It was one of those Mondays. Having spent way too much time “plugged in”, I needed out, and fast!
Normally, I don’t just run out for a cuppa. Appealing as the image of a writer, at a café, pensively penning down her thoughts might be, I am just too lazy to leave the cosy confines of my home.
Still, the morose took over my Monday, and the only medicine to fix me was chocolate. Ever the efficient, I rang up Percolate in advance and asked what kind of cakes they had for the day.
“Thai Milk Tea, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Tart”, chirped the voice on the other side.
Off I went, navigated the streets of Bedok like a pro (thanks to Waze), and arrived at Percolate.
Entering the café, my heart sank. It was full house! On a Monday. At 2pm. Seriously, who are these shiny, happy people?
But I was immediately greeted by one of the staff, who asked if I could wait just a short while, some tables might be clearing out soon, so of course, I stayed. After all, I didn’t want to waste my Waze efforts.
Luckily though, a lovely lady who had obviously spent a nice, long coffee sesh with a good book in hand, was just finishing up (not her coffee but a chapter of her book), and offered me the spare seat at her table.
Seeing as how it was the “best” seat in the house, right next to the window, in the corner, I plonked myself down and perused the menu.
(I didn’t really have to do that, my eyes were firmly on the last remaining piece of the chocolate tart, pointedly staring at anyone who so much so as glanced at the tart in the display).
Anyway, lady in reading leaves, and I move over to her vantage point seat and await my cappuccino and tart ($7).
That tart. OMG. So rich, so smooth, so dark, peppered with roasted whole hazelnuts and with a glossing of salted caramel on top, this was just the pill I needed to pop on that moody Monday!
Immediately, I started feeling better, had the cappuccino that was competently made to wash the chocolate down, and wondered how I was going to finish the whole slice by myself.
But it was so good, turned out I didn’t have to wonder.
In addition to simple Ham & Cheese ($7) croissants, Percolate also serves up jazzed up versions like Smoked Salmon Wasabi Cream Cheese ($9) croissants and Sausage & Sauerkraut ($9) croissants. There are also a couple of Ciabatta options like Tom Yum Grilled Chicken ($10) and Otah & Salsa ($12).
Update 19th July: I visited Percolate again for “Brunch” on a Saturday after an indulgent birthday celebration the night before, seeking something simple, and found myself very satisfied with their Ham & Cheese and Curried Egg Mayo croissants. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s filled up generously and the croissants are light and flaky and it’s just the perfect simple breakfast one needs, sometimes.
So who wants to join me at Percolate next Monday, have a light lunch, and make a beeline for their cakes and tarts?
Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152, Singapore 460136
Contact: +65 8259 0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Wed – Fri: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Sat- Sun: 9:00 am – 9:30 pm