Cafés☕️

Cafés☕️

On the hunt for breakfast and brunch food for that occasional craving🍳, hidden gems for different spin of dishes that can’t be found elsewhere🍝, and a good cup of latte☕️ Ratings take into consideration price of the dish, quality of the dish, and overall service and ambience of the location if applicable!🌟
Jaslyn T.
Jaslyn T.

The menu claimed this to be a creamy tom yum pasta but the Lala tom yum pasta was honestly more broth based. Tom yum sauce (or ‘soup’) was honestly too sweet to my liking, although it did have a jarring spicy kick. Generous amount of clams which I appreciated. Overall, it was decent for the portion, but the taste of the tom yum could not win me over. I just thought that it wasn’t pasta, but rather, clams tom yum noodle soup. I personally felt like I would prefer the tom yum sauce to be thicker, like that of a creamy gravy consistency, and much less sweeter.

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Not your authentic Italian carbonara but if you love the Singaporean cafe style version this was done so right! A generous portion of pasta, this carbonara was so creamy and cheesy. There was so much bacon that it’s be enough for you to have it with every bite, and the saltiness from the bacon really helped to make the creamy pasta less overwhelming and more savoury. The beautiful egg yolk added an amazing finishing touch. While indeed on the pricier side, it’s pretty good for the rustic cafe ambience and portion!

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The ingredients — scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage, were decently executed. Mushrooms were a bit on the dry side. The best thing about this was the buttermilk waffles that were crispy and toasty, which gave off a very nice buttery flavour and aroma. There was already a hint of sweetness to the waffles, which paired well with the other savoury ingredients. A decent brunch option!

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Their signature Nasi goreng comes with the option of either sambal spicy or Yangzhou fried rice. I went for the spicy option, and was pleasantly surprised how they mixed up the sambal with the fried rice, while still retaining the Nasi goreng flavour and elevating it with a spicy kick. A generous amount of fried ikan bilis was scattered on the fried rice, so do ask them for less if you don’t want your meal to be too crunchy. You have an option of either chicken or prawns, and while I love seafood, I really was not in the mood to peel prawns, so I went for chicken. I thought they would serve me the chicken dices they offer in their Ayam Lurou Don, but it was actually fried karage. Their fried karage was crispy, however, felt a bit too salty with the already decently tasty Nasi goreng. The onsen egg was also a bit alienated in the fried rice, as it made the rice on the soggier side. I wonder if they have the option to switch up the onsen egg to a runny sunny side up, personally feels like it’d pair with the rice better. Overall, a decent dish but nothing mind blowing. It had a good lunchtime crowd and I do think it’s a good place to chill over a meal or a snack, since they do serve small bites like popiah, muah chee, and toast.

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Tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, shrimps, capers, rocket, smoked salmon, sour cream and dill.
I added extra smoked salmon for $3 because I like my pizza here extra loaded, and also because it was an incredibly affordable option.
Plank sourdough pizzas are invariably my go-to pizzas, and option 3 is always a must. Took away this pizza to host a dinner meal because pizzas are always welcomed by guests. What I appreciate most about the Plank’s pizzas is the thin crusted sourdough base which is consistently delivered the multiple times I’ve gone. It’s refreshingly soft and fluffy unlike the pizzas served at fast food chains. The toppings on Pizza 3 is a wonderful pescatarian combination with its tiny shrimps and smoked salmon. As above mentioned, I added more smoked salmon, resulting in a generous portion of smoked salmon atop my pizza. I loved how I could take a bite of smoked salmon with each bite, with the occasional shrimp I get on every slice of pizza. The fresh rocket also gave the pizza a good crunch, while the sour cream gave an interesting creaminess with the seafood.

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Light and fluffy textured cupcake with a sweet white chocolate icing. This is one for the sweet toothed! A small portion of the cupcake was filled with strawberry jam, which added another layer of sweetness (plus a tinge of sourness) to the dessert.

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Vanilla bean icing was so creamy and really bursting with vanilla flavour. It was funny because the staff recommended this as a classic that was “not too sweet”, but I personally already thought it was sweet enough for me. The sweetness was however, neutralised by the light and fluffy textured cupcake which was pleasantly soft with every bite. Now I know why PV cupcakes are so highly raved about!

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Nestled along Kim Tian road, a small street a turn away from the main road along Tiong Bahru MRT, Coq & Balls saw a crowd of expats (probably regulars), enjoying a slew of happy hour drinks. Seemingly a popular and convenient option especially for those staying nearby, Coq & Balls whips up a mixture of Western, Mexican and even Thai fare, appropriate for anyone, with any kind of cravings to enjoy. The ambience was fitting for a sports bar or pub, with brick walls and rustic charm for friends to chill, hang out, and bond over nachos.

Thin-crusted pizza with chicken, streaky bacon, onions, baked egg, and teriyaki sauce. The pizza felt more like a snack more than anything else because of how thin it was, and the flavours on it amounted to something like bbq twisties chips, just with some chicken and bacon chunks in it occasionally. I know it sounds a tad weird, but the seasoning they put gave off a punch of saltiness which made me feel like I was eating a bag of chips. The half-baked egg did not find itself anywhere on the pizza as well, feeling sorely out of place. I would still say that this pizza was decent, but I largely feel indifferent to this creation.

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Nestled along Kim Tian road, a small street a turn away from the main road along Tiong Bahru MRT, Coq & Balls saw a crowd of expats (probably regulars), enjoying a slew of happy hour drinks. Seemingly a popular and convenient option especially for those staying nearby, Coq & Balls whips up a mixture of Western, Mexican and even Thai fare, appropriate for anyone, with any kind of cravings to enjoy. The ambience was fitting for a sports bar or pub, with brick walls and rustic charm for friends to chill, hang out, and bond over nachos.

Fish fillets were well battered but I couldn’t exactly get the beer batter flavour from the skin. Fries were not as crisp or well-seasoned as I desired. What amazed me the most was their tartar sauce, which seemed homemade. It was creamy, sour, and refreshing all at the same time, a good complement to the fish. I unashamedly lathered a thick layer with every bite.

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An affordable option to get your fix of quesadillas. The quesadillas weren’t dry but I thought it was lacking a bit of savoury flavour, despite the salsa, lime Mayo, and sour cream. Perhaps the chicken itself was lacking a bit of juiciness. Nonetheless, for the price I do think this was a decent place to get quesadillas, view and all. Also, it’s appropriate for sharing. However, if I am gonna be eating alone, I see myself just getting my fix from stuff’d, which has crispier tortilla wraps and juicier, flavourful meats.

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Crab Mac and cheese had a milky liquidy texture, together with a slight powdery texture probably because of the powdered cheese that became sediments in the gravy. I personally would’ve preferred a Mac & cheese that had the sticky, chewy texture as well, but this was more of a creamy, milky gravy like Mac & cheese that some might be a fan of! I thought the crab shreds did not blend in well with this Mac and cheese, especially because the shreds kind of disintegrate into the dish and the crab loses all its flavour and can’t really be found. The bacon bits fared much better — after all, bacon Mac & cheese combo would not go wrong!

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The very famous cream puff that never disappoints. While yes, $6 is indeed pricey for a cream puff but for the quality, size, and experience, I do think that it is pretty worth it. However, the experience at Sentosa does ruin it a bit. Compared to sitting down in an air-conditioned cafe with a plate and proper knife, his was in a takeaway box and recyclable fork and knife which was quite difficult to cut the puff. Nonetheless, the cold cream puff was crispy, fluffy, and very very creamy. The quality of the cream was also top notch — thick and milky, yet not too overwhelming. Although yes, the cream was a lot, but I don't think anybody is going to mind a bursting cream puff.

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