KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar

2425 Wishlisted
~$20/pax
What We Love
  • Beyond: 1-for-1 Cake & Drink (save ~$13)1-for-1 Ice Cream & Drink (save ~$8)1-for-1 Grain Bowl & Drink Weekday Set (Premium
  • Cosy with warm lighting and comfortable furniture
  • Fusion pastas, grain bowls, and Asian-inspired desserts
  • Pork Belly Miso Grain Bowl, Avo-melaka Froyo, Matcha Crepe

617 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269718

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Friday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday:
10:30am - 10:00pm

Sunday:
10:30am - 10:00pm

Monday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Tuesday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Thursday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

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[ Café Food Review — slow, small portions + lacklustre service ] I’m just going to open off by saying I don’t get the hype with Kara Café & Dessert Bar. Some background: C^2 and I have been wanting night café food in BKT for a while, and since the reviews for Kara looked fine, why not try it?

First visit: This was more a supper since we ate prior. Our goal was to try their Okonomiyaki Tater Tots after @lausybren recommended it (thank you!!), so we checked that it was available, ordered, and got a seat. After we paid and were mid-drink, we were told the tater tots were sold out. Mind you, no one else ordered it nor did we see it served. After the refund, we were stuck with drinks when we could’ve gone home instead. Great.

Next visit: This time, C^2 and I decided to pop by during dinner time instead. She placed the order for it first to be safe before we looked for mains. Many of their mains were sold out, so we got their Pork Belly Miso (apparently a signature) + Tempura Fish Kimchi. Alas, 15-20 mins later we were informed again that the tempura was sold out. Cue needing to pick another bowl and pay $2 more for something I didn’t particularly want (their katsu).

Here’s the only silver lining of the night: The tater tots were great!! /chef kiss/ (Did have to wait 30mins for it tho.) Despite being covered in sauce and mayo, the potato bites were still crispy, and the spring onions and furikake garnishing made the dish a lot more and staved away impending saturation.

The rest of our mains, not so much. My goodness, the portion sizes were dismal. While we did get a slab of pork belly, it was fattier than I’d expected, lying next to a strange inclusion of fried instant noodle bits, and flanked by a sad mess of onions and some edamame. At least the mix wasn’t bad.

If I thought the belly was bad, wait until you see their katsu. Not only did we have to wait nearly an hour for it (they told us 20mins more 30mins in), when it arrived, we were given h a l f a piece of katsu that I could’ve eaten in a bite or two. An hour. For that. Better yet, the entire dish was dull, plain and bland. Took a few bites, and we were done with it.

Nope, never visiting again.

Pricey but decent.
Matcha crepe tastes good, but are crepes meant to collapse the moment you dig in? 🌝

We enjoy coming to KARA. This is our 2nd visit. But! Just a PSA, don't get the Ice Choc ($6.50) because it tastes like chocolate milk + bit of cocoa powder. Place has plugs everywhere. Good for studying or working 📗⌨📧

3.5⭐ There's 1 for 1 cake + drink so we hangout here after having our brunch. The cakes are not bad but the drinks are quite bland.
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I've got a love-hate relationship with KARA Cafe. Their food is way overpriced for the portions, it's stupid crowded half the time and the staff is not the friendliest. But this Miso Pork Belly ($16++) always keeps me coming back. With packet ramen chips, an overcooked egg and sparsely strewn vegetables, you'd frown at the price point until you take a bite of the pork belly. Three layers of perfection, ratioed perfectly for that melty, fatty goodness and the zingy miso-teriyaki marination of the meat. The meagre portioning stops it from getting too jelak, yet leaves you hanging like an incomplete hyphenation, a cruel lover. I just feel very strongly about this pork belly, okay?

TL;DR Try this dish if you can handle everything other than the meat seeming like an afterthought.

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I have gone to Kara quite a few times to spend time with friends and to study as well. However Im extremely disappointed to have been chased out by staff when I was studying even though I had purchased a full meal and a coffee and I was not even done with my drink yet (and I wasn’t even around for a long while). Perhaps it was very busy and reservations were made but why accept reservations if your patrons aren’t done yet. In fact there there were others who were on their laptops as well so I’m not sure what this double standard is about. And they even have a second level that with more seats that they could’ve opened but instead they resorted to chasing me out. Highly don’t recommend for the disgustingly terrible service

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