1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-41 The Star Vista
Singapore 138617

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Tuesday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Wednesday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Thursday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Friday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Saturday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Sunday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

Monday:
10:00am - 09:00pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

The portion quite big. The taste so so only. The rice was on the softer side. Comes with pickled vege also. There is no GST but got service charge.

2 Likes

Homely and Comforting bowl of 台湾滷肉飯 Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan ($9.00+) which has a good mix of fats and meat. I wish they have a smaller bowl option so that I can try more food.

Monki Café 台灣小吃部, 01-41 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista, 138617

3 Likes

I decided to give this a try due to positive online reviews. Personally, my entire experience was just slightly below average. Will I visit again? Not really. I went on a Tuesday afternoon at 2+pm. My first impression upon stepping into the cafe was bad. A busy staff with horrified tone greeted us. When we seated, ordered and waiting for our food, we realised their staff just don’t seem to remember the food were for which table and kept serving food to wrong table. Some of items on the menu also ran out. I had their sweet potatoes, chicken mee sua, popcorn chicken and longan red date tea. The mee sua did not impressed me. Sweet potatoes and popcorn chicken were fine. The red date longan was solid. I guess my experience when I first stepped into the cafe did affect my appetite. And with nothing to wow or fantastic about the food, it just did not score any positive points from me.

Didn’t plan to visit Monki Cafe initially, but found our hungry souls drifting here for food after being rather peeved by the bad crowd management from a new cafe in a nearby neighbourhood.

One thing I have found Monki Cafe to have done quite well in is their snowflake desserts — the Watermelon Snowflake being the item I had tried when they had just opened their doors for not too long, and was something that I am still able to recall its flavour and textures even to this day several years after. The Chocolate x Whiskey Snowflake is probably something less delicate and more poised at the mass market, especially given how the milky, chocolate shaved ice felt more chocolate ice-cream than being light and fluffy like how ice should be, but I liked how they have included the dried raspberries for an extra chew and a slight tang of sourness to cut through that heaviness of the “shaved ice”. The true show-stopper here was the shot of whiskey — something bound to attract the degenerate drunks who will love a boozy dessert, not to mention its price tag at $10.80 for an alcoholic dessert that puts it at the same price of the Strawberry Snowflake here that is definitely more kids-friendly.

Monki Cafe is one of the spots with hits and misses; an establishment that serves rather homey Taiwanese fare in the West that does well enough to solve those cravings especially in times like these when travel isn’t much of a thing we can do. No doubt the offerings may still feel as though they are short of something especially when compared to more established names such as Eat 3 Bowls, but Monki Cafe is a deserving indie alternative that offers quite a good variety of items not commonly found (i.e. Taiwanese Plain Eggroll, Taiwanese Hotdog) that is worth checking out purely on the fact alone.

3 Likes

From Monki Cafe
Sliced Handmade Sponge: Matcha & Original
Honey Ginger Tea in a pot.
Loved the friendly smiles and interior.

3 Likes

Taiwan braised pork rice 台湾滷肉饭 (S$9)
Available at @monkicafeholland
Interestingly mixed grain rice was used.

Monki Cafe
Address 🏡 : Blk 43 Holland Drive, # 01-41 Singapore 🇸🇬 270 043
Open ⏰ : Tue - Sun : 10am - 10pm
MRT 🚇 : Buona Vista (EW21/ CC22)
Note 📝 : Only cash & grab payments
Help yourself to the water at counter

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