Symmetry Cafe and Haji Lane


Lunch with friends (n): The main reason why my diets never last.

This time round, we visited Symmetry at Jalan Kubor.

After much struggle with Google maps, we finally found our way to the cafe. The exterior was striking enough, with the two slightly creepy-looking plushies inviting you in. 

One the other side of the cafe, there was an al fresco area, possibly for people to chill out over beer and drinks at night.

The cafe was dimly lit, and the cobbled brick walls and flamboyant posters exuded a retro-ish vibe. It's quite a small cafe, so it's not exactly group-friendly. In the end, we had to make do with a table located right outside the restrooms. 

Super Brunch ($24)

The quinoa was pretty decent, and I can't believe I actually liked the avocado's buttery flavour. It grows on you (this is rather amazing, considering that I don't normally enjoy avocado). The sautéed mushrooms, fried eggs and chicken cheese sausage were satisfactory. Though there was mention of chilli relish included in the dish, the flavour was very slight. 

Duck Leg Confit Croissant ($24)

The croissant was flakey, crisp and buttery. Coupled with the fluffy scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, lettuce and duck confit, it was a nice combination. It would definitely be much better if the scrambled eggs tasted less bland, and the duck leg had less fatty layers. Their fries simply tasted like MacDonald's fries, with a barely discernible hint of truffle.

Crab Pesto ($22)

Linguine pasta cooked in extra virgin olive oil, topped with hazelnut basil pesto, parmesan cheese and shreds of crab claw may look unappealing but in my opinion, it was the best dish of that day. At least the umami flavour of the crab was infused into the pasta. 

Waffle ($16)

I had expected better. The waffles weren't as crispy and fluffy as I would have preferred it, and the meagre amount of syrup did no good to the overall dessert. The summer berries compote, chantilly cream, peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut combination made the waffles taste dry and overly saccharine. The berries ice-cream had an overwhelming flavour of red dates, which didn't exactly match my understanding of "berries". Give me Oblong or Sunday Folks anytime.

Our group photo in front of Symmetry (taken by a kind Japanese tourist).

Truth to be told, Symmetry's food is definitely overpriced as compared to other cafes around. The cost above does not include the additional 10% service charge and 7% GST. The standards of their food just isn't enough to bring to back for a return visit.

9 Jalan Kubor
Singapore 199206

When we left the cafe, it was drizzling and we spotted this lonely little one snuggled up against the chalkboard, seeking shelter from the rain. Perhaps the fragrance of food wafting from the cafe attracted it over. As we approached it, it stretched, covered its face with its paw, and curled up into a tighter ball.

The group of us wandered through Haji Lane, pretending to be tourists in our own land, oohing and aahing at the gorgeous shopfronts and intricate knick-knacks. 

Here's a very unique and retro-ish shopfront.

Beautiful quotes were lettered on the steps of the shophouses.

In the midst of tourists clicking on their DSLRs and lugging their backpacks, it doesn't even feel like we're in Singapore. The narrow alleys kind of reminded me of Myeongdong in Korea.

And we've finally found the famous graffiti wall in Haji Lane!

Thank you girls for an amazing afternoon/evening out! :)

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