La Ristrettos Cafe Review - Hidden Cafe, Great Coffee

Tucked away in Novena Medical Centre is La Ristrettos, a cafe squirreled away on the eighth floor. The place is quiet the way medical centers are, down a squeaky clean white-washed corridor. Not hard to let yourself think that you are away from the world up here. 

Apart from coffees, the cafe also serves up all-day breakfast and other mains.

The interior has a communal dining table and bar seats overlooking the al-fresco area outside. Let the cashier know if you choose to sit outside and they will serve the dishes to you there (the area outside isn't theirs).

Mocha ($5.80)
Their version of mocha has made me a fan of mochas. The drink is thick and smooth, chocolatey yet not overshadowing the coffee flavour. A very good choice if you want to get a drink.
Minestra Di Funghi ($6) - Mushroom Soup
The soup was full of mushroom flavour. The croutons thrown in were Do order if you want a soup to start off.
Linguini Alle Scaloppina ($14.90)
This was an alright dish in general. The tomato sauce was appetising and scallops passed in freshness.

Tostino E Arrosto ($11) - Roasted Chicken Breast, Poached egg, spinach atop an olive-oil drizzled sourdough toast.
From the all-day breakfast menu, the Tostino E Arrosto was my pick. The roasted chicken breast was a tad dry, and the sourdough toast seemed a little too hard. However, the mustard sauce, made with whole mustard seeds, that accompanied it at the side was superb. It lifted up the dish. The sourdough was thankfully softer after mopping up the poached egg yolk.

With its 'hidden away' factor, indie cafe setting and nice ambience, it makes a good place to while away the afternoon with a book. It's good for coming with another friend too, but bigger groups may find it difficult to get seats. Even though the food may be average, the coffees pulled here are very good, if the mocha is anything to go by. There are 2 power points available at the bar seats area, for those who may wish to use their laptop. Definitely worth a visit for the place itself, if not the beverages.

La Ristrettos
#08-37, Novena Medical Centre,
10 Sinaran Drive.
Weekdays 8am-6pm, Saturdays 8am-1pm



  1. Thanks for sharing...their coffee (cappuccino) I tried was quite good! I have yet to the try their meals...

  2. The meals are pretty decent, but absolutely the coffees are great! :D