Tucked along one of the many little side-streets criss-crossing Singapore’s Little India is a secret that locals have no hope of keeping under wraps for long. Head down Dunlop Street and follow the scent of freshly roasted coffee past the rows of shophouses until you get to Rouse. This quaint cafe hosts distinctive blends curated by the knowledgeable proprietors – they are serious about coffee culture, even once hosting their very own Latte Art Throwdown competitions! But there’s more than just coffee brewing here.
The cafe was approximately 10 min walk from Bugis MRT Station. The ambiance was nice but the menu selection was a little limited. While the Chickie Chomper that I have ordered was juicy and nice, the pasta my friends ordered were noted to be a tad dry.
The food was excellent, basically everything on the menu was tasty. The cafe itself has a nice and cosy ambience albeit being fairly hard to find.
While coffee is certainly the centre of Rouse’s universe (and who can claim the magic bean doesn’t make the world go round?), this little Singapore shophouse cafe along Dunlop Street in Little India has big ideas. Besides hosting boutique blends like Dutch Colony Coffee Company’s De Mahkota (a 50/40/10 Brazilian, Ethiopian, Somalian blend with notes of roasted nuts, dark chocolate and summer berries), Rouse do a tricky line in cafe bites, too. Their Krusty Kari Burger with sweet Potato Fries burgers with fries are a popular standby for those in search of a hunger-busting stack, while the classic beef and portobello mushroom burger (B.O.B) is a melt-in-your-mouth mouthful that’s hard to beat.
Dig deeper and you’ll find Rouse goes way beyond the regular remit of a cafe and mini-bistro. Equipped with an obvious sense of style and space, Rouse aims to pack their Dunlop Street premises to the rafters with more events and live performances.