When historians decades from now catalogue the food culture of the 21st century, Symmetry will be their definitive example of a ‘hipster café’. Pop art posters, pre-loved trinkets, an indie music soundtrack, metal fixtures, and lots and lots of wood hang around the space, bordered on one end by a built-as-vintage brick wall. Thankfully, there’s substance beneath all this style.
While its brunch is popular, Symmetry’s lunch and dinner menus – which deviate from the standard café fare – are its real triumphs. Its signature saikyo miso cod and mentaiko carbonara ($24) is an umami bomb on the palate, while the crab claw hazelnut basil pesto ($22) hides chunks of crabmeat. The truffle fries are on the higher end of the price spectrum at $15, but the crispy shoestrings, salted just so and piled high in a bucket, are one of the better examples on this list.
Cap off your meal with a cold-brewed coffee ($7) – dripped over 9 to 12 hours – using single-origin beans from Papua New Guinea and served with a slice of orange. If you visit at night, Symmetry’s bar comes to life, shaking up original cocktails and pouring a well-stocked catalogue of cider, beer, sake, champagne and wine.
9 Jln Kubor
|Opening hours:||Mon 10.30am-9pm; Tue-Thu 10.30am-11pm; Fri 10.30am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-7pm|