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Moonchild Review: New Aesthetic Cafe In Jalan Besar With Cereal Prawn Pasta And More

23rd November 2023

Moonchild is a new Jalan Besar cafe with dan dan noodles and more

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The newest kid on the cafe block in town is Moonchild, the latest in a slew of cafes under the Atlas Coffeehouse group. They’ve gone the intrepid explorer route with Columbus Coffee Co., and celestial with Supernova and Neptune; this latest cafe takes on a hippie energy that is just characteristically at odds with the Jalan Besar ‘hood.

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Food at Moonchild

moonchild - potato stack eggs benny

The menu is split into two: The Morning Situation, which runs from 9am to 3pm, and Midday To Close, for the rest of the day. From the first, we tried Potato Stack, Smoked Salmon & Poached Eggs ($21.90++), which departed from your typical eggs Benny and rosti dishes situation.

moonchild - potato stack closeup

Unlike rosti, which sees shredded potato fried into discs, these potato stacks comprise layers of thinly sliced potato stacked and—most probably—confit and pressed, before they’re sliced and fried to crisp, flaky ends.

moonchild - egg yolk

It was an excellent pairing with perfectly poached eggs, savoury smoked salmon, and light Hollandaise sauce. Further flavour came in the form of fresh dill and a caper vinaigrette, which added bursts of brininess.

moonchild - dan dan scallion oil noodles intro

While the potato stack eggs Benny is still somewhat classic a cafe dish,  the Pork Dan-Dan Scallion Noodles ($21++) most definitely aren’t. You’ll first and foremost smell the Sichuan pepper in the mala crisp pork that goes on top of the noodles, though the mala isn’t obvious when it’s all mixed in together.

moonchild - dan dan scallion oil noodles mix

Accompanying the mala pork are braised shiitake and grilled mushrooms which add earthy depths to the noodles, while julienned cucumber and diced long beans bring freshness. The knife-cut noodles are said to be dressed in a scallion sauce, but we felt this leaned more gingery instead, which was interesting nonetheless.

moonchild - cereal prawn spaghetti

When we were served our order of Cereal Prawn ($20.90++) spaghetti, we were taken aback by how it looked—rather carelessly put together, with a generous sprinkle of cereal crumbs, and small-ish IQF (individually quick frozen) prawns somewhat hastily thrown in on the side.

However, we must say that this tasted a whole lot better than it looked, with the pasta being just the right touch of al dente being a nice plus.

moonchild - drinks

There’s a comprehensive selection of drinks at Moonchild, of which we went for Earl Grey Iced Tea w/ Milkstache ($7.50++)—a fabulously refreshing drink, aromatic with bergamot. We also tried their Einspanner ($7.60++), a Viennese classic.

Ambience at Moonchild

moonchild - logo

It’s hard to miss the cafe in its corner unit right on the main road with its hanging lightbox signs, pixellating in and out of the bright red Moonchild logo, in its 1960s hippy font.

moonchild - al fresco ambience

There’s both an air-conditioned dining area and a concrete-and-wood al fresco space which you can choose between—both are gorgeous in their own ways. Ordering is done via QR code on each table. Moonchild is a nine-minute walk from Bendemeer MRT Station.

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The verdict

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As far as cafes go, Moonchild does have unique dishes, as well as classic items such as buttermilk waffles and more. It doesn’t hurt that the space screams #aesthetic, and is spaciously appointed so you won’t feel cramped even when it’s full. We enjoyed the drinks and the potato stack, while the Asian-inspired dishes weren’t too shabby—but our bill came up to almost $100.

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Address: 351 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208988
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 7pm
Tel: 6592 4755
Moonchild is not a halal-certified eatery

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Photos taken by Casandra Nicholas.
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Moonchild Review: New Jalan Besar Cafe With Cereal Prawn Pasta And More
  • 7/10
    Moonchild Review: New Jalan Besar Cafe With Cereal Prawn Pasta And More - 7/10



– Beautiful space
– Interesting potato stack eggs Benny
– Earl Grey Iced Tea w/ Milkstache was very good


– Scallion flavour wasn’t strong enough in dan-dan noodles
– Cereal prawn pasta didn’t look appetising
– On the pricy side

Recommended dishes: Potato Stack, Smoked Salmon & Poached Eggs ($21.90++), Earl Grey Iced Tea w/ Milkstache ($7.50++)

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 7pm

Address: 351 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Singapore 208988

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