If you haven’t already heard of Costa Coffee Singapore, well, it’s better late than never. It is the largest and fastest growing coffee shop chain in the UK. It is thoughtfully brought over to this little red dot, because we all know Singaporeans are suckers for taking a chill pill, in a coffee chain, with good ambience and that
we are all cheapos it’s legit for us to sit for hours even with just a cup of coffee. Costa Coffee Singapore is no different.
Conveniently located at VivoCity, Raffles Place & Chevrons House (for now), all slackers are welcomed for a cup of hot beverage, or iced. Further, each location has a different ambience to tackle the respective target market. For the VivoCity outlet that I was at, it was homely and filled with warmth. Perfect for a meeting with your client, or simply an opportunity to have your backbone removed for a bit while slouching at the comfy couch.
It is also apt for a dining place because they offer a complete meal; From a dosage of your daily required caffeine, to a light meal of gourmet salad, to a more hearty meal of sandwich / wrap, to then wrapping up the meal with a dessert, you have it all here, a one stop shop.
Hot Cappuccino ($5.80) :: Before we dip into the hand-crafted coffee, a handy piece of information for you is that, over here at Costa Coffee Singapore, Spanish terms are used. Si, Spanish. Primo, Medio and Massimo are sizes in ascending order, and they are, more often than not, $0.50 apart from each other in terms of pricing. Now. The Cappuccino I had was ordinary, as I’d expected more. The presentation was perfect though. I’d say, maybe go for their Latte instead. That’s what I usually have, and will give it a shot next time round. If coffee is not your cup of tea, Gryphon is available to suit your palate.
Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad ($11.90) :: I am pretty impressed with this beauty. Your usual suspects of greens, potatoes, drizzled with classic vinaigrette and topped with Saku Tuna makes up the entire course. Valentine’s Day seems to have been prolonged because it was my love at first sight. The Seared Tuna was perfectly done – it’s tender and mildly but adequately flavored, so that a hint of fishy smell was still tastable. Also, thanks to its generous portion of Seared Tuna, it is a worthy bowl of healthiness.
Rosemary Chicken Wrap with Eggplant & Cheese ($7.20) :: Personally, I feel that the wrap was slightly too thick to properly taste the treasures in it. Having tried both the sandwiches and the wraps, I’d say opt for the sandwich instead. It’s much better (coming from a person who doesn’t usually eat sandwiches). Its Grilled Vegetables & Mushroom Panini was very much flavorful. I would guess that any of the Paninis would do the trick. The bread was the star.
Apple Crumble ($6.50) :: This piece of dessert is one of the best Apple Crumbles I’ve had. The tart was crumbly but firm, making sure you can taste the toasted crust, while the inside was the complementary contrast, soft, warm and sweet. I like that it doesn’t get cloying, and it’s not overly sweet. In addition, the bits of raisin and cinnamon helped spices things up. Have your Apple Crumble warmed a little more. Top it with a French Vanilla Ice Cream and you’re good to go.
Costa Coffee Singapore prides themselves as having well-trained and the most passionate Baristas around. To be able to craft a cup of coffee for diners, one has to be trained for 1 – 2 months, and to pass some grueling tests before being certified a Costa Barista. To maintain the same cup and taste of coffee across the board, the Baristas check on the exact dosage and extraction of the coffee-making machine, on a twice daily basis. That way, two separate cups of coffee can be said to taste identically.
With such attention to detail, I think you can expect to experience a quality time here.
Although there are some hits and some misses, just go by my advise and you wouldn’t go wrong. Get The Chosen Glutton’s preferred combo: Hot Latte + Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad (for a light meal) / Panini (for a heavier meal) + Apple Crumble with French Vanilla Ice Cream. Your meal is complete.
Special gratitude to Claire and the DeVries PR team, and Daryl for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting event.
Address (In Context): 1 Harborfront Walk, #01-100/101, VivoCity
Telephone: 6276 0514
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Daily)