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d’Good Café: Laksa Pasta & Other Singaporean Classics With Whimsical Twists At Jewel

Last Updated: August 7, 2020

Written by Brunella Ng

d'Good Cafe Interior

The cafe that prides itself on ‘serving the community through quality products, good service and corporate social responsibility’ has now expanded to its third outlet at Jewel Changi Airport.

Very much like the company’s other outlets, the latest outlet of d’Good Cafe at Jewel has its own unique theme — it’s inspired by Singapore’s colonial buildings. The cafe uses white-washed walls and dark timber to represent bungalows built during Singapore’s colonial period. 

The team thoroughly revised the menu at Jewel in order to showcase the flavours of Singapore, especially since this is most likely the first stop for those who are visiting Singapore.  

Malayan Nasi Lemak Sushi

For starters, we began with this fusion dish, known as The Malayan Nasi Lemak Sushi (S$8).

It is constructed the same way as sushi but contains a Singaporean twist with the three choices of toppings.

Otah, Kombu (an edible kelp) egg and Fried Silver Sillago fish are stacked over each Nasi Lemak rice nigiri and accompanied with house-made sambal chili and ikan billis.

For those who seek the taste of Singapore’s good ol’ nasi lemak that’s not too heavy, I would really recommend this dish.  It’s a pleasant starter; however, the otah was slightly spicier than I would have preferred. 

Ling Cod Fish & Chips, Malayan Nasi Lemak

On the left, we have d’Good Cafe’s classic Ling Cod Fish and Chips (S$22). The dish is a speciality and is influenced by the owner’s years spent in England.

Flaky and slightly on the sweet side, dip the fish into the zesty tartar sauce and malt vinegar for a pairing that’s simply divine.  

On the right is The Malayan Nasi Lemak (S$16) served on a fragrant banana leaf with the same fish selections from The Malayan Nasi Lemak Sushi.

The dish comes with buttermilk fried chicken wings on the side, to resemble Singapore’s traditional nasi lemak even more. The wings are deep-fried until crispy and oozed with juice when I cut into it. 

Hainanese Chicken Roulade & Risotto Balls

This creative plate is d’Good Cafe’s twist on Singapore’s comfort food. Hainanese Chicken Roulade & Risotto Balls (S$19.50) is Singapore’s chicken rice, re-imagined.

The tender poached chicken was presented in a roll, with skin that was easy to slice into. Alongside the chicken came risotto balls—your regular chicken rice, but in the form of crispy yet soft balls. The chefs at the cafe reinvented the usual cucumber into a “cucumber spaghettoni” and added slices of cherry tomatoes for more freshness.

To top it all off, the dish comes with a slice of foie gras for that decadent touch, while the garlicky and gingery chilli remoulade wraps the dish up.

Laksa Seafood

My favourite dish was definitely the Laksa Seafood (S$16). Unlike other regular soupy laksa dishes, the pasta in this dish was swimming in a savoury and spicy laksa broth that was thick and creamy.

The fresh prawns stacked on top were bouncy and chewy, just how I had envisioned it to be. Something unique about this dish is the topping of shrimp floss that gives a fluffy texture to the prawns when eaten together. 

Durian & Coconuta

This dessert was once exclusive to the month of August, but d’ Good Cafe has made it available for customers to enjoy at all outlets. Simply named Durian & Coconut (S$13), the dish has complex yet complementary flavours.

The pungent and bold flavour from the D24 durian was balanced out well by the fluffy Deutsche Skillet Pancake and crunchy house-made coconut sables.

The scoop of vanilla ice cream also added some temperature contrast to the dish. Not to forget, chefs also drizzled palm sugar over the top to further enhance the traditional flavours of Singapore. Durian lovers, you definitely have to try this! 

Little Nyonya, d'Good Maple Sea salt Cheesecake, Kaya Pandan

The café offers a selection of cakes, but if you are looking for ones that showcase the flavours of Singapore, I’d say give the Singapore Kaya Pandan and Little Nyonya a go.

On the left is the Little Nyonya (S$8), made with authentic gula melaka, and pulut hitam (black glutinous rice), and came wrapped between slices of fragrant pandan sponge cake. The gula melaka had been directly purchased by the team from Melaka so I’m sure there’s quite the authenticity there!

On the far right is the Singapore Kaya Pandan (S$8) with stacks of soft pillowy pandan sponge and layers of smooth kaya mousse. As if there wasn’t enough kaya goodness, the cake is topped off with more kaya jam and finished off with a generous sprinkle of house-made coconut crumble.

Right at the centre is d’ Good Maple Sea Salt Cheesecake (S$9), the café’s best seller. The cake is made with smooth Philadelphia cream cheese, while the dashes of maple syrup and Maldon sea salt tie the entire cake together.

Not to forget, the thin layer of crust at the bottom gives a good crunch to the rich and creamy cake. The cake lives up to its name of being the most popular, and it is also my personal favourite!

d'Good Cafe Cold Brew

If you’re a fan of d’Good Cafe, you would have noticed that they have expanded their drink selections to also include cold brew teas.

For those of you who are into stronger brews, you would probably like Autumn Woodland (S$7) more. Made from pu er from the Yunnan province of China, bay leaves and juniper berries, this drink has quite a strong woody and earthy tone.

For those more partial to floral notes, try the Pink Blossoms (S$7) which is made from osmanthus, rose and gomphrena.

Lastly, the lightest cold brew of the lot is the Golden Sunrise (S$7). This drink’s flavour profile is more citrusy and refreshing as it combined Alishan high mountain oolong and dehydrated oranges. 

coffee museum

Amidst the flora and fauna at Prayer Mountain in Korea, the owner had received a calling to serve which changed his life completely. This calling to coffee is how d’Good Cafe had all begun. The concept has grown extensively to even accommodate a mini coffee museum at the back of the cafe at Jewel. 


The dishes served definitely reminded me of home, but they also surprised me with a pretty whimsical twist to each and every dish. The creativity employed by the chefs is commendable and gave me a very delightful insight into Singapore’s classics. 

Looking to indulge in some Singapore comfort food, or perhaps looking for a whimsical twist to your regular bites? d’ Good Cafe has both available in spades for you, so see you at d’ Good Café in Jewel! 

Expected Damage: S$20 – S$30 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

d' Good Cafe

273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 S278992, 391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City S238872, 78 Airport Boulevard #01-227 S819666, Singapore

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Our Rating 4/5

d' Good Cafe

273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02 S278992, 391 Orchard Road #B1-56 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City S238872, 78 Airport Boulevard #01-227 S819666, Singapore

Telephone: Holland Village (+65 6219 9807), Takashimaya Shopping Centre (+65 6694 1411), Jewel Changi Airport (+65 6243 3188)
Operating Hours: Holland Village (Sunday - Wednesday 10am - 10:30pm | Thursday - Saturday 10am - 10pm), Takashimaya Shopping Centre (Monday - Sunday 10am - 10pm), Jewel Changi Airport (Monday - Sunday 9am - 11pm)
Telephone: Holland Village (+65 6219 9807), Takashimaya Shopping Centre (+65 6694 1411), Jewel Changi Airport (+65 6243 3188)

Operating Hours: Holland Village (Sunday - Wednesday 10am - 10:30pm | Thursday - Saturday 10am - 10pm), Takashimaya Shopping Centre (Monday - Sunday 10am - 10pm), Jewel Changi Airport (Monday - Sunday 9am - 11pm)
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