When it comes to cafes, both the food and the vibe are equally important to me. For the food, what’s key is usually fresh produce and good execution.
The Lokal, a new cafe at the junction of Neil and Bukit Pasoh roads, is one place that is certainly off to a promising start.
It is opened by the same crew behind Sarnies in Telok Ayer Street, a cafe which I have come to be a true devotee of.
Of the six items I tried from the new cafe’s menu, my favourite is the well-seasoned roast pumpkin and quinoa salad ($16) with blanched but crunchy French beans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and lightly pickled cubes of beetroot, tossed in a very subtly spicy vinaigrette. It is such a delight to eat.
I also like the other ovo- and lacto-vegetarian options on the menu.
The sabich ($16) is a fresh pita pocket filled with grilled aubergine, hummus, slices of hard-boiled egg and diced tomato and cucumber. Fresh, simple and done well.
The open sandwich with smashed avocado and citrusy ricotta on sourdough, topped with pomelo and toasted almonds ($18) is another option.
Meat-eaters, opt for the roast beef on rye with caramelised onions and watercress ($19), with a fairly generous amount of juicy roast beef slices. There is also a roast chicken panini and a veal schnitzel burger to choose from. Expect a brunch menu on weekends.
Where: The Lokal, 136 Neil Road
MRT: Outram/ Tanjong Pagar
Open: 8am - 6pm (weekday, kitchen closes at 3.30pm), 9am - 4pm (weekend, with all-day brunch)
Cash or Nets only
This article was first published on July 19, 2014.
Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.