The Malayan Council Cafe - Interior

The Malayan Council Cafe – Dunlop Street, Little India, Singapore

Good news for our Muslim cafe-hoppers, yet another Muslim owned cafe has opened, presenting The Malayan Council Cafe. At the same note, I was saddened by the closure of 2 cafes along Dunlop Street, Rouse and Flee Away. It is left with OMB, a bacon theme cafe.


As I approached unit 20 Dunlop Street, suddenly, I spotted the stretch of colorful tables and cushions. This scene really stole my sight. The door stole most of the limelight as the colour attracts.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Alfresco Seats


The Malayan Council Cafe - Interior, Counter View


When I opened the turquoise door, I thought I have travelled through a time machine. It looked so different. I am not expecting such a mixed and matched. It wasn’t bad, just simply I wasn’t prepared for the drastic different.


The Malayan Council Cafe - More Menu


When I was handed the menu, upon scrutiny, I was equally startled that they offered quite a lot of food; soup, starters, salad, quite a number of mains and pasta, brunch item, desserts and of course a list of beverages.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Menu


There were a few striking dishes that I really would like to try, such as the Malayan Wings, Takmu ‘Gado’ Salad, TMC Burger, Asam Pedas Fish ‘n’ Chips, Ayam Panggang Sapit, Salted Egg Softshell Crab and Mudcrab Linguine, Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake and Stickydate Pudding. Oh my …


As you can see, the dishes are western dishes with a Asian twist, that’s my penchant.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Asam Pedas Fish n Chips


Should I have order, I couldn’t possibly finish all the food. So I thought I would go with the Asam Pedas ($19). It was with truffle fries and salad. I thought the portion was decent. It was a pity that the batter was a little too thick and slightly under-cooked. Fries has a good scent of truffle, both taste and smell.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake


Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake ($8) was to die for. Generous layer of gula melaka was sandwiched in between moist Pandan sponge cake. It was heavenly eating it alone. With a scoop of ice cream, it added more happiness. I could give up the rest just for this alone.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Cappuccino


The Cappuccino was decent, though I thought it could be better. A medium body, low acidity with mainly nutty tone.



NAHMJ Verdict


After finishing the meal at The Malayan Council Cafe, NAHMJ was extremely delighted ending the meal with such a sweet note. Though comparatively, the main was a little disappointing, nonetheless, NAHMJ will return whole heartedly for their dessert.


The Malayan Council Cafe - Periodic Hangar




The Malayan Council Cafe

22 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209350
Tel: +65 90024414



Opening Hours


Monday – Saturday  1100 to 2300; Sunday  1100 to 2200


Getting There



  • Downtown line 2 – Rochor station
  • Northeast line – Little India station
  • East-West or Downtown line line – Bugis station


By Bus:

  • alight at The Verge along Sungei Road – 48, 56, 57, 131, 166, 170, 851, 960, 980
  • alight after Sim Lim Square along Rochor Canal Road – 23, 48, 57, 66, 67, 170, 851, 960, 980
  • alight before Sim Lim Tower along Jalan Besar Road – 64, 65, 130, 139, 147, 857
  • alight at Tekka Centre along Serangoon Road – 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 131, 139, 147, 857


Rating: 7/10

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