Handmade coffee in Singapore
Tucked away at the end of Craig Road, Bearded Bella is a hidden gem and the brainchild of two very passionate coffee-lovers who were inspired by the vibrant cafe culture in Melbourne.
Quaint, minimalistic, and decked with wood elements and potted plants, the place has everything down pat for a well-received cafe – think rose gold utensils to match the cafe’s furniture, custom-made cups to ensure the perfect milk-to-coffee ratio for its brews, and a head chef that was personally scouted by the cafe owners from the land down under.
Currently still in its soft launch, nothing on the menu is fixed, but you can expect Australian-inspired dishes and house blends roasted in-house at its brew bar when it opens to the public officially early next month.
Featuring Australian-contemporary creations, the menu’s selection may not be impressively extensive, but it still caters to everyone by not just providing the usual brunch and cafe fare like toast and poached eggs, but also healthy options like salad and grain bowls, and even vegan dishes.
The Bearded Eggs is the cafe’s signature dish, which are perfectly poached eggs generously slathered with a creamy hollandaise sauce. It’s an unusual shade of green because of the tarragon herbs used, but that’s not all – it’s also minty, which puts a very interesting twist on this common cafe grub.
Worth mentioning, too, are the fatty pork jowls that were fried to such perfection that they were crispy on the outside, yet melt-in-your-mouth goodness on the inside.
Recommended was also the Dill Cured Salmon, which did not disappoint with it’s extremely flavourful and tender chunks of salmon. But the real highlight of the dish was surprisingly the Pommes Anna, a classic French potato dish, with its outer layers crisp and slightly charred, and the insides moist and creamy.
For a meal less heavy, the popular Chia Pudding is a great choice. The greek yoghurt was refreshing and full of texture, with heaps of crunchy walnuts, semi-dried blueberries, cubes of dragonfruit and kiwi, and fine strips of coconut. To say the least, it was a feast for the eyes and a party in the mouth.
If you love to end off your meal with something sweet, Bearded Bella also serves up an array of delectable desserts, some of which are original creations handmade by its in-house pastry chef.
These include the Roasted White Chocolate, which interestingly tastes like roasted marshmallows mixed with cherry, and the Banana Passionfruit Mousse, which is an addictive mix of sweet almond banana sponge and zesty passionfruit jelly on a biscuit base, topped with a caramelised banana slice.
Its Donut Sliders were a unique take on the mandatory ice cream waffles as well, with large scoops of chocolate ice cream and yuzu sorbet sandwiched between powdered donuts and sprinkled with crushed Tim Tam’s on raspberry and basil coulis by the side.
Of course, coffee addicts are also in for a treat at Bearded Bella, with its brew bar in the works and its founders well-versed in the art of brewing coffee – one of them will even be participating in the Singapore National Barista Championship this March.
Its house blend is made of 70% Ethiopian Natural and 30% Honduran washed coffee beans that comes in 3 cup sizes, with the usual selections of black, white, and iced. Fragrant and invigorating with a slightly sharp fruity aftertaste, it’s definitely worth a try even if you’re not a coffee connoisseur.
Mark your calendars for Bearded Bella’s grand opening
Given the eatery’s IG-worthy interior, delicious chow with refreshingly original twists, and quality coffee that isn’t made from an espresso machine, it’ll come as no surprise if Bearded Bella becomes constantly packed with customers once they open.
If you want to be one of the first few in line during its official launch, make sure to keep a close watch on Bearded Bella’s FB page for updates!
Address: 8 Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 089668
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun | 7.30AM – 5PM
Telephone: 9880 0775