As a stay-home mum, our social calendars tend to be a bit unorthodox. When we want to meet up with fellow stay-home mums, the best time to do so tends to be weekday mornings after we drop off the kids in school. Unfortunately, not many cafes are open on weekday mornings. Not counting McCafe and Starbucks that is.
Last week I wanted to meet my friend who stays at Holland Village for brunch. She introduced me to D’Good Cafe which opens at 10am. Including MONDAYS. I can’t tell you how difficult it is to find a cafe that opens on Mondays. I am a total auntie and I have always related Monday closures with wet markets. It wasn’t until my birthday last year, which fell on a Monday, that I realised cafes also like to close on Mondays. Grrr…
And so I took the long MRT ride to Holland Village to check out D’Good Cafe. I am going to sound totally like a frog in the well but OMG. I had no idea how pretty the cafe was!
I arrived before my friend and went around taking photos NON-STOP.
The cafe occupied the second and third floors. There were seating areas on both storeys.
The second storey was soooo cozy! It was a strictly no-work no-studying zone. Purely for eating and chilling.
I super LOVE the swing seats!
And when I go to pretty cafes, I tend to spend a lot of time checking out the details. All the decor here were just too pretty for words.
And I spy some high chairs! Sorry, occupational hazard. I know I should be raving about the gorgeous pictures but I couldn’t help noticing the high chairs.
Let’s move on to check out the third storey!
The third storey was like a hip study corner.
During non-peak hours, patrons were allowed to study and use their laptops on the third storey.
This table is my favourite table of all. Because yup, coffee makes everything better. And the cookie stools were so cute!
And guess what? I found my grandma’s sewing machine below the table! This is the second time I spotted a sewing machine making its way to a cafe as a dining table. Seems to be the trend.
Now get this. Next to my favourite table, there was a KIDS CORNER!
At the kids corner, there was a small table with a toy cash register, Sesame Street puppets and a rocking horse.
It may not seem like much, but I can imagine little girls here playing 家家酒 with the dolls and cash register.
There was also a row of vintage winding toys.
I’m not sure if they were meant for kids to play because they looked pretty fragile. Probably not. Quite sure they would break if my boys got their hands on them.
On the third storey, there was also a rooftop alfresco dining area.
It looked like it has been set up for a wedding with the tentage and flowers!
I bet it’s super romantic to come here for a date. In the evening that is. It was scorching hot when I was there in the day time.
And just to remind us that we were in Holland Village, there was a little windmill.
Okay, we were not there for sightseeing. So let’s move on to the food. While waiting for my friend, I started with a cappucino. It came with a cute Totoro! Cute latte art makes me so happy!
When my friend came, we decided to get one of their signature Deutsch Skillet Pancake to share. They had quite a variety of toppings, some sweet and some savoury.
We ordered the one with banana and cornflakes (forgot its official fanciful name) which was under the sweet pancakes section. It was so good! The crispy cornflakes went so well with the soft banana and pancake!
So the pancakes was breakfast. We went on to lunch. For lunch, I ordered their lobster bisque which came with either pasta or bread.
The first spoonful, I felt it was very fishy with an over-powering seafood taste. But after a few mouths, I actually started to enjoy it and finished everything! I guess it’s an acquired taste. However, if you do not like oysters, please stay away from this dish. The taste of the oyster was very strong.
They had some lunch promotion where I could top up for a drink and molten lava cake. Which I did. It is kind of my philosophy when visiting a cafe or restaurant. If I like them, I would order dessert. If they pissed me off somewhere along the way, I would skip dessert. So far I was totally happy with D’Good Cafe.
It is quite hard to find good molten lava cake and I have had some that were not quite molten before. Thankfully the one here was pretty moist and had some molten lava. Though not exactly those waaahhh, flowing out kind of lava.
I am SO in love with D’Good Cafe! It is a bit hard not to love the decor of the cafe, don’t you think so? I like that they keep part of their cafe off-limits to the study / laptop crowd. If you ever had problem finding seats at Starbucks, you would appreciate this policy. And the kids play area, while not much, was a bonus.
Food wise, I love the Deutsch Skillet Pancake and would definitely go back to try the other flavours. I also love their coffee – especially when it comes with cute latte art!
Overall, this is an awesome cafe if you are looking for a kids-friendly place to have a weekday brunch. Especially on a Monday. Considering there was a crowd even on a weekday, I’m guessing this place is packed on weekends.
Information on D’Good Cafe:
Address: 273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02, Singapore 278992
Getting There: Holland Village MRT (CC21)
- Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 10pm
- Friday & Saturday: 10am to 11pm
Tel: 6219 9807
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