The Coffee Academics

May 19, 2018 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Coffee Academics
6 Scotts Road
#02-01 Scotts Square

252 North Bridge Road
#B1-12 Raffles City


https://www.the-coffeeacademics.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheCoffeeAcademicsSg/


Le Smoked Salmon Rosti (SGD $23)



Good Coffee With Pricey Food

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $37 per person.


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Originally founded in Hong Kong in 2010, The Coffee Academics first opened in Singapore in November 2015. Particularly known for their range of coffees, and their emphasis on serving good quality cups, The Coffee Academics also has a good selection of Modern European and Modern Asian dishes that are innovative and tasty.

Ambience at The Coffee Academics is welcoming and relaxing. The comfortable cushioned furniture is neatly laid out within the ample floor space, decked in earthy warm tones of wood, brick, black, white, and gold. Warm but low lighting casts a soft and intimate glow overhead. The centerpiece is the long bar and dessert display, which looks attractive. Well suited for lingering meals, though expect a queue because of it.

Service at The Coffee Academics is decent. Though staff are busy rushing up and down, when speaking with guests, they appear unhurried and casual. They display decent product knowledge, particularly on coffee and beverages, less so on food. I also note that because the place is busy, empty / dirty tables are usually left for a while, staff only clear them when preparing a table for guests in the queue.

Food at The Coffee Academics is distinctly fusion; Modern European and Modern Asian, with a good range of breakfast / brunch items, salads, pastas, and desserts. However, most people come for their coffee, which is lovingly prepared, and of good quality. Dishes are tasty, and portions are large for individuals; sharing is recommended. Prices are more expensive compared to other cafes, budget about SGD $37 per person for a meal here.


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The Coffee Academics Signage
The Coffee Academics Signage


The Coffee Academics Exterior
The Coffee Academics Exterior


The Coffee Academics Interior
The Coffee Academics Interior


Menu


Menu


Menu


Menu


Menu


The Coffee Academics Bar
The Coffee Academics Bar



Sourced from the city of Jinotega in Nicaragua, the climate and hand harvested coffee cherries that go into making the Coffee Nicaragua Yellow Catuai (SGD $8) result in the brew having a well rounded richness, with slight tones of roast. The texture is smooth with medium acidity, and the taste carries notes of vanilla, roasted peanuts, red grapes, and sugar cane. Brewed in pour-over fashion. Good!

Coffee Nicaragua Yellow Catuai (SGD $8)


Coffee Nicaragua Yellow Catuai
Coffee Nicaragua Yellow Catuai



The Coffee Latte Macchiato Gula Jawa (SGD $6), also called simply 'Jawa' on the menu, has a decent latte macchiato infused with Indonesian gula jawa / coconut sugar, which gives it a light floral earthy sweet flavour. What I find puzzling was the shot of water served on the side, which staff failed to explain what it's for. I surmise it's for diluting the coffee in case it's too sweet... but overall, this knocked the experience of drinking a good beverage down a notch.

Coffee Latte Macchiato Gula Jawa (SGD $6)


Coffee Latte Macchiato Gula Jawa
Coffee Latte Macchiato Gula Jawa



The Coffee Latte Pepper Agave (SGD $6) has a pretty good latte, smooth and robust, infused with agave nectar / syrup, and sprinkled with black pepper. Bold roasted notes, layered with the sweet spicy flavours. Never knew that pepper pairs so well with coffee. Good!

Coffee Latte Pepper Agave (SGD $6)


Coffee Latte Pepper Agave
Coffee Latte Pepper Agave



The TCA Nitro Coffee (SGD $10) is a chilled, nitrogen infused black coffee. Texture is rich and creamy, almost like a beer stout, with a silky mouthfeel. Robust notes of roasted coffee beans, smooth and toasty. Good!

TCA Nitro Coffee (SGD $10)


TCA Nitro Coffee
TCA Nitro Coffee



Termed 'most instagrammable beverage' in South Africa, the Hot Chocolate In A Cone (SGD $8.90) is pretty, and that's about it. Despite its good looks, the hot chocolate is thin and weak, and the chocolate coated wafer cone is limp from having being exposed too long to open air. Plus, the amount of beverage is paltry, barely able to quench your thirst. Terrible, a total waste of money. Skip this.

Hot Chocolate In A Cone (SGD $8.90)


Hot Chocolate In A Cone
Hot Chocolate In A Cone


Hot Chocolate In A Cone



The Le Smoked Salmon Rosti (SGD $23) is a modern European dish, featuring a base of crisp, fluffy, and somewhat oily, beetroot and potato rosti that is nicely savoury. Topped with crunchy and vegetal sweet pea shoots; a refreshing creamy tender and fruity sweet mango and yoghurt tzatziki; a generous portion of luxurious smoked salmon fish that is delicate savoury salty in flavour; a wobbly soft sous vide egg; and briny salty globules of ikura / salmon roe that burst in the mouth. Pairing everything in one bite results in a bold complexity of flavours and textures, yet you still manage to taste the individual components. I liked this. Good!

Le Smoked Salmon Rosti (SGD $23)


Le Smoked Salmon Rosti
Le Smoked Salmon Rosti


Le Smoked Salmon Rosti



The Snapper Tempura & Chilled Zaru Soba (SGD $22) is a modern Asian dish, featuring a base of slippery, silky, chilled zaru soba / buckwheat noodles, which have a delicate earthy flavour. Topped with crunchy and vegetal sweet pea shoots; lightly crisp yet tender tempura snapper fish fillets which hold good sweet savoury flavour; and a sprinkle of crunchy earthy salty nutty kizami nori goma furikake / shredded seaweed and sesame seeds. Each bite is so delicious, and so easy to eat. Quite addictive, this disappeared all too quickly. Good!

Snapper Tempura & Chilled Zaru Soba (SGD $22)


Snapper Tempura & Chilled Zaru Soba
Snapper Tempura & Chilled Zaru Soba


Snapper Tempura & Chilled Zaru Soba



The Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio (SGD $24) is a modern Singaporean dish, featuring a base of soft spaghetti pasta noodles, tossed in olive oil, garlic, and bird's eye chili. While it's gluten-free, I wish it was more al-dente in texture, with less sharpness of the garlic, and less oily. But I liked the spicy heat, which tickles the palate nicely. Generous garnish of deshelled crab meat, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and Italian parsley, resulting in bold flavours of savoury sweet cheesy. Overall decent dish, but could be so much better.

Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio (SGD $24)


Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio


Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio



The Umami Shrimp Spaghetti (SGD $21) is a modern Singaporean dish, featuring a base of soft spaghetti pasta noodles, tossed in a sweet and spicy shrimp belachan XO sauce, chili oil, garnished with fresh shrimp, shio kombu / salted seaweed strips, ebiko / shrimp roe, katsuobushi / bonito fish flakes, and a wobbly soft onsen egg. It has loud, in-your-face, savoury spicy flavours, with the egg lending a creamy texture to the dish. Unashamedly intense, with a lingering burn from the fiery heat.

Umami Shrimp Spaghetti (SGD $21)


Umami Shrimp Spaghetti


Umami Shrimp Spaghetti
Umami Shrimp Spaghetti



The traditional Hong Kong dessert of Egglet is served as a dessert here, with the TCA Egglet (SGD $19). Featuring a crispy crunchy outside, airy soft inside egglet, topped with fruity sweet and tender mango cubes, a light salted egg custard sauce, and a scoop of creamy Hong Kong milk tea ice cream. I enjoyed the egglet and the ice cream the most in this dessert, though the mango seemed a little out of place in the overall flavour. This should appeal to most. Worth ordering!

TCA Egglet (SGD $19)


TCA Egglet
TCA Egglet


TCA Egglet



The Academics Cinnamon Churros (SGD $16) is a dessert set. The Cinnamon Churros are piping hot and freshly-fried to order, generously coated with crunchy cinnamon sugar crystals. These Mexican churros have a fluffy chewy texture, and are pretty large. Served with a rich Chocolate Fudge made with 70% Valrhona chocolate, and a scoop of creamy TCA Coffee Gelato, which has a light coffee espresso flavour. I enjoyed this.

Academics Cinnamon Churros (SGD $16)


Academics Cinnamon Churros
Academics Cinnamon Churros


Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Fudge


Cinnamon Churros
Cinnamon Churros


TCA Coffee Gelato
TCA Coffee Gelato



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