Coffee Bar K


If you want a rowdy drink in a bar full of karaoke enthusiasts who so passionately believe that Children Are The Future that they gladly butcher “The Greatest Love” in full public view and if you prefer strong robust drinks where the alcohol levels beat those frou-frou fruit flavours into submission, truly Coffee Bar K is not the place for you.

Stay away because this blog likes a classy civilised place to enjoy a cooling Mojito, a sunny Pina Colada, a milky Snowball and a kicking Moscow Mule with dear friends while sampling slices of Proscuitto and fruit in this tragically small bar that serves – because of its Japanese influence – subtly flavoured cocktails that require moments of mindful contemplation that rival the Zen Buddhist monks. 🙂

Coffee Bar K does not accept reservations and there is S$15 seating charge, but trust me, it is worth it.

Coffee Bar K is at 205 River Valley Road, #01-076 UE Square, Singapore 238274, Tel (65) 6720 5040

Posted on 1st Jul 2007 in Food and Drink


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Simon Tan commented on July 2, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Tovarisch Ivan, you have been misled by evil reactionary agents. Hartamas is about food, not drink.
Example…Nanbei, a ‘Japanese’ bar that serves some of the most interesting Japanese tapas foods I have come accross in KL. Their drinks are decent and unpretentious, served in glassware that is nicer than a lot of places that charge more. It’s good for a beer, soju, sake and basic whiskies…’s not somewhere to look for esoteria.
Their food menu is on the other hand quite amusing, especially the ever changing weekly specials….
Last night I had some ba sashi or horse meat sashimi. It’s sliced thin, though not wafer like. It’s served with a shoyu to dip with wasabi, radish, ginger etc. You tailor the dip to suit your palate. The meat itself is a rich deep red with lovely marbling and a little fat. Looks a little like Kobe beef but even more heavily marbled. Au naturel, it’s got a somewhat different (imo stronger but subtler) flavour to beef but exceeds Kobe in it’s ability to melt in the mouth.
A bit of shoyu and a dab of Wasabi helps to bring out the flavour in the fat.

It was followed by a salad of Wagyu carpaccio. On it’s own, it was a nice little bit of beef, perhaps a little too medium but the shoyu and wasabi dressing worked nicely. After the ba… struggled to shine.

Third was an assiette of sausage and salami. It was decent enough but there’s better to be had around town (see El Cerdo). The highlight was a delightful little merguez.

All this was washed down with a bottle of soju. I actually prefer Korean, which I feind to be cleaner tasting and much more affordable. I consume my soju as Lemon Highs….i.e. with lemon wedges and ice.

Nanbei is part of a group of Japanese outlets owned by a long time Japanese expat. The food is amusing, the ambience is good (their choice of music was expecially good last night) and the service is excellent. Next time, a review of their Tokyo-style Western outlet, Akane.


Mich commented on July 4, 2007 at 2:40 am

I’m glad to know you like Coffee Bar K. It’s one of my favourites too! The place makes me feel civilised now and then.


Ivan commented on July 4, 2007 at 2:28 pm

@Mich: Yup! It’s a great place to unwind!


Ivan commented on July 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm

@Simon Tan: Hej Simon! I found the bars at Sri Hatamas to be more interesting than the food the last time (4 years ago) I was there. Of course, things change rapidly.

I agree with you on the horse meat but I had it as an air-dried sausage from France. It had a very long finish too.

Also, have you seen any sparkling Sake around? I’m trying to get my hands on some. I heard it’s awesome.

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