Quiet brunch dates at Prodigal Cafe
When it comes to cafes, most of us cafe-hoppers can agree that a good cuppa, delicious food, photo-worthy interior, and a convenient location are what’s important. And while it’s not easy to find one that checks all these boxes, Prodigal Cafe, Prodigal Roasters’ 2nd outlet, is the new kid on the block that actually does.
At just a 6-minute stroll away from the MRT station, the cafe is nestled in the heartlands of Tai Seng, which makes it perfect for a quiet brunch date away from the crowds of the usual cafe haunts.
Plus, you’ll be able to get great photos to post on your Instagram as well, with the cafe’s minimalistic white walls, light wood furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows for plenty of natural light to stream in!
Must-try dishes for a hearty meal
If you’re looking for something filling to have at Prodigal Cafe, you’re in luck – unlike their first outlet, hot meals are a permanent feature on the menu. Depending on the head chef-cum-owner, the dishes available will change, but rest assured that there’ll always be at least 3 dishes for you to choose from.
Dig in to the Grilled Salmon ($17) if you’re a fan of sashimi slices – lightly grilled à la aburi style, the huge slab of salmon was served mostly uncooked with its skin nicely crisp, which was a pleasant change from the usual salmon dishes served at most places.
To switch things up a little, pair it with the cauliflower mash on the side. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming asparagus as well! It was charred and marinated to perfection, and was equally as tasty as the salmon.
For those with a big appetite, go for the Chicken Stroganoff ($15), which comes with a large serving of mac and cheese, topped with caramelised onions, portobello mushrooms, and extra grated cheese.
The strips of chicken were satisfyingly thick and nicely grilled till they were juicy and tender, but special mention goes to the mac and cheese, which was sinfully creamy without being overly cloying.
Cheese-lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that grilled cheese sandwiches are also available on the menu. Made with thick and fluffy toast slices and a generous amount of savoury cheddar and mozzarella cheese, the comforting Grilled Cheese ($10) will leave you with a satisfied tummy.
Coffee and cakes
Using the same baker from Prodigal Roasters, all the pastries served at the cafe are freshly made and baked in-house. Expect unique flavours like Lavender Cheesecake, Thai Green Milk Tea Cake, and even Miso Cheese Tart, a savoury-sweet dessert which is great for those who do not have that much of a sweet tooth.
Great for coffee aficionados, Prodigal Cafe also aims to experiment with as many different types of coffee beans and roasting techniques as possible, so make sure to head down once every 2 – 3 weeks if that’s up your alley!
For now, the cafe offers both San Francisco Nicaragua and Garut Prengar West Java, with the former being smooth and balanced, and the latter slightly more acidic and tart. Choose to have it filtered, iced, dirty, or cold brewed, on top of the usual black and white.
Relax with a cuppa at Prodigal Cafe
To say the least, Prodigal Cafe is an honest coffee house that simply aims to serve delectable food and quality coffee to the neighbourhood. A humble space in the heartlands, it’s the place to go to if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and unwind at – especially since this outlet is a lot more spacious than the one at Ang Mo Kio!