Working Title is a cafe of a backpacking hostel, so expect to see many angmoh backpackers lounging around. The decor is awesomely retro-chic, each piece of chair and table is mismatched and different, giving it a backpacker’s feel, yet everything gels together. Very cosy. The service is pretty good, especially when there are a cute waitress and a young, handsome boy working at the counter of the hostel.
The food is inexpensive but—here comes the bad part–it was pretty awful and limited. The chicken proscuitto New Yorker pizza ($5/slice, $16/ whole) tasted like clam chowder as its base and ham from NTUC. The One & Only Burger That We Have ($9) had a minced beef patty that texture was similar to tender steak – a little slimy and too raw for (I presume) low-quality beef. That’s how people get Mad Cow Disease.
Truffle Tater Tots ($5, below) were bite-sized hashbrowns with truffle oil and grated parmesan cheese. No scent of truffle oil and was parmesan supposed to smell this smelly?
However, we all had Chai Latte ($5.50) which was very smooth and delicious. It wasn’t spicy–I like my chai to be spicy–but still, quite a good interpretation.
All the desserts were catered from elsewhere: Pies from Windowsill, ice cream from Ice Cream & Cookie Co, and cakes from Little House of Dreams. At first, I thought cafes should always bake their own stuff, but after tasting the food, I changed my mind: it was a smart decision to cater. The Earl Gray Cake ($6) was fantastic. The moment the rose icing touched my tongue, it evaporated–so light and ethereal like candy floss. The sponge part was a tad dry, but I attributed it to the cake standing there for some time, so it was understandable.
In the end, I think this cafe is more for the backpackers to sit around than for locals to come. But still, if you like rustic decor, a lazy Sunday ambience, and cute servers, come here for coffee, tea or–don’t be corny–desserts. We spent about $20 for one person.
Working Title Singapore
48 Arab Street Singapore 199745
T: 9734 4187
Rating: 3.088/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.