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Cafe Melba Review : Big Space and Good Food

A big space for lunch?

The East Side is known as a food paradise. You will be spoilt to choose what to eat, with restaurants lining East Coast Road, Joo Chiat Road, and Tanjong Katong Rd.

The only thing that is lacking is space. While shophouse restaurants have their charms, there is hardly space for kids to roam or even restaurants that allow pets. Unlike the West, where you have Dempsey Hill and Botanic Gardens, finding a restaurant with generous outdoor space in the East is a rarity.

Cafe Melba

Cafe Melba

While space is rare, it exists in Cafe Melba. Cafe Melba is a Pet and Kids friendly cafe at Goodman Arts Centre. The only cafe nestled in a prestigious landed enclave, it gives off a laid-back vibe similar to cafes in Australia.

Outdoor seating @ Cafe Melba

Blending influences from (Melb)bourne and (A)sia (hence the name Cafe Melba), this spot is perfect for chilling. There is a big outdoor seating cafe that opens up to a lawn.

Outdoor @ Cafe Melba

The lawn has bouncing castles, lawn game sets and even spaces for a football game. This is a paradise for families and pets.

Pets Welcome

The indoor seating area is air conditioned and clad in light modern wood decor.

Cafe Melba Interior

The Food

We ordered the set lunch for our meal. The set lunch is only available on weekdays from 12pm-2pm. Prices start from $17++ for one course and  $22 ++ for 3 courses. It comes with free-flow Ice Lemon Tea. It is a great deal compared to the regular price since the mains range from $16 to $35 for a regular meal.


The menu had 4 mains: Chicken confit, Grilled Bavette Steak, Pork Milanese and Pan Seared Seabass. When we were there, not all items were available for order.

Grilled Bavette Steak

Grilled Bavette Steak

The Grilled Bavette Steak comes with pomme puree, sauteed haricot beans and Cafe de Paris. It is tender at every bite and cooked right for a medium steak. 

Chicken Confit

Chicken Confit

The chicken confit comes with carrot puree, corn succotash and chicken gravy. The chicken was fried to a crisp. It is a tad dark and not as juicy as we expected


The desserts on the menu are New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Tart. Similar to the mains, only 1 of them is available.

Chocolate Tarts

Chocolate Tart

We ended with the Chocolate Tart and have no regrets. The chocolate was melted and rich. A delight at every bite.


Cafe Melba

An Oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Cafe Melba is a hidden gem of the East. We were there on a weekday, and it was not so busy. With the facilities and space offered, seeing large crowds over the weekend would not be surprising. If you stay in the East and want space to unwind, you would not go wrong with Cafe Melda.

While the set lunches are decently price, an ala carte meal would be pricey for a cafe. Expect to spend close to $50 per pax for a meal over the weekend. 

Ranking Disclaimer
The views on this post are based on personal experiences and opinions. The ranking is based on 5 stars. Rankings are based on personal experience and may not reflect the same as what others may have experienced.TWD is not liable for any experiences by the reader at the establishment. #notsponsored

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