A new café has taken shelter in one of the shophouses along Cantonment Road in Singapore; Mayor of Tiny Town (MoTT) is a quaint little café where waffles and various fares are well loved.
The airy, uncluttered and unpretentiously whimsical interior gives you a feel-good vibe the moment you enter the premises. It is the perfect place to chill out for a weekend brunch.
Value-for-money set lunches are priced at S$14.90++, with menu changes weekly. On weekends, a set lunch includes a main course and a drink. On weekdays, it comes with an additional soup.
The breaded chicken cutlet arrives a shade darker than usual, with a crisp crust. The rice is doused in an egg sauce and kissed by a wonderful aroma of herbs, baked to cheesy golden perfection.
We would expect slightly overcooked meat from its dark brown breaded coat, but surprisingly it turns out succulent. We suspect the dark shade may be the result of deep-frying in oil that’s been reused too many times.
The soup for the day is cream of cauliflower. If you prefer something with a smoother consistency, you may not enjoy the gritty textures from the bits of cauliflower.
The cream of wow mushroom soup is a popular choice, and also a personal favourite.
The MoTT salad is a dish that is unique to this café. It comprises century egg terrine, mixed greens, cold cuts of chicken ham, pork sausages, gherkin, onion and bell peppers, tossed in red wine vinaigrette and embellished with a decadent lemon ginger cream.
The century egg terrine is one-of-a-kind. Those who have an aversion to preserved eggs may find this western interpretation to be more palatable; it doesn’t have the intense sulphuric or ammoniac odour that usually accompanies century eggs.
The MoTT waffles boast the perfect texture – crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Great for breakfast or brunch, the waffles with scrambled eggs & crab mayo is one of the recommended items from the savoury section.
The Royal’s eggs are available all day everyday. You can wake up way past breakfast hours and still enjoy a delicious brunch of perfectly poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce, accompanied by smoked salmon, roasted tomato, mixed greens and English muffin.
The egg whites turn out a little overdone, but the yolk bleeds perfectly at the slightest poke.
Amongst the piscatorial options, the blue salmon comes with an intriguing blue butter that melts over the fillet. The butter gets its striking shade from Bols Blue Curacao liqueur, which is infused with lemon ginger mint tea for a more complex flavour.
The accompanying baked eggplant purée is equally delightful. What disappoints is the seared salmon; it is a touch overdone and turns out tough. Otherwise, this dish would have been perfect.
The ever-so-popular fish & chips is nicely executed here. The fish is juicy on the inside, while the batter is crisp and not too thick. The accompanying house-made lime mayonnaise and vibrant and slightly spicy harissa set this dish apart from your run-of-the-mill fish & chips.
While this humble little eatery may not make its pastas from scratch, its dry pastas are executed fairly decently. The aglio olio comes with final touches of grated cheese and a dash of parsley and chilli flakes. The spaghetti is nicely al dente, while the sautéed mushrooms lend a wonderful fragrance to the dish.
If you have space in your tummy, the waffles are a must-have! The chocolate & Ferrero Rocher waffle comes with a generous sprinkling of nuts, mini marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. The Ferrero Rocher shows up as a hidden surprise; it is packed snug in the middle of the Meiji chocolate ice cream.
The vanilla & cinnamon apple waffle is highly recommended. The caramelised apples, redolent of cinnamon, retain just a slight tartness that cuts the richness of the ice cream and waffles. No wonder this dish is a bestseller.
For something that will make a visual impact, order the Mayor’s Mischief. All eyes will be focused on this dessert as it makes its way to your table.
The sizeable jar contains vanilla ice cream, mixed nuts and caramel sauce.
The mountain of cotton candy is ready to be drizzled over with a shot of espresso and eventually melts into sweet nothingness.
While the melted cotton candy may well be too sweet for most to handle, this dessert scores points for both its dramatic presentation and novelty.
61 Cantonment Road
Tel: +65 6222 7089
Tue & Wed: 11:30am – 6pm
Thu & Fri: 11:30am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm