posted on Tue 02 Nov 2010 16:18:53
EK said: “The service makes everything better!”
Very friendly staff, very helpful, very accommodating! Which makes the decent food and decent coffee taste even better! Am definitely going back and can only see The Plain build up an even steadier stream of regulars =)
Posted on Mon 25 Oct 2010 01:01:31
Keith said: “Nice ambience, Great sandwich”
Unassuming character of the restaurant makes it very comfortable to enjoy the delicious sandwich that they serve up with a nice cup of coffee. Surely a must try!