Airy yet intimate, casual yet chic, The Bravery has been a mainstay in the café scene for several years – seven, to be exact. The café recently bade farewell to its home in Lavender Street and moved to a two-storey conservation shophouse in the trendy Amoy Street neighbourhood, an area known for its hip restaurants and bars.
Its second incarnation now sports a whole new look – even the shopfront, whose clean lines and cool neutrals are a marked departure from its predecessor’s colour-blocked windows. From within, warm lights and an equally modern-chic interior beckons diners.
Once inside, you’re greeted with the aroma of freshly-ground coffee beans wafting from the coffee bar taking centrestage on the first floor. Here, you have your pick of seating options: grab a barstool at the counter for a quick bite, take a seat at one of the emperador marble tables for lunch, or head upstairs for a more intimate group gathering. Awash in pastels and light wood, the space is warm and welcoming any time of the day.
One of the advantages of moving to a two-storey restored shophouse is the increase in space, and The Bravery now can seat a total of forty. In addition to the coffee bar and kitchen, the space is also home to their in-house bakery, which serves up fresh, piping hot bread and other confectionery on a daily basis – a must-try for breakfast and pastry lovers.
It’s not just the space that’s been expanded and upgraded: the menu is bigger and better too. At the head of the kitchen is Sous Chef Melvin Lam, whose savoury creations have made The Bravery a popular destination for brunch. Crowd favourites include Steak and Eggs, which features grass-fed striploin served with sunny-side-up eggs and sourdough toast fresh from the bakery upstairs, and ‘Shrooms Toast, a medley of sauteed mushrooms and confit portobello on the same house-baked sourdough toast.
Coffee lovers will have much to look forward to as well. Helming the coffee bar is award-winning Head Barista Marvyn Tan, whose signatures like the Lavender Latte and new creations such as Hojicha Milk and Dirty Matcha are sure to delight many a coffee lover’s tastebuds.
Whether it’s for a quick pick-me-up or a lazy weekend brunch with friends, it’s clear why The Bravery is a hot favourite among café lovers – and it looks like it’s set to stay that way for several more years to come.
The Bravery is located at 50 Amoy Street. For more information, please visit www.thebravery.sg.