After seeing it reviewed by Chubby Hubby, and hearing good things about it from Daniel, I decided to give Colbar a try.
Tucked away just off Portsdown Road, Colbar's location reminded me of the time I tried to locate PS Cafe in Dempsey Road, another historical area with old colonial links.
I'd never heard of Colbar before Chubby Hubby mentioned it on his blog, but I'm glad I found it - makes for a nice spot for brunch away from the hustle and bustle. Lots of expats frequent Colbar, no surprise there, but increasingly I think more locals are catching on. Colbar has a rich colonial history, and pictures of its numerous soccer teams adorn the walls inside. RJC Economics students, keep a look out for a familiar face in many of the teams.
I must admit I was rather disappointed with the chocolate milk shake ($3.50). It tasted like it came straight out of a Daisy chocolate milk packet, and for that price, wasn't very satisfying. Might try the Milo shake the next time though.
The chicken curry ($8) isn't that cheap, compared with hawker centres or food courts, but I suppose is a steal anywhere else. It's mild but quite rich, and the chicken pieces are small, so it isn't filling if you've a hearty appetite. Otherwise it's a fairly decent portion. No frills though, so don't expect any belachan or vegetables.
Located on Whitchurch Road, Colbar does take some mapping to find, unless you're going with someone who's already been there. You probably have to drive too, because it's pretty far from an MRT.
There's no air-conditioning at all, so it's probably best to go on a cool day or in the evening, though the eatery's quaintness and historical value make up for it somewhat.
Service is limited to clearing tables and delivering dishes, so there's no service charge. Unfortunately there's not much else, either.
9A Whitchurch Road
Tel: 6779 4859
Open Tues-Sun, 11am-830pm
Service: 2.5/5 (but not really applicable)
Overall: Good place for a local/Western brunch