Daizu café is a Japanese-Western fusion café that opened just 3 months ago. The minimalist aesthetic of its interior, designed and created by the staff themselves, provides a relaxing and calm dining experience.
The café embodies Daizu, which means “Soy” in Japanese, into every dish. Take for example the Ikura Don with Spicy Salmon ($28), which contains soy edamame, that adds a green contrast to the mostly bright orange dish and a slight crunchy texture. The donburi also comprises sweet Japanese sushi rice, salmon sashimi marinated with their special in-house spicy sauce, filled with a ton of ikura and topped with dried seaweed.
The creamy salmon sashimi cubes melts in the mouth, while the heat of the spicy sauce creeps on you after a few seconds, creating a buttery yet slightly fiery sensation. Needless to say, I enjoyed receiving a refreshing burst of flavour from each spoonful of ikura.
Besides rice bowls, the café also offers a variety of coffees brewed using coffee beans sourced from different parts of the world such as the upper region of Brazil, Sumatra and Papua New Guinea. I ordered one of their more popular drinks: the Strawberry Latte ($7). It’s made with strawberry milk and two espresso shots, which forms distinct pink and brown layers. It had a strawberry scent, a mild bitterness and was slightly sweet. This was definitely my “cup of coffee”.
If you still have space after your meal for a dessert (because we all know we have a second stomach just for sweet stuff), they offer a variety of cakes and pastries which are baked fresh everyday in their central kitchen. I did not expect seeing Kouigh Amann ($5) in a Japanese-Western fusion café before, so I knew I had to try it. You can order their pastries with jam and/or butter on the side at no additional cost.
The Kouigh Amann was served hot and had a beautiful buttery fragrance. Made with butter, sugar, flour and topped with sugar beads, the light-flaky pastry pops up with every slice made. It was pretty big, so I would definitely share this with someone.
129 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218407
Mondays: 10am – 10pm (Only drinks, cakes & pastries)
Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am – 10pm