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Warm fuzzy lights, quaint ceramic cups and cold brews served in light bulbs, if this isn’t a classic hipster café, we seriously don’t know what is.

We can totally imagine spending a lazy Sunday here
One of the café’s many instagram-worthy corners
Award winning barista John Ryan Ting

Located at Sultan gate, A.R.C. is an Academy, Roastery, and of course, a Café. Helmed by award(s) winning John Ryan Ting, who is also the first Singaporean barista to reach the semi-finals of the World Barista Championship, you can be assured of the coffee quality served at this quaint café. Did we also mention that Andrea Tan, the Champion of Singapore National Brewers Cup 2015 is also making coffee at A.R.C.? Excuse us whilst we scream a little.

Top: Cold BrewBottom: 1 + 1
Top: Cold Brew
Bottom: 1 + 1

So after that entire introduction, it’s only right to say that we started off with A.R.C.’s signature beverage, the Cold Brew, and 1 + 1. Comprising of Kenyan beans that are immersed in water overnight, the Cold Brew ($8-$12) makes a refreshing drink that is best enjoyed over ice. Despite its acidity, the Cold Brew isn’t overly sour and is pleasantly fruity. The drink is also served in an aesthetically pleasing glass light bulb that you can bring home as souvenir.

The 1 + 1 ($7) is a little more interesting. In A.R.C.’s attempt to allow patrons to enjoy their coffee as both black and white, the concept behind 1 + 1 comprises of a single espresso shot (black) and a milk-based espresso (white). For its price, this mini coffee platter is definitely a steal.

Salmon Tartare
Salmon Tartare

Despite having visited the café thrice (it’s that good), you’ll be surprised to learn that we have barely sampled half its food items. Talk about having an extensive menu.

Starting off with the Salmon Tartare ($14.80), we were pleasantly surprised by the pink peppercorns that would burst with flavour whenever we bit into them. If you’re not exactly a fan of salmon, worry not. We had a non-salmon lover taste the dish and the plate ended up sparkly clean. We kid you not.

Tender Beef Cheeks
Tender Beef Cheeks

For the mains, we found the Tender Beef Cheeks ($18.80) very aptly named. Absolutely tender and succulent, this hearty dish is definitely one for the beef lovers. It may be strange to pay this much attention to a side dish, but we have to say that the accompanying Mashed Potato was de-li-cious. Thank god the chef that it’s also available as a side dish.

The Cod Fish

The Cod Fish ($31.80) however, is easily the star of the show. This melt-in-your-mouth-pan-seared Cod Fish is a must-have. We repeat; a must-have. Appropriately seasoned and tender soft, this lip-smacking dish will do more than make up for its relatively higher price tag.

Can a Tiramisu get any more adorable?
Can a Tiramisu get any more adorable?

If you’re into creative desserts, you’ve come to the right place. When we first laid our eyes on A.R.C.’s Flower Pot Tiramisu ($6.80), we couldn’t believe how adorable it is. Seriously, just look at it. The flavour of this dessert is appropriately strong without being overpowering at the same time. Made with the café’s house blend, this tiramisu may be no hero but it is definitely something to shout about.

Image Credit: @the_royal_son
Image Credit: @the_royal_son

The Espresso Waffle with Tahitian Vanilla Ice-Cream ($11.80) is a delight. Similarly, this dessert is infused with the café’s house blend, giving it its unique coffee aroma. The waffle is really crispy on the outside and is not as dense so no worries about feeling gelat when tucking into this delicious dessert!

Feeling hungry? Here’s YOUR chance to enjoying a dining experience at A.R.C.!

A.R.C. is giving away 5 x $50 vouchers to five lucky readers!

All you have to do is to LIKE A.R.C’s Facebook page, FOLLOW A.R.C on instagram, and SHARE this Facebook post! Yes, it’s that simple! The giveaway period will end 2359 17th May 2016.

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So the next time you’re looking for a great coffee spot, you know where to go!

The A.R.C Coffee
Address: 29/31 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198477
Phone: +65 6291 6863
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Tue to Fri: 11AM – 10PM; Sat & Sun: 9:30AM – 10PM

Also read: Why This New Cafe At Upp Thomson Is A Must Visit. Look At Their Waffles!