Cafes & Caffeine Fixes

Cafes & Caffeine Fixes

Cafes and coffee, life's simple pleasures
Jeremy Holden
Jeremy Holden

The iconic white/maroon cafe that is has opened its doors of their second branch - this time with a dark blue aesthetic and wooden terrace furnishings. I've been wanting to try their Hillview locale for a while now but sadly did not get the chance to do so, hence I was glad that they were opening a second location!

The menu over at their Keong Saik location seems to be geared more towards the working crowd - protein bowls taking the forefront. I must admit that I found that the menu wasn't as intriguing compared to their Hillview counterpart, but alas it looked good nonetheless.

â—¾Protein Bowl [$13+$3]
I decided to go with the baked salmon for an additional 3 bucks and it was worth it. Perfectly cooked and dang - almost melt it your mouth goodness. I also went for a base of couscous, Maple Roasted Pumpkin (which is also one of their toast options), Roasted Broccoli with Dukkah then topped with pesto dressing and furikake. It's a hearty protein bowl for sure and Coexist does it pretty well - but my heart is still with The Salad Stop.

â—¾Hummus Toast [$10]
One dish that caught my eye was their Hummus Toast. Also topped with sundried tomatoes, pesto and dukkah - this surprisingly blew me away. The flavour combination perfectly complemented each other with a mix of Middle Eastern pops. This is definitely one to look out for.

â—¾Coconut & Mango Tart [$12]
The hefty price tag is matched by the sheer large size of the tarts over at Coexist. Filled with mango white chocolate, coconut marshmellow and toasted coconut flakes - the coconut flavours played a dominant role in the tart. I was also pleasantly intrigued by the coconut marshmellow top - being so used to meringue instead on top of desserts. Still a lil' pricey for me though.

â—¾Iced Matcha [$6.5] & Chocolate [$7]
Well, I got the matcha for the gram but the highlight was their Hot Chocolate. Holy sht, it was by far the BEST hot choc I've ever had in my life. I'm still thinking about it honestly.

The second branch of Coexist is a nice new addition to Keong Saik and a great respite for the working folks of the area. I'm still hoping to check out their Hillview locale!


Moving to a new industrial chic locale, it was time for me to make another visit to @habitatcoffee since their Upper Thomson Days.

Another one of their dishes that caught my eye was their Summer Truffle Al Funghi. Pasta? Yes. Truffles? Oh hell yes. It's rare to come across actual shaved truffles in a cafe setting at a affordable price but Habitat Coffee definitely delivers. Creamy wild mushroom linguine, topped with an egg yolk and fried enoki - dang this hit the spot! The fried enoki was the perfectly added oomph along with the shaved truffles.

In the words of Viv from Little Britain - "Oh, he was gawgeous!".

@habitatcoffee has moved from it's Upper Thomson locale over to Lavender. Geez, it has been so many years since my visit to their previous location - 7 years to be exact. Good lawd.

Their new locale boasts a clean look with a mix of wooden and concrete features. It's definitely more spacious compared to their previous location with a cleaner aesthetic. The counter area kinda reminds me exactly of the one from Prairie by Craftsmen - with a light blue shade, coffee machine on the left and dessert kiosk on the right.

The menu has definitely evolved since my last visit years ago but retaining the concept of all day brunches. I immediately eyed their Stuffed Berries Hotcake - with stuffed cream cheese, mixed berries, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and crushed walnuts. I'm a sucker for sweets and the word hotcake enticed me to no end.

If you ever had the hotcakes from the McDonald's breakfast menu, well this was definitely similar - but on steroids. (In a good way of course.) Drenched in maple syrup, the different range of textures from the hotcake to the seeds and walnuts actually worked together harmoniously and I just couldn't stop eating it. The only thing missing was some ice-cream!

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Ah yes, the Instagrammable Matcha Latte bottle from Morphine Coffee. One of PLQ Mall's newest additions, Morphine offers up hot and cold brews alike. The ones to watch out for are their Matcha and Hojicha Lattes that come in a rectangular bottle that's oh so photogenic. It's a pretty good bottle of latte as well with a bittersweet and earthy Matcha flavour that is more subtle than your usual cuppa.

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My name is Jeremy and I’m just a solitary foodie.

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