The next time you’re in the Clarke Quay area and craving for a nice local cuppa, head down to Kopi Roti Central at the basement of The Central. Kopi Roti, which translates to ‘Coffee and Bread’, is a gem to enjoy Singaporean coffee and tea. You will see quite a number of foreigners, many of them tourists, tucking into local fare here. It’s nice to see them experience something that is simple yet big part of the Singapore food scene.
Kopi Roti Central may look quite humble in décor, it’s actually has a pretty extensive menu, especially for the drinks. Take a break here and enjoy the nice smooth Teh-C ($1.20). For those who prefer non-caffeinated drinks, there is a herbal tea creation with wolfberries and chrysanthemum ($1.80) which is both healthy and refreshing. You can also get Horlicks Shake ($2.80) and interesting bubble teas ($2) like Lychee Snow Shake, which you are not likely to get at other local Kopi joints.
Opened from 7:30am to 8pm, Kopi Roti Central also serves up All Day Breakfast Special, an Asian version of the very in-vogue Western All Day Breakfast. Best pick for variety is the chee cheong fan set ($3) which includes carrot cake, crispy tofu skin, chicken roll, chee cheong fan topped with sweet and chilli sauce and a drink of your choice. The servings came in nice snack-size portions. The star of the set is the chee cheong fan. It’s so smooth and slippery it glides down the throat easily. The stall also sells fried bee hoon ($2.30). Instead of the usual brown fried bee hoon, theirs is the hard-to-find nice white quality fried bee hoon. The Bee Hoon is fragrant and flavourful. For a more filling meal, add vegetables, luncheon meat or other savouries to go with it.
At lunchtime, there is a sizeable crowd tugging into the food and drinks. Besides kaya toast and various bread options, there are Chinese Kueh and other local dishes such as Nasi Lemak ($3.30) and Laska ($3.80). The most popular dish is the crispy chicken cutlet rice ($4). They also have daily set specials like XO hor fun and green tea ($4.80), braised chicken rice and grass jelly ($5) and herbal noodle and herbal tea ($5) set for you to indulge.
With the proliferation of huge local Kopi chains, Kopi Roti is a breath of fresh air, bringing its own unique charming local flavour with attractive prices and comfort food. The staffs are friendly, polite and attentive. It is nice to enjoy a nice poignant feeling of old Singapore in this quaint place.
Kopi Roti Central
#B1-26 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 8pm Daily
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