Specialty cafes are pretty much of a common find these days — that has been so given how the third-wave coffee movement had hit the shores a number of years back with cafes sprouting up all over the island. That being said, specialty cafes serving up vegan/vegetarian fare is a tough find — Lucky Cat is one of such places that had opened its doors at Hougang Community Club serving up vegan/vegetarian items alongside specialty coffee.

There are really quite a number of items that caught our eyes which we also ended up ordering, including the Konjac Salmon Sashimi and Maki options that are on the menu. Not having had Monkey Head Mushroom before, this was a main that I found to be especially satisfying — prepared upon order, the Yangnyeom Monkey Head Mushroom Don essentially features nuggets of fried mushrooms tossed in a Korean sweet sauce, served atop a bed of short-grain rice with greens on the side. Absolutely loved how well-sized the morsels of mushrooms were sized; gave enough bite and carried a bouncy texture, whilst crisp on the exterior with the batter not being too thick nor thin — the Yangnyeom sauce being aptly sweet without being in any way spicy though came with a slight tang that kept things refreshing and made the whole bowl pretty easy to have. Coupled with the pearly short grain rice, the leafy greens helped to strike a balance and kept the bowl hearty. The entire package was something I felt pretty easy to accept, and is definitely something I would not mind having again if I ever cross paths with Monkey Head Mushroom dishes some day.

Lucky Cat do also serve up a pretty wide variety of beverages often found in specialty cafes — think bottled Cold Brew and even special concoctions such as Espresso Lemon Tonic and Cereal Coffee Cream; a spot worth checking out if you are a caffeine junkie especially even for those who are not too much into having vegan/vegetarian fare.