The recent flood of cafes spawning around the ulu-est parts of Singapore has led to many all-day-breakfast weekends for the boyfriend and i. Here, I will share some of the hits and misses i’ve experienced throughout my foodie hunts. Some cafes offer honestly good food, while others leave me with a feeling that i’ve been cheated on and lied to by social media. Opinions are purely personal and taste is subjective. If your wallet can take it, they’re all worth a try (well, most are).
So here we go, on a scale of 5 greedy face emojis…
The ambience itself makes this place worth a visit. Dainty tea cups and royal arm chairs fulfill every girl’s dream of being a princess. And of course they have pancakes. Be careful with the hot chocolate though, it’s way too decadent for me. Also, i prefer the Orchard outlet over the one at Penhas rd.
Located at Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery,
#02-33/34. Open from 11am to 10pm daily.
This place is the biggest disappointment of my life! Seats are so uncomfortable, service is atrocious, food is below average. Coffee is bad (but i’m not a coffee person). It’s just one of those over-hyped places that you go once, and never go back, ever. It gets one greedy face emoji cause kudos to them for somehow making a name for themselves.
Located at 150 Tyrwhitt Rd. Open on Tue-Fri from 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun from 9am-10pm, closed on Mondays.
Why am I even providing such information. Go at your own risk.
The place is spacious and comfy although al-fresco dining by the water way means mosquito feeding time (careful cause its dengue season!). The famous pork belly is too fatty but the churros + dip is rather comforting.
Located in Bishan park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. Open on Tue-Fri from 5.30-10.30pm, Sat-Sun & PH from 9am-4pm & 5.30-10.30pm, closed on Mondays.
The photo everyone takes. The reason I even visited this place. The reason I’m dying to go back again! This Eggs Tomato Relish is truly worth the 40min wait I went through to get a table. Highly recommended!
Located at 233 Upper Thompson Road. Open on Tue-Fri from 11am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun from 10.30-10.30pm, closed on Mondays.
I shouldn’t be sharing this! so that the queue will be shorter when I go heheh.
Very good. i cleaned up the entire plate. Will likely be popping by again sometime to try out their other items. Good mrt-accessible location and nice big space to laze around watching cars drive by.
Located in Park mall, 9 Penang Road #01-01E. Open daily from 8am-10pm.
I fell in love with this pesto prawn sandwich after the first creamylicious bite. Sadly, it is no longer on their menu. Excuse me while I go one corner and cry now.
Located at Holland village (near fosters). Open on Tue-Thu from 10am-12am, Fri-Sat from 10am-2am, Sun from 10am-12am, closed on Mondays.
It means ‘private” in french. And indeed the location makes it seem exclusive, macham atas for a day. Sorry no food photos here, was too busy soaking up the atmosphere. From what I recall, the food was alright, loved the bailey’s irish cream coffee. When I strike it rich I’ll try the Privé Grill & Bar as well.
Located at the Marina at Keppel bay, 2 Keppel bay vista.Open daily from 9am-12am.
Heaven in a hotdog bun! The cheap chips and salad take up most of the plate though (more like tray). But the sauce and generous chunks of lobster are seriously filling. Get ready for a messy delicious time! I’m deducting one greedy face emoji for the lazy chef who’s uber slow.
Located at Nankin Row (china square) 3 Pickering Street
#01-31. Open from 6pm.
Pretty good. But nothing too memorable.
Located at 40 Craig Road. Open on Mon-Fri from 10am – 5.30pm, Sat-Sun from 9am-5pm.
The waffle here is honestly the best I’ve ever had. i thoroughly enjoyed my Strawberry Maceration. Apparently the same company opened a new shop next door, The Waffle Slayer. I will be slaying some fluffy waffles real soon! And the ginormous bowl of truffle fries is making me very hungry right now.
Located at 37 Kampong Bahru. Open on Mon & Wed-Sun 9am-10pm, closed on Tuesdays.
My friends and I just had to make a trip down when we heard “red velvet waffles”. Now we have learnt to stop and think twice. In other words, 3 ppl and lotsa leftover waffle. The breakfast sets were pretty yummy though. For that, they get one greedy face emoji.
Supposedly famous for its red velvet cake, but I found it underwhelming. Maybe due to the insufficient cream cheese layers and outer coating of chocolate. To me, red velvet is only red velvet if its smothered in cream cheese and nothing but. Creative you say, but i would’ve ordered a chocolate cake if i wanted chocolate. My big prawn pasta was nice though.
Located at The Foothills, 70 River Valley Road #01-15. Open on Tue-Thu from 11am-11pm, Fri & Sat from 11am-11pm, Sun from 9am-5pm, closed on Mondays.
This place needs no introduction. An authentic cafe with expensive but good food. I believe it is the mother of all cafes, the one which spawned the many that try to follow in its footsteps. Service recently went from bad to worse, hence its not getting the full score from me.
Located at Orchard Road, Mandarin gallery #03-02. Open on Mon-Fri from 9am-10.30pm, Sat-Sun from 8am-10.30pm.
This cosy space has bad lighting and my cake photos all look like sh*t. The desserts here are decent. Be sure to try the interesting rootbeer cake. Wouldn’t mind returning just cause it’s so near my place.
Located at 15 Jalan Riang. Open on Tue-Fri from 12-10.30pm, Sat-Sun from 9am-11pm, closed on Mondays.
Its not everyday in Sg you get to indulge in real pies. Novelty earns this place extra greedy face emojis. The cute wooden tray makes my inner hipster very happy as well.
Located at 78 Horne Road. Open on Tue-Thu from 11am-9.30 pm, Fri from 11am-10.30pm, Sat from 10am-10.30pm, Sun from 10am-9.30pm, closed on Mondays.
Many cafes (especially hipster ones) pride themselves on artisan coffee made by award-winning baristas, so I’m the worst judge really cause coffee gives me insomnia and unless it’s before 12noon, i wouldnt go near a cuppa. Pretty latte art does help though.
After writing this post, I’ve learnt that hipster cafe owners like to lepak on Mondays. Guess we can’t count on them to take away our monday blues.