This warehouse-type bakery and cafe became one of our two go-to spots for brunch. We loved that there was heaps of room, magazines to read, and comfy couches if you were feeling lazy. We first visited late one afternoon and ordered coffee and cake, and decided we had to come back to sample the brunch. We also tried some of the baked goods that always looked delicious. Cronuts, doughnuts, croissants and Danish pastries are made fresh every day, as well as a range of breads (including their famous watermelon bread) and patisserie items. Their fresh juices were fruity and ice cold (lychee juice especially delicious), and their coffee was good albeit not hot enough the first time around. On the second visit when I asked them to make it extra hot, it was perfect. There is a bright, roomy upstairs area that has another cafe counter and doubles as a shop. This seems to be the space where people sit working on their laptops, whiling away the hours.
We tried the nasi goreng kampung (excellent), smoked salmon smorrebrod (good), scrambled eggs (one of the better versions), brioche French toast (toast was too fat and this wasn’t a visually appealing dish) and chocolate almond croissants (preferred just the plain almond almond filling) for brunch over the time we were there. The meals were fresh and well presented with reasonable prices. Despite the cast of thousands comprising the staff, we often had to wave our arms to get their attention. This is probably the only criticism of Livingstone – the staff were not well trained in picking up cues from patrons; often milling about and chatting and not paying attention to the needs of the customers. However the variety of food is wide, the quality of food generally very good, the space is bright and airy, and it’s the perfect spot for dining solo, as a couple, or in a group.
Recommended for brunch, coffee and cake, or an in-between-meals snack.