#Cafehopping

#Cafehopping

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

From now to 31 May, you can also get to enjoy 50% A5 Hokkaido Wagyu Bento (U.P. $31.80) and from now to 18 May, get 50% off the second bento order.

Each bento comes with a bed of Hokkaido Yumepirika Rice and topped with your choice of meat that has been flame grilled to perfection, prepared a la minute and glazed with the in-house marinate. Besides the premium A5 Hokkaido Wagyu Bento, there are other options such as Yakiniku Karubi Bento, Beef Sukiyaki Bento, Hokkaido Pork Yakiniku Bento and Pork Yakiniku (Miso) Bento. Each set comes with tonjiru miso soup with pork.
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✨ #ricesando Tokyo
📍 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, Unit B2-45, Singapore 238839
🌐 https://ricesando.com/
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We were there during the long weekend after the lunch hours but still have to wait in queue for a table and an even longer wait for the food to arrive. Overall, a nice addition to the already cafe-saturated concepts around the vicinity but the prices are very much to be desired.

The Baked Eggs #2 costs a premium $24.50 and the portion could have been much more in my opinion, as it only comes with a single focaccia bread sitting on top of the shakshuka of San Marzanos tomatoes, a few slices of spicy chorizo and organic eggs. The Shoyu Butter & Garlic Rigatoni ($18) is cooked in a piquant garlic mixture which gives it most of the flavour in a dish but otherwise it was just one dimensional. On the other hand, the Honey Butter Coin Hash ($14.50) was the winner of the meal with the sweet-savoury sauce of honey butter that coated the hash and the yogurt dip to give it a nice refreshing flavour.
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✨ Supernova
📍 266 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437053
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Located in Mandarin Gallery, Cafe Ma Maison offers a range of sweet treats and savoury bites such as their popular Strawberry Tart ($9.50) and Truffle Flavoured Katsu Sandwich ($14.80). Especially the katsu sando, this is a good alternative to the thick cuts of deep fried breaded pork that you can get at the tonkatsu concept.

Another new item in their menu is the Seasonal Fruits Shortcake ($12.80) which is a tower of freshly baked chiffon cake covered in whipped cream, decorated with seasonal fruits and a glass of lemon sorbet. I love this pairing as the tanginess from the sorbet helps to balance the richness from the cream.

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✨ Cafe Ma Maison
📍 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, Unit 02-33/34, Singapore 238897
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The lineup includes the Butter Cookies with Nutella® (220g, $15.90 each), each cookie contains a generous portion of the popular chocolate hazelnut spread, followed by the seasonal beverages of Burnt Caramel Ice Blended® (from $7.90 for small) and Cold Brew Burnt Caramel (from $7.90 for small). The former is made by blending the brand’s signature coffee extract with the burnt caramel and topped with caramel-infused whipped cream while the latter is adding the burnt caramel with the handcrafted cold brew to make it a refreshing treat.

The brand’s brew-at-home series has also several new additions with the limited edition Ceramic French Press and Mug Set ($39.90) that comes in three colours of pink, blue and green, and decked in delicate 3D-emoboseed quotes. For a limited time only, you can get this set at $19.90 for every $20 spent on food and beverages.
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✨ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Singapore
📍 Available at all Coffee Bean Singapore stores or via GrabFood, foodpanda and Deliveroo
🌐 www.coffeebean.com.sg
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Made using the Red Bull 25% Less Sugar Energy Drink and sun-ripened passionfruit, this refreshing treat is a sorbet with a sweet and tangy flavour combination. Starting from April 2022, this Red Bull mixed with Passionfruit Sorbet is available at all Udders outlets at $4.20 nett per 100ml scoop and $13.60 nett per pint, or you can also get it on the Udder’s online store (link below), GrabFood, Deliveroo and foodpanda at $5 nett per 100ml scoop and $14.65 nett per pint.
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✨ Red Bull Singapore x Udders Ice Cream
📍 Available at all Udders outlets
🌐 https://icecream.udders.com.sg/
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The new additions are headlined by the petit gateâu and each of these little cakes features an elaborate layering of flavours and textures, expertly handcrafted by the pastry chefs. These new cakes include the Caramelia Banana Cake ($9.50), Black Forest Cake ($9.50), Red Berries Tart ($9.50), Black Sesame Flower Dome ($9.50), A Taste of Summer ($9.50), Chocolate Raspberry Cake ($9.50), together with new creations such as the Gula Melaka Bread ($9.50) and Banana Pound Cake ($2.50 per slice/$16.80 for whole 700g). The other signature items such as the Key Lime Tart and Hazelnut Chocolate Éclair will continue to be in the menu.

Among the new creations, the A Taste of Summer is the ideal refreshing dessert to welcome in the summer season as there are four flavours of mango, passionfruit, pistachio and coconut in a single cake. The layers consist of pistachio sponge cake with mango creamux, coconut mousse and passionfruit caramel cream, decorated with mango passionfruit and coconut jelly, and coconut crisp. Continuing with the tangy trend, the Black Forest Cakes comes with a layer of cherry confit made with Morello cherries and sweet cherries, Red Berries Tart made with three kinds of berries in raspberry, strawberry and cranberry and the Chocolate Raspberry Cake with a core of chocolate cremeux and raspberry jam.
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✨ Tuxedo Café & Patisserie
📍 76 Bras Basah Road, Carlton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 189558
🌐 https://bit.ly/tuxedocake
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A sister brand of the main outlet in Bangkok, the Singapore outpost is on its soft launch phase and operating still on a tipping basis. The menu consists of the familiar iced white and iced black, or non caffeinated options like matcha latte. The visit there was quite a let down as my iced dirty matcha literally had “dirty” spots of lumpy matcha powder that didn’t dissolve properly. Perhaps the staff was overwhelmed by the crowd or they are still ironing out the operations, but the lumpy matcha powder bits made it quite difficult to drink.
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✨ Kōhī Roastery & Coffee Bar
📍 283 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427535
🍴 [Self Funded]

The banh mi here isn’t your typical traditional kind, but more of a fusion twist with unique fillings such as mackerel otah, honey glazed grilled chicken thigh and grilled lemongrass beef patty. There is still the classic familiar bahn mi with the Classic Chicken Cold Cut with Homemade Pate ($5.80) which is wallet-friendly and the freshly baked baguette comes packed with pickled salad, chicken floss and Vietnamese mayonnaise. In my honest opinion, not the best banh mi that I have had in Singapore, but a decent option amongst the fierce competition of Vietnamese food around the area. The cafe is of a free seating basis and can get crowded during the peak hours, hence, do get a table first before ordering at the counter.
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✨ Joo Chiat Caphe
📍 263 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427517
🌐 https://joochiatcaphe.com/
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The new ala carte menu will continue to feature the fan favourites with six new additions from hearty mains to café classics as part of the revamp. Diners can look forward to two new New York-style thin-crust pizzas with the 7 Cheese ($20) to Rocket & Egg ($20), and the former consisting of a velvety mix of cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, emmental, gouda, edam and pecorino cheeses over a tomato sauce base. The careful selection of cheeses ensures that there is a right balance of richness and flavour while not feeling surfeited. Making a comeback into the ala carte is the Baked Tiger Prawns ($28) that comes with chorizo paired with melted provolone, housemade chimichurri sauce and melted butter, to be eaten with the sourdough toast. Rounding up the new dishes we have sampled include the Popcorn Pancakes ($18) and Shrimp-Paste Marinated Chicken Wings ($16) that are part of the café classics. The Popcorn Pancakes are topped with whipped cream and freshly popcorn popcorn, with accompaniments of fresh berries and a salted caramel sauce by the side while the popular chicken wings from Oriole now come in two specially crafted flavours, the sweet and spicy Bali Rub (+$1.90) and Butter Sriracha (+$1.90).

The seasonal menu that is available for a limited time period from 1 March till 31 May will focus on seafood delights from the Firecracker Po’Boys to a Snapper Pie that you should absolutely check them out. Inspired by the traditional sandwiches from Louisiana, the Firecracker Po’boys come with crab ($18) or shrimp ($20) options. Both sandwiches are constructed with a lightly toasted buttery brioche bun, stuffed with chunks of battered crab meat or tiger prawn that has been seasoned with cajun spices, paired together with romaine lettuce, an American yellow mustard sauce and housemade tartar sauce that cuts through the richness perfectly and balances the overall flavours. Each order of the Po’boy will come with a sandwich, a side of shoestring fries and salad. Last but not least, do not miss out on the Snapper Pie ($32) that comes with a pan-seared snapper fish cooked in a flavourful white sauce with asparagus, wild mushrooms, and truffle oil, all baked in a buttery puff pastry.
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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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The gelatos here are churned each day in a special combi machine that was shipped directly from Italy, and made without any added premixes, colouring or preservatives. Priced at $4.20 per scoop with an extra $0.80 per scoop for premium flavours, the menu offers a range of classic flavours and specialty ones that are unique to the brand.

From classic favourites such as Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Earl Grey, Coconut with Choco Chip, Yogurt Strawberry, Melted Butter Coffee to indulging flavours like Ferrero Rocher or Pistachio, the gelato at GelatiAmo will appeal to all ages. If you are looking for something unique, try out the store’s specialty such as Burrata Balsamico or seasonal rotations such as Champagne Grapefruit and Almond & Turmeric. Besides having the gelato in a cup or cone, you can also choose to enjoy it in a brioche, square cinnamon-coated doughnuts or have it as an affogato paired with Brazil single-origin coffee beans.
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✨ GelatiAmo
📍 1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis, Unit B1-11, Singapore 138632
🌐 https://www.gelatiamosg.com/
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Diners can enjoy their Afternoon Tea Set ($34) for two, which comes with 2 small bakes, 4 signature småkagers (Danish cookies) and 2 drinks, in the coziness of this new outlet. A total of 8 new seasonal flavours of småkagers will be available for you to choose from such as the Banana cake that is dusted with blackcurrant sugar with a dollop of yuzu caramel, the Passionfruit of almond financier piped with tangy blueberry and passionfruit curd with a meringue flower to top it all off, and the Hazelnut of mango and white tea.

Additionally, if you are craving for something savoury, look no further than their open-faced sandwiches such as the outlet exclusive, Crab & Avocado Salsa ($20) which comes with a generous serving of briny Jonah crab meat, piled atop a homemade creamy avocado salsa and sourdough toast.
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✨ Leckerbaer
📍 14 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089121
🌐 https://leckerbaer.sg/
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Working closely with Fook Gor Durian Farm in Raub, West Pahang, 99 Old Trees continues to reinvent their offerings made with the best Mao Shan Wang and D24 durians. In addition to the fresh durians, you can also get the lineup of Stinky durian desserts, ice cream and two new durian treats.

One of the latest highlights is the value-for-money Stinky Bomb ($1.80 per piece, minimum order of 5 pieces), a bite-sized ball of golden choux au craquelin with butter-sugar crumbed top and filling of Mao Shan Wang flesh and light cream. You will definitely not stop at one as you continue to pop these flavour bombs into your mouth. Not to be missed out on is the Stinky Roll ($6.50 for quarter piece, $25 for foot long), a new launch of fluffy sponge cake filled with fresh Mao Shan Wang flesh and French custard cream, a highly recommended treat that you can have it on your own or get the foot long to share with others. Other must-try desserts under the Stinky brand includes the Stinky Bowl ($5.50/$7) of durian mousse with a serving of D24 durian puree, Stinky Chendul ($3/$5) with homemade chendul jelly and a serving of durian flesh, and the Stinky Scoop ($28), a decadent treat of Mao Shan Wang ice cream.
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✨ 99 Old Trees
📍 1 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088321
🌐 https://www.stinky.com.sg/shop
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