Smack at the furthest end of Upper Bukit Timah Road, Rise & Grind Coffee Co. is the newest member to join the foodie club at Bukit Timah Plaza. It sits on the ouside of the mall where sunshine can easily permeate, creating that al-fresco vibe that's very befitting of the casual café. It may be really young and out of the way, but that's no stopper to Rise & Grind's increasing popularity for serving innovative dishes with pocket-friendly pricetags.
Rise & Grind offers a short but interesting menu. Breakfast/brunch that's available till 3pm daily features the usual culprits of eggs and toasts, with unusual ingredients like feta cheese and beet yogurt. For the mains (only served after 12pm), the Chili Crab and Tom Yum pastas are as creative as it gets.
Iced Latte (S$6)
Joes there are brewed with either the house blend or single origin beans from Dutch Colony - so hurrah to great coffee! We had the former in our latte, which contains beans from Columbia & Sumatra, lending to a nutty and slightly acidic cuppa with dark chocolatey undertones.
Avocado Toast (S$13) - Avocado, poached eggs, mushroom, tomato, feta cheese
A very decent and yummy dish, thought slightly pricey at S$13. I love the flavours in this dish. The earthiness of buttery avocado, creamy yolks and sautéed shrooms, interlaced with tangy feta and lightened up with bursts of sweet cherry tomatoes. Simple and delicious.
Ocean's Thirteen (S$17) - Smoked salmon, poached eggs, asparagus, beetroot yogurt, brioche toast, yuzu hollandaise sauce
This dish has captured many hearts for its visual appeal and interesting ingredients. Points for the colours and effort; however the result was a tad disappointing. The flavour profile was quite confusing: on one hand there's the salty, strong fishy mentaiko and smoked salmon; on the other's strong acidic components like the beet yogurt (which doesn't really taste like beets) and vinegary poached eggs. The creamy hollandaise would've helped pull the flavours together, but having it not-really-yuzu-infused added to the acidity instead.
I really liked how creative the team were with this, so if they could only tweak it a little to make the flavours more focused and integrated they'll have a loyal fan here.
Shakshouka (S$16) - Lamb merguez sausage, baked egg in tomato sauce, feta cheese with wholemeal pita
Nice tomato base, decent sausages - this was middling at best. The tomato sauce lacked the usual aromatic onions and peppers, falling a little flat. It would be much better with a touch more paprika and cumin.
Having tried only 3 of their breakfast items, there are many other dishes I'd love to return to Rise & Grind for. There's still some way to go before they can pull off such creative and interesting dishes, but I'm feeling really positive about it. For a small space, Rise & Grind's got really big dreams (and let's not forget the great coffee). And for what they've done well and what they're going to do better, I would definitely return.
Rise & Grind Coffee Co.
1 Jalan Anak Bukit #L1-CA1
Bukit Timah Plaza
Mondays to Thursdays & Sundays: 9am-9pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 9am-10pm