Café Melba is a beloved Sunday brunch spot of mine that I’ve been wanting to talk about for the longest time. Taken from their website:
Café Melba, a bespoke concept owned and operated by Tadcaster Hospitality, presents an ultimate casual all-day dining experience, a tranquil escape away from the bustling hectic city. Located within the luscious green compounds of Goodman Arts Centre (formerly LaSalle College of the Arts), Café Melba is a blend of influences from Melbourne (MELB) and Asia (A) with interpretations of Australasian dishes. This 120 seater café aims to deliver the perennial of classics and weekend roast; accompanied by gourmet coffees and luxurious teas.
Like cafes such as Food For Thought at the Botanic Gardens (but perhaps occupying a smaller land area), Melba is really generous with space! With its high ceilings, wooden rafters, rust-red brick walls, full length and height glass windows, a long bar counter and a large, sprawling al fresco dining area overlooking a large recreational grass field, it could easily be mistaken for an Australian cafe – large, spacious and airy. And this is a major selling point to me. Melba has all of that glorious space, that totally draws me in.
I ordered Yalangi Rain Tea, $7.00, just because it sounds really exotic :)
Couple of shots taken by boyf. Just look at those juicy, plump cherry tomatoes!
I prefer my dishes to be simple fare, so here’s my usual order – the Full Melba Cooked Breakfast, $25. The original set comes with mushrooms but I don’t fancy mushrooms, so I swapped it for an extra hashbrown instead. Especially love the bacon strips that are crisp with fatty streaks, although they might be too salty for some.
Boyf had the Penne Carbonara, $21, a very decently done pasta given its price.
Sweet little dried flowers and wooden salt and pepper shakers on each table add an instant touch of country vibes to the cafe. I’m liking these flowers very much, and I’m currently sourcing for the perfect vase to arrange them in :)
Because of all that glass, the indoor area is very well-lit during the day time, adding on to the au-naturality and airy-ness of the cafe. There’s none of the artificial florescent lighting that plagues many malls and cafes in Singapore.
Here’s an added bonus for families with kids…
Melba comes with an open grass field and play area especially for the little tots to run about whilst the adults chill with a coffee (and cakes)! I should mention that it’s a very kid-friendly place. Just B-Y-O-Toys and the young ‘uns are good to go.
These little cherubs were so adorable, I couldn’t resist snapping shots of them at play :)
And finally, here’s the al fresco dining area that I love, too. Large and open with long tables and plenty of seats, it’s perfect for merry brunch or tea gatherings with a large group of family and friends.
Like with the indoors area, there’s a very strong modern country vibe. The interesting combination of mesh and metal chairs, with natural timber tabletops, add not just authenticity, but also lots of interesting textures. and layers to the place.
Melba is a definite must-visit if you’re looking to get away from the crowd, and just kick back and relax in a sloppy tee (but not too sloppy please!), boyfriend jeans and canvas loafers.
There’s much to love about Melba, although the only drawback is that you’ve got to queue for seats most of the time, in the day. And even then, it really isn’t a crazy long queue like many cafes. And with plenty of seats to go around, you can just plunk yourself in a cozy corner and chill there for hours (just remember to top up your food and drinks periodically).
Has anyone been to Café Melba, and liked it as much as I do? Leave me a comment below :)
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
Weekdays – 10.00am – 10.00pm More info
Weekends & Public Holidays – 8:30am – 10:00pm
Tel: (65) 6440 6068
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