This cafe has a pleasant setting and is a great getaway from the weekend crowds at Raffles City and Chijmes. Drop by when you’re famished for the Café Mosaic burger: a sizable patty with grilled cheese on a toasted bun, with lots of fries; insist on medium-rare if you prefer a juicier burger. The Singapore nyonya laksa, though generously topped with seafood, meat and eggs, looks and tastes a bit pallid and mild on first impression—ask for sambal chilli if you want to experience some fiery deliciousness. The nasi goreng istimewa features kampong fried rice with crispy fried chicken, nyonya achar and two satay doused in a piquant peanut sauce. For dessert, the kaffir lime pie with raspberry chutney and Greek yoghurt is as visually arresting as it is delicious. Service is perfunctory and efficient, though it could use more warmth.
• The local à la carte dishes here are more appealing than the usual “international” buffet featured nightly—especially if you wish to savour something uniquely Singaporean. Remember to ask for the sambal chilli, which perks up most of the local dishes.