Why bother buying a costly espresso machine, only to feed it inferior beans?
We make sure Riders Cafe uses only quality products for our dishes and beverage. We buy our ingredients from reputable suppliers like Vic’s Meats and Culina, tea from our local company Gryphon & coffee from Grinders in Melbourne. But that’s not enough, we believe what makes a great dish is not only a combination of fresh ingredients and a kick ass recipe, it is also with a dash of creativity and a whole lot of passion.
I am pretty fussy about where I buy my ingredients. I scoured every inch of Singapore to find trusty suppliers to work with, from salt to seafood. And it paid off with the much appreciated responses we get from our customers.
Even with a small kitchen like ours (tiny, actually), we churn out our own desserts (even our Death By Chocolate cake), some breads and scones. People often ask me why a small cafe like ours would want to make our own stuff. The answer is simple: To be able to control what we serve and to modify it any way we want. Our kitchen doubles up as a lab in the afternoon on weekdays. Dean, a chef previously from L’Organic, uses this time to create new dessert recipes.
Our oven is kinda like R2D2, it looks like a heap of junk, but it works wonders. It was the only thing in the kitchen when we moved in because it was too big to be removed and was abandoned by the previous owner. LOL