[SG] Selfish Gene Cafe

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Do you have the selfish gene in you? Once again, I'm attracted by the interesting choice of name. A visit to the place then revealed that the name came about as the chef, Gene, is selfish because he doesn't serve food that he doesn't eat. It was almost an assurance that the food served will be of a certain calibre, making us look forward to what was going to be served. 

Caramel Slice ($3.80)
Salted caramel toffee with coverture chocolate glaze, biscuit base and coffee sand

This was a little out of our expectations, and thought we were served wrongly initially as we were expecting a cake slice rather than 3 small pieces. Upon our forks touching the surface of each slice, we realised that it was quite a chore eating this and eventually made a mess of the dish. The caramel toffee was just too hard for us to cut through and the biscuit base just came apart in our attempts to split the pieces so that each mouthful isn't too overwhelming. It tasted just like toffee candies, and the biscuit base had an interesting salted twist to it. I like the toffee for not being overly sweet, and the slight savory biscuit to go with it. It would have been so much better if the toffee pieces were softer so that it could go better with the base and not have us pairing it individually. 

Nom Factor: 6.5/10 

Banana Cake ($5.80)
with caramelised banana, crumble and peanut butter

Warm, soft and moist banana cake, what can I not love about this? The cake was very light and fluffy, with a dash of moistness from the fresh slices of bananas inside, and heated up just right that it almost just melts in your mouth. The cake with the crumble bits were good, giving a well-complemented texture. The peanut butter sauce on top, was however, a little too strong for my liking. Thick, salted and creamy, it overpowered the taste of the banana cake, turning the limelight onto the peanut butter instead. I would have preferred it without the sauce actually, though it gave a good shift in the taste such that the sweet and savory parts combine. Perhaps the peanut butter sauce could have been served by the side, so the authenticity of the banana cake is allowed to shine as well. Nonetheless, it's quite a good bake in my opinion, given the quality and texture of the banana cake. It's so light and yummy that it's hard to feel jelat from it. 

Nom Factor: 8.0/10 

Quite an airy yet cosy space, great for chilling out! It only opens till 6pm though, so perhaps if you're feeling tired from work, this is a great place to enjoy the peace and serenity. 

A fan of all-day breakfasts, this menu is enough to tempt me for a second time back. 

Another dessert that caught my eye - the lemon tart topped with burnt soft meringue. It's only available during the weekends, and definitely on my must-try list. This cafe has the feel of a very Aussie-like cuisine and ambience that makes you feel like you aren't really in Singapore. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads, it slows down your pace for a while, and draws you in to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or chill over desserts. 

Overall Nom Factor: 8.0/10
40 Craig Road
Singapore 089678

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