Strangers Reunion Cafe Review: Sg's best waffles?

Strangers’ Reunion, located a 10 minutes walk away from Outram Park MRT station (Exit F), is one of the more renowned cafes in Singapore. The place has quite a following for their waffles, which is purportedly so good that the owners have opened Waffle Slayer - a cafe dedicated to an expanded menu of waffles, right beside it. It would be easier to get here by bus though. 

We traipsed around the area for 20 minutes under the sun before we finally got to it. I have long heard of their much raved-about waffles, so I am extremely glad to finally cross this off my bucket list (which is about 1 mile deep). The friendly staff told us that you could order food from the Strangers' Reunion menu over at Waffle Slayer, if you wanted to have more options of waffles and food from SR at the same time.

The brown-hued interior is everything you expect in a standard café, hipster furnishings with industrial lighting. Spacious, the place also has powerpoints (though no wifi), making it a pretty good option to park yourself at with a book/laptop for a lazy afternoon.

Strangers' Reunion Menu

The menu is pretty extensive. All-day breakfast options are till 5pm on weekdays, and there are sides and waffles along with the usual beverages.

Iced Chocolate and Coffee
Iced Chocolate ($7.50)  and "Magic" ($5.50)
The scoop of vanilla bean ice cream that came with the iced chocolate was a pleasant surprise. I couldn’t see the magic in the “Magic” coffee though. It was recommended on the menu and disappointing considering how the cafe has been touted for its coffee among some. The coffee was very acidic (perhaps because it was 2 ristretto shots) with sour undertones. At best, it was just alright. Prices here for beverages are considered on the high side for cafes.

Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and fresh fruits ($12.90)
The verdict for the much raved-about waffles?

It really is great. It’s a slightly different style from Creamier’s (by far my best), but I liked the fragrant aftertaste and crispy texture. It yields with a nice crackle to the knife while the inside isn't too soft yet fluffy enough. Get it.

Truffle Fries
Truffle Fries ($12.90)
We wanted the truffled sweet potato fries, but it was unavailable. So, we settled for the truffle fries. Sadly, the fries itself didn’t really live up to expectations because the truffle fragrance was nary there. The shoestring weren’t exactly all crisp with a nice fluffiness inside, but the garlic mayo dip that came with it saved it. Now that was good.

Ham and Goat's Cheese Omelette

Ham and Homemade Goat's Cheese Omelette ($15)
The ham and goat cheese omelette with tomato relish was decent, that is, if you are ok with the slight pungency of goat’s cheese. The portion was pretty substantial as well, but the bread that came with it was crusty hard. The taste of the entire combination reminded me of indian food somehow. Not a miss, but neither a hit too.

What struck me most here, (and why I’d return) would be the attentive service and friendly staff. Our bottle of water was promptly replaced once finished (not once but thrice and also even when we shifted tables as well). Plus, they did not chase us once we finished our food and also as I am typing here now, when the café is filling up fast. This service standard was extended to other customers too. So go ahead, visit and remember to get the waffles.         

Came here with: Lynette and Vivien <3

Food to Get: Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and fresh fruits ($12.90)

Strangers' Reunion
35 Kampong Bahru Rd, 169356
6222 4869
Open Wed-Mon, 9am-10pm. Closed on Tuesdays