October 22, 2016
If you’re a fan of The Great Gatsby, you’re going to love Wanna Cuppa. The quaint 1920s inspired cafe is directly across from Clarke Quay Central, on the New Bridge Road side and you can hardly miss their bright signage.
I must admit, I didn’t expect the interior and ambience to be so charming as the cafe name gives nothing of that away. There’s definitely a 1920s vibe, with the smooth jazz music in the background and timeless decor throughout, making it a great atmosphere for a good catch up with an old friend.
It’s 1920s meets secret garden and it was a pleasant surprise finding some actual greenery further inside, complete with cosy sofas and jazzy cushions.
I had only hoped that the menu would further the theme, but it was nice to see the incorporation of some local flavours as well.
I couldn’t come to a cafe called Wanna Cuppa and not order a cuppa, so I went for a classic Cappuccino ($5.50). All the coffees are made with award winning Signature Blend coffee beans from Justin Metcalf World Barista JudgeTM which means you’re guaranteed a solid brew.
If you don’t fancy coffee, Wanna Cuppa has many other refreshing drink options including Iced Flavoured Sodas ($6.90) and Thai Iced Milk Tea ($3.50).
Mushroom fries tend to be of the portobello variation, so Wanna Cuppa’s signature Enoki Mushroom Fries ($7.90) were a welcome change. Enoki mushrooms themselves aren’t usually very flavourful, but this golden crunchy bunch was seasoned well and was great as a starter.
The recommended main was the Crabbie Spaghetti With Tomato Cream ($14.90) and being quite a fan of pink sauce pastas, I had to try it!
The price was reasonable for the portion size, with a substantial amount of crab meat dispersed throughout and a sauce that didn’t end with me feeling jelak. I would definitely come back for this again.
An enticing display of cakes and other desserts will tempt you after your meal, but I found the cake prices slightly steep for what they are. At $7.90 for a slice of a Cookies and Cream Cheesecake, I think I’d opt for another coffee instead.
Perhaps try the Speculoos Cheesecake ($7.90) or the 1920s Smores ($8.50) instead for more unique flavours that will justify the price.
If you need a bit of an afternoon break and a pick-me-up, Wanna Cuppa is centrally located and will help you unwind with some smooth jazz and garden vibes. Decent food and a proper cup of coffee will keep you coming back for more.
This 1920s secret garden might not be a secret for much longer.
Expected damage: $8 – $20 per pax