Run by the folks behind Park Bench Deli at Telok Ayer Street, 1KS replaces the now-defunct The Daily Roundup at The Working Capitol.
Having visited The Daily Roundup quite a couple of times, the interior of 1KS is pretty recognisable having most of its furniture and fittings retained with a few new additions such as the Park Bench Deli x Vans “Off The Wall” pictures that are hanging on the walls. The menu during the soft opening phase includes a line-up of sandwiches as well as more brunch-centric items such as toasts; some of the items are pretty reminiscent to what is being served up at Park Bench Deli’s main store at Telok Ayer. They also offer a small menu of salads, while beverages include coffee, smoothies, juices and craft beers.
The Bufala Toast would suit burrata lovers pretty well; it comes with Bufala Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Olive Oil, Basalmic, Sea Salt and Paprika — the portion of Bufala Mozzarella was rather generous that was rich and considerably smooth. The toast, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic helps to cut through the heaviness of the cheese with varied textures and by adding dimensions of tanginess to the dish. Overall, it is not a bad composition though we would prefer a little more salt so as to provide a flavour contrast whilst countering the heaviness of the Bufala Mozzarella.
The Broccoli Melt is a sandwich that comes with elements such as Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Red Peppers, Caramelized Onions, Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms, Mustard Aioli and Pepperjack and Cheddar in between Ciabatta bread, it felt somewhat like a pizza in the form of a sandwich especially with familiar flavours of roasted red peppers, roasted broccoli that provides a crunch and the sautéed oyster mushrooms that provided a meat-like chew. That being said, we did feel the broccoli was a little underwhelming; we expected something a little more towards aburi (or flame-torched) broccoli with a umami punch than what we had — the whole composition was again, palatable though could have packed more punch.
1KS offers two blends for their espresso-based coffees here. According to the folks here, the default blend served is the blend that carries a fruity flavour profile which comes with a light body; the cuppa is also rather smooth here.
We were quite impressed by the Cold Brew (White) — one of those that carried enough body whilst being balanced against the milkiness for a smooth and creamy concoction. It is also noted that it is reasonably sweet as well; a rather balanced bottle that would suit both coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike.
Overall, 1KS is a rather conducive spot to do some work at; it is considerably quiet despite being packed, with the free Wi-Fi provided being a plus point. We are not sure if we had ordered the wrong items; Park Bench Deli had been better known for their meatier offerings — probably explains a little about the slightly underwhelming experience when compared to the usual standard of Park Bench Deli with the non-meaty items we ordered. The food felt like it could definitely do with a few tweaks; there seemed to be potential but just lacked the punch for a more gastronomic experience. That being said, with a strong parent brand and a few improvements over time as they settle into their official launch, 1KS is one of the places to keep a look out for.
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