Cafes

Cafes

Featuring Lola's Cafe, Stateland Coffeehouse, Tiong Bahru Bakery (Tiong Bahru), Old Hen Coffee Bar, Wild Honey (Scotts Square), Keong Saik Bakery, NINJA CUT, Bearded Bella, Kyushu Pancake, Jones the Grocer (Dempsey Hill)
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You would, by now, have probably heard of this instagrammable space by Merci Marcel along Telok Ayer street for its specialisation in French crepes. Galettes, made with buckwheat flour, are the savoury ones, while crepes made with wheat flour, are the sweet siblings.

Don’t judge a crepe by its appearance; it might look manageable for one, but it is highly recommended to be shared for 2 reasons. One, so that you can try more flavours. And two, some of the galettes got too jelak even for us as a group towards the end.

No. 4, galette with a Chiffonade of ham, organic egg sunny side up, over sautéed mushrooms, Comté cheese. While the galette itself was delicious with some crispy edges, the group felt that the sautéed mushrooms were way too earthy, hence overpowering and overshadowed the other ingredients that were present.

No. 9, galette with Reblochon cheese, organic Bayonne ham, baby potatoes, pancetta, white wine pickled onions. This was more enjoyable in our opinion as the overall flavour was quite balanced. Subtle flavours from the Reblochon cheese complemented the sliced ham and slightly sweet pickled onions. I also enjoyed the soft baby potatoes.

Stepping into this modern minimalist place that was previously occupied by the now-defunct 11 Hamilton, it felt as if I was at a co-working space. It’s spacious, welcoming with a contemporary-style interior that creates just a perfect environment to spend some alone time.

While I am usually not a fried chicken & waffles person, my friend chose it as it was a recommended item. The boneless chicken thigh was indeed crispy even with the drizzling of maple syrup. Served with a Belgian waffle sitting at the bottom, which was overall an considerably big portion dish. As a matter of fact, it was pretty tasty although I would still prefer to separate my fried chicken and a sweet waffle. This is a sweet savoury combination that’s conflicting to me personally.

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This sweet little thing on Bearded Bella’s menu caught our eye for firstly its fanciful name, Pain Perdu (aka fancy af French toast), and secondly a pink guava compote in a French toast. The pan-fried Brioche was fluffy, and drenched with much maple syrup. However, we struggled to detect any pink guava notes, but instead I found it more like a pink grapefruit. Additionally, it was a pretty thin layer of compote that was probably overshadowed by the sticky sweet maple syrup. Served along with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, fresh fruits and cardamom that was unfortunately undetectable as well.

Swing by @alchemist.sg housed in a retro-looking building to get your caffeine fix. Uniquely located at Khong Guan’s former biscuit factory, I was captivated almost immediately by the sharp contrast of the red Chinese characters ‘康元’ coupled with old-fashioned baby blue iron grilles and pastel green wall, against the Alchemist neon blue lightings. Stepping in, I was welcomed by the minimalistic interior, which I would really love to chill my afternoon away if not for the full occupancy.

I am not a regular cold coffee person, but I was very pleased with the iced White I got. By early afternoon, they only had El Retiro from El Salvador left. I enjoyed the nice balance of acidity, described as mandarin-like, and a delicate sweetness of cane sugar. While it wasn’t an overly creamy White, the lasting roasted notes were laudable. Definitely a cafe worth checking out in Tai Seng!

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You can’t deny @tiongbahrubakery serves one of the best croissants in town. Offering the National Day bundle that includes one classic plain croissant, croissant with homemade kaya and bak kwa kouign-amann, it’s the best time to get your hands on their classic pastries with a twist of local flavours.

While the buttery aroma of the croissant was already inviting, watching and hearing the flaky pastry shatter upon the first cut was simply satisfying. The croissant that came with the homemade Kaya was nicely sliced. However, we felt that the Kaya was overwhelmingly eggy and personally, a little waxy for me. Their kouign-amann is one that I would always willingly trade my calories for. Fluffy and doughy interior, finished off with a caramelized glace. Except that there were bak kwa bits between the layers, which tasted like smoked bacon for this. A complexity of sweet and savoury.

Catch this sweet treat with the Gospree vouchers before the promotion ends on 31 Aug 2020. Whatsapp the respective outlets if you’d like to preorder. Service charge applies for dine-in.

Superb recommendation to have this mini dinner bundle from @lolascafesg delivered for getting my cafe food cravings fixed. For $90 that easily feeds 3-5 pax, it includes 8 pieces of their widely popular honey paprika chicken wings, 1 set of grilled avocado chicken salad and 4 choices of main course from a selected list.

The honey paprika wings had my brain tricked into a confusion between sweet and spicy, especially when the sweetness comes only towards the end. I wouldn’t fault them for the soggy wings since it was a long delivery journey, but I really look forward to the day to dine in at the cafe for some freshly fried crispy wings.

Recommending the Duck Leg Confit with Truffle Mash for the tender house-cured duck leg, and its meat easily torn off. We certainly enjoyed the creamy truffle mash; that dash of truffle flavour prevented a monotony. Beef lovers could opt for the beef cheeks version. If you are eating clean, go for the Miso Salmon Grain Bowl that has a miso salmon chunk served with half avocado, charred baby corn, 63 degree egg, furikake, roasted sesame dressing on a bed of quinoa. Seafood pasta lovers, check out their Prawn Aglio Olio (there’s at least 5 plump fresh prawns in there!) and the Tomato Swimmer Crab Linguine (not stingy with the Blue Swimmer Crab too!).

Islandwide delivery available. Complimentary delivery with any bundle order for specific zones. Check out https://lolascafe.oddle.me/en_SG for full menu and more information.

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Burnt cheesecake cruffin, croissant shaped like a muffin, was overwhelming even as we shared among 3 of us. I enjoyed the flaky pastry exterior, but the oozy cheese filling was too jelak, and what we would have appreciated was to have it warm up since they took it away from us for a good 15 minutes.

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Grab your last few opportunities to enjoy favourites like this Mentaiko Aglio Olio, Hainanese Risotto, KFC & Waffles or their desserts such as the Mochi donut with soft serves before @stateland_coffeehouse closes their door for good on 31st December 2019.

A perfect example of a Japanese-Western fusion dish of pan-seared prawns, spaghetti Aglio Olio and Mentaiko sauce. Experience the burst of sweetness from 5 fresh, plump tiger prawns, coupled with the salty brininess of the popping tobiko. Toss the al dente spaghetti in an umami-filled Mentaiko sauce, sprinkled with white sesame seeds and nori strips. Though creamy, the sauce is especially delectable when it gets coated on each spaghetti strand without being too jelak.

It’s a pity to know that they are closing, so please do catch them soon, and I’d be more than happy to be jio-ed along. 😄

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Sad to read about the impending closure of @dongpocolonialcafe, which will be shutting doors after tomorrow due to the end of lease at Kandahar street. It’s one of the old-school cafes standing that serves nostalgic bakes. First tried their Christmas log cake few years ago and my mum was impressed with not just their bakes, but also the ambience and decoration of the cafe. When asked if they will be shifting to another location, Dong Po’s boss explained that they will be taking a break for now. 😢

Since I was in the area, I took away some of their bakes that will soon become fond memories. They are generally not overly sweet; the Apple Aloe Vera Cake had some apple jam on top and slices of aloe vera sandwiched in between layers of the fluffy sponge cake. Shaped interestingly as a sampan is their Pineapple Tart, which had a buttery tart crust and a thick pineapple filling. I am not a cream lover but this custard cream puff was nothing too eggy or milky so yes, surprisingly light flavored! And finally, the Florentine cookie bar of almond slices glazed with honey baked over shortbread. Probably the sweetest over but the nuttiness was welcomed.

The cafe was fully occupied this afternoon and the queue was long. But do drop by to grab their cakes and pastries for the last time. Farewell and hope to see you guys soon again!

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A hearty breakfast that has everything from carbs to proteins to fibers! Price might seem a little steep but the portion was walloping, enough to feed 2.

You won’t get bored of the dish as it’s so varied. Pair the silky moist scrambled eggs on the airy sourdough toast and some lightly salted butter. More carbs to indulge in would be their crispy hash brown. Glad that their English pork sausages didn’t have a strong porky smell/taste and in fact quite enjoyable except that they were a little burnt. Bacon’s not my kinda thing for its oiliness and saltiness but an English breakfast wouldn’t seem to be complete without bacon. Thankfully the veggies such as the sautéed baby spinach, baked beans and slow-roasted tomato helped to tone down the grease and a mix of sautéed mushrooms adds an earthiness.

Left me bloated although it was shared but I am sure I would like to have it again!

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Hidden in a corner of Northern Singapore beside Woodlands Swimming Complex, Citrus by the Pool is a halal-certified casual dining place that serves mainly western cuisine, with some local fusion.
Thanks to @chopesg's promotion of 30% off mains on weekend mornings, prices are even more wallet friendly! The star of this seafood risotto was the creamy saffron sauce; a hint of floral, a touch of dry spicy note, which I thought helped in bringing out the sweetness of the seafood even better. Not a cream lover, and I was afraid it was too creamy, but it was a pleasant surprise that made the sticky risotto even more palatable as it cuts through the butteriness. A slight disappointment was the seafood used were frozen ones (perhaps except the prawns), texture was hard and lack of flavour. Freshness is essential guys.

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I would name this sweetie in Wild Honey's All Day Breakfast menu as Tropical instead, if I could. Its pretty presentation got me all excited such that it took me a while to lay my fork on it as I didn't want to spoil the beauty 😍 Nicely cut into 4 portions that were bound with fresh passionfruit creme patisserie, the waffle was of such soft and moist texture, and sinks into teeth with each bite. Disappointingly, it didn't have much coconut aroma and taste as it was supposed to. But I guess the toasted coconut flakes made up with its roasted nutty flavour. The freshly sliced mango and baby bananas were exceptionally sweet, so you could tell how ripe they were. And there we have, some floral elements, but no they aren't the edible petals. Drizzle some aromatic passionfruit syrup with slight tart flavour for a wonderful finish!
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