Blending in with the office crowd on a Friday afternoon, the Infinite team found ourselves searching for a good lunch spot in the downtown area. We walked from Dr Nik’s studio (at outram) all the way through Tanjong Pagar where we later ended up at Downtown Gallery. Spoilt for choice, we did a bit of googling for food options in the vicinity and finally decided on Lunar Coffee Brewers because – 1) they have delicious (& healthy) looking rice bowls and 2) we seriously needed a caffeine fix.
Miso-nori Salmon Soba ($14.50)
The salmon soba seemed like a popular dish, so we decided to get it too. Basically, the soba is coated with a miso-nori butter sauce and is topped with mushrooms, an onsen egg, Japanese Furikake seasoning and a large piece of poached salmon. On first bite, the soba was really tasty and delicious, but after more bites I felt that the Furikake seasoning got a little too overpowering. However, I really enjoyed the salmon. It wasn’t dry at all and I was a given a pretty decent sized fish for its price.
Gochujang Chicken Don ($14.50)
If you’re not familiar with Gochujang, it is a delicious Korean red chilli paste that is sweet, savoury and spicy. This dish is comprised of a roasted chicken thigh covered in the spicy sauce and melted cheese, an onsen egg, kimchi and beansprouts on Japanese rice. It’s probably not the most healthy option given the amount of cheese that’s carpeted over the chicken, but on the whole, the dish was flavourful and enjoyable.
Unami chicken ($8)
For a side dish, we tried the unami chicken. In the menu’s description, it is ‘chicken poppers with ume shiso season’. I’m not exactly sure what ume shiso season is but you can definitely see and taste the seasoning on the chicken. That being said, although the chicken was really tasty, it was full of MSG and I felt very thirsty for a couple of hours after meal.
However, the chicken itself was tender and crispy. Perhaps they should tone down with the amount seasoning on this dish too.
The Milky Way & The Cosmos ($7 each)
Finally…some coffee. We definitely had to try their special Lunar Selection cold brew coffees – here we have The Milky Way (white cold brew) and The Cosmos (black cold brew).
The Milky Way was very smooth and had a hint of nuttiness – this made the coffee really easy to drink. However, I felt that it was lacking a kick which is surprising for me as I always thought cold brewed coffees are usually quite strong.
The Cosmos was also smooth and pretty light. One thing to note is to remember to shake your bottle before pouring it into the glass because if not, the coffee at the bottom would be very concentrated.
It is the perfect place for the taste of homecooked rice bowls and great cold brew coffees. We also love the cafe’s modern and minimalistic interior which captures the vibe of a classy, exclusive place even though it is located in the heart of the busy central business district.
Definitely give this place a try if you haven’t already!
Lunar Coffee Brewers
6 Shenton Way, #01-49/50 OUE Downtown Gallery 2, Singapore 068809
- Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm
- Saturday: 9am – 3pm
- Closed on Sunday