Revolution Coffee is another offshoot of Papa Palheta's ever-growing coffee empire. After the dismal experience at Chye Seng Huat (also owned by the Papa Palheta people), I wasn't too keen on this. But Kang, my coffee-loving friend, who's on this quest to try every single coffee joint on the island, dragged me all the way to the super ulu-fied Revolution Coffee. And boy, was Revolution Coffee ulu-fied to the max. It's near-ish Portsdown Road, which is already considered to be relatively out-of-the-way, seeing as there's no public transportation access. And, the building it's housed in is in the middle of nowhere. The next nearest building is a good 15 minute brisk walk in the blazing sun away. I can't imagine anyone but the on-site office workers patronizing this place. Which is why, I suppose, Revolution Coffee isn't open on weekends.
As expected, the brews here are of a pretty high standard, but it isn't something that I can't get from a decent coffee joint in town. Also, their food's tonnes better than CSH, which isn't saying much as CSH's stuff was so disappointingly sub-standard. That said, the fare here at Revolution Coffee isn't good enough to draw me back there on its own.
Kang got a Plain Bagel ($4), with a slab of butter instead of the usual cream cheese. This was alright, with a hard, almost crunchy exterior and chewy insides, but I'm far from a bagel connoisseur. In fact, I've never gotten the appeal of the bagel. To me, it's a piece of really plain bread that's hard and chewy. So, unless one's a New Yorker, I've always thought it was damn pretentious to order bagels. Can someone please explain to me what's the big deal about the bagel?
The Spaghetti Amatriciana ($9.50), while ginormous in portion, was a bit amateurish. Overcooked spaghetti was tossed in a supposed-to-be-spicy-but-not-really-so tomato basil sauce and loaded with bacon. The fact that the bacon was in bountiful supply couldn't quite detract from the lack of finesse in this. Still, this was a commendable effort.
The Mad Chef's Sticky Date Pudding ($9.90), was pretty damn good. The pudding was moist and rich and had a delectable smoky sweetness derived from dates, buffeted by the rich smoky sweetness of gula melaka butterscotch sauce. A scoop of icy French vanilla ice-cream further upped the comfort level of this heart-warmingly rich dessert.
The Revolution Coffee Affogato ($6) was also memorably good. Perky extra-strength espresso, Premium French vanilla ice-cream, house-baked cookie crumble and a dusting of chocolate powder, what's not to like?
I loved the Cafe Latte ($5.50) here. It was creamy, full-bodied and had the perfect amount of froth at the top.
21 Media Circle
Tel: 6777 2110
Open Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 5pm