#18 - The Pigeonhole @ Duxton Hill {closed}

*Pigeonhole has ceased operations*

Duxton Hill is populated with cafes, one of which is The Pigeonhole. Just like how the name sounds like, it's a cosy place with retro furniture and it is really good for chillaxing and slacking in the afternoon.

With its random placements of furniture, it resembles anybody's house, not too much concentration on the decorations and arrangement, but more on how it can allow one to just treat the cafe like home.

52, 53 Duxton Road,
Singapore, Singapore 089516

Opening hours: 
Tue - Thu: 10:00 - 23:00
Fri: 10:00 - 01:00
Sat: 11:30 - 01:00
Sun: 11:30 - 20:00
Closed on Mondays

Tel: 6226 2880
The Pigeonhole Website
The Pigeonhole Facebook

The Place

The clear glass door makes it hard for someone to miss this cafe. However, if you walk on the road which is usually lined with cars, you might not be able to spot the cafe that easily!

It is easy to find a spot in this spacious cafe but they do hold events on some days and it might be really crowded! I met a day where there was an event, which didn't put a plus to the ambience because it was noisy.

As random as it can get, the furniture of different ages are put together and this picture does not do justice to its beauty. I am sure the layout is a lot nicer on normal days. It was a little disorderly after the event.

They have very retro furniture and it seems like they have bought it off a thrift shop.

The nice ceiling light made up of naked bulbs. Usually we hate wires and find it difficult to conceal it, but they made the wires part of the decoration, which was really creative!

The pigeonhole.

The Food

We went as a group so we were able to share a variety of mains.

The first was Shitake, Portobello, Mac and Cheese.
It is a baked macaroni dish, with shitake and portobello mushroom in the mix. It wasn't too cheesy and it is just like your average pasta. Rather steep at $12.50 for such a small portion though.

Then, we had a Homemade Basil Pesto Pasta Salad.

Generally, i like pasta salad but this wasn't really a favourite so to speak. It tasted average but the pasta was well cooked so the texture was really nice.

We also had a Homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

They were creative by using youtiao/bread dough as the top layer rather than a normal crust, and the crispy youtiao gave a really good texture to the savoury taste.

It was quite salty, but not overpowering. Definitely a favourite to those who enjoy salty food. This was the best off their list of mains and the only one which sent us all digging it empty.

A peek inside -

For the desserts, we had their famous Signature Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding.

On the net, i read that it was popular and usually it will run out by the evening so in order to confirm its awesomeness, i even called in to make a reservation on it.

To my expectation, the first mouth of it sent me to an over-the-moon mode. Usually, sweet stuff like such are always good on the first mouthful and the really exceptionally good ones will be delicious till the very last mouthful. However, by halfway, some of my friends already felt gelat, and for a sweet tooth like me, I thought it was still alright at the last spoonful.

The Menu


The Companions

{ In a nutshell }

Overall, the cafe scores on the spaciousness and cosiness but there is room for improvement for their food selection. I can't give a fair comment about the ambience but i am confident it will be rather nice to just sit down and read a book on an average afternoon when there are no events there! You can check their facebook on updates!