We stopped by Gemmills for a quick birthday lunch because it’s nearby Paul’s work and looked like a cute hole-in-the-wall cafe, perfect for a casual lunch. It’s hidden away on Gemmill Lane, behind Amoy street and serves small dishes for lunch, such a sandwiches, salads and pastries.
Gemmills reminds me a lot of the cafes and pubs in East London, where we used to live. It is very quaint and you could almost think you’re in your Grandma’s living room. The atmosphere is cosy and casual which is what drew us to it in the first place. The space is quite small and there are only a few tables, so keep this in mind if you’re in a large group. In my opinion, this place is much more suited for date night.
They have a nice selection of coffee and hot drinks, but because it was my birthday I had a cheeky pint of Asahi! When can you have a beer for lunch if it’s not on your birthday?! In the evenings they also have promotions for when you buy a bottle of wine; on Tuesdays, you get a free cheese board, and on Thursdays a free meat board. We haven’t tried these but will definitely be back to give them a go.
Paul had the ham and Emmental cheese ciabatta ($9) and I had the mozzarella, parma ham, and pesto sandwich ($10). I won the ‘who picked the best dish game’ that Paul usually wins. The classic combination of mozzarella and pesto was perfect and the parma ham gave a salty kick. The ham and cheese toasted sandwich was a solid entry. But what really surprised us was how tasty the salad was. The dressing was so flavoursome, one of the best I have tried in any restaurant. It was the flavours of a classic French dressing, just on crack!
For dessert, we shared the pecan pie and lemon cream ($9). We’ve had this before so knew it was good! The maple coated pecan deliciousness paired with the sharp and sweet cream was a match made in heaven and topped off the perfect birthday meal. Could’ve had one more beer though!
Gemmills is a really cute place to come for a cosy lunch or a late night drinking session (they have some very nice wine that isn’t like the usual sky-high Singapore prices). I would recommend Gemmills for date night for something a little different to the normal clubs and bars you find in Singapore.
Let us know in the comments below your favourite sandwich in Singapore.