Cafe crawl: Sarnies & sexy coffee at The Hangar in Arab Street

Did Kampong Glam really need another hipster cafe? Nope, but it could do with one more reliable joint serving good, consistent coffee. 

Which is why I am making an exception for newest kid-on-the-block The Hangar, of whom Pav Khialani is the brains behind. 

Khialani - the former co-owner of popular Telok Ayer sandwich and coffee stalwart Sarnies - certainly knows a thing or two about brewing a top-notch cuppa. 

The cool DIY decor (Khialani made most of the furniture by hand) and cramped interior plays up on the overused industrial theme just a tad, but for the most part, the vibe is laidback with just the right touch of bonhomie.

Grub-wise, brace yourself for the usual brunch suspects, but there are also a few surprises on the short menu. Sheikh's delight ($18, a slow-cooked lamb shoulder spiced stew) and chicken casablanca ($14) both looked interesting, but were unfortunately not available during my visit. 

Why not order straight off the chalkboard menu above the bar, which lists five fusion sandwich selections.

I plumped for the veggie option: a delightful lotus root croquette and refreshing homemade mint dressing ($10) rendition clasped between crispy artisanal sourdough, but was sorely tempted by the other options - including the signature Bangkok beef ($11), lemongrass grass-fed steak mixed with caramelised onions and mushrooms, and the kazuya katsu special ($10), a breaded chicken katsu that comes with wasabi mayo. 

Pair your sarnie with a robust, perfectly-balanced flat white ($5) and you've got the best of both worlds - a reasonably-priced brunch by today's cafe standards in a hip neighbourbood.  

And if you're still mourning the recent news of a ban on shisha, there's at least some comfort in nursing a java at night. The cafe's opening hours are set to extend when a dinner menu, featuring grilled tapas dishes, debuts in two weeks. 

Where: 25 Arab Street  Nearest MRT: Bugis 
Open: 8am-5pm (Mon, Wed-Fri), 10am-7pm (Sat & Sun)
Tel: 6291 0127  Info: www.facebook.com/thehangarsg