With the one for one promotion at Saveur’s new concept Bread and Butterfly, you can get delicious ice creams really cheap in Orchard. A regularly priced scoop goes for $5, double scoop at $8, premium flavours cost an additional $1, and the lavender cone (think Birds of Paradise but Lavender instead of Thyme), costs an additional $1 as well. You can try as many flavours as you want, and they’ve got some really interesting stuff like white chocolate miso, coconut avocado, blue vanilla and Black Sea Salt, and more.

We got the single scoop cones of the salted chocolate ganache and pistachio pecan (premium). Waiting time was a little long (~15 mins) for the cone but we were warned right before we picked our flavours.

The salted chocolate ganache was interesting, with a slight saltiness and crunchy almond brittle. I do wish the chocolate flavour was more prominent though, as it tasted more like salted caramel and caramelised almond brittle. The pistachio taste did come through, and the caramelised pecans were a nice contrasting texture with a very very subtle nutty bitterness to round off the ice cream. While both flavours were nice, I always have a soft spot for pistachio, and with pecans thrown in?! Come on. It’s a shoo in for my favourite flavour. Texture of the ice cream is on point, but it melts quite fast. I actually prefer this lavender cone over BoP thyme cones as the aroma isn’t so overpowering but still fragrant and calming. As a note, be careful with the paper casing as it doesn’t fit the cone that well and tends to drop off, or your cone might also pop out of the case!

I will definitely try to make a return visit before the 1 for 1 promo is over!

A salad bar in VivoCity Fairprice Xtra run by Culina concepts. They also sell rotisserie meats in the same unit where you can choose from their selection of roast meats, or head to the butcher counter and select your own fresh cut of meat for them to cook to your desired doneness.

Opted to try the grilled seafood instead but popped by here for some fibre. There’s three different salad sets starting from $8.90, but the only difference is the number of toppings.

Overall, the salad vegetables are fresh, and though the toppings are not bad, the selection is quite limited. Nothing fancy like CBD salad shops which come up with interesting seasonings for their toppings, just plain pumpkin, mushrooms, corn and egg in my salad with smoked duck breast. I got the yuzu dressing on the side and thank goodness it wasn’t in my salad. I only realised after that it had a strong taste of wasabi and didn’t enjoy it at all.

Opened for approximately a week, Steeped Tea Bar serves a selection of creative tea mixes brewed with the same degree of passion as coffee aficionados would expect.

They have a fairly simple menu of less than 10 drink mixes, and some tiramisu slices on display. Most, if not all the teas, feature fruits. I went with the Pear High Mountajn Oolong, which was one of the two items that the barista recommended. It was a light, fragrant tea with a touch of sweetness from real pear. I thoroughly enjoyed this, it wasn’t too strong or thick, making it perfect for evening refreshment. I visited on Friday night at 7.30pm, and there wasn’t anyone else around although the other nearby eateries were brimming with customers. However, that’s probably going to change with time as they’re new to the scene.

The ambience of the place is lovely, and chill. This would be a beautiful place to spend the day reading. The baristas are welcoming and friendly, but perhaps they could expand on the light bites and confectionary spread so that people would have more of a reason to drop by especially since there’s seating provided.

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Second failed trip to YY Kafei Dian for their traditional donuts but couldn’t go empty handed so we ended up with Kaya buns and a sponge cake to share.

Originally thought this was a butter cake, but it was more spongey and soft. It had a lovely springiness and moistness that caught us by surprise! Much nicer than we expected. There was also a gula melaka fragrance that wasn’t overpoweringly sweet. Overall a very very yummy cake and I will be sure to get it again (if I can’t get the donuts 😂)

Taste of the matcha is actually strong in this cup, but it’s too sweet for my liking. I would order this again, but ask for less sugar. Apart from that, the matcha flavour is prominent and comparable to some matcha specialty shops in my opinion!

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A new cafe opened in Isetan Orchard which occupies a unit on the first floor and the second floor. The difference between both places is that the second floor unit is a Dessert Bar, and though they do serve similar desserts, they seem to have more artisanal and interesting desserts whereas the first floor unit has the full board of sandwiches, mains, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, bingsu, waffles and cakes.

We tried the bingsu on the first floor since we were told that we had already missed the last order for the day on the second floor. Last order is supposedly 8.15pm as Isetan building closes at 9pm. The first floor unit is not affected as it has a door with direct access outside, and a shutter to separate it from Isetan when it closes.

The bingsu was served pretty quickly, however, it was a basic and one dimensional dessert. The shaved ice was tasteless, the brownies were fudgey, chocolatey, but hard. There’s a layer of chocolate sauce in the middle of the shaved ice layer, but it didnt change the overall dessert taste or texture much. The vanilla ice cream was ok, but a bit too hard to scoop without smushing the shaved ice.

I wouldn’t order this again, but Cafe de Muse makes a nice chill and hangout spot in Orchard, so I would still make a return trip to try the other food and drinks!

Se7enth is on Burpple Beyond and Entertainer, but beware that there are differences in the items that you can redeem with these programs. On Burpple Beyond, you can choose from the Mains, Pastas or two of the Chef’s Signatures while the latter is not included in Entertainer.

Thankfully, the signature beef burger is included in both of these and I would definitely recommend ordering this if you actually visit Se7enth. Make sure you add on the complimentary fried egg and bacon to make the most of your money’s worth. At $30, I think the food is very pricey for the portion despite the side salad and fries, especially without a 1-for-1 offer. It’s quite a good deal with Beyond or Entertainer though. The beef patty comes well done by default, and they don’t ask what doneness you want, but it’s well executed, juicy and definitely not too tough. Goes really well with the fried egg and bacon too. Salad veggies are fresh and come with a dash of sesame dressing. Fries are fried to a golden brown and were very enjoyable!

I personally didn’t think our experience was fantastic. Service was a little amateurish. One of the waitstaff spilled a dish at a different table. Also, though we ordered a hor fun dish, the staff didn’t ask who was having the dish before changing the utensils at our table. That said, they are very attentive in refilling water. In my opinion, Se7enth wouldn’t garner a second visit, but if you’re looking for a place for a very quiet dinner on a weekend night, this is it (there were only 3 other occupied tables throughout the duration we were there!).

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Bet you wouldn’t expect to find good waffles at a tiny coffee specialty shop nestled in this quiet Sunset Way neighbourhood. I was very very surprised by how amazing these waffles were. They were the perfect texture, crisp on the outside and airy light inside. The pandan taste was subtle but still discernible. However, the show stealer was definitely the gula melaka ice cream which is apparently made by the owner’s friend. It’s not too sweet, but carries the flavour of gula melaka really well. It’s also very creamy!

Service was friendly and warm, and we enjoyed the matcha lattes very much. I’ll be back for not only the drinks, but the waffles too!

Bet you wouldn’t expect to find good waffles at a tiny coffee specialty shop nestled in this quiet Sunset Way neighbourhood. I was very very surprised by how amazing these waffles were. They were the perfect texture, crisp on the outside and airy light inside. The pandan taste was subtle but still discernible. However, the show stealer was definitely the gula melaka ice cream which is apparently made by the owner’s friend. It’s not too sweet, but carries the flavour of gula melaka really well. It’s also very creamy!

Service was friendly and warm, and we enjoyed the matcha lattes very much. I’ll be back for not only the drinks, but the waffles too!

A quick grab-and-go option in the CBD. The pide takes approximately 2 minutes to warm up and prepare. I wanted the Muar O’tah but it was already sold out and the auntie told me it’s very popular. Went for the Lulu instead which is black pepper chicken thigh with pineapple and house made mayo sauce.

I didn’t post a photo of the pide itself, as it’d just look like a flatbread stuffed with veggies. To my surprise, there was actually a whole lot of black pepper chicken (almost mince-like) below the first layer! The black pepper sauce is a kicker for sure as there are really copious amounts of coarse black pepper in the chicken. I wasn’t expecting this degree of flavour of heat but I was pleasantly surprised. The chicken itself is really tender and juicy too.

The black pepper chicken went well with the mayo as well as the fresh lettuce and tomatoes. The pide was a little flat and not nearly as fluffy or soft as I would’ve hoped but I liked that it was somewhat crisp outside. While I wish the pide bread could’ve been fluffier (I think Pita Bakery’s pitas would have been amazing with this filling!) , it was still a hearty and pretty balanced meal (with a good amount of veg and protein) for under $10.

Got this instead of the donuts because they weren’t available till afternoon.

This is just a quick snack or to-go option but it’s not particularly delicious. The puffs weren’t warm, and the fillings weren’t that generous either. I preferred the sardine puff over the curry puff in this case as the taste of the filling was more prominent.

If you’re not in a rush, just skip this and get the Kaya toast as they prepare it pretty quickly anyway.

Finally got to try YY Kafei Dian and I was shocked by the long queue snaking out of the unit at 8.30am. This was actually the queue for the bee hoon and cooked food. There was also a queue for the Kaya toast and drinks but it moved much quicker.

I can see why the Kaya toast here has a following. The thick fluffy buns are grilled so they achieve charred perfection on the outside while retaining incredible fluffiness. The Kaya also isn’t too sweet. The bun comes with a slab of butter in between, but it was unmelted so I scraped it off. The Kaya toast here is seriously addictive and I can see myself returning here for more of these or the donuts (which apparently only come out in the afternoon).

I was a little disappointed with the yuan yang as was too milky for my liking. This overpowered the taste of tea and coffee, which is a shame because I’ve read other reviews saying the coffee is good.