Societe Canteen: Fresh, idealistic and full of bohemian values

Young professionals who switch to F&B aren’t news. Still, it’s heartening to see more of them. Especially if they start places like Societe Canteen: bright and airy, full of idealism and bohemian values.
Set up by 26-year-old ex-banker Jonathan Tu back in June, the Melbourne-style café sells energy-saving designer Plumen bulbs ($50), eco-friendly reusable Keep Cups ($24) and beans by direct trade coffee roasters like Chicago-based Intelligentsia. Art by local talent Ashley Khoo hangs on the walls.
We headed down for brunch on Saturday and ordered up fresh simple items like the big breakfast ($18)—scrambled eggs with bacon, spinach and tomatoes—and baked eggs ($16), from the compact menu (scribbled on a mirror by the order counter). We washed it down with a well-made long black ($5) and felt quite high-minded and self satisfied.