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This week, our Makan Kaki Aun Koh is going out on a limb to share with you his favourite cafe, because this will upset a lot of his friends, who love this hidden gem with a passion. Ronin Cafe is also a favourite of Aun’s wife and 3-year-old son, who insists on a visit every weekend as a family. Aun himself can be found there 5 times a week minimum, having a quick coffee or lingering over a work meeting. Ronin is your typical hipster coffee joint in that it embodies that interesting, bohemian spirit, but let’s be clear that it’s not all style and no substance. The coffees are phenomenal, but definitely try their food, which is far from an after-thought – their menu is small, but really well-executed. Besides a selection of sandwiches, Aun really recommends you try their 2 breakfast items (which are available all day): French Toast & Scrambled Eggs, both of which he believes are the best in Singapore! These scrambled eggs are amazing – so fluffy and rich, thanks to lots of butter and cream, but not overcooked. If you’re a fan of the undercooked Aussie style of Scrambled Eggs King Bill Granger, these are the eggs for you! And you can order them with sides like avocado, bacon or sausage (the one below is lamb).
Then there’s lunch. Japanese Curry Rice fans, be warned this special is limited to only 12 portions per day and they go really fast. In fact, for all the time Aun spends at Ronin, he’s only been able to enjoy the Curry Rice ONCE! He tells a funny story of when he arrived one day, delighted to think he was just in time for a tasty portion, only to be told his wife had ordered the very last plate just before him! It really is delicious stuff, strictly first-come-first-served, no special treatment! Although if you start showing up often enough, the staff remember what you like without you having to tell them!
This is what Aun likes: Ronin’s signature coffee drink, Wicked, a decadent, addictive Mocha Mint drink you can have hot or iced.
Want more? Aun waxes lyrical about Ronin Cafe, amongst other Singapore faves, for The Guardian here!
17 Hong Kong Street
Open Daily: 8am – 8pm
(be warned, this place is so hip, it has no signboard & no phone!)