It was nice to catch up with Jing as always. She recommended for us to check out the newish café near her house. Backstage Café is large and spacious. Not much crowd at this point and the service is earnest.
arking is not free, but only $1.60 during weekends. Not that bad.
She tried the duck wrap ($10) served with french fries and salad. Not bad but the wrap was a little thick. I got the buttermilk pancakes ($8) with berry compote. The taste of the pancakes were excellent - slightly buttery, fluffy, no taste of bicarbonate. The compote was not overly sweet, but it's really more like a watery sauce, not jamy. Still, there was not enough to go around. We asked for a little more and was given a little bit more of just the sauce (server came back to say berries would cost additional) but that was fine with us.
Coffee beans were supposedly from Papa Palheta. The flat white ($4) tasted a little weak even with 3/4 milk. And it was lacking the thick, creamy mouthfeel. If I was to come back, I'll get a double shot into the flat white.
Prices are really reasonable. Plus, if the crowd doesn't get too large, it should be a nice place to hang and talk.
158 Kallang Way
Mon - Sat
10am - 9pm