The moment we heard about the arrival of Baristart Coffee on our sunny shores, we knew we had to talk about it. Hailing from downtown Sapporo, the specialty coffee joint has just opened its doors in the heart of CBD along the bustling Tras Street, and it has already become one of our favourite java spots in town. Here’s a look at some of their noteworthy offerings:
Helmed by global chief barista Yuuki Takechi, the folks at Baristart Coffee are highly trained in their craft so you can definitely trust them to churn out an impeccable cup of joe. Watch as the man expertly works his pour over latte art magic behind the counter, which will make your cuppa look extra Instagramable.
A must-try is the BIEI Jersey Milk Coffee ($7.50), which is made with specially-imported Hokkaido milk for a richer and creamier consistency. For those who prefer a stronger brew, this option might not appeal to the serious caffeine drinkers – but we like that it still comes packed with plenty of aromatic flavour.
For a joint with a strong focus on its coffee, we certainly did not expect to be greeted with a mouth-watering spread of savoury delights. You get the usual fare of avocado salads, pastas and sandwiches – but with a distinctly Japanese twist that makes it all the more authentic.
Standout dishes include the Hokkaido Carbonara ($17.80), a generous plate of cream spaghetti drenched in Hokkaido rich milk; and Obihiro Butadon ($18.80), a hearty bowl of glazed pork belly slices atop fluffy rice grains.
There’s something for the sweet-tooths too! Exquisitely created by a team of skilled Japanese pastry chefs, they offer an indulgent selection of desserts to end off your meal on a sweet note. If you’re here for the ‘gram, be sure to order the Shiro Kuma Shaved Ice ($9.80).
Shaped like a bear, this super kawaii treat is served with homemade syrup on the side that you can drizzle all over the brimming bowl. You can either opt for the signature Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, or choose to have coffee, strawberry, mango or green tea to go along.
Just look at how cute it is! We can’t bear to dig in (sorry, we just had to).
Similar to its Sapporo counterpart, the outlet in Singapore adopts a minimalist design coupled with quirky accents, wood textures and a splash of greenery – reminiscent of interiors that you usually see in modern and traditional Japanese homes. Although the space isn’t as spacious (you might want to come early if you want to avoid the crowd), it has an abundance of natural light which also makes for gorgeous food shots.
With good coffee, a laidback ambience and aesthetics to boot, Baristart Coffee is a clear winner in our books.
Featured image credits: yuki_takeuchi__, iris.nihao, baristartcoffee on Instagram
Baristart Coffee is located at 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004.