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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lunch at The Assembly Ground @ The Cathay

2 Handy Road, #01-21 The Cathay, Singapore 229233
Tel: 6733 3375

The Assembly Ground is the meeting point for coffee lovers to exchange culture, oh, and it is the cafe by Assembly the fashion label store right next to it - under the Benjamin Barker brand.  A rustic, easy-going interior with friendly service crew and surprisingly good coffee, I must say this was a lovely chance discovery + beautiful mistake.

We had meant to go to the other Assembly Coffee at Evans Road (100% unrelated).

Anyway, since *Kirk, *Katherine and I were already gathered here, we decided to make the most out of it and ordered our coffees first.  So, I took the first sip of my Mocha (SGD$6.00) and widened my eyes in surprise. Okayyyyy... another sip confirmed that their coffee contained nutty notes, and was very aromatic despite the velvety chocolate highlights.

*Katherine also commented that her Latte (SGD$6.00) was good.

Then the three of us shared some food items, starting with Truffle Fries (SGD$11.50). Was it crispy? Yes. Was the infusion of truffle oil strong enough? Yes, I would say - the fries came with the good aroma of truffles.

Next, the Peanut Butter Banana Cake (SGD$10.00) was a burst of flavors from the first connection right to the last crumb. The creamy peanut butter layers atop, and in between the cake layers, was smooth and rich - peanut butter lovers take note. The cake was fluffy and soft, reverberating strongly with banana's aroma- the combination was simply amazing.

Following that, we had a Warm Mushroom & Baby Spinach Salad (SGD$9.00) - with its medley of mushrooms, baby spinach, pine nuts and soy sesame dressing.  The baby spinach were crunchy little leaves giving balance to the sweetness of the pine nuts and robust flavor of the shiitake mushrooms, beautifully oiled in texture and taste by the simple dressing.

Finally, we conquered an Eggs Zoey (SGD$16.00) from the brunch menu - poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon on English muffins with greens on the side. The poached eggs were runny and warm, its yolk painting the muffins a luscious flavor when upon contact with the knife. The English muffins were solid with the right degree of hardness, making this dish a hearty meal for us.

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