#Cafehopping

#Cafehopping

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Not to be compared with the other hugely popular bagel house, and ONALU actually stands out for an affordable option with decent combinations in the menu. Between the Hash Stack ($7) and Devilled Spam ($8), I will go for the savoury latter, which is stacked with spam, cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese and mashed devilled eggs. The slight heat from the paprika gives it a nice flavour component but the bagel can tend to get a bit soggy towards the end so eat it fast.
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✨ ONALU Bagel Haús
📍 60 Stamford Road, Singapore Management University, Unit 01-11, Singapore 178900
🍴 [Self Funded]

My order of Salmon Soba Noodles ($19.30) was not exactly what I was expecting. Perhaps I should have checked out photos of this dish from others before actually ordering it but I was hoping for cold soba noodles instead. However, this dish was created as a pasta dish as the buckwheat noodles was served dry, with a poached salmon by the side, a portion of shimeji mushrooms and the best item on this plate, the crispy egg with a generous sprinkle of furikake. What was let down by this dish has got to be the noodles as it was soggy and lumpy, totally without any al dente texture.
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✨ Columbus Coffee Co.
📍 220 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574352
🍴 [Self Funded]

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In addition to this launch are five cocktails, concocted in collaboration with Maker’s Mark from Beam Suntory. Each of these four plant-based dishes are unique on its own, such as the Mission Impossible ($24) which pays homage to the favourite roadside/pasar malam Ramly burger. This burger contains an Impossible Meat patty wrapped in a cheese and egg omelette that is topped with ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and lettuce, sandwiched between a lightly buttered brioche bun; every ingredient carefully thought of to mimic biting into the real Mccoy. If you are looking for a different bite texture, the Tindle Surprise ($22) will surely spring a surprise on you with a breaded plant-based chicken patty that is stuffed with pesto and mozzarella cheese in a buttered sesame bun, with a dollop of parmesan mayonnaise, some romaine lettuce and tomato added to it.

For the Om(g)ni Goodness ($18), the OmniPork luncheon is used in the quesadilla, with the usual mozzarella cheese and sour cream in the tortilla while the Jack’s Tuna Melt ($24) is an interpretation of the patty melt but a Karana jackfruit mix is used to replace the beef in it. The addition of kizami nori in the jackfruit mix creates the flavor reminiscent of tuna, with the avocado, tomato, onion, celery, cucumber pickles, Worcestershire sauce and Monterey Jack cheese creating a flavour bomb and texture in the buttered sourdough bread.

To go along your plant-based burgers and sandwiches, wash it down with the newly concocted five cocktails, made with Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey, The Maker’s High Roller, High Ball ($17), Maker’s March ($18), Mark-arita ($14), Maker’s Martin ($18) and Makin’ Me Blush ($14).
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✨ Oriole Coffee + Bar
📍 96 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Unit 01-01, Singapore 238163
🌐 https://delivery.oriole.com.sg/en_SG/
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We were there nearing their closing time and the buns that were left include the Curry Potato ($6) and Mini of 4 ($4.50), which we got the latter. Paying $4.50 for a quadruple of mini buns, in my honest opinion, is way overpriced and part of that cost probably went into the packaging, interior decorations and amenities. I am not saying that it’s a bad polo bun, but there are definitely many alternatives out there that are cheaper with a similar taste or even better. Will I return? Probably not but i am curious to see if the bakery/cafe can innovate further to stay in the trend down the road.
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✨ Champion Polo Bun
📍 92 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088513
🍴 [Self Funded]

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To describe the entire experience might not be my best judgement as I do not visit such cutesy cafes but in terms of the items in the menu, there are plenty for you to choose from such as the Mango Ice with Rice Ball ($6.90) and Thai Milk Tea Bingsu that we have gotten to share. All in all, a pretty decent location for an after-meal sweet treat but with the fierce competition of desserts around the same vicinity, Smile Dessert definitely stood out in terms of its appearance and décor. Will I queue again for this? If the other dessert places nearby such as Ah Chew or Honeymoon Dessert have no queue, I will definitely head there instead. But if Smile Dessert has a shorter queue compared to the rest, I just might visit this place again, for its variety of dessert choices.
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✨ Smile Dessert
📍 534 North Bridge Road, Unit 01-01, Singapore 188749
🍴 [Self Funded]

Weekends are my go-to days to explore the different coffee houses in Singapore and this visit brings me to Fahrenheit Coffee Singapore, which is housed within the SPA CLUB along Beach Road. The café has a simple setup with an outdoor and indoor air-conditioned seating arrangement for you to enjoy your coffee and light bites. The café gets their coffee beans that are roasted by The Community Coffee and the beans’ profile rotate monthly depending on the supply, but mainly focusing on single origin beans.
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✨ Fahrenheit Coffee Singapore
📍 75 Beach Road, Unit 01-00A, Singapore 189678
🌐 https://fahrenheitcoffee.sg/
🍴 [Self Funded]

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Being a cafe concept, the cake bar has a variety of cakes and bakes, including plated desserts and beverages. We tried the Chocolate Waffles ($13) when we were there, and it comes with butter waffles, topped with their signature honey soft serve and a good drizzle of salted caramel sauce. The sides are decorated and loaded with chocolate brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Overall, a very decent waffle order, with the good balance of sweet and savoury. My only gripe is that the soft serve is too creamy, and if it was lighter, the honey would have shone through even further.
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✨ Edith Pâtisserie Cake Bar
📍 9 Penang Road, Unit 01-06, Singapore 238459
🌐 https://www.edithpatisserie.com/
🍴 [Self Funded]

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The menu is limited to their signature bakes with a few exclusive items such as the sourdough croissant and sourdough kvass beverage. Unfortunately, the sourdough croissant was sold out when we were there but I managed to try the sourdough kvass which is a fermented beverage made using sourdough bread and sourdough starter, the taste very similar to a kombucha, with two flavours to choose from, thyme or mint. To go with our drinks, we got their popular almond croissant and kouign amann for sharing to wind down the Sunday afternoon.
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✨ Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills
📍 70 River Valley Road, Unit 01-05, Singapore 179037
🍴 [Self Funded]

Soft-launched in early April, DOUGH is opened by the folks behind Glyph Supply Co. and Runes, and the café has a Korean-inspired interior with a self-service counter to pick up your own bakes. Perhaps the most popular bake from the café is the Strawberry Brioche ($5), a brioche bun with a crispy meringue top layer and strawberry custard filling. It can get a bit too surfeited towards the end as the creamy custard is a bit on the heavier side but something different about it is that there is a hint of basil in the mixture, which gives it a unique touch.
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✨ DOUGH
📍 30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES, Unit 01-30, Singapore 187996
🍴 [Self Funded]

With two ombre Mother’s Day exclusive cakes available, the Yammy Mummy ($38.80) is made with Dajia yam from Taiwan layered with yam chiffon cake, yam filling, pudding cubes and fresh cream. The cake is then dressed in buttercream and hand-sprayed with purple cocoa butter before topping with fresh strawberries, blueberries and butterfly décor. In addition to the cakes selection, there is an assortment of buns such as the Yammy Croissant ($2.50) that contains mochi and yam paste, Mochi Cheese ($2.20), Blueberry Cheese Brioche ($4.80), So Yammy ($1.80) and Sweet Pur-tato ($1.60), all part of the Mother’s Day series. To pair with these bakes, you can wash it down with the Butterfly Pea Lemonade ($2.40) and Pur-tato Soy Milk ($2.40). Exclusive to the BreadTalk e-store is the Rolling with Yam ($12.80), a swiss roll of yam chiffon cake with yam filling and pudding.
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✨ BreadTalk
📍 Available at all retail outlets islandwide
🌐 https://www.breadtalk.com.sg/shop
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A great spot for dessert lovers and night-goers, the café is opened till beyond dinner hours, closing at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. With over 18 unique gelato flavours that changes on a weekly basis, Momolato Café offers flavours that are suitable for individuals on the keto diet, signature or premium for the rest of us, with a price range of $4.90 to $8. Besides just enjoying the gelato on its own, you can have it in a pandan leaf-wrapped cone or on top of waffles or croffles. The gelatos are made with natural and seasonal ingredients, sourced from different countries around the world, without any added additives or artificial flavourings. These unique flavour fusions come in the form of Kochi Yuzu Shiso from Japan, Chocolate Arabic Coffee from Ecuador, Roasted Sicilian Pistachio and the Asian favourites of Mao Shan Wang durian, Oolong Houjicha Tiramisu and Ondeh-Ondeh Sweet Potato Swirl.

There are also blended options available, with a range of keto, sugar-free, diabetic-friendly smoothies such as Mango Yogurt Pomelo, Avocado Coconut or Strawberry Cheesecake ($8). The Popsicle Spritzers ($8) will be popular among those looking for the Instagram effect as these flavoured popsicles of Watermelon Mint and Watermelon Kiwi Pop, Coconut Water Lychee Pop or Mango Coconut and Passionfruit Pop, will not only look good on your feed, it is a perfect refresher on a hot and humid day.
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✨ Momolato Café
📍 34 Haji Lane, Singapore 189227
🌐 https://momolato.com/shop
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We specifically went to Simple Cafe for their stuffed donuts and ended up getting more of their bakes and coffee. A not-so-hidden gem in the area that I am looking forward to their new launches in the future.
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✨ Simple Cafe 简单。
📍 1 West Coast Drive, NEWest, Unit 01-87, Singapore 128020
🍴 [Self Funded]

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