As I recently informed my twitter followers (@hungryangmo), I was craving to do a follow up on Cafe Salivation, since my first post, over two years ago. It was pleasing for me to see that nothing much has changed in all those years. The menu, interior design and vibe has remained virtually identical, since my last visit. As I have mentioned before, Cafe Salivation is owned by the same person as Raj Restaurant - Which is just next door. If you are eating at Raj, you are able to order things from the Cafe Salivation menu, but not vice versa. I've mentioned this countless times, but I'll say it once more - Syed Alwi road is truly one of the best vegetarian areas in Singapore, it is a crime not to visit and enjoy.
Location: 176 Race Course Road
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10:30pm
This time around, I wanted to order completely new dishes, starting with the Spicy Scrambled Paneer with Toast. This dish is under the breakfast section, and the customer can ask for the spice level and bread type to be modified to their liking. Scrambled paneer quite accurately mimics scrambled eggs. This variety of paneer is something used in several other Indian dishes, such as badhal gobi. The paneer in this dish was juicy and moreish, with strong peppercorn and green capsicum flavours. I intentionally requested less spice in this dish, as I was fearful of how spicy it would be - Unless you can take very spicy, you might want to follow the same tactic as me. Nice dish overall, that reminded me of my breakfast eating days back in England.
Price: $5.00. 7/10
In my first review, I sampled the feta cheese burger, which overall was a pretty tasty burger. Second time around, I gave the Soya Burger a go. Although two dollars cheaper, I found the standard to be just as food as the feta cheese burger. Although the burger is small in size, it has a nice patty and isn't too soggy. If one was to compare this burger with Vegan Burg, then this would not be able to compete. But of course, it is an unfair comparison, as Vegan Burg specialize in burgers. Overall, the burgers are above average, and is always something I find myself ordering when visiting Cafe Salivation.
Price: $5.00. 7/10
Pasta is something I hardly ever order in Singapore, as my experience is that Asia chefs simply don't know how to cook pasta properly. I decided to put my skepticism aside temporarily during this meal, and in the end, I was pleased that I did. This Linguine A La Fungi was a deliciously creamy pasta dish, which I couldn't stop eating. The main ingredients were mushroom and green capsicum. Although this is certainly not a healthy pasta, as there is a lot of cream added, it is nevertheless delicious. A dish you should certainly order, if you wish to experience top quality pasta in Singapore.
Price: $8.00. 8/10
One of the most expensive dishes on the menu is the Mexican Casserole. My mind was conjuring up many outcomes of what this dish might look like upon arrival. Much to my disappointment, this dish is merely baked rice. There is a thick and oozing layer on cheese, which rendered the future vegan inside of me screaming with terror. Underneath this layer, is tomato infused rice, with a variety of ingredients inside. Although taste wise, it was fine - I was hoping for something a little more original and unique, especially considering the lofty price tag. If you're a baked rice fanatic, then you might want to consider ordering this. If not, there are certainly more captivating dishes on the menu.
Price: $8.50. 6/10
Pizza is probably my most beloved food item, and due to this passion for pizza, I tend to be somewhat picky on what makes a good or bad pizza. The quality of the pizza at Cafe Salivation is nothing outstanding, however, dishes like the paneer pizza, offer a unique twist on this classic Italian dish. On this particular evening, I went with the Neopolitan Pizza. The pizzas are a little on the small side, in terms of size. This particular pizza had mushrooms, diced tomatoes and green capsicum as its toppings. The base had good texture, and the tomato sauce was rich and tangy. Something I would order again, but mainly as I'm a pizza nut!
Price: $7.50. 7/10
Conclusion - Looking at Cafe Salivation overall, I find myself struggling to think of anything overwhelmingly negative to say about it. The interior decor is absolutely beautiful, the staff are endlessly helpful, the prices are reasonable, the food which is being offered is unique and special, the portion size is acceptable, and most importantly - The food is delicious! Cafe Salivation made its way onto my Top 10 list a long time ago, and I don't see its position being in danger anytime soon. A superb restaurant, which anyone and everyone can enjoy.
Food - 8/10
Service - 10/10
Value - 7/10