Selfish Gene Café, Craig Rd

Recently, I have had more opportunities to check out cafes around the office because I have been heading out for lunch more often (yay…). Other than Drury Lane, which is a favourite because of their (imo) awesome-mosome sandwiches, there are still many others around that are good too that I have not tried out or revisited.

One of those that I had gone to, several years ago, was Selfish Gene Cafe, located along Craig Road. I had only been there once, and it’s great that they are still around, what with the fickle cafe scene in Singapore that has seen many new cafes opening on a weekly basis, but at the same time we also see a dearth of cafes on an equally regular basis perhaps. The last time I went to Selfish Gene, I think I had a salad, if I remembered correctly. This time since we were in a slighter larger group, or should I say trio, we had more options. But then again, I still have not tried their coffee, because I try to limit my caffeine to one per day and I already had my regular kopi-o that day.

So first up, dessert! Weird but that’s what females are more interested in, the sweets, and I recalled reading about their banana cake, which is supposed to be quite a crowd favourite and popular item. And this is it! A warm banana cake with real banana slices, drizzled with a little peanut butter, yummy…
There isn’t any further pictures of the cake as we just dove into it when it was served after the mains, but this cake isn’t too dense or light, and it did have a rather distinctive banana taste, whether it is due to the bananas used or simply some essence that was put into the batter. Nevertheless, it receives a thumbs-up from me, especially since I’m a fan of banana cakes/breads.

We ordered two mains to try. The first was salmon that was served on a small bed of mash and veggies. From the picture you can see that there is a little alfafa sprouts, and probably the rest a mixture of … cabbage, tomatoes and… ? It’s not a huge portion, especially when three of us were sharing it but the salmon was nicely-done, of course much better than my own maiden attempt haha.The other main we ordered was a breakfast/brunch item, still available at that time. This was kind of like the full works kind of breakfast platter, that came with a slice of sourdough cut into half, a sausage, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, hash brown, a generous portion of creamy smooth scrambled eggs and some greens. I can imagine that this would be too much for a person, especially if I were to think that the person is me, since there are too many elements on this plate that I do not even eat! But it balanced out the salmon main well, and at the end of the meal, with 2 mains and a dessert shared among three of us, my 2 colleagues actually commented that they were really full. But as for me… as usual, I don’t know how the feeling of full is like maybe? Somehow, it seems like my brain and stomach aren’t linked very well, I seldom know when I feel full, and usually I don’t feel it, unless I drink a lot of water at meal-times, which would make me feel bloated and not so much of full. I don’t know, maybe I am just not consciously thinking if I am full. 

Anyway, Selfish Gene is a great cafe to chill out at, and I think they do private functions as well. But their opening hours are little unfriendly. Of course, with me working around the area, I could definitely make it for lunch, but then they are usually open from 10am to 5pm, sometimes closing earlier at 3pm on certain days. That’s like even shorter than office working hours! But I guess it’s all about work-life balance for the owner and his staff and as long as the operating hours are sufficient to keep them afloat, it’s all good!

Selfish Gene Cafe, Singapore

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!20140204-211134.jpgIt 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.

20140204-211141.jpgI 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.

20140204-211146.jpgI 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!

20140204-211151.jpgThought 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.