Food Review - Gaest

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gaest Cafe

Gaest reminded me of something funny that is totally unrelated to food. I think it was in my secondary school days (HI XINMIN SECONDARY) when one of the discipline teachers were checking on the student's attire. One of the student was wearing ankle socks, which is totally unacceptable during those times. So, the discipline teacher walked up to the student and asked him: "What kind of socks is this?"

Student: "Guess"
"I ask you one last time, what is this socks that you are wearing?" 
"Really guess la!"
"I asked you what socks is this and you asked me to guess? Are you trying to be funny?"
It was not until a few moments later that the discipline teacher realise that the student was telling him the truth.. he was wearing the ankle socks by Guess.

Looking at the similar sounding name and the way the cafe name GÆST is actually worded, it can be quite frustrating and disastrous for some of us... especially for those with impatient girlfriends.

Impatient Girlfriend: "Go where eat ar?"
"You wanna Gaest?"
"Guess what? Hungry now la, quickly! Just anything."
"I mean.. I'm asking you you are okay with Gaest or not!"
"Let's break"

Mocha - 64% Valrhona dark chocolate ($6.50)

Mocha (64% Valrhona dark chocolate)

The mocha here is a bit different from the rest, in that instead of adding chocolate syrup and cocoa powder on top, this one is mixed with 64% Valrhona dark chocolate. As much as I love dark chocolate, this mocha tasted a bit sourish, which I cannot attribute whether the sour taste was from the milk, the dark chocolate, or the coffee beans having high acidity. Nevertheless, at $6.50, it was not my kind of taste so this Mocha was pretty bad in my opinion. 

Homemade Lemon & Thyme Soda ($5)

Homemade Lemon & Thyme Soda

Ever since I had the sea salt lemonade at The Provision Shop, I have been craving for another lemonade that is as refreshing. Gaest's lemonade is mixed with thyme, which gives it a minty herb taste that really whets up your appetite. Plus, it really helped to bring down the heat as there was no air-con when I went on the Saturday.

Omelette with Cheese ($14)

Omelette with Cheese

Mmmmmmmm the omelette with cheese was lightly salted with cheese, and the egg taste just spreads in your mouth, opening up all your senses. This dish came with salad and sourdough bread but first let me rave about the salad... IT WAS AWESOME! This is no ordinary salad where they just toss you the greens. The salad consisted of barley and brinjal, which was a very delightful taste! It made me feel healthy just by eating it. 

The only bad thing about this was the sourdough bread. I did not like the crust of the sourdough bread as it was hard and tough, making it a hassle to cut with the butter knife and painfully hard to chew. The bread itself was wonderfully soft though, so I cut away the edges and just ate the soft parts. If they had sprinkled the butter with some sugar, this Saturday brunch item will be really really refreshing and tasty to eat.

Pork Sandwich ($14)

Their pork sandwich was highly raved on Instagram and on Burpple, so we decided to try it out. The sandwich consisted of roasted pork with crackling, orange marinated red cabbage with parsley, red apple and mustard mayonnaise. The pork was dry and the hard, tough crust of the bread made the whole thing very "jelat" to eat. I expected the dish to be juicy, crispy and refreshingly fruity but it was just dry, lots of chewing, and falls flat on your tastebuds. Maybe we went on a bad day. 

"Cause you had a bad day, you're taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around~"

Brownie ($4)

This whole dessert just didn't gel for me. The pear slices didn't go well with the brownie, and although the yogurt was sour, it did not help with the sweetness of the brownie. The brownie was also pretty dry and not fluffy at all. Bad bad bad.

It was really hot in the cafe when we were there on the Saturday as there was no air-con, probably due to the central air-conditioning system in Tanjong Pagar. Being the kuku that I am, I wore a thick hoodie pullover when I went there and I was literally sweating buckets while eating. The music that was played did not help with the sweltering heat either - it was playing some really weird spacey, ambiance tracks that sounded like a bunch of aliens making out.

Except for the omelette with cheese, almost everything that I had was mediocre. Based on the food that I had, Gaest gets the Evilbean rating of..

Cafe Rating (out of 5 Evilbeans):


Evilbean's last words/recommendation:
- I "Gaest" it will be quite some time until I come back to this cafe again with mediocre food and weird alien music on a Saturday.
- MUST-ORDER: Omelette with Cheese

Gaest Weekend Menu


21 McCallum Street #01-01
The Clift, Singapore 069047
Phone: +65 6634 0922
Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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