September Coffee, Chinatown, Singapore

@candidcuisine Really waste of potential. I like the menu but they need to work on consistency and have a reservation system, otherwise it's not worth the 1-1.5 hour wait on weekends. Feels like you need to line up in September so you can eat in October. 🤷‍♀️ #coffee #sgfoodie #wheretoeat #brunch #einspanner #comfortfood ♬ Oh no, oh no, oh no, no no – Hip Hop

Address: 258 South Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 058807
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Opening Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 11:30am – 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 9:00pm, Sunday 11:30am – 5:00pm, Closed on Mondays
Instagram: septembercoffeesg

Along the South Bridge Road, where shuttered retail stores remain unclaimed, stands a brave coffee connoisseur looking to revive the Chinatown enclave. Chinatown’s Temple Street slowly returns to normalcy with a few drunken tourists desperately in need of a hangover. I could see the market for a strong brew in the area, especially as it pales in comparison to CBD, Tanjong Pagar and Duxton Hill. These neighborhoods are so close by there’s hardly a compulsion to remain in Chinatown.

But the promise of a re-gentrification / revitalization of Chinatown ends there.

September Coffee in October is named aptly so, because you’ll have to queue in September to have a meal in October. There’s no reservation system at all.

I waited 1 hour for a table. if it weren’t for 2 hair-flipping ladies who took videos of their Honey Butter Udon and Oat Sesame Milk Lattes till the end of times, I would have gotten a table earlier. I was fortunate to be served with my food within 5 minutes, but others weren’t as lucky, a whopping 40 minute wait for a breakfast spread of mushrooms, scrambled eggs, tater tots and sourdough toast.

Meanwhile, I would have forgiven September Coffee if my Fried Chicken French Toast ($18) was delicious. It was nothing more than an elevated Beach Road Scissor Cut Fried Chicken cutlet atop a thick rendition of the Shibuya Toast. I asked for the spiced honey to be served on the side, and glad I did, because the sauce was heavier on tabasco and not on honey. A sauce not meant for the french toast even if the world turned upside down. The result was a very dry, no milk, no eggs, no butter french toast that I even doubt if the cook woke up on the right side of his/her bed.

Thankfully, the Einspanner ($7) made up for it, even better than 51 Tras. It was served to me rather quickly too, and my only guess is the staff could see my distaste for a long waiting time, plain as day.

That said, I am never coming back to September Coffee for a meal, even if the queues died down with the rest of South Bridge Road. Not tomorrow, not any other week or month, and certainly not September.

P.S. My camera seems to have given up on the food too.