Singapore is unarguably a foodie town between the melting pot of street food in the hawker centers, cute cafes, and upscale celebrity chef establishments. I’ve naturally embraced the food-centric culture, but have been trying to sweat off the extra portions of bee hoon noodles and nasi lemak.
There’s definitely a cultural difference when it comes to fitness so I was thrilled when I discovered WeBarre, Singapore’s first and only boutique barre studio that recently opened in January. It’s conveniently a few blocks away from my office and consistency delivers a heart-pumping burn with great music and motivational instructors, similar to barre classes I loved back in the States. I’m partnering with WeBarre while in Singapore so I can balance plenty of far-east brunching with countless barre sessions.
After I had sufficiently squatted, lunged, and planked for an hour in WeBarre’s gorgeous, airy studio space on Tanjong Pagar Road, I had worked up quite the appetite for brunch. There are tons of trendy eateries in the Tanjong Pagar neighborhood so I had my pick of appealing options.
Following much deliberation, Robert met me at The da bang, an Australian cafe with a Korean twist that turns into a lively cocktail concept called “Don’t Tell Mama” at night. Here’s a fun fact for you: “da bang” is a term for Korean coffee house.
The da bang has a funky interior with indoor plants, artsy light installations, and plenty of light. A few other patrons lounged in low tables sipping coffee, but the restaurant was pretty empty at noon on a Sunday. Oddly, there wasn’t any music playing so we livened up the joint with a low-volume tropical house playlist from my iPhone.
We were intrigued by the creative coffee items on the menu ranging from latte and Matcha ice cubes to bevvies with pistachio, blueberry or butterscotch milk. I tried the latte ice cubes paired with almond milk, which were served in a picturesque milk jug and mason jar. Perfect for the ‘gram!
Robert predictably orders the most sugary coffee drink on the menu so he beelined for the salted butter caramel ice latte. This drink was definitely decadent and started his meal off with dessert, complete with the wafer cookies served on the side, perfect for dipping.
When it came to food, the selection was just as quirky as the cafe. The da bang offers nacho cheese omelets, kimchi paninis, and more Western-style offerings like Benedicts and avocado toast.
As a basic Bitch, I went avocado toast and was pleased that the dish also featured fried eggs, providing significantly more substance than your average toast. However, the avocado was sparse and more of a guacamole-esque mash, rather than being the star of the open faced sammy. Despite a smattering of fresh herbs, this entree wasn’t too flavorful and pretty unmemorable.
Robert went with the bulgogi beef sandwich for his main course.The sandwich looked quite impressive, stacked with thinly sliced meat and oozing with sauce. Unfortunately, we judged a book by its cover and it didn’t reach our expectations. We had to douse it in hot sauce to get get some flavor out of it; it was disappointingly bland.
The Bitches say: C. Cute interior, great location, and fun coffee options, but we expected more of a flavor punch from a Korean-inspired cafe.
The da bang
52 Tg Pagar Road
+65 6221 2007
The da bang serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 9:30 a.m.