Bravo to Caffe Beviamo! They have done what restaurants such as Au Petit Salut are seemingly unable to – to provide a simple meal for a hungry coeliac. Apart from this accolade, Caffe Breviamo is a bustling hub of activity in the middle of a busy mall ideal for friends to meet for an informal meal. It is also popular with young families, with high chairs on hand for those who need them.
If you are there early in the day, the café offers g-f muesli with yoghurt, rhubarb and stewed apple. I particularly enjoyed the compote served with this as the flavour of the rhubarb was identifiable and wasn’t drowned by the addition of too much sugar. The crunch of the granola also contrasted well with the softness of the compote and yoghurt.
The antipasto salad I chose another day was a mix of avocado, rocket, tomato, and goats cheese. Although it was rather artlessly arranged, the avocado and tomatoes were perfectly ripe. With a freshly squeezed pineapple juice, it was a good light lunch. For anyone not avoiding gluten, this dish would normally have included ham, olives and toasted ciabatta bread.
Coeliacs who are more organised than I usually am could pop in to Brown Rice Paradise just a few shops away for some some Easy Bean mung bean and chive chickpea crispbreads or Mary’s Gone Crackers brown rice, quinoa and sesame flax crackers, both of which would go well with the goats cheese. The supermarket Tanglin Market Place is also on the floor beneath for a different range including Rutherford and Meyer Rice Wafers. As an alternative for lunch Caffe Beviamo are able to substitute g-f maccheroni served with their bolognaise and prawn sauces.
As Caffe Beviamo had bothered to prepare a g-f dessert (an effort that is not taken for granted) we shared one of their Friands, made from g-f flour, almonds and egg white and baked daily on the premises. It was quite pretty and the mix worked well with the raspberries on top. For us at least, an optional addition of a small amount of creme fraiche might have complimented this, but it was perfectly good without.
They also make a point of using only natural flavourings in their milk shakes and vanilla risotto. All in all an effective gluten-aware effort from an unpretentious cafe that deserves to do well.
Caffe Beviamo,163 Tanglin Road, 02 – K1 Tanglin Mall
Tel: 6738 7906 Opening hours: 9:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m daily apart from Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.