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All things vintage and retro have made their way back into fashion, lifestyles and even motorcycles: think cafe racers and custom builds along that vein. I attribute a large part of the local cafe racer scene to Deus Ex Machina, which roared into Australia’s motorcycle and lifestyle scene in 2006 with its customised motorcycles and quaint notion for creativity, overall freedom for life and general lust for fun.
“The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits of fun – motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding, whatever – were marketed into fundamentalist factions. All are welcomed under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the honesty and enjoyment of the machine.Inclusiveness, authenticity, enthusiasm. It’s a simple and sincere pitch that has winged Deus ex Machina across the world. Deus ex Machina says simply there’s no ‘right way’ to do individualism, its all the same juice. Since opening the doors at the Camperdown Temple of Enthusiasm Deus has spread its own flavour of internally combustible postmodernism around the globe.” – Deus Ex Machina website
Deus (pronounced: day-us) cemented the idea that almost anything is possible and that we can have our cake and eat it too with their inventive and creative builds. Just look at some of the bikes!
Taking a leaf from Deus, a new motorcycle-lifestyle cafe named The 7th Cylinder, opened in Singapore just over a week ago. The place has a lovely quiet vibe, serves coffee, a small selection of desserts and some very lovely ice cream sandwiches.
The entrance to the cafe is so nondescript, you’ll probably miss it if you peep through the glass doors. One tell-tale sign you’ve found the place would probably be the wall of helmets and a warm greeting from an oil drum at the door. Just look straight towards the bar and you just might spot the Kawasaki Estrella 250 motorcycle display!
Punctuated with motorcycle knick knacks and engine-related type of fixtures, the cafe is a nice place to chill out from the blistering heat. Since it’s a relatively new space, the cafe has been rather quiet and that makes it an ideal place for good conversation. The cafe is relatively small and only has about eight four-seater tables but the server/ barista there gives the best service in town.
My first visit there was on a rainy day and my friend was drenched from riding in the rain without a raincoat. We both stood at the entrance, not quite sure if we wanted to enter and leave puddles of water everywhere. The barista/ server walked towards us, gestured to us to make our way into the cafe and cleared the space atop the oil drum for our helmets and riding gear. He even gave my friend a clean, dry T-shirt to change into! Now, THAT is service with a heart. I was moved by the sheer care and concern we were shown at the door.
Now, onto desserts. My first time there, I tried their Brownies. They were warm and chewy sans ice cream. I really like how they were served warm and soft and they kind of reminded me of the ones Hard Rock Cafe serves.
On a warm day, an oil drum stands outside the cafe, beckoning people in.
I decided to go back a second time to try out more desserts. And I have to tell you, I love the Ice Cream Sandwiches here. It’s a little piece of heaven, especially with the current heat wave we’re experiencing here in Singers. The cookie is crumbly and chewy at the same time, while the ice cream is not only creamy but also smooth. It’s got all the bite I need in a dessert, without being over-the-top or overly sweet.
The only mistake I made was to have the Ice Cream Sandwich first because once they served us our Cheesecake, I had a taste of it and didn’t quite enjoy it as much. While there was nothing wrong with the cheesecake, it couldn’t overtake the exquisite experience of the Ice Cream Sandwich.
Currently, the cafe serves salads, coffees and selected desserts. I was hoping they would slowly introduce sandwiches (I didn’t see any on the menu) and other savoury light bites such as soup and crackers, at the cafe soonish because I’m certain it would be a great place to enjoy a meal, and not just a pit stop for coffee.
The 7th Cylinder is located at 1 Jalan Pisang #01-01 Singapore 199069 and is closed on Tuesdays. Check out their Facebook Page here. The parking situation around that area is less than ideal but if you ride, just park along the small alley beside the cafe and don’t forget to take a picture of your ride with The 7th Cylinder cafe racer on the wall!
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