Official Website: http://www.wpc.sg (See their menu here)
Address: 134 Neil Road, Singapore 088863 (Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park NEL Exit H)
Tel: +65 6438 1127
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-3pm
Budget: about $6-10
In the second part of our special on cafes and restaurants with a meaningful cause (see the first part here), we explore World Peace Cafe, a no-frills cafe run by Buddhist influenced Kadampa Meditation Centre. Entirely staffed by volunteers, World Peace Cafe serves a wide range of healthy dishes such as salads, sandwiches, microwaveable main dishes, illy coffee and gourmet tea. Consistent with Buddhist philosophy, this cafe is also entirely meat-free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
LG ordered the Korean Brown Rice Bibimbab ($6.50), which was topped with vegetables (shitake mushrooms, sweet onion, carrot and red spinach) and a sunny side-up (bibimbap is never complete without the sunny side-up!). I was not particularly impressed initially, because the dish was prepared beforehand (including the fried egg) and simply heated up with a microwave prior to serving. However, one should not be quick to judge, because it actually tasted pretty decent and they used short-grained brown rice. At least it was served warm, unlike some mediocre Korean stalls that merely serve bibimbab with sliced vegetables on top of cold Jasmine rice.
This was my first time trying a Spanish Omelette ($6.50) and I would say this rendition prepared by World Peace Cafe was simple yet refreshing. It reminded me of a Fisherman’s or Shepherd’s Pie. For the benefit of mountain turtles out there (like me), Spanish Omelette or Tortilla Española is made with potatoes, onions and some baby tomatoes encased in an omelette and fried in olive oil. Although I love potatoes, I found the omelette a tad too dry. Also, I thought that a little more salt would have made the dish tastier. Or perhaps it was food meant for health junkies. I did finish the salad and salted Kettle chips though :)
If you’re looking for meditation classes, Kadampa Meditation Centre located upstairs is your perfect destination. Do drop by if you’re in the vicinity – but do not expect mind-blowing food and out-of-the-way service. World Peace Cafe is a cafe that serves simple and meaningful food prepared by volunteers with a heart to serve. Embrace the Buddhist principles of love and respect for all living things here, for you may actually find some inner peace. Namaste.