Since its opening in late October last year, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore is lauded by many of my foodie friends for being "one of the best cafés to open in 2014". Erm okay, it's already 2015 now, but better late than never right? So we made our way to its premises along Upper Thomson Road, and what a bright, lovely space it is! Places with loads of natural sunlight (very ideal for photo taking), always gets a thumbs-up from me.
First thing first, let's talk about the coffee. Afterall, the folks behind Pacamara used to run the now-defunct Oz Specialty Coffee. The café is named after the El Salvadorean Pacamara Arabica coffee bean, and is a collaboration with the famed Thailand's Pacamara Coffee in Chiangmai and Bangkok.
Much of the coffee beans are sourced from Thailand, and their Roadster Blend with tasting notes of nutty, chocolate, butterscotch and caramel with a hint of floral, is easily one of the favorites. My cup of aromatic 5oz White ($5) glided down my throat pleasantly with much smoothness and little acidity, it was undoubtedly one of the better perk-me-ups around. Not to mention the latte art was beautifully done too.
Pacamara's focus might be on the coffee, but the food it offers are definitely not an afterthought.
The menu features a good selection of starters like Quinoa Salad ($15), sides such as the popular Truffle Fries ($8), brunch items including the hearty platter of American Breakfast ($20), pastas, as well as heavier mains such as Wagyu Burger ($22) and Hanger Steak ($25) which are available during dinner service.
Being a fan of chicken wings, the order of Deep-fried Mid Wings ($8) is almost like a must. Conveniently split into half, battered and deep-fried to a crunchy outer, it was an addictive treat which the whole table enjoyed.
The 5-Cheese Macaroni ($18) with honey ham and mushroom was oven-baked to gooey comfortness using a combination of parmesan, feta, emmental, mild cheddar and mozzarella. Being not too heavily-creamed, I did enjoyed each spoonful of pasta but could hardly taste the "dash of truffle oil" as described on the menu. Time to be more generous maybe?
Similarly, the truffle flavor in the truffle hollandaise sauce for our Truffle Benedict ($18) was barely discernible, but the marriage of smoked ham, wilted spinach and perfectly-poached free-ranged egg over toasted brioche was still calories and instagram worthy in most senses.
The arrival of Red Velvet Pancakes ($16) with mascarpone and fresh berries sent us into frenzy photo-taking mode because it looked so pretty! But the excitement ended once we sank our teeth into its dry and overly-dense texture.
I would skip the pancakes next time, but would go for the Salted Caramel Banana French Toast ($16) again. Looking no less photogenic with caramelized bananas, whipped cream and salted caramel sauce over Brioche French toast, it was a party of sweet, salty, buttery deliciousness dancing within our mouth.
My only wish: If only finding parking space can be easier.
Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore
Address: 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-11pm / Closed on Mon