Chee Soon Juan, a stalwart of Singapore Democratic Party, operates a cafe, Orange and Teal on the second floor of Rochester Mall near Buona Vista MRT. We walked in circles to find the entrance; it was hard to find. But the decor is great, very classy, in teal and accents of orange, almost Victorian. The chair was so comfortable that I sank in it and reminded me of chairs at fine-dining steakhouses.
However, they miss their opportunity to put orange-themed dishes on their menu. The menu is simple, a few dishes in each category of mains, sides, desserts. A cursory glance at the menu indicates Chee’s intention. The food is at least 20-30% cheaper than other cafes, so this cafe isn’t about ripping people off. It’s to create a space for conversations.
Mains are priced from $9.90 onwards and the most expensive main, Creamy Butter Tuscan Salmon (S20.90), consists of asparagus, a sliver of salmon, and linguine in butter. Salmon and asparagus are expensive ingredients, so the pricing is still reasonable. It is an okay dish but I wish that they didn’t snow parmesan all over the dish. Maybe just place the cheese on the table and allow customers to sprinkle by themselves.
The other main, poulet roti ($13.90), is similar to chicken fricassee a French classic, except they roast the chicken leg with rosemary and thyme and placed it in a shallow plate of chicken broth. It’s nice.
The portions of the mains are quite small, so we had to order one side at least. The beef pie ($6.90) tastes like a tomato-based pasta with notes of capsicums. The pastry shell is flaky and crispy.
Dessert choices include a series of cakes such as ondeh ondeh cake and chocolate cake, all priced at $5.90, way more affordable than elsewhere. But the cream on the elderflower cake is still a little hard; they should have defrosted it earlier.
As for beverages, they seem very serious about their coffee. They don’t serve iced coffee because ice may dilute the coffee. It’s a hate crime against gay people because gay men only drink iced black coffee. Kidding! I requested for iced black coffee ($4.90), they didn’t charge for ice but requested that I add an extra shot ($1.50), which I did. My partner ordered latte ($5.90). The coffee is okay, not fantastic, not terrible.
Orange and Teal is great for many things: decor, service, and pricing. The food is acceptable. We spent $59.90 for two persons, no GST, no service charge. Given this price point, which is lower than other cafes’, we would return if we are around the area.
Price / value: 7/10
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Written by Dr. A. Nathanael Ho.