As though Bukit Timah has already no short of cafes, Rise & Grind Coffee Co had recently opened its doors at Bukit Timah Plaza.
Situated at the furthest end of Upper Bukit Timah Road, Rise & Grind is the last cafe that sits on that stretch of road before hitting Dunearn Road and Clementi Road. It takes a rather small shop space that seems to be recently built out of the mall as part of an extension, with a few al-fresco seatings. While seats are a bit cramped, there are few tables that can accomodate for large groups of eight. Menu items generally revolve around brunch items, with a few mains such as burgers and pasta as well as small bites like soup and desserts.
My dining partner decided to go for the Ocean’s Thirteen; an Eggs Benedict inspired dish that comes with beetroot, beetroot yogurt, asparagus besides the usual Smoked Salmon, Poached Eggs and Yuzu Hollandaise sauce. Poached Eggs were runny, despite being left untouched for quite a while due to phototaking. Smoked Salmon was fresh and savoury, while the beetroot adds a juicy crunch and a touch of sweetness. Even the brioche toast was fluffy, light and subtly sweet, which matched the Yuzu Hollandaise sauce which is a tad zesty while still maintainig a creamy tang. Overall it felt pretty well put together, with most ingredients complimenting each other.
Another dining partner decided to have the Shabsouka, which comes with a lamb sausage besides the baked egg in tomato sauce. They had added tomato puree and small chopped tomatoes in this one so as to give it a better flavour, while the baked egg was runny and the wholemeal pita on the side was chewy without being too hard to pull apart. It is worth noting that despite the lamb sausage added, it did not cause the whole dish to become too gamey, which makes this a delightful and wholesome dish to order for brunch.
(RGC Waffles – Half)
As part of the promotion, one is entitled to a free dessert if they bring along a friend to thw cafe. We had the RGC Waffles in half portion, which comes with a choice of Vanilla Bean, Chocolate or Coconut ice-cream and Salted Caramel sauce. While the Vanilla Bean ice-cream was smooth and aromatic with strong hints of flavour frome the vanilla bean, we thought that the waffles could do with a bit more moistness inside as it seemed a tad dry even when it was crisp enough. Salted Caramel sauce was strong but the amount given was rather decent so that it does not overwhelm the buttermilk flavour of the waffle.
(White – 5Oz)
Rise & Grind Coffee Co serves two different types of coffee; a single origin and a blend. The Single Origin uses beans that are from Rwanda, and the White (5 Oz) was pretty bright with berry-like flavours. The blend uses beans from Colombia and Sumatra, which is more chocolatey and nutty.
Despite being situated in a cafe-flooded region, Rise & Grind Coffee Co is a pretty much promising spot that delivers quality and affordable brunch to the neighbourhood. While there are such stuff to work on for certain dishes, they seemed to have done well in their egg dishes for the brunch menu; all of which were satisfying. While I would not say that this is a must visit, this is one place worth a visit especially if you live around the area even in the north given that they are one of the few places that serve really decent brunches around the area. Lets hope that they would be able to maintain or even improve as time goes by, and come up with new and more exciting dishes in the future!
Rise & Grind Coffee Co
Bukit Timah Plaza
1 Jalan Anak Bukit
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/riseandgrindco