One Week Old ‘Hipster’ Cafe Aeiou Opens At King George’s Avenue

Rising above a case of “blink and you’ll miss it”, one may unknowingly pass this unassuming cafe only to mistake it for a furniture store, especially amid a row of mechanical stores. The latest ‘hipster’ cafe in the hood, Aeiou is a cafe-cum-lifestyle store taking residence in an over 40-year-old shophouse the used to house antique store Oriental Antique House—its signboard still hangs proudly on the mainframe.

Aeiou Cafe

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Inspired to make life simpler and take its guests ‘back to the basics’, Aeiou aims to inspire people to enjoy the simplicity of life, naming the cafe-store after the vowels of the alphabet; the basics one learns as a child. Centering around a lifestyle of consciously living green, the cafe and retail space consists of antique décor and refurbished furniture (like its creative use of Absolut Vodka bottles as glass mugs). Everything in the cafe revolves around ‘the simple life’, from whimsical plating (of dinosaur shaped serving boards) and adorable salt and pepper shakers that resemble pebbles, to colorful solid color polo tees donned by staff.

Aeiou Cafe

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Opened earlier last week, the cafe is currently still in its soft launch, offering a compressed menu of four dishes—we hear the new menu will be out sometime this week. Its starter of mushroom soup ($8.90) left much to be desired, and if it were a subject on our report cards, it would’ve received a teacher’s comment, “room for improvement”. Despite being laced with truffle oil, its flavor did not gel, each complement sticking out on its own like a sore thumb. The soup was cloyingly milky and creamy, with a consistency one could only describe as diluted. Barely any traces of shiitake or shimeji mushrooms could be found—we counted two in the portion we had.

Mushroom soup ($8.90) at Aeiou Cafe

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Mustering more luster is the roasted pumpkin quinoa ($14.90); the pumpkin roasted to a beautifully crusty caramelized skin with a sweet and moist center that complemented crunchy bits of quinoa, accompanied by leafy green salad. Our only gripe is its inconsistency—the greens were wilted on one visit while the other visit served slightly overdone pumpkin.

Roasted pumpkin quinoa ($14.90) at Aeiou Cafe

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While the idea of root vegetable fries ($7.90) does sound pretty cool, we were sorely disappointed when the lightly battered sticks of pumpkin, sweet potato and yam turned out limp and soggy, served with sweet chili sauce and a house-made dip of sour cream with relish that bore an uncanny resemblance to yogurt and blue cheese, and not in a good way.

Root vegetable fries ($7.90)at Aeiou Cafe

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One dish the chef is spot-on, is the beef cheek pasta ($24.90). Al dente ribbons of tagliatelle pasta coated in an appetizingly delicious sauce of beef jus served with tender chunks of beef cheek braised in balsamic with fragrances of rosemary and thyme. So enticing it was that our lunch partner wished they’d ordered the same (after one bite).

Beef cheek pasta ($24.90) at Aeiou Cafe

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Also exciting is their range of artisan teas ($7.90), with a extensive range of from 16 flavors, including rich and fruity gogi tea, and fragrant and calming duke grey tea. If coffee’s more your thing, the coffee offering here isn’t too shabby—we enjoyed the picolo ($4.20) and ristretto ($3.50) on our visits.

While the wait staff may not be best prepped to answer questions about the menu, service here is genuine and helpful—with no service charge or government service tax (GST). Perhaps some time to settle in is what they need to get up to speed. Coupled with a pretty secret location and quirky furniture, it’s a space we’ll be more than happy to spend our afternoons at.

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Aeiou, 111 King George’s Ave. Open Tue-Sun 10am-10pm.

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Categories: Cafe, Casual Dining, Dining, Family friendly, Lifestyle, Reviews, Western

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  1. New Bars & Restaurants in Singapore – Jan 2015 | GOURMET ADVENTURES - January 20, 2015

    […] Yet another hipster café to join the hood (among the likes of Chye Seng Huat Hardware, The Bravery and The Tiramisu Coffee), Aeiou Café takes home in an over 40-year-old shophouse the used to house antique store Oriental Antique House—its signboard still hangs proudly on the mainframe. We’re loving its quirky vintage furniture and range of fragrant teas. Read the full review here. […]

  2. Best New Cafes In Jalan Besar Singapore (Jan - Jun 2015) | AspirantSG - Food, Travel, Lifestyle & Social Media - October 20, 2015

    […] Address: 111 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208559 | Opening Hours: Tues to Sun: 10:00am – 10:00pm | closed on mondays | Tel: +65 62912698 | Facebook: a.e.i.o.u | READ MORE […]

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