Assembly coffee is on Evans road (26 Evans Lodge), just outside the Botanic Garden in Singapore, next door to a wine store (the Wine Company), burger restaurant (Wildfire Kitchen) and Mr Prata. The cafe is fairly small and the space feels very cramped, at least when it is full (which it was when I visited). It was also fairly noisy, so it was difficult to have a normal conversation due to sound from everyone around you. The cafe is however neatly designed and has the vibe of a cool cafe.
They claim to be part of the third wave coffee movement but the focus on the coffee was not really there when I visited. They had only one option for filter coffee and while it was prepared in a decent way, it did in no way impress me. The espresso based beverages were pretty good and compared to the average place they do serve a good cup but it is not a place worth going to just for the coffee.
I was however more impressed with the food. A good selection of different sandwiches, simple dishes and some nice sweet stuff. The salted caramel waffle was really good and the same can be said for the egg and mayo sandwich as well as the scrambled egg croissant. Prices were pretty decent to be a Singapore cafe but it still bothers me that they only accept Nets or cash, so for us non-locals better bring along cash.
Service was friendly, but as it often seems packed to the brim, also a bit stressed and it was difficult to really chat about the coffee with them. Still a decent place and by far the best around the Botanical garden.
So how does it rate:
Coffee quality: 3
Ambiance and Service: 3
Vs Local Average Competition: 3.5