Cafe Etc

Cafe Etc
203 Upper Thomson Road

Nice Chilling Place, Good Bar Food

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 8
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $27 per person.


With the former operations manager of Jones The Grocer and the culinary skill of the former Culina chef, you know you're in for a good meal at Cafe Etc. Situated along the strech of Upper Thomson Road, the 3 month old Cafe Etc is the latest in a long line of cafes trying their luck in this high turnover area.

Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, Cafe Etc wins points for their comfortable furniture. It's a great place for chilling at night, especially if you seat outdoors, watching the traffic go by, and taking advantage of their happy hour specials! The interior is rather dimly lit, but spacious and well laid out. The bar draws the eye, though I wish the bar counter displayed the various alcohol available front and center, instead of behind in the shelf!

Service at Cafe Etc is friendly and welcoming, with staff dressed casually. They do converse with you if it isn't crowded, and I find them to be knowledgable on the menu. I also liked that they checked for feedback on the dining experience!

Food at Cafe Etc is western with an Italian twist. Thumbs up for their made in-house pizza dough, and their variety of drinks available! Portions are generous, but prices are on the higher end for a cafe, costing about SGD $25 per person. Would still recommend Cafe Etc, especially if you're in the area.


The rather dimly lit interior is spacious and comfortable. Drinks are displayed along the back shelf of the bar.

Cafe Etc Interior

Cafe Etc Chairs

Beer Hoegaarden

Mac's Black Mac Dark Ale has hints of caramel and chocolate, a deep robust flavour, and slight balance of bitterness and sweet. Lovely, deep, and smooth.

Mac's Black Mac Dark Ale 01

Mac's Black Mac Dark Ale 02

The best thing about the Wild Mushroom Soup is the crisp and fragrant garlic bread that comes with it. Although the soup has solid mushroom taste, I didn't like the gloopy texture of it.

Wild Mushroom Soup

All day breakfast! The Eggs On Toast With Overeasy Eggs, Sourdough Bread, Blueberry Jam, Butter, the eggs were done perfectly, still semi-runny inside, and the sweetness of the blueberry jam complements the crisp bread. I loved the sourdough bread, but unfortunately, it isn't made in-house. The great tasting bread makes me suspect their sandwiches will be good as well...

Eggs On Toast With Overeasy Eggs, Sourdough Bread, Blueberry Jam, Butter

The Bruschetta Mozzarella is rather filling, due to to thick, gooey mozzarella cheese spread over hot garlic bread. The bread is crisp and tasty, and the garlic spread is fresh without being too overpowering.

Bruschetta Mozzarella

Loved the moist and well cooked Buffalo Chicken Wings, with a hint of spicyness. Great bar snack, goes really well with beer!

Buffalo Chicken Wings

The Sausage Platter With Pomme Puree And Mesclun Salad features a trio of chicken, beef and spiced lamb sausage. While the chicken sausage and beef sausage were well grilled and tasty, the spiced lamb sausage was slightly strong, the taste of the spices overwhelming the taste of the lamb. Might take some getting used to. The pomme puree or mashed potato was smooth, with a creamy texture. Excellent!

Sausage Platter With Pomme Puree And Mesclun Salad

As an Italian cafe, their Lasagna Beef is pretty good. Though the layers are short, there is sufficient minced beef amongst the pasta noodles, such that even taking a small mouthful means you get a good bite of both meat, noodle, and sauce. The tomato sauce used is fresh and made in-house, which causes the taste to pop in the mouth. Good!

Lasagna Beef