Official Website: http://www.maison-ikkoku.net/; Facebook
Address: 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885
Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs: 9am – 9pm; Fri, Sat, Eve of PH: 9am – 11pm, Sun & PH: 9am-7pm
Budget: $10-20 per person
Maison Ikkoku is concealed among the shophouses located in the Kampong Glam area, hence you may need a GPS in order to locate it. The café sits on the ground floor of the shophouse, while the second and third levels are occupied by their boutique and bar respectively. My friend and I arrived at the café after a grueling ten-minute walk, under the scorching hot sun, from Bugis. Upon entering, I was immediately attracted to its pleasant interior.
With its comfortable sofa seats and relaxing ambience, this is probably one of the few places where I wouldn’t mind spending an entire afternoon doing work or reading a book. Or simply just while my afternoon away doing nothing.
Their menu comprises mainly “cafe food” like pastas, salads and sandwiches which are rather typical. However, they do have rather interesting snacks, such as the MI Pork Bun (aka Kong Bak Pau) and the MI Musubi (which is like a rice dumpling with luncheon meat). There is also a wide selection of humongous-sized cake slices at the counter, which would satisfy any dessert/afternoon tea craving.
Since we were there for lunch, both of us picked the Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($15) from the menu. I thought it was rather expensive for a sandwich served in a cafe. Fortunately, the portion was reasonable for its price and the order came with a free drink (worth up to $5) since we were there between 11am and 2.30pm.
Here’s a close-up of the sandwich, which resembles a burger in my opinion. It tasted decent, but I felt that it wasn’t mindblowing. However, coffee lovers would probably love this place. They have a Specialty Brew Bar where a variety of brewing methods are employed, and the whole cafe was filled with the aromatic scent of coffee beans. My friend ordered a Flat White that came with pretty latte art (sadly, no pictures) while I had their Iced Americano. Despite not being a coffee connoisseur, I really enjoyed the coffee.
All in all, I feel that Maison Ikkoku is worth a visit (especially if you’re a coffee lover!) although it’s situated slightly off the beaten track. It’s an ideal place to seek respite from the shopping crowd in the Bugis area, and I’ll probably be back to try their sweets. :D