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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

If cruffins are your thing, why not check out Bread Yard? Think matcha, passionfruit and lychee filling encased in a croissant-muffin cross breed.

All three flavours are priced at $4.50 each. I went for the matcha and passionfruit, and didn’t regret my choices at all. It’s hard to choose which flavour is better, but the matcha cruffin is exceptionally good.

Eating the matcha cruffin is like eating a matcha lava cake. You can see that the matcha filling gently oozing out from the cruffin (see pic 2) and had a bitter, concentrated (gao) and smooth taste. It’s evident that quality matcha powder is used since it wasn’t too sweet.

The outer layer of the pastry had a nice flaky, crisp. On the inner layers, you’ll bite into dough that’s light, buttery and fluffy. It’s paradise. On hindsight, I should’ve also taken the lychee one too.

Want to treat your dad to a healthy, refreshing and affordable dessert this Father’s Day? Check out the açai from W Acai at SingPost Centre.

Starting from $6.80, how can you resist having a frozen treat that's packed with fresh fruit and superfoods?

Açai bowls are packed with antioxidant and some may consider it to be a superfood. We had the signature SUPERMODEL which is served with raspberries, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, granola and almonds.

The other bowl we had is the IRON MAN. It’s packed with blueberries, kiwifruits, bananas, granolas and almonds. You’ll get some chia seeds sprinkled on top of the bowl. I like both berry-filled bowls really much as it was really refreshing.

I had the W Signature White ($4.20). While I was expecting it to be an iced white, it tasted more like our local Kopi-C. Really an interesting twist.

You can get their Father’s Day Package for $38 NETT with FREE DELIVERY. FOUR acai bowls of your choice and TWO cups of coffee or tea of your choice.

Thank you @w.acai.sg for sending this over.

Available for dine in (from 19 June), takeaway and delivery.

Surprisingly, a good cup of coffee. I like the nutty and cocoa profile of the beans and the milk to espresso ratio was perfect.

Ban Ban Wings ($12 for 4 wings; $21 for 10 wings). We opted for the wings in Spicy & Sticky sauce. Chicken wings were freshly fried and doesn’t get too cloyingly sweet after your first wing. What’s nice is that the sweet and spicy sauce sticks nicely to the wing.

Everything’s here is cooked to order. And I’ll be back to try the Korean food items.

Do try the kouign aman. This sugary treat was surprisingly good. I like the crusty crystallised sugar that surrounded the entire buttery, flaky pastry. When you take your first bite, it’s just crispy.

Got my hand on this box of coveted photogenic viennoiseries from Le Matin some time back when they were a pop up at Bearded Bella.

Chef Matin has an illustrious background being an alumni of acclaimed restaurants such as Andre and Noma. I was treated to a quartet of pastries ($30) - kouign aman, cashew, mulberries & orange escargot, smoked cruffin and lacto fermented plum galette.

Kouign Amann. My favourite of the lot - buttery, crispy and sugary - everything you’re looking for in a kouign amann. There’s a good amount of caramelised sugar that made me wanting to have more and slowly savouring every bite. I’d have this again.

Cashew, Mulberries & Orange Escargot. Is it just me but I found this to be a bit soggy and nothing extraordinary.

Smoked Cruffin. This was literally InTerrysting. Filled with charcoal-infused custard cream and topped with eucalyptus meringue. I found this to be rather exotic as its smoky and savoury.

Lacto Fermented Plum Galette. A Nordic-inspired viennoiserie, I was unable to appreciate the beauty of the galette as the salty and sour taste from the lacto fermented plum overpowered the taste of the sweet, flaky, crispy galette pastry. This is like marmite - hate it or love it.

Taste is subjective. While some of the items didn’t appeal very much to me, I’m sure there’ll be those who will enjoy them. It’s without a doubt that the very essence of the pastry is good.

They are available for pre-order for collection on 28 June.

There’s always room for matcha desserts. And if you’re a matcha lover, this dessert is for you. Westies, there’s no excuse for you not to try Lee’s Confectionery DALE v2.0 ($8) dessert.

Pieces of soft matcha sponge cake are held together atop a reconstructed biscuit base. It has an uncanny resemblance to a little bush with a moss-like appearance. Within it lies a luscious green matcha white chocolate ganache that nicely oozes out.

This multi-textural matcha pastry is more than just one of your photogenic desserts. The matcha flavour was clearly evident yet it wasn’t too bitter or sweet, making it palatable for most. The crumbly, buttery deconstructed biscuit base added another dimension to the dessert.

However, I felt that the matcha overpowered the orange peel paste (it’s not necessarily a bad thing) and the orangey taste was relegated to that of a very subtle aftertaste. Not sure if it’s just me.

It’s my third visit to Lee’s Confectionery but it’s the first time I’m having their matcha creations. Guess third time’s the charm.

Limited edition item.

Oh, fried chicken, scrambled eggs and waffles. What an IRRESISTIBLE combination and every element of this dish tastes so good. If you’re in Bukit Timah, check out Kong Cafe.

What caught my eye for this dish is that juicy piece of crispy chicken thigh. It may look small but I can guarantee you that it fills you up fast. The fried chicken was my favourite element of this dish.

You’ll find the waffles are so crispy on the outside while retaining its fluffiness inside. Unlike other places, they use soufflé batter to make it, giving it an eggy taste. And the scrambled eggs were soft, creamy and luscious. Very satisfying.

Don’t forget to drizzle your waffles with some maple syrup. Any fried chicken and waffle fan must try this on their first visit here.

Everything’s here is cooked to order. And I’ll be back to try the Korean food items.

If cruffins are your thing, why not check out Bread Yard? Think matcha, passionfruit and lychee filling encased in a croissant-muffin cross breed.

All three flavours are priced at $4.50 each. I went for the matcha and passionfruit, and didn’t regret my choices at all. It’s hard to choose which flavour is better, but the matcha cruffin is exceptionally good.

I like the zesty tang of the passionfruit curd. Perhaps it’s my biasness for matcha desserts that influenced me.

The outer layer of the pastry had a nice flaky, crisp. On the inner layers, you’ll bite into dough that’s light, buttery and fluffy. It’s paradise. On hindsight, I should’ve also taken the lychee one too.

Hit up a classic CBD lunch spot at Lunar Coffee Brewers before WFH and CB kicked in. If you’re working/ living near CBD, you can consider them for your lunch option.

This is the creamy variant of carbonara. Spaghetti was cooked al dente and it wasn’t too salty. It can be rather food coma inducing as evidenced by the copious amount of cream. But the texture of the sauce remained consistent and didn’t become lumpy as you start eating it.

I like how they serve both filtered still and sparkling water if you dine in. Quite an uncommon sight in Singapore’s F&B outlets.

Available for takeaway and delivery on your preferred food delivery platforms.

Lunar’s coffee shines as always. The beans are their house blend that’s sourced from 2 Degrees North Coffee Co. The flat white is easy to drink for those who aren’t the biggest fan of strong coffee. There’s a balanced mix of milk and espresso. It’s aromatic, nutty with hints of cocoa.

I like how they serve both filtered still and sparkling water if you dine in. Quite an uncommon sight in Singapore’s F&B outlets.

Hit up a classic CBD lunch spot at Lunar Coffee Brewers before WFH and CB kicked in. If you’re working/ living near CBD, you can consider them for your lunch option.

It can be rather decadent to have steak don for lunch but it’s something that you could consider to perk up your afternoon. Beef slices marinated in soy sauce cooked medium, an onsen egg, garnished with fried garlic and spring onion. I found the beef to be slightly chewy but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.

I like how they serve both filtered still and sparkling water if you dine in. Quite an uncommon sight in Singapore’s F&B outlets.

Available for takeaway and delivery on your preferred food delivery platforms.

The camera always eats first. Instagram: @eaterries/ #terryongeats

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