PRAIRIE by Craftsmen Found its Nest in an Inconspicuous Glasshouse
My friends and I are always looking to discover new spots to hang out in Singapore. Someone proposed PRAIRIE by Craftsmen. The agreement was immediate and unanimous since the café was opened by the same folks behind Craftsmen Speciality Coffee – a trusted name among café lovers.
Plus, PRAIRIE by Craftsmen is located near the Singapore Botanic Gardens Exit A (and by near, I am referring to a two-minute walk) and that gave us ample reasons to indulge in a hearty breakfast (guilt-free) after a long scenic walk in the gardens (and by long, I mean a not-too-shabby two-hour walk).
The cosy café was relatively empty before 9:30am on a Saturday morning but was quickly filled up by 10am. So it did help to be an early-riser, even if it was for one Saturday morning only.
Other than the indoor dining area, the café also offers the option of outdoor dining.
With abundant and brilliant sunlight shining through the sunroof, the outdoor area resembles a huge glasshouse well-decorated with potted and hanging plants. If you are looking for an Instagrammable spot, alfresco dining is an obvious choice.
A friend ordered their “PRAIRIE Breakfast” and she thoroughly enjoyed the crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and chewy sourdough. As my friend does not take eggs, the service staff agreed to replace the fried egg with an avocado and lo and behold, at no additional charge – a nice gesture not commonly offered at many places.
While the service staff was accommodating towards diners with food allergies, another friend’s request to change the soft poached eggs in their “Rustic Mushrooms” to scrambled eggs was frowned upon but finally acceded to. The truffle porcini butter was a good idea but the taste of truffle and porcini mushroom was too mild – the execution could really make do with more finesse.
I, too, ordered the “Rustic Mushrooms”. It was simply delightful as I watched the fork pierce through the poached eggs causing the golden creamy egg yolk to drip out and the sourdough soaking up all the creamy goodness.
We also tried the vanilla latte, iced Valrhona chocolate and matcha latte (sweetened). The latte was pleasant and creamy while the iced chocolate was rich and contained tiny bits of chocolate/coffee (honestly, we couldn’t tell). The matcha latte was, however, too sweet for me (to be fair, the menu did contain a fair warning) but the small chocolate strip on the side was demi-sweet and surprisingly smooth.
All in all, we enjoyed ourselves and are likely to go back to PRAIRIE by Craftsmen for lunch/dinner, which offers a lot more variety on the menu.
501 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-05C Cluny Court, Singapore 259760