Bowler by Elia – Secret Hidden Cafe along Jiak Chuan Road

There seems to be a name change from .elia to Bowler by Elia. This hidden cafe located along Jiak Chuan road is so well hidden that if you were not going in that direction, you probably would have missed it. Upon entering, the tastefully decorated cafe would have changed your mind. Serving an array of dishes from breakfast to pasta, rice, salad and desserts, the selection would have fit well with the CBD crowd with its affordable prices but since it is slightly off the radar from CBD, they probably cater to a whole variation of crowd

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Love the counter seats with its marble top!

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White (5 oz) $5 / Iced Summer Brunette $6.50

Using beans from El Salvador, the coffee was fragrant, smooth and easy to drink. The iced tea however didn’t turn out what I expected

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Iced Mocha $6.50

When I first saw the mocha, my heart sank. Why the colour like that one? Nevertheless I gave it a stir and took a sip. And my eyes lit with surprise. You can taste the coffee as a strong base with bits of sweet chocolate crunch. The two combination work well together  and proved to be a surprising drink instead

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Bowler Breakfast $20.90

Cheese and Bacon Omelette, Chicken Sausage, Sauteed Mushrooms, Tomato Relish served with Arugula Salad

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I thought it looked more like scrambled than omelettes. Nevertheless the eggs were runny, milky and well cooked. Infused with sweet bacon bits, the flavours wrapped well together. Love the thick tangy tomato relish at the side as well, and the well cooked cheese sausage. My only curiosity was what happened to the ends of the sausage?

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The American Dream $12.90

Crispy Grilled Toast, Sunny-side Up, Melted Cheese with Iberico Ham served with Soup of the Day

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Honestly, I was quite disappointed by this dish. The best part I’d say will probably be the egg. The tomato soup was okay but the toast was too hard. I think they tried to replicate pizza on toasts, but somehow the flavours were not that great

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Grinch $15.90

Grilled Chicken Thigh with Basil Pesto Dressing and Cabbage served with Fried Rice

Trying one of the many selection of rice bowls. I like the fragrance and tenderness of the chicken with flavours packed with the punch of herbs

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The rice was a little too mushy for my liking and there was just too much oil at the bottom of the bowl. If they could reduce the oiliness, that would be great! Oh and perhaps throw in some more fried garlic

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This small little cafe serves some unpretentious food and definitely deserves some shout-out. Though there are hits and misses, but I think it is still worth checking out if you are in the area. Oh, did I mention they are a cafe by day and restaurant by night?

Bowler by Elia

10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264