Been some time since I visited L’Etoile Cafe located at Owen Road. There are several cafes in the vicinity, all of which I have only heard of or passed by but never actually made the effort to pop in. I have friends who make it a point to visit cafes that are newly-opened or raved about but I am just too lazy most of the time.
So anyway, this cafe from the outside looks like a pretty cosy and idyllic place to hang out, especially when the entire neighbourhood seems to exude a generally slower pace as compared to the hustle and bustle of cafes in town that we are so wont to seeing. I think patrons tend to stay fairly long too, so I don’t know if the trick for staying viable is by charging prices that are higher or having rents that are more affordable. Perhaps it is a combination of both, plus maybe having a regular stream of customers despite it being a weekday or weekend might help.I can’t really recall much about the taste of what I had, which was a long black and as usual, a slice of carrot cake. They do have proper food items on their menu but weekends for me are like days when I just want to snack and have all the breads and pastries as I like, so cakes are almost the order of the day for me. From the looks of the picture below, it somehow seems like the carrot cake would be on the dry side, but I don’t think it was that bad, because I certainly have had carrot cakes that are just not that palatable. This is also good in a way that the cream cheese frosting is not too thick. I know having some cream cheese and fats can’t hurt even if it is unhealthy but I find cream cheese frosting too sweet for my liking even if I do have a special love for carrot cakes, whether in this form or in the hawker form that is also colloquially known as ‘chye tow kway’, black or white.
The cafe has an upper level that can contain quite a fair bit of customers, and its decor is really like a haphazardly put-together room of sorts with furniture that seemed homely and from yesteryears yet not having a consistent design in them. I suppose this is how many cafes are like these days, standing out with a quirkiness of mixing things around. What do I know about interior design anyway right?