The newly-hatched Lunar Coffee Brewers in Downtown Gallery is a deep and calming space for enjoying coffee, don / soba dishes, pastry and soft serve made from Cold Brew Coffee.
But before we get too comfortable here, I’d first love to take you to Lunar’s origins: Atlas Coffeehouse along Duke’s Road, which deserves some celebration for the multiple visits made.
Walking into Atlas Coffeehouse, the first thing I notice besides the aroma of *2 Degrees North Coffee, is the crowd it attracts. It’s a mix of students from around the Bukit Timah vicinity, couples, friends and lone lunchers (under which category I would fall under on repeat visits).
The colour scheme is also echoed in Lunar Coffee Brewers: concrete, blue and white-marble-clad. Except Atlas stands alone on a beautiful, sunlit corner lot run by the same folks behind now-defunct Assembly Coffee.
Human traffic is high, and the no-nonsense menu calls for it.
Atlas Coffeehouse’s menu, updated February 2017. Access the newest version here.
With well thought out sweets and savouries available, here are a few of my favourites to fall back on.
Salmon Soba Noodles ($18) comprises poached salmon dressed with cilantro lime yogurt, roasted Shimeji and crispy fried egg served with Soba, of course. This is perfectly seasoned, a refreshing twist of clean east and west flavours converging with liquid gold egg yolk. YUSSS.
The Atlas Super Bowl ($19.30), which contains kale, corn, toasted quinoa, chicken, eggplant, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, made a comeback to Atlas’ menu, at last. You were well missed you wholesome and delicious thing.
Spicy Hot Mid-Wings ($8) made an awesome side for two. PS. It’s not all that intimidating, even though both “spicy” and “hot” are in its name.
If you too have trouble deviating from the usuals, take the leap and try Summer Chicken Stew ($18), because that turned out to be an easy ten. It’s my current new favourite.
Atlas’ White Cold Brew ($6) leans a tad towards the sweet side, and I drank it all.
Their Iced Mocha ($6.50) with a monstrous ice cream top-up is essentially an excuse for liquid dessert if you have a sweet tooth and penchant for milk and chocolate syrup.
View the other drinks on the menu.
Ultimately, Atlas Coffeehouse has made a worthy hideout. Off-peak, it’s a well-lit reading spot surrounded by the relatively laidback / detached neighbourhood.
Now… to hit up Lunar Coffee Brewers for that Braised Pork Belly Don.
6 Duke’s Road
Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 7pm.
Lunar Coffee Brewers
6 Shenton Way
8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday
9am to 3pm on Saturday.