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Cafe Hopping

Cafe Hopping

Featuring Montana Singapore, RONIN, Dutch Colony Coffee Co. (Frankel Avenue), Plentyfull (Millenia Walk), SSÄM Korean Mexican Kitchen
Daphne Tang
Daphne Tang

If you're craving for a meal with a medley of exciting flavours, this is a good place. I chose half kimchi rice and half salad as my base and beef short rib for my protein ($9.50). I love a spicy-sour combination, so the kimchi salsa, tomato radish and seasoned vegetables in this bowl were right up my alley. I didn't feel it was very spicy, actually I wish it had more of a kick. The beef short rib was very tender, as you'd expect from a 48 hour long cooking time. They are so generous with their ingredients so there's no question whether you'll get your money's worth dining here. Your palate is totally satisfied with this bowl -- there's sweet, spicy, sour and salty all covered here. Just one complaint: I wish the protein, at least, could be served hot. It's so flavourful now, imagine the flavours amplified!


Step into this space and you'll feel like you've been transported to a beachside restaurant/bar -- the high ceiling, patterned tile flooring, potted plants hanging artfully from the ceiling and glass windows leave you feeling especially relaxed. My family were drawn in as we were walking back after dinner and succumbed to ordering drinks and cake. Their cakes are seriously delightful. The coconut and mango cake pictured in the background ($9.00) had light mango cream and slices of mango layered between incredibly fluffy sponge cake that just burst with flavour. The coconut flakes coating the surface added a nutty depth that complemented the sweet sponge well. We were so impressed that we also got their banana bread and lemon chiffon cake (each $2.50 per slice) to take home, which turned out to be excellent choices. Their dinner menu isn't extensive, but the aroma wafting in the air yesterday night guarantees that I will be back!! Unfortunately the drinks pictured here, the hot cocoa and matcha latte (each $6.50) were powdery and didn't taste great. I'll give their coffees a shot next time.

The Black Velvet Waffles ($14) were phenomenal! My friend and I chose black sesame ice-cream for ours and my other friends tried the green tea flavour. Frangrant and flavourful goodness atop a fluffy base, the crunchy toppings were a lovely addition. Might consider these to be my favourite place for waffles so far! We also ordered the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles ($14.50). A satisfying choice -- the chicken was pretty thick, had a crisp coating and was still moist and tender. Can't wait to be back to try more of their offerings 😛


It's lack of a distinct shopfront doesn't stop the crowds from flocking to Ronin for excellent coffee and unpretentious food. Opened by the good folks behind The Plain and The Bravery, pop into this dimly-lit, no-nonsense cafe for some legit scrambled eggs on toast (add on that juicy portobello mushroom and bacon for good measure) and the well-loved Dirty Ronin sandwich. Do yourself a favour and get the decadent brioche French toast topped with braised apple, bacon, hazelnut butter and syrup -- you won't regret it. Of course, no brunch is complete without a kick of caffeine from their classic brews. If you feel like something different, go for their Matcha Latte, or cool down on a hot day with a Wicked!

There are many great cafes, but not all spaces are conducive for spending a couple of hours with your friends over simple food, great coffee and lovely ambience. At this humble spot, you're always ensured a consistently good cup, alongside great bites like their Thai Milk Tea Loaf or a Butter Croissant. For the more serious coffee drinkers, you even get to specify a brewing method of choice for their single origin beans. This spacious cafe is already a popular meeting spot for many Easties, and it certainly looks like there will be a steady growth of visits from Westies too! Another draw is also their free Wifi and ample seating, good omens for those who love working from cafes.

This gem in Yishun will more than please heartlanders in the North. Expect bold flavours like Mr Potato Head (vanilla ice cream infused with salted caramel, studded with chocolate coated potato chips), Orh Nee (Teochew yam paste) and Mao Shan Wang, but also more classic flavours like Earl Grey Lavender and Rum and Raisin. The ice cream here is creamy and milky, but the waffles may not be the best you can find. That said, the combination of waffles and ice cream is always a match made in heaven. They serve coffee and milkshakes as well.

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