Free the Robot Coffee Cafe: Review

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A cafe that lets the robots roam in the CBD of Singapore. Attracted by the sheer robotic temptation, I visited the cafe one fine afternoon for lunch.

Be part of the storywall through this hole. 
A small, dim cafe interior, directly linked with bar Bitters and Love.

The chalkboard menu.
DETAILS
Area:
Telok Ayer / Tanjong Pagar

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 1 min walk from Telok Ayer MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
Cold brew ($7) 
I have no complaints about this cold brew. We tried the Ethiopia - Djimmah Grade 3. In fact, it was a huge welcome, and I liked it, along with its presentation of a huge huge ice ball in its mug. Awesome for a warm day. Especially since I was dining outside their eatery.

Free the Robot signature coffee ($6) 
When I knew this place had coconut oil in its coffee, I wanted to try it. Actually, this was something I already wanted to do at home, but was always lazy to try, as the traditional method was to really blend the coffee with the coconut oil, using a blender (yes I am that lazy.). Apparently here, they don't do that, but rather, they just mix in a little coconut oil after making the coffee. This resulted in the oil surfacing faster, so it's a coffee you probably don't want to drink too slowly.
Non-coconut oil lovers, you will not love this. But those who are like me, always wanting to give coconut oil coffee a try, get it here.

Sous vide egg with Jamon, truffle and brown bread ($8)
The sous vide egg itself already costed about $3, so I added on the Jamon, truffle and brown bread (additional $5).
Jamon, the Spanish's way of cured ham, actually tasted good with the truffle and the sous vide egg. This amalgamation was of eggy goodness with a intense flavour and a tingle of sweetness of the tip of the tongue.

Big brekky ($14)
This is comforting. And filling. A more affordable big breakfast compared to other cafes, it includes pork sausages, scrambled eggs, cripsy bacon (love!) and homemade hashbrown.

Free the Robot burger ($12) 
What's good about this cafe is that most of its food is homemade. Aka, cooked with sweet lovin' of the chef. The beef burger, which packs sunny side eggs, pickles, tomato, melted cheese and bacon in it (phew! What a mouthful!) is a should-try at this eatery. Delicious.
If you were to ask me if I would come back for the robots again... no. 

As for the coffees, I would give it a rating of 7 / 10. I liked the smoothness of the coffees here. But a personal view is that the coconut oil coffee might not be too much of a crowd pleaser, because I think most Asian palates might still not be accustomed to coconut oils. 

But yes, it was an overall pleasant dining experience, and if you need a definite reply, I would come back for the food, which impressed more than other cafes.

Free the Robot Coffee
Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587
Tel: +65 6438 1836
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Freetherobot/