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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 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.

A huge bowl of umami-filled fries - kombu (kelp) dashi and truffle oil topped with truffle paste and chives. Dip it in Kewpie mayonnaise if you must. Good side to have but it fills you up quickly.

The first thought that would come to anyone’s mind is what a weird combination this is. Think whipped ricotta, lavender, grapes, red gum honey and pistachio on a thick buttered brioche toast. But once you taste it, you will start to think I never knew such a combination works marvellously.

It’s a mash of flavours but you can taste the nuances of each ingredient. The smooth and creamy ricotta makes a great spread for the sweet brioche. The bittersweet matcha powder blends in well. And just look at those big and juicy grapes. But they were sweet and sour unfortunately.

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You get a thick brioche French toast with crispy bacon, marinated cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. I found the addition of feta cheese to be a bit out of place for this dish. Overall, I found this dish to be a bit lacking in taste. The French toast itself was dry and the eggs weren’t properly beaten. Probably a bit more maple syrup will help. The saving grace was none other than the crispy bacon.

Wildseed Cafe at The Alkaff Mansion is the perfect cafe to chill at and take that Instagrammable OOTD shot. Or it’s a great meal spot if you’re trekking the Southern Ridges and Henderson Waves. But other than that, I struggle to see the appeal that has drawn crowds from different corners of the island.

Not sure if the food was mediocre because we ordered the wrong dishes. But what was really off putting was the Terryble 👎🏻 service. I expect better when there’s a 10% service charge on the bill. Some tables seem to have better service from the wait staff than others. 🤔

The deep fried soft shell crab was good. It was fried till crispy yet the crabmeat retained its softness and moisture. Pasta was cooked al dente. Although the chilli crab sauce was decent, it lacked the oomph and spiciness.

Wildseed Cafe at The Alkaff Mansion is the perfect cafe to chill at and take that Instagrammable OOTD shot. Or it’s a great meal spot if you’re trekking the Southern Ridges and Henderson Waves. But other than that, I struggle to see the appeal that has drawn crowds from different corners of the island.

Not sure if the food was mediocre because we ordered the wrong dishes. But what was really off putting was the Terryble 👎🏻 service. I expect better when there’s a 10% service charge on the bill. Some tables seem to have better service from the wait staff than others. 🤔

Easties can check out Jin Yu Man Tang for Cantonese desserts (糖水). Think mango sago, grass jelly and egg pudding.

Served with evaporated milk, this is quite a refreshing dessert to have in our tropical weather. The taro balls were soft and chewy. I quite like the grass jelly here as it’s firm and not too sweet. And the addition of fresh mangoes are certainly a nice touch, giving it a fruity feel.

It’s a nice place to chill out with your friends especially it being a duplex cafe. Very airy with high ceiling. I’ll be back to try the other desserts when I’m in the East.

Easties can check out Jin Yu Man Tang for Cantonese desserts (糖水). Think mango sago, grass jelly and egg pudding.

Mango sago with fruity boba and mini glutinous rice ball (汤圆). The mango purée is a bit sweeter than I’d usually expect. I found the fresh mangoes to be sweet although they could have a bit more fruit. It’s decent but I had better mango sago. I would do without the mini rice ball next time.

It’s a nice place to chill out with your friends especially it being a duplex cafe. Very airy with high ceiling. I’ll be back to try the other desserts when I’m in the East.

The camera always eats first. Instagram: @eaterries

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