KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar

2523 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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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

Friday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday:
10:30am - 10:00pm

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From the Burpple community

using burpple 1-for-1 we got two grain bowls and two drinks for $26 which we felt was a steal. the grain bowl was very filing and we had a lot of options to choose from. the selection for the drinks was also pretty vast.

would return back to try their dessert selections!

2 pieces of mochi waffles that is lightly crisp outside, chewy & soft inside; taste quite special; with fresh banana & strawberries on top; soft serve ice cream is very sweet, taste light with mild cinnamon flavor; would be better if there's option for flavor; with loads of crispy biscuit crumbs..

Pork cutlet on top of Japanese rice; thick cut of pork loin that is tender & succulent; taste quite bland itself; batter is thin; drizzled with katsu sauce & egg mayo which would be better if it comes at the side instead of over the rice as the batter gets soggy & felt jelat halfway; rice is soft & chewy; with a soft boiled egg, no oozing yolk..

Several pieces of fried chicken simmered in onion & egg sauce sat on top of Japanese rice; meat is tender; whole bowl taste decent, nothing special..

Mixed cheese & pickles sandwiched between 2 thin sourdough toast; toast is very crispy outside & soft between; love the oozing thick melted cheese blend; cheese taste not overwhelming; with mildly sweet pickles that add crunch & reduce the jelatness from cheese; came with garden salad + balsamic at the side..

[ 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.

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