‘This is not a cafe nor is it art however we have created a space to occupy both and everything in between’.
Tucked away in the lovely Tiong Bahru estate, which has many quaint cafes and shops popping up, is The Orange Thimble.
Whimsically decorated with the classic blackboard menus, the occasional piece of local art work and a pleasant playlist going on in the background, this art cafe was absolutely buzzing when we arrived. Split into various sections, including an outdoor area where you can find more seats for yourself, this cafe is clearly a popular new hang out in spite of the somewhat inconvenient location.
The adorable coffee art on the drink was not the only thing that made this a cup of mocha that was close to perfection. Not only was the amount of caffeine just enough to perk me up, the subtle cocoa taste made drinking it a very smooth experience, without any sharp acidic notes cutting through from the coffee. (It helped that the little sugar gems at the side brought back nostalgic childhood memories!)
The Miss Portobella vegetarian burger was definitely one of my favourite dishes that I tried at The Orange Thimble. Between the soft burger buns boasts a delicious juicy mushroom with beautifully prepared onions. Served with lettuce and a thin sheet of cheddar cheese, a bite in this burger will definitely please all mushroom lovers out there!
I had my doubts before I tried this sandwich. Introduced to me as the B.B.C., this sandwich is a combination of Bacon, Brie cheese and Cranberries. After having many bad experiences with bacon, I was afraid this would turn out the same. Much to my surprise, the bacon was well prepared and not over cooked, remaining moist and juicy in my mouth. While the brie was too subtle to taste, the sweetness of the cranberry sauce definitely complimented the saltiness of the bacon.
The English Breakfast was pretty standard, serving sunny side ups, a pork sausage, streaky bacon, roasted tomato, sautéed mushrooms, homemade baked beans and rye toast. While the mushrooms were beautifully done and the rye toast with just the right crunch, the bacon was a overdone and the baked beans too mushed for my liking.
I also had the privilege of trying two of the milkshakes on their menu. The first was the avocado and gula melaka shake. This was a pretty unique combination and definitely hit all the right notes. The sweetness of the gula melaka was not too overwhelming, with an after taste of avocado in every sip. On the other hand, the strawberry shake was much more disappointing. Unlike the avocado and gula melaka shake, the sweetness of the strawberry shake (which was very likely from a syrup) gave me goosebumps all over.
Dessert time! The ice-cream was served in cute vintage porcelain bowls. Although not made at the cafe itself, The Orange Thimble boasts of a homemade recipe. While I’ve had better vanilla ice-cream, this one was creamy enough to satisfy my dessert craving. The sea-salt caramel, however, had too much caramel and too little salt for my liking.
All in all, while the food at The Orange Thimble isn’t spectacular, the cozyness of the place is definitely enough for me to want to come back. If you have the time, it’ll be a nice place to drop by to read a book and protect yourself from the little pricks of life.
Address: Block 56, #01-68, Eng Hoon Street, Tiong Bahru
Telephone: +65 6223 8068
Sun, Tues to Thurs: 9am – 930pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 11pm
Closed on Mondays