Coracle is a bright and minimalist cafe serving Asian-style dishes, alongside Vietnamese coffee, imported Japanese matcha and hojicha, and espresso by Small Batch. It’s run by married co-owners Tam Duong and Tat Ying Wong, who go by Jane and Benny respectively. The duo spent years working in hospitality before opening Coracle to showcase the dishes they grew up eating in Vietnam and Hong Kong.
They lead the kitchen and the menu here, which also takes inspiration from Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean cuisines. In the mornings, you can try the intricate Japanese asagohan (breakfast), which comes with grilled seasonal fish, rice, pickled vegetables, soup, tea and other rotating sides like taro chips, gyoza or pumpkin puree. Or, from Hong Kong, try comforting congee topped with sliced barramundi.
For lunch, select from the crowd-favourite kaisen don (Japanese sashimi and rice bowl), brothless ramen or Korean bibimbap with Wagyu bulgogi. You’ll also find a few grab-and-go options, including toasties with a twist – think combos like scrambled eggs, miso butter, relish and cheese.
As for drinks, Duong recommends the hot Vietnamese coffee, which is brewed with a technique that she learnt from her father. It’s made in the phin to order and blended with coconut milk for extra creaminess. And it’s stronger than most, so it comes with black tea to cleanse your palate between sips and bites. There’s also espresso coffee by Small Batch, Vietnamese iced coffee, and hojicha and matcha lattes that use imported Japanese ingredients.
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