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About Selfish Gene Cafe

While the dishes served up in Selfish Gene Cafe on Craig Road may be simple, what they lack in complexity they make up for in quality, with a range of classic European inspired cafe cuisine created from scratch using only the best, locally-sourced ingredients. Open seven days a week, the people of Singapore flock to this popular Tanjong Pagar cafe whether it is for breakfast, lunch or a slice of Selfish Gene’s much talked about cake.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 9:30 am
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Selfish Gene Cafe
40 Craig Road
Singapore 089678

Menu Highlights




norwegian smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms


scrambled eggs, pork sausage, mushroom, cherry tomato confit, toasted brioche


scrambled eggs, pork sausage, bacon, hash brown, mushroom, mesclun, multigrain toast



spaghetti, sous vide egg, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, smoked bacon bits, garlic & parsley


pan-roasted norwegian salmon fillet with truffle mash and orange fennel salad


seared tara valley beef rump with potato puree, chimichurri, cos salad, nuoc cham dressing

Afternoon Tea


chrysanthemum | osmanthus | pu’er | green tea | tie guan yin | jasmine


breakfast tea| earl grey| camomile| green mint


mini loaf of warm banana cake served with banana, caramel, crumble & peanut butter sauce

More about Selfish Gene Cafe, Singapore

With a philosophy of not serving anyone food that he wouldn’t eat himself, hence the name Selfish Gene Cafe, the chef (call him Gene!) over at this cosy joint in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar may be selfish but this results in a menu jam-packed full with quality cuisine. You will find everything from breakfasts – options include the Whole Lot breakfast which, as the name suggests, features it all – sausage, scrambled egg, bacon, hash browns, mushrooms, mesclun and multigrain toast, to lunch and all day choices.

On Fridays, the special dinner menu features a range of options from classic Italian pastas like carbonara and spaghetti Bolognese to Asian-inspired dishes such as grilled chicken or pork collar fillet served with pink slaw, soy-honey vinaigrette and truffle mash. Famous in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar for their homemade cakes, this Craig Road cafe draws in a crowd after their sugar fix, and you will find a selection of tasty treats on the menu which changes daily, all freshly baked every day.

10 Selfish Gene Cafe Reviews

10 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Good value
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Cecilia Y.a year ago · 2 reviews

Relatively hearty portions and scrambled eggs are nicely done! Enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing catch-up over brunch without the crowd after 1pm on a Saturday.

bing xian l.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Nice and quiet on a weekend afternoon for brunch. The breakfast platter was great and portion big enough even for a guy. Service crew was cordial and attentive. Thumbs up!

Bao Jia T.2 years ago · 25 reviews

Quiet environment, spacious. Great service. Food was quite good though slightly pricey. Will come again!

Jerome W.2 years ago · 1 review

Reached at 930am on Sunday, we were the first there. Great food. We had the Breakfast Plate, Beef Sandwich and Waffles all of which were good. Service was OK, didn't notice anything lacking. Ambience wise so-so, stark deco made it feel not so welcoming.

Velda C.2 years ago · 18 reviews

food was ordinary; place was noisy despite the cafe being only half-full. having said that, i was very impressed by the attentiveness of the service staff who accommodated my special meal request and cleared plates very promptly without being overly intrusive. 3 for the food 5 for the service

Derek P.2 years ago · 3 reviews

The food is pretty good, I enjoyed the Breakfast Plate and Latte. The staff are friendly too, making it a good place to catch-up with friends.

Amanda Q.2 years ago · 1 review

Comfortable, cosy and not too crowded. Had a great meet-up with friends there. Ordered salmon and eggs. Mushrooms were well seasoned. Barley and lime was refreshing

Cailin L.a year ago · 2 reviews

The food was decent although my bolognese was on rather oily and tasted more like curry than tomato pasta. It is closing at the end of the month.

Henry M.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Food is served on time. Went there in a group of six. Priced reasonably. Portions were decent too. Will definitely head back for more over the weekends.

Henry M.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Food was good, reasonably priced. Waiting time was reasonable too.