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  1. Neptune
    Photograph: Fabian Loo
  2. Neptune
    Photograph: Fabian LooPortobello ragout
  3. Neptune
    Photograph: Fabian Loo
  4. Neptune
    Photograph: Fabian Loo

Time Out says

The latest café to open in Katong doesn’t have much of an online presence yet. With just nine grids on its Instagram page, Neptune has been drawing a consistent line outside its doors (where Firebake used to be).

Its owners might be a reason why; Neptune is opened by the same people behind successful eateries that include Apollo Coffee Bar, Atlas Coffeehouse, Columbus Coffee Co.

The gorgeous interior could be another. Mid-century modern influences help provide a clean, sun-filled backdrop for dining in comfort. A grand olive archway frames the entry, which opens up to wooden furnishings soften by pastel off-whites and soothing green tilings.

Of course, the food is the main highlight. The all-purpose menu offers something for every taste – from classic brunch plates to novel Asian-inspired creations. Drop by for brunch, and look forward to the portobello ragout ($19.50), where a toast comes half topped with spoonfuls of creamy mushrooms, and another with juicy, blistered cherry tomatoes. Chorizo, eggs, and avocado ($20.90) come together on another plate; the dish is best enjoyed by piling a bit of everything atop accompanying slices of crusty sourdough. Do note that portions come deceptively small, and those feeling hungry can afford to over-order.

Heftier mains comes in the form of Summer Chicken Stew ($19.30), bacon-curried rice ($23.50), shrimp scampi ($21.90), and more. A dessert section might be conspicuously missing from the menu, but options of strawberry-topped French toast ($19.80) and buttermilk waffles (from $11.20) can easily satisfy any sweet cravings.

Skip the iced chai latte ($7.50) with faint spice notes and go for the brews instead. The coffee program here offers the choice of two different blends: Mr. Cuddles, with bold, nutty undertones; and Mr. Brightside suffused with juicy notes of cherry. Espresso goes for $3.80, and latte starts from $5.40.

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo


237 East Coast Rd
Opening hours:
Tue-Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-7pm
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