Selfish Gene Cafe

Selfish Gene Cafe
40 Craig Road

Not Selfish At All

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $15 per person.


Unlike its unique but odd choice of name, Selfish Gene Cafe is a warm, welcoming place. Located in the Duxton region, Selfish Gene Cafe attracts a more youthful crowd. On weekdays, expect to see young executives or yuppies, while the weekend crowd tends to be students or hipsters.

The ambience at Selfish Gene Cafe is simple and casual... You wouldn't be out of place wearing slippers or shorts here! Decor is minimal, and furniture is reminiscent of study tables you might find in school.

Selfish Gene Cafe practises self-service ordering and billing, although they will serve food and drinks to your table. Because of this, staff don't really interact much with customers. However, they are friendly and polite. I especially like their quirky numbered cup concept, which besides identifiying your order, also serves to hold your change and receipt.

Food at Selfish Gene Cafe is rather simple fare. Sandwiches, all-day breakfast items, desserts and salads make up the bulk of their offerings. Fortunately, every dish I've had at Selfish Gene Cafe features fresh ingredients, even down to the home-made jam / compote. Selfish Gene Cafe is proof that fresh, simple and uncomplicated food can be good!

The menu at Selfish Gene Cafe isn't extensive though, but it's still a great place for breakfast, brunch or light lunch.


The Selfish Gene Cafe Receipt Cup is your order number, and a change and receipt holder.

Selfish Gene Cafe Receipt Cup

I felt the Latte here was somewhat average. Not one of the better ones I've had. The Mocha was pretty good, although sometimes it has more chocolate powder, and others times less.

Latte 01

Latte 02

Latte 03

Mocha Soy

Mocha 01

Mocha 02

I loved The Valerie! The scrambled eggs were smooth and creamy, the berry jam / compote was fresh and tangy, and the brioche bread was soft with a chewy texture. I thought the salad was probably among one of the best salads I've eaten, with fresh, crunchy vegetables, but the real kicker was the lemon citrus vinaigrette!

The Valerie 01

The Valerie 02

The Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel With Smoked Salmon was quite good. The bagel was nice and warm, with the fragrant scent of cinnamon. But it was slightly harder than I expected for texture. The smoked salmon was average though.

Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel With Smoked Salmon 01

Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel With Smoked Salmon 02

The Breakfast Plate has a generous helping of grilled mushrooms, grilled cherry tomatoes, softly scrambled eggs, a pork sausage bratwurst, a slice of ham, and 2 slices of brioche toast with jam and butter. Loved the bread, and the eggs were perfectly fluffy and yummy.

Breakfast Plate 01

Breakfast Plate 02

The Eggs Royale is placed on the special menu for occasions, or near festive events. I like the combination of the smoky, salty taste of the salmon which balances with the softly poached eggs wobbling gently on the multigrain toast.

Eggs Royale

Their Banana Cake is the best selling dessert, but the Carrot Cake is pretty decent as well. It's rather soft, but not as moist as it could be. I like the burst of citrus from the raisins within.

Carrot Cake

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