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 Tan
Jaslyn Tan

This was a decent plate of croque-madame. Runny egg yolk, toasted brioche with cheese and ham, all coming together well. However, it was definitely on the oilier side and it felt very heavy after that. Great ambience but very pricey for such a brunch.
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Egg was runny when cut, but there was ham inside which kinda ruined it because of its texture. Just like a normal breakfast set with different ingredients combined. Wasn’t a fan of the turkey bacon.
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This thin-crusted pizza was decent. The three types of meat were spicy chicken sausage, pork sausage and bacon. Couldn’t really make out the flavour of this dish, was pretty much just slightly sour from the tomatoes, spicy because of the meats and that was it. With mozzarella and parmigiana cheese, there was a cheesy finish to the pizza which was quite nice. Nonetheless, the pizza was pretty small for the price and I’m not sure I would come back for it.
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Wagyu beef bowl which was really healthy - with wagyu beef slices, sautéed mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, kale, rice and truffle shoyu sauce. Would have appreciated a bit more of the sauce as it was not enough to cover the whole bowl of rice, as some parts of the rice were left tasteless. The beef was also pretty tough, while it looked pretty good, there was a lot of fat on the beef as well. And there wasn’t much flavour in the beef itself, which was why the lack of truffle shoyu sauce really undermined the whole dish. The best this dish could really do was to provide more of the shoyu sauce! The pretzel biscuit was a nice addition but really hard. I guess I was overexcited and overhyped by this dish, and it really fell short of expectations. But it was nonetheless still ordinary and a good try, especially because presentation wise it looked really great. I guess I did enjoy the taste of the rice with the sauce and the mushrooms more than the tough beef. Would give their other food a try because it looks good too!
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Forever my go-to meal at refuel because when I am there I lose all sense of adventure, give in to vulnerability, and retreat back into my comfort zone to enjoy a plate of spicy, creamy pasta that I’m sure wouldn’t disappoint. I have to admit, the spiciness level has dropped, which made me a little sad, but I made that up with Tabasco so alls good. But I always appreciate the authenticity to its taste, light but creamy (you won’t get sick of it!), spicy but not the common tomyam taste you’d get from other fusion pastas. With a generous amount of seafood - fresh prawns and mussels, this pasta is an alternative take on tomyam pastas, as it still gives a spicy kick!🌶
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The last time I ate this was before they revamped their menu. While I always believe a menu upgrade would elevate the experience, this dish fell short of expectations. They now use penne instead of macaroni, which is really odd because it is called macaroni & cheese for a reason.. I also feel like penne did not properly encapsulate the taste of the three cheeses they pride themselves on. They now add zucchini too, but placed them in large zucchini chunks, which was really out of place for this dish. Perhaps smaller slices would’ve sufficed. Nonetheless, the dish was adequately cheesy, and the base sauce was more bolognese, and there was a pretty generous amount of meat. However, the flavour got a little bit too salty at the end.
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Another dish which was average, and actually slightly fell short of expectations because some reviews said it was really good. The batter didn’t have much of the beer battered flavour, so it pretty much felt like a fried fish fillet to me. Fries were crispy and seasoned well, so it was good though!
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Came here for brunch and decided to stick with brunch food. Average smoked salmon eggs Benedict like what you would expect. Eggs were poached perfectly with the flowy yolk, this aspect of eggs Benedict is always commendable because I have been served non-flowy poached eggs before😣 overall flavour is alright, muffin seemed a little burnt with some hard edges. The smoked salmon portion was not bad, although I expected more because it looked pretty thick - but they put it with tomatoes which completely camouflaged together with it😂 If you’re a smoked salmon eggs Benedict connoisseur, don’t expect too much; but if you’re an ordinary just-want-the-flowy-egg-experience, I Guess this dish is pretty alright.
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This was a pretty interesting dish with a refreshing combination - poached eggs, salmon, ikura and a fried hash at the bottom. While I appreciated the generous portion of ikura on smoked salmon, I felt that there was a slightly fishy smell that wasn’t masked by any sauce. This also contributed to the overall dryness of the dish, which elevated the fried and oily taste of the hash. Despite all this, I feel like it is actually worth a try as you can’t find such a brunch dish elsewhere. The combination was indeed interesting, and can be said to go well together. Overall, going on a weekend meant having to wait for a while before getting seated. The service staff was a mix of really polite and really rude individuals. The staff serving my table seemed like he was in a rush, walking really fast, pushing the utensils holder onto my table... but the cashier and staff handling the seating were really professional. I understand that rush hour crowd is stressful, but I think there should be a modicum level of professionalism involved. Other than that, the cafe has a pretty good vibe, but to wholly enjoy the experience one would probably choose to go during a more peaceful non-peak hour.
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This dish is what you would expect, nothing surprising about its tastes and flavour. However, I think one really good thing to point out is that the Hollandaise sauce was actually really light in its flavour, which I actually preferred and found it more pleasant than usual. Any stronger and I think one would easily get sick of the sauce. This really made a huge difference in being able to polish this meal in a jiffy! Smoked salmon portion was also really generous👍🏻
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The toast was soft, which was not a bad thing (who says it needs to be crispy to be good!) for this dish. The egg is drizzled with truffle oil and the ham was salty - but because of this combination of scrambled eggs, ham and toast, the different flavours complemented one another so well that it made this breakfast dish so delectable! Admittedly for a small eater, I got quite sick of the taste after a while, but I’m not complaining as it just meant that the portion was really generous and filling!
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Although the portion of the pulled pork was good, it was dry. While well toasted, the bread was overly thick as well, which really ruined the overall flavour of the sandwich as you have too much bread in each bite, making it unable to savour the filling. Nonetheless, service was really good, staff seemed friendly. The place seems big, and friendly for families and groups. Would come back to try their pizzas and pastas again though!
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