Cafe Hopping

Cafe Hopping

I love coffee, I love brunches, I love desserts. Just a log of my cafe hopping adventures around the island.
Terence Ong
Terence Ong

Last December, Apiary collaborated with Bailey’s to offer ice cream flavours infused with Bailey’s Original Irish cream.

Charcoal Waffle ($6.50). Although I’ve been to Apiary on multiple occasions, this is my first time having their waffles. Surrounding the waffles, is homemade chocolate sauce and maple syrup.

Personally, I prefer my waffles to be more crispy than what’s served here. It was lacking in Apiary’s version. That aside, the waffles were soft and fluffy.

Bailey’s and Brownies (Premium Scoop). A great pairing of flavours theoretically. Bailey’s original Irish cream ice cream with homemade brownies. Love how they are so generous with the little soft, moist brownie bits that was prominently in every scoop.

However, the Irish cream taste was very faint. It’d be great if they were more generous with the amount of Bailey’s in the ice cream.

Bailey’s Cherry Cupcake (Premium Scoop). Bailey’s Red Velvet Cupcake with morello cherries and chocolate cupcakes. The fruity sweetness from the morello cherries were more prominent than the Bailey’s cream unfortunately.

Bailey’s Iced Chocolate ($7). At least I could taste the Bailey’s shot in this iced chocolate. Would’ve done it with coffee if we went earlier in the day.

So with every scoop of ice cream purchased, they are supposed to give you a Bailey’s drizzle cream. Unfortunately, it wasn’t served to me.

Have y’all gone to PIVOT for their desserts and tamago sando? Decided to drop by one day for a quick coffee and cake. And I ordered their bestseller OH! Gee Cha ($8.50) since it’s my first time here.

A houjicha mousse cake that’s light on taste. Beneath the mousse is a rather fluffy houjicha genoise. In the middle lies an Apple compote that adds a fruity element to the cake. It’s decorated with houjicha leaves and houjicha crumble.

I’m not a diehard houjicha fan but this wasn’t great. The roasted, earthy taste that’s typically associated with the roasted green tea was at best faint in the mousse and the genoise. The essence of vanilla from the light and sweet houjicha mousse was much more prominent.

Unfortunately, it’s the chunky apple cubes and added sweetness of the compote that stood out here. If they could make the houjicha flavour stronger, I would rate it a few notches higher.

Good old traditional baked cheesecake that’s infused with honey and osmanthus flower. And damn it’s been awhile since I had a cheesecake with a digestive biscuit base. The cream cheese was rich and creamy that doesn’t feel too cloying. And you can’t fail to notice the fresh, floral taste of the osmanthus. And I love baked cheesecakes for its sweet, crumbly digestive biscuit base.

Thank you @theforagecafe for having us!

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Forage Signature ($9.10 - Left). I can see why it’s their signature. Extremely refreshing and a wonderful palette cleanser. It’s a more refined and healthier version of bubble tea without all the added sugar since honey is used to sweeten the tea. Iced citrus jasmine tea with special multi-floral honey. It’s then served with two toppings - yuzu blossom jelly and passionfruit burst pearls.

Wild Milkyway ($9.10 - Right). The cafe’s take on milk tea. Da Hong Pao (大红袍) oolong milk tea and wild honey grass jelly. It was a tad milky and masked the earthy notes of the tea. The honey grass jelly is a good addition for the humid weather.

Thank you @theforagecafe for having us!

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Went down to @theforagecafe in the FAR EAST not too long ago to try some of their honey-themed creations including their signature honey buttermilk waffles, honey-based drinks and honey-infused desserts.

Owned by the same people behind @13honey, every item served has some element of honey in it.

Chilli Cheese Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($17). Breaded fried chicken cutlet, baby spinach and topped with a mild chilli cheese sauce. Don’t forget to drizzle it with some honey for a sweet touch.

The great thing about the chicken cutlet is that it isn’t too oily. The chicken thigh was fairly juicy but I thought it could do with a little more crisp. But I wished the cutlet serving was larger to fit the entire waffle. When you finished the cutlet, it’s as good as eating waffles with honey. More cheese sauce would be great too.

I love the honey on its own as it adds that natural sweetness to the savoury waffles.

Thank you @theforagecafe for having us!

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Went down to @theforagecafe in the FAR EAST not too long ago to try some of their honey-themed creations including their signature honey buttermilk waffles, honey-based drinks and honey-infused desserts.

If it’s too far for you, you can choose to order in. Use this PROMO CODE “TFCIN10” when you order directly from their website.

Owned by the same people behind @13honey, every item served has some element of honey in it.

Jalapeño Beef Ragu Waffle Sandwich ($20.20). One of the bestsellers and I just love how well this hearty combination works. Served with crispy bacon, wholesome jalapeño beef ragu, mozzarella cheese, sunny side up and some nachos to go along with.

The waffle size was perfect for this dish considering the medley of ingredients. It’s amazing how it retains its crisp on the exterior while the batter itself is so fluffy. The meaty beef ragu was flavourful and I loved that slice of crispy streaky bacon cause who doesn’t love bacon?

I love the honey on its own as it adds that natural sweetness to the savoury waffles.

Thank you @theforagecafe for having us!

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If you’re up for some jiggly, wobbly, fluffy soufflé pancakes in the East, then be sure to check out King’s Cart Coffee Factory at Joo Chiat Road. Choose from Original to Tiramisu to Pandan Kaya.

We had the Original ($16.50+; Pic 1) which was a soufflé pancake with fresh cream, maple syrup and assorted fruit (strawberries, kiwis, raspberries and blackberries). While the pancakes were soft and airy, it was a bit denser than I thought it’d be.

Do have it with fresh fruit, fresh cream and maple syrup for sweetness. Otherwise, you’ll feel like you’re eating eggs. You may find this a bit on the high side for what it is, but if you’re going to a cafe, do consider that their overheads can be quite high.

A chill place to go in the East, I’ll be back to try their brunch items and the other pancakes at an appropriate time.

Your typical latte with coconut cream and gula melaka added. Some toasted coconut flakes have been added for aesthetics and give it additional texture. I found this to be a bit diluted and not sure if it’s because it only had a single espresso shot.

It’s not fair for me to rate their coffee based on these specialty drinks as I haven’t tried their standard espresso/ cold brew yet.

I love coconut drinks so was quite intrigued by the coconut cold brew. Just think of the coconut juice and coconut flesh being put in a nice glass, and that you don’t need to scrape the sides for the flesh. Add some cold brew concentrate for your refreshing caffeine boost. Quite a good concoction if you want something different.

It’s not fair for me to rate their coffee based on these specialty drinks as I haven’t tried their standard espresso/ cold brew yet.

A good choice for those who can’t choose between drinking yuzu and matcha. While there’s a greater proportion of matcha, the yuzu taste is more pronounced when you mix the two together. Still prefer having matcha on its own.

Not your ordinary milk tea that’s thick and not too sweet. The cream is made from a secret recipe that tastes like salted caramel but no sea salt or caramel is used in making it. Good for those who like a sweet tea with loads of cream.

Rösti, chorizo, sunny side up and sour cream with two tortilla wraps. A carb-laden delight. Rösti is alright, the potatoes were soft but not crispy on the outside. The chorizos weren’t worth a shout as it looked and tasted closer to chicken breast seasoned with paprika.

The camera always eats first. Instagram: @eaterries

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