If you’re ever searching for a breakfast or brunch option in Prahan that is more than just your average café, look out for the timeless white door and glass storefront at 385 High Street.
My visit here was highly anticipated after pining over so many photos of their menu items. Every dish looked so vibrant and carefully presented, and most of all I saw many healthy options to choose from. I was prepared for what ended up being about a 40 minute wait, as this is quite common for any popular café. However, due to the size and layout of the place, the waiting time felt rather claustrophobic and gave me the impression that they were unable to cope too well. As the rain started coming down, everyone in line for a table hustled inside and congregated at the entrance, which unfortunately did not leave much room for people to enter and exit or for the waitress to get to and from the tables by the window. I was constantly shuffling around and felt like I was in the way of something or someone wherever I stood. I’m sure on a nicer day where the queue would have been moved outside it would have been better.
Thankfully, the service once we were seated was extremely efficient! We ordered an acai bowl each and I was delighted to see that the quantity was decent as I was super hungry. It was probably the best acai bowl I’ve had so far – I loved the combination of the peanut butter and coyo, and what I really liked about how they made it is that they add muesli to the bottom of the bowl instead of just over the top. This means that the bottom half of your bowl isn’t just plain smoothie after you’re done eating all the toppings! I’ve had acai bowls before that were just way too diluted, to the point where the taste becomes very subtle, and I didn’t find that this was the case at Fourth Chapter. It definitely made the wait worthwhile.
As far as ambience goes, there was not much natural light further in where most of the seating was, which I thought would have been nice to have but really, at that point it’s more about the food and company. More importantly, at no point did I feel that they were trying to rush and get us out as quickly as possible despite the fact that they had a fair few people in line for a table.
I think if I were to visit again, I’d try and be a bit more strategic about what time and day to pop in.