Selfish Gene is the new kid round the block in cafe town, Outram Park/Tanjong Pagar area. They are located just units down from The Plain and it is barely a year old. It is well hidden from the noisy crowd, making it a peaceful place. The name is interesting and is sure to attract the attention of many.
LOOK & FEEL
It is spacious and simple, in match with its peaceful ambience. It is very simplistic and honest, just like how it is sincere in serving its food.
As it is opened only in the day and serves mostly desserts, you can expect a quiet ambience throughout the day in the cafe. There are many tables available, making it suitable for groups as well.
FOOD & DRINKS
The cheapest dessert off the menu was Caramel Slice. The chocolate on the top layer was sweet and chocolaty. The sweetness doubled (or tripled actually) with the layer of sticky caramel under it. The overall stickiness was neutralized by the floury biscuit crumbs which disintegrated immediately in the mouth.
I ordered a Carrot Cake for my boyfriend who likes only carrot cakes. The cake was very soft and the taste of cream cheese was just right. The bits of walnuts also gave an extra kick to the texture. It’s one of the better carrot cakes around!
Their desserts are served with an artistic touch, making it much more appealing than it would have been.
As I wanted to try something different from just the average coffee, I picked Iced Chai Tea Latte. I was always very curious about Chai Tea because it’s pretty new to the scene. On the first sip, I was really amazed by the rich flavour. On the next few, I realized the scent and taste of the spice was really very strong and it really tasted weird with the milk. Though I tried my best to appreciate, poor Chai did not get into my good books. This should be the last time I’m ever trying Chai!
IN A NUTSHELL
If you are looking for a calm and peaceful place for some serious thinking or get some work done, Selfish Gene is the one! The decent desserts will get into anyone’s good books and the friendly staff who is absolutely not selfish will make sure your stay is a pleasant one.
Be sure to tour around the area for sighting of beautiful shophouses like this: