Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters
185 Upper Thomson Road

Experiments With Coffee And Pastries

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 5
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $28 per person.


Touted by some as the 'best new cafe of 2014', Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters was founded in October 2014, a partnership between the famous Pacamara Coffee brand from Thailand, and Oz Specialty Coffee from Singapore. It's easy to fall in love with the bright, clean ambience, and great coffee and pastries here!

Ambience at Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is styled after the Melbourne / Australian cafes, being neat, clean, and bright. Colours of white and wood lend a cozy, clean feel, and the neatly laid out furniture within the spacious, naturally brightly lit interior is welcoming. With minimalist decor and clean lines, Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters just makes you want to linger over coffee and pastries with friends.

Service at Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is partial self-service, and is possibly the weakest component here. Ordering and payment is done over the counter, but staff will serve orders to your table. Waiting time is rather long, between 10 - 20 minutes, especially during peak periods. The young staff can sometimes be a little blur, such as serving dishes without cutlery, or not bringing enough cutlery. I generally find that I have to help myself to it (not that it's a bad thing). Seating can be rather haphazard, as the long benches are for communal dining, you might end up with strangers opposite / beside you.

Food at Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is Western style, primarily British, Australian, and American influences. Brunch dishes feature here, as do their pretty-looking, tasty dessert pastries. But the focus is truely on serving great coffee, with beans roasted and blended in-house. Portions are large, and may be suitable for sharing. Prices are reflective of a typical cafe, but rather high for main dishes, budget about SGD $28 per person for a meal here.


Absolutely love the clean, bright, refreshing atmosphere here, perfect for lingering! Also, the embarassing memory of the self-serve Orange Water here. Sigh.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Address & Contact

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Seating

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Orange Water

The signature Roadster House Blend Coffee (SGD $5.50) uses coffee beans sourced from Thailand, with a smooth, full, robust flavour that has low acidity and bitterness, with tastes of roasted groundnuts, butterscotch / toffee, and hints of chocolate and caramel. Love it!

Roadster House Blend Coffee

Roadster House Blend Coffee Tiny

Hated the Thai Iced Coffee (SGD $5.50) because it has an unpleasant bitterness that clashes with the overly milky texture. Totally different from a milk coffee, you don't have the strong yet pleasant bitterness of coffee with this. Seems more like drinking drain water... nasty.

Thai Iced Coffee

The Cold Brew Honduras Blend Coffee (SGD $6) was pretty good, the chilled beverage has a smooth, sweet, refreshing body with low bitterness, a slight lingering astringent grip, and tastes of melon, chocolate, toast, and roasted nuts. Good enough to drink on its own though, I think pouring it over ice dilutes the natural strength it has.

Cold Brew Honduras Blend Coffee 01

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The sweet and moist Strawberry Shortcake (SGD $6.50) has a nice, light texture to the vanilla sponge cake, though the cream is slightly dense. The strawberries lend a complementing tart sourness, though I would have preferred slightly more, or larger slices of strawberry. Overall, still a decent cake, worth ordering!

Strawberry Shortcake 01

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A pretty Apple Vanilla Tart (SGD $8), very elegant in presentation. Not too sweet either, the vanilla lends a slight floral aroma, which complements the sweetness of the apple.

Apple Vanilla Tart

Absolutely loved the Lemon Yuzu Tart (SGD $7), the sweet citrus notes of the yuzu balances the tart sourness of the smooth lemon curd, making it very pleasant to eat! The tart base hold together well, yet crumbles beautifully when cut. Highly recommended!

Lemon Yuzu Tart 01

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The large Breakfast Platter (SGD $22) features crisp multigrain toast, fresh avocado wedge, smoked salmon, salty back bacon, baked mushrooms, a hashbrown, garden salad (rocket leaves and cherry tomatoes), and your choice of eggs (we got sunny side up). Each component is decently executed and tasty, though I loved the addition of the creamy avocado, which pairs well with the toast. Overall, a good breakfast / brunch dish!

Breakfast Platter 01

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The Lemongrass Ricotta Hotcakes (SGD $17.50) features a stack of lovely lemongrass infused hotcakes / pancakes, soft, moist, and fluffy in texture, though the lemongrass taste is rather faint, overwhelmed by the much stronger flavours on the plate. Topped with a sweet sour mixed berry compote (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry), crumbly ricotta cheese, and served with sweet, thick maple syrup on the side. Tasty and filling, highly recommended!

Lemongrass Ricotta Hotcakes 01

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