The Co-op at Tampines
Though very late to the game, I’ve recently been enjoying TikToks featuring undiscovered and hidden cafe gems in Singapore with both good food and ambience. And located at Our Tampines Hub, The Co-op is one of such places that would probably do well on the trendy app as well.
Food at The Co-op
Despite being a cosy spot tucked away in the corner of the mall, The Co-op dishes out an extensive list of items on the menu.
The highlight for me was their Spicy Umami Prawn Pasta ($20.90+). This alfredo pasta was indeed flanked with umami at every bite, thanks to the chef’s clever addition of scallop paste and burst-in-your-mouth salmon roe atop. While creamy, sauce-laden pastas can sometimes be an overbearing dish, the use of bird’s eye chilli and hot chilli flakes in the mix rid any chance of this one being too jelak.
To add on to the seafoody flavours, there are also two grilled prawns served with the pasta. They were equally delicious, delivering both the sweet flavour of well-cooked prawns and a tinge of smokiness.
Another main to try is their Roasted Cajun Chicken ($19.90+), a half chicken plated with a rich white sauce and stalks of asparagus. It also features a whimsical confetti of pink pickled red onions and bits of finely chopped spring onions.
Tender and savoury was the chicken under its roasted skin. Portions were also hearty, even more so if you’re saving space for other sides and desserts after. Similar to the previous pasta dish, there were also ingredients such as thick, juicy asparagus and pickled onions to reduce any flavour fatigue from the heavy cream-based sauce.
Lamb lovers can order their Rack of Lamb ($23.90+), which comes with mint chimichurri,