Arise with Rouse

One Sunday afternoon, we decided to have brunch (or lunch) at this new place called Rouse.

As you can see, almost everything about ROUSE checks off the typical hipster cafe –

Wooden crates, bent piping, antique chairs, check.

More antique decor that doubles up as a smart storage system, check.

Paint peeling off walls, check.

Naked lightbulbs in cages, check.

Random things in glass jars, check. In a wire caged basket, check.
(P.S. Pics all taken with the HTC M8)

Side table for single patrons who are there to read their indie magazines or the latest hipster news off their ipads over a cuppa, check.

Chinese wordings preserved from the heritage building, check.

But what can I say? I’m drawn to such places. Maybe it’s because I’m a wannabe hipster. Maybe it’s because I enjoy supporting locals who are brave enough to go venture into the f&b space. Maybe I enjoy the laissez-faire-style interior designs of them all.


We got there at 12.30pm and we were the only ones there – which is super rare right now in SG. All the good cafes are filled to the brim, and the last I heard of Whale & Cloud, people had to queue to get in. On one hand, I’m hoping business picks up for this place – the food is really good. On the other, I quite liked having the place to ourselves, being able to take your time to make up your mind on what you wanted to eat, being able to order right away, and being able to have a good, uninterrupted conversation.

So ROUSE has this current offer where you pay $19.90 for a set lunch which includes a main and an iced tea.

Choices of mains (UP $16.90 to $17.90):

  • Crabby Patty
  • Quinoa Quake
  • Roast Beef Sandwich
  • Beef Wrapped Asparagus

Choice of iced teas (UP $6.50):

  • Iced Lemon Earl Grey Tea
  • Iced Peppermint Cucumber Tea
  • Iced Cranberry Orange Tea

Flavours are pretty unique hor?

I had the iced lemon earl grey tea. In all hipsterness, it comes in a mason jar.

And I had the crabby patty which was really good – it comes with mango salsa and a bed of fresh salad on the side.

Check out all that crab.

K had the Quinoa Quake, which was much tastier than I thought it would be.

It comes with lemon dill yoghurt, poached egg and smoked salmon on a bed of rocket.

SW had the Red Snapper on crispy baby potatoes with creamy mushroom sauce – (not part of the set, $16.90)

And D had the open-faced beef sandwich which was really good as well. I apologize for the lack of adjectives I have to describe food. This is bread topped with medium-rare beef slices, finished with caramelised onions. ‘Nuff said.

Generally, all the dishes were really well cooked and tasty! My favourites were the crab patty and the beef sandwiches. I’d definitely come back to try the beef wrapped asparagus and the spicy crab pasta… or even their “goldilocks” if i’m feeling peckish – which is a sweet blend of quinoa, greek yoghurt, bananas and honey.


I like their menu lah. and their vibe. but more importantly, the menu.

Didn’t try the coffee.

Psst. They’re halal.

Will come back soon. Please don’t get too crowded by then!




36 Dunlop Street
Singapore 209364

Opening Hours:

Mon: 11:00 – 21:00
Wed – Thu: 11:00 – 21:00
Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
Sun: 10:00 – 19:00

Kitchen closure timings:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8pm
Friday, Saturday: 9pm
Sunday: 6pm

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