How much is the doggie in the window? Sorry, but he’s taken!
Baileys, who has his own little window at Free The Robot cafe, will make you do a double take while strolling along Telok Ayer Street. He has his own Instagram account, by the way.
The cafe by day transforms into a cocktail bar, Bitters & Love, at night.
I stumbled upon it with Baileys’ help when I passed by after lunch at nearby Aloha Poke, which serves the yummy Hawaiian raw fish dish.
I resolved to pay Baileys a visit on another day for brunch and dropped by on Saturday, only to find out it was his off day. Fiona, who was helming the cafe when I went, says he was overworked and wouldn’t wake up in the morning. I’m glad I made my way down though, as it turns out Free The Robot offers wholesome, affordable and delicious brunch, coffee and cold-pressed juices. And cute touches of robot decor.
My companions and I ordered Le Burger ($12), Big Brekky (S12), the Avocado Pesto Toastie ($7), Flat White ($5), Cappuccino ($5), Valrhona Hot Choco ($7) and the Free The Robot signature ($6).
The signature coffee features cold-pressed coconut oil and a strong coconut aroma and taste. Fiona says they took about a month to find the right proportions and match it to the right beans, a medium roast from Toby’s Estate. I quite enjoyed it, but for some, the coconut may be an acquired taste.
The Valrhona hot chocolate, served with a chocolate wafer, was of the right thickness and not overly sweet, so it was not overwhelming.
I really liked the avocado and pesto toastie – the bread was thick, fluffy and toasted till crisp on the edges, sandwiching feta cheese, avocado chunks and slathered with pesto. Free The Robot actually makes its own pesto and bread, and most everything on its menu, including the yogurt and smoked salmon! That’s impressive, especially at such prices. I can’t wait to return and try more dishes.
The scrambled eggs in the big breakfast were salted nicely, fluffy and cooked perfectly, and we were just inhaling wafts of truffle with the sous vide egg ($3) with jamon, truffle and slice of brown bread ($5).
We were also given a tiny shot each of cold-pressed juice to try – a mix of pineapple, celery, pomegranate and apple. It was refreshing and sweet and healthy, with no sugar added.
I’ll be returning, not just to see Baileys again (according to an Instagram post, his working schedule has been changed to Friday and Saturday, from 0830 to 1630), but also for the decently priced, yummy brunch.
Oh and a shop just two doors down, where we grabbed some fruit (whole and sliced) and healthy snacks!
Return? Yes! I can see this becoming one of my favourite cafes.
Free The Robot Cafe
118 Telok Ayer Street
Tuesday to Saturday, 0830-1630