Cafe Food

Cafe Food

Featuring Strangers' Reunion, One Man Coffee (Upper Thomson), Knockhouse Cafe, The Populus Coffee & Food Co., Sarnies (Telok Ayer), Common Man Coffee Roasters (Martin Road), Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner (Raffles City), The Coffee Academics (Scotts Square), Hoshino Coffee (Plaza Singapura), Clinton Street Baking Company (Purvis)
Pat Jon
Pat Jon

Old Hen is a quaint cafe hidden in a row of shops that is a short distance away from Farrer Park MRT, and they specialise in their coffee as well as baked pastries. However, as we were visiting in the evening, we decided to get something lighter and we ordered a matcha latte instead. We could taste a slight bitterness in the matcha-based drink, although this was largely overpowered by the milk in the drink. Would have loved it if the matcha flavour was more pronounced. The drink was priced at $6, which was a pretty standard price for a hot drink at a cafe.

We love the insides of Old Hen though, and we thought that the use of the fan covers and fan blades to decorate the lighting in the interior was really special. The interior decorations gave off a pretty chill old-school vibe and it would be nice to have a conversation over coffee here. That being said, there is a time limit of 1 hour for dining in though.

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For desserts, we decided to try something more mainstream and we went for a chocolate-based dessert, which was served in a container. There are actually quite a few layers to this dessert - the top and bottom layers are cookie crumbs, these are each accompanied by a layer of fresh cream! In the middle, you have a layer of dark chocolate cake and a layer of chocolate mousse. We liked the mousse as it was a little light, and we also liked the hazelnut taste in it. However, the dark chocolate layer above it was a little too rich and the two of us were unable to finish it! We accompanied each of the layers with some of the cookie crumbs as we liked a little crunch to go with each bite of our dessert.

Overall, while we liked the diversity of tastes in this dessert, we felt it was a little too much for two to finish! It might be easier to share this between three of four persons instead. However, given it's size, it is very worth it since it is priced at only $9.50.

Surprisingly, The Forage Cafe wasn't exceptionally crowded for lunch on a Sunday, but we still made a reservation nonetheless as we wanted to be safe! 😁

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We love the waffle sandwiches at The Forage Cafe and we are back today to try their beef ragu sandwich! To be honest, we were shocked at the amount of items on the plate when the dish was served - you get to experience the full waffle sandwich with minced beef in it; it is topped with a sunny side up and served with salad (with balsamic vinegar) plus a generous serving of tortilla chips! For $18.90++, it was a really huge serving and we were full after the meal!

The highlight was the waffle sandwich of course, and we like their fluffly waffles as usual! Add the honey served at the side for some sweetness on your waffles, although we felt that it was a little strange having honey together with beef ragu (and it's tomato base) in the same bite. While the tomato base used for the beef ragu went pretty well with the waffle sandwiches, we actually like the waffles with chilli cheese chicken better as we felt that the waffles were more yummy with a slab of fried chicken thigh!

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These were our staples for our breakfast at Keong Saik Bakery:

1) We started off with the mentaiko baguette ($5) and it had a pretty legit mentaiko taste to it! Baguette was pretty hard as expected, so it's definitely not recommended for those of you who do not like very hard breads and pastries.

2) We had the miso Kouign Amann ($4.50) next and it was supposed to be a Kouign Amann infused with the taste of miso, and garnished with a large amount of seaweed. To be honest, we felt that there wasn't much of a miso taste to the pastry. However, it was a fairly good Kouign Amann nonetheless, and we really liked the caramelised exterior. That being so, it would be nicer if the pastry itself were more buttery!

3) Lastly, we had the banana danish ($3.50), which served as our first dessert (the burnt cheesecake was our second), as it was pretty sweet. It was an interesting take on the pastry as it was our first time having a danish with actual banana slices in it.

Generally, while Keong Saik Bakery's takes on pastries were very interesting and their flavours are novel, we felt that their pastries were actually pretty small (especially compared to Bread & Hearth on the opposite of the road)! Both of us were not very full even after sharing the 3 pastries above. ☚ī¸

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We were probably one of the rare customers who had a burnt cheesecake early in the morning, and we decided to try out the two-face burnt cheesecake as it seemed unique! The upper half is a normal burnt cheesecake and it was pretty heavily-flavoured; we were thankful for the smaller serving size for once as the cheesecake could have gotten pretty gelat after a while!

The bottom layer of the cake is basically a matcha mousse, and we liked the grassy and slightly bitter taste, which was a nice contrast to the cheesy flavour in the top half. The slice was priced at around $8 but to be honest, we felt it was a little pricey for its small serving size. Thankfully, it was pretty yummy! 😋

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We are back at Keong Saik Bakery for their morning bakes and we decided to get a cup of green tea latte to accompany them! The drink had a pretty grassy flavour, which was still evident even with the foamed milk. It was a pretty pleasant drink to start off the day right and it costs around $5!

Keong Saik Bakery was fairly empty when we visited on a weekday morning and most people were office workers getting their breakfast to-go. That being said, there is still a one-hour time limit for dining and you may have to be prepared to sit outdoors since there are limited seats indoors!

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We popped by The Coffee Academics at Raffles City for one of the more unique coffees on their menu and this time, we settled on the manuka honey latte. This cuppa is basically your usual latte with manuka honey drizzled over it! The honey adds a pretty nice sweetness on top of the slight sourish taste of the coffee below. If you want to enjoy both the honey and the coffee separately, we suggest not to mix the drink before drinking! 😁 Otherwise, feel free to mix it up by giving the drink a nice stir.

Decent concoction for $6.50++ and we may consider getting this again for our next visit. The Coffee Academics wasn't very crowded on a weekday evening so it is definitely a nice place to have a conversation; however, we were a little disappointed by their rather limited menu as most of the items seem to have been sold out by then.

As we heard that PS Cafe was famous for their truffle fries, we decided that we had to order those fries as an appetiser. When the waitress came with our fries, we were shocked to see the huge mountain of fries that were covered with parmesan cheese, and emanating the aroma of truffle.😅

The fries were served piping hot and we liked that they were really crispy, even after the dish has cooled down. You can get the full serving for $16++, which is more than enough to be shared between 4 to 5 persons! Alternatively, if there are only 2 of you, it should be possible to request for a half-serving, which is priced at around $8++.

Nested within the heartland at the Caldecott/Braddell area, Niche Savoureuse specialises in artisanal cakes, although they do serve main-course items such as pastas as well! We ordered a hazelnut latte to start and we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful latte art, as well as by the generous serving of the drink (the cup was nearly overflowing!). The roasted nutty taste of hazelnut was pretty pronounced, although we were glad that it wasn't too overpowering. It is a pretty comforting drink to start your meal at Niche on a rainy day! 😁

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We wanted a cold drink after walking around the whole morning, and we settled on the white chrysanthemum cold brew tea ($5.50++) at Hello Arigato. While the drink was served really cold, we were disappointed to find that there was little hint of chrysanthemum, and it tasted more like lemon extract. Presumably, the citrus taste of the lemons added was too overpowering for the amount of chrysanthemum flowers used. Nonetheless, the drink still helped to quench our thirst, although we will probably try another beverage next time.

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Hello Arigato seemed to be a fairly new offering along Upper Thomson Road yet it seemed really popular! Hence, we decided to give it a try for lunch on Sunday and we were pretty impressed by the extensive menu, which included sandos, pastas, coffees and teas as well as alcoholic beverages!

We wanted to try something more unusual and we decided to order the otah sando ($19++), which is basically an otah sandwich comprising a huge slab of otah served between two slices of white bread. The otah was really, really thick and we all wondered where they got the otah from! It was slightly spicy and tasted really rich; we were also surprised to find that the otah was breaded with the panko crumbs used to make tonkatsu, which gave the otah slabs a really nice crunch on the outside. Don't worry though, as the inside of the otah slab is really soft, just like those that you find outside.

The menu indicated that the sandwich includes Kaffir lime and mayonnaise, but these were overwhelmed by the rich flavour of the otah. 😅 For those who are not fans of spicy food, the dish can get a little spicy as you move on to your second sandwich. Hence, it might be a good idea to share this item with someone else!

Hello Arigato was really crowded for lunch on Sunday and we nearly had to wait one hour for a table of two! Thankfully, there was a no-show so we managed to get a seat earlier-than-expected. That being said, you should make a reservation if possible!

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Micro Bakery's cinnamon roll was decent, as there was the pronounced taste of cinnamon, and the bread roll itself was really fluffy/airy too so you won't get too full from the roll. However, we felt that the roll was a little too sweet, so it might be more of a dessert pastry, than something that you may want to eat early in the morning.

Micro Bakery at Katong was really crowded on a weekend morning and they do not take reservations. Hence, you may wish to go early if you planning to head down in a big group!

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