I had been wanting to check out this place for a long time. Being the big procrastinator that I am, there are many places that I have read or heard about that go into a “go one day” list, something that my friends and I made up eons ago (yes, pardon our Singlish), but somehow many of them remain on that list, unvisited. You see, many of these nice and interesting cafes that we read about are located in places that aren’t too public-transport friendly. But but, Selfish Gene Cafe (SGC) is slightly different, because it is actually not too far from my office! Yay!It isn’t too different from many of the cafes that have sprouted up on our little island state in the last couple of years, occupying a little space in a cosy shop house unit, sometimes with the benefit of added sunlight filtering in from an overhead sun-roof of sorts that instantly makes the tiny space look a little bigger than it actually is. The mismatched furniture concept isn’t that new anymore but in this case, it isn’t too haphazardly put together but the overall look and feel is still pretty laid-back and homely. I suppose that is a way of offering customers a comfortable environment to chill out at.
I didn’t order any coffee that day, but there are days, Tuesday I think, where they have a promotion called “Thirsty Tuesday”? Coffee is at $1 off (not sure if you need to order any food to get this discount). So I can’t comment on the quality of their beverages but I suspect that if I were to order an Americano, I would most likely feel that it is too acidic for my liking. Sadly, I have cheap taste buds that don’t take to good things well. Coffee from the commercialised joints like Starbucks or Spinelli is fine for me, but those that I have tried from the other cafes that apparently serve up gourmet coffee have often times proven too strong and acidic for my liking.
This is my friend’s order of the Beef sandwich, which looks good and I think should taste pretty decent too! Just check out how juicy and tender the beef looks.
I had a chicken salad, which actually does not have a lot of greens like I had imagined it might but the chicken was quite generous. It tasted ok but I think where salads are concerned, this doesn’t rank among the better ones that I’ve had, especially when this cost me $10. So this cafe-popping hobby of mine is quite pricey, exacerbated now that some of these cafes are within reach of my working place!
Thought of trying their desserts because like how I am automatically drawn to bags when I enter any shop (yes even if bags aren’t their main product), cakes and pastries are the things that catch my attention when I am in a cafe. The only one I could recall now is the banana cake, which looks like the banana walnut loaf at Coffee Bean (in the same oblong shape) and they actually slice up a banana and arrange the slices on top of the loaf. I saw two guys near me sharing one after their lunch and it looks good, but I resisted the temptation! Maybe next time, just like the carrot cake at Department of Caffeine the other day, these shall go into my “eat one day” list.