Truth be told, we were really upset when November 8 at Upper Thomson shut its doors a few months ago. Thankfully, the same people behind November 8 has opened a brand new cafe & bar concept in the same Thomson V One Building and it is called Five by Five (5 x 5).
The 2-week old casual establishment is decked in an all-white interior with minimalistic wooden furnishings. Five by Five is one of the rare few cafes in Singapore that opens till midnight daily (except for Tuesdays).
Tucked away from the main roads of Upper Thomson, Five by Five is a cozy space that serves espresso beverages up to Melburnian standards. Coffees (from S$3) are made from Common Man Coffee Roasters’ 22 Martin Blend and one can expect an aromatic heavy bodied cuppa with a dark chocolate lingering aftertaste.
The homestyle main courses offered at Five by Five are delicious and unpretentious. If you are sick of the ubiquitous Eggs Benedict, try their Japanese Beef Stew (S$18.50) and Chicken Bleu (S$15.50).
The former is a wholesome Japanese curry-based casserole of braised beef chunks served with toasts on the side, while the latter is a deboned succulent chicken thigh stuffed with bacon and cheese complemented with chewy orzo rice pasta and a leafy green salad.
Five by Five’s classic waffle (S$6) is a must-order; crisp on the outside and impossibly fluffy inside, we loved how consistent the texture is. You can choose to top up the tasty savoury delight with exotic ice-cream flavours (S$4.20 per deluxe scoop / S$4.80 per premium scoop) such as Coconut Taro, Thai Milk Tea, D24 Durian and whatnot.
When night approaches, Five by Five transforms into a laid back bar where you can unwind over draft beers and bottled beers. Enjoy their daily Happy Hour promotion from 5 – 9pm at just S$5 for half a pint of Kronenbourg Blanc or Kronenburg Lager. The bar-cum-cafe opens till midnight daily and Upper Thomson dwellers no longer have to head down to the awfully congested CBD for a drinking session.
Last but not least, you would be pleased to hear that Five by Five offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all dine-in customers.
Five by Five
9 Sin Min Road
#01-03, Thomson V One
Mon: 11am – 12am
Wed to Fri: 11am – 12am
Sat to Sun: 10am – 12am
Nearest Station: Marymount
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.