The Bravery is known for being a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” kind of cafe. When we walked along Hoorne Road on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, Janna Agustin and I found this to be true. The entrance consists of opaque windows painted in an array of colors, with no sign outside. We eventually spotted a small chalkboard at the front with drawings of the food offered and “The Bravery Cafe” written in bold letters.
Once we managed to locate the cafe on Horne Road, we entered a space that is larger than it appears to be from the outside. Little tables are at either either side, with a common table in the middle, covered with newspapers and magazines. At the time we chose to go, the cafe was relatively empty, and the staff smiled and showed us to a table within seconds.
Fairy lights adorn the walls, and there are vases of flowers on each table. The vibe is delicate and soft, which is what the cafe is essentially known for. Because of the dim lighting, the interior was somewhat dark, but on a sunnier day, I can see it being much brighter.
Our server immediately recommended the cafe’s famous Lavender Latte ($5.50), which Janna opted for. The menu is divided into breakfast, light eats, mains, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Because of this, there was plenty of variety and a range of choices available for us.
I chose to go for a quintessential brunch option – the three-stack pancakes ($15). The pancakes had crushed pistachio, syrup and bananas, and while it is typically offered with ricotta cheese, I chose to leave this part of the meal aside. Both Janna and I thought this was the best part of the meal.
Janna complemented the lavender latte with a vegetarian crostini ($9.50), which included wild mushrooms and pine nuts.
“The flavor of the rockets was a little excessive and they could have included more pine nuts,” Janna said. Overall, she found it to be a healthy lunching option but one which could have slight improvements made.
As a shared appetizer, we got the truffle chips ($5.50) which were a perfect addition to a meal that was otherwise on the sweeter side.
As for my drink, I chose a sweetened iced coffee ($6.50). For the price, the coffee wasn’t amazing and would be the only thing I would reconsider when ordering. However, Janna’s drink is a perfect alternative to the usual coffee offered at Singapore cafes.
For those of you looking for an alternative to the usual, overly-documented Singapore cafe scene, The Bravery Cafe offers a refreshing atmosphere. As a coffee shop, as opposed to a place to have a hearty meal, we highly recommended. To see more of The Bravery, check out their Instagram and Facebook page.