Launched in early 2021, Neptune is run by the same group that gave Singpapore some amazing cafés like Atlas Coffee House, and Lunar Coffee. The queues outside initially had me a little worried about waiting times. I was pleasantly surprised with my experience.
Ambience, Service and the Staff
Neptune is beautifully decorated in simple, minimalist green and white tones. It has both indoor and alfresco seating along East Coast Road. The earthy and coastal tones are worked into comfortable, sturdy, upholstered seating.
I didn’t have a reservation and walked-in. I was a greeted by a young gentleman who took my name and number, gave me a queue number (I was 8th in line) while setting an expectation that the waiting time was going to be between 30 to 40 minutes (on Good Friday morning). As I took a seat outside, I was pleasantly surprised to be admitted in 10 minutes.
Our party of 2 was quickly seated, and we were set with an expectation that they have a dining time limit of an hour. We were provided with menus, water and cutlery, and placed our orders at the counter.
A lot of the staff were in training and were being mentored by some of the other staff who clearly had more experience, and were keen to deliver a great experience to their patrons.
We got some breakfast and a couple of coffees. Our coffees consisted of a large Mocha, and an Iced Cappuccino with Oat Milk. One can choose their coffee bean. We went with bold and comforting Mr. Cuddles. For our food, we got the Granola Bowl (which consisted of Blueberries, Bananas, and honey-Greek yoghurt), and the Chorizo, Eggs, and Avo.
The café was operating at full capacity. Coffees came out first – the cappuccino led they way, after about 10 minutes of placing our order, with the mocha following a few minutes later. The food followed within minutes of the second coffee.
On first glance, the Granola Bowl can come off as looking a bit small… until you realize that there are two bowls provided – one for the yoghurt, and one for the fruit and granola. The portion is quite sizeable in reality. The yoghurt is slightly sweet, and the granola is crunchy.
The Chorizo, Eggs and Avo was very well done. The sausage was slightly spicy with a bit of zing. The avocado had been smashed to a smooth paste with a few chunks left in for a bit of texture and provided a lovely spread for the coarse bread that it was served with. The eggs were served sunny side up, with a sprinkling of coriander.
The Price Point
Our bill came up to just under $50 for 2 people. This is great value.
The Final Verdict
I was particularly impressed with Neptune. They have taken the initial hype of their opening in stride, have focused on customer and crowd management. They have a thoroughly professional and efficient team delivering a great experience to their patrons. The food is great, and for the price, the portions are ample without being excessive. Their coffee is exceptional, and I would come back here just to get a cuppa. I’ll be coming back here and will recommend this to anyone keen to try a new place. As a tip – come early. They open at 9 a.m., and are a dog-friendly café.
Address: 237 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428930
Phone Number: +65 6970 7305