Ben’s Cookies At Wisma Atria, First Outlet

Looks like cookies is making waves in Singapore. Ben’s Cookies, a cookies chain, hailed from England has opened its first outlet at Wisma Atria, strategically located with high human traffic and with its chilli red walls, the chain is out to attract. It took over the Garrett popcorn shop floor.

Ben's Cookies Outlet
Ben’s Cookies Outlet

When I was at the outlet, there were about ten different flavours of cookies to choose from. I intended to buy four cookies for sharing but ended having a box of seven cookies, as there was a promotion of buy five get two free.

My Takeaway (from top left, anticlockwise): Coconut, Chocolate and Ginger, Double Chocolate, Chocolate and Orange, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Macademia and White Chocolate, Cranberry and White Chocolate
My Takeaway (from top left, anticlockwise): Coconut, Chocolate and Ginger, Double Chocolate, Chocolate and Orange, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Macademia and White Chocolate, Cranberry and White Chocolate

My first choice was the Oatmeal Raisins was not available but I will return to get one to try the next time I popped by. I have a Coconut, Chocolate & Ginger, Double Chocolate with Nuts, Chocolate & Orange, Dark Chocolate Chunk, Macademia Nuts & White Chocolate and lastly, Cranberry & White Chocolate.

The cookies is not the crispy kind but the soft type with a very slight chewiness. The edge of the cookies does has a little crisp. If you are a fan of Chocolate and especially Dark Chocolate, don’t missed the Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. It has generous amount of Dark Chocolate in the cookies. So much so till with each bites, dark chocolate will filled your mouth. The rest are variations of the chocolate cookies.

If chocolate is not your cup of tea, you can choose something else such as the coconut and the oatmeal (provided if they are available).

Now, I have one more alternative more cookies. And I am not referring to the Cookies at home. LOL. Will Cookies be the next trend food? I start to wonder.

Ben’s Cookies
435 Orchard Road #B1-50 Wisma Atria  Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 62355-340

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Orchard station

Rating: 7.5/10

Chef Yamashita, Japanese Bakery, In Tanjong Pagar

Chef Yamashita is a Japanese Bakery at the Tanjong Pagar Plaza. I have dropped by on several occasion after work, I mean at about 5.30pm, but to no avail. As their cakes were all sold out. It is either they are that popular or they make in very small quantities. I have no idea which could be the reason. And so I made a trip to the cake shop during lunch time.

Chef Yamashita Shop
Chef Yamashita Shop

They have placed a few tables with two chairs each outside the shop for the customers to dine in. I have it take away instead.

My Takeaway, Fraise, Mt Fuji, Mille Feuille, Rare Mango Cheese, Luna Wrap (Choco), Ichigo (Strawberry Shortcake)
My Takeaway, Fraise, Mt Fuji, Mille Feuille, Rare Mango Cheese, Luna Wrap (Choco), Ichigo (Strawberry Shortcake)

I planned to get only 4 pieces but eventually I got  a total of 6 as they were too enticing. I couldn’t resist the sweet temptations. Luna Wrap is Chef Yamashita’s speciality. The cake is as soft as the sponge cake but more firm and not airy as the sponge cake. In the wrap, there are various cream filling. I got the chocolate ones. Besides cream there were some chocolate cubes and crunch which give more texture to the cake, a great idea.

My favourite is the Mille Feuille. It is fruity with a good sponge, custard and a some pastry to give the crispiness. I enjoyed the cake very much.

Based on my experience, I think the best way to secure a piece of Chef Yamashita Cake is either to go early or to make a reservation.

All the cakes are delicious and with great presentation. It is as good as the other Japanese bakery found within the vicinity.

Chef Yamashita
Block 1,Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-44 Singapore  082001
Tel: +65 6604 9709

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1000 to 1830, Sundays & Public Holidays 1000 to 1600

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line -Tanjong Pagar station

By Bus: alight at the bus stop either before Wallich Road or after Craig Road – 80, 145

Rating: 7.5/10

TwoMen Bagel House At Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar

TwoMen Bagel House is located in the new extension of Icon Village. As the named suggested it is a shop specialises in Bagel and my guess is that it is opened by two gentlemen. I believe this is first of its kind in Singapore. The first time I saw a bagel shop was in the US about ten years ago. I was so glad that finally such a concept is setup in Singapore as I am a bagel fan. Most of the bagel I find in Singapore weren’t freshly baked but theirs are.

Counter for Order and Collection
Counter for Order and Collection

Their menu revolves around bagel. You can have it plain or with schmears or the savory. I was informed by one of the crew that the savory bagels is very filling though I would love to have one with the Cured Salmon. I was recommended the Lox & Dill Cream Cheese which I very quickly decided to go along as I like cream cheese. I always like my bagel with cream cheese. There were plain or white & sesame bage to choose from and I opted for the sesame one. And I won’t forget to have it with a cappuccino.

TwoMen Bagel House's Menu
TwoMen Bagel House’s Menu

I never like to dine in using disposable plates and cup. When I saw the presentation, I was a little upset. But beyond the look, the bagel was excellent. It was fresh, soft with a touch of chewiness. The cream cheese was mixed with some cured salmon bites and dill which was an awesome idea. Something which I didn’t expect, I could have the best of both world. One little shortcoming was the sesame kept dropping off from the bagel since they started handling the bagel. When it reached the table, I could hardly see any sesame seeds left. I wonder if they could mix the sesame seeds into the dough, instead of having it on the top. This I believe would retain the sesame. Alternatively, maybe it would be a good idea to sprinkle the sesame on the cheese spread.

The coffee was decent. It was a medium bodies, low acidity and low aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate and hint of citrus fruit.

My Order, Lox and Dill Cream Cheese Bagel and Cappuccino
My Order, Lox and Dill Cream Cheese Bagel and Cappuccino

My final thoughts? I will return for the fresh bagel.

TwoMen Bagel House
16 Enggor Street, Icon Village Altez #01-12 Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 6509 4125

FB: https://www.facebook.com/twomenbagelhouse

Opening Hours

Daily 0800 to 2000

Getting There

By MRT: North-South Line -Tanjong Pagar station

By Bus: alight at the bus stop either before Wallich Road or after Craig Road – 80, 145

Rating: 7.5/10

De’Pop Culture Cafe @ North Bridge Road (Closed, Taken Over by Wilder)

*De’Pop Culture Cafe is now taken over by Wilder. Click here to read the review.

De’Pop Culture is nestled among the row of shophouses along North Bridge Road. North Bridge Road is a very long road. It stretches from Kampong Glam all the way, right before Singapore River so to be more precise, it is nearer the stretch of Sultan Mosque.

The cafe has a very interesting colour scheme. It has splashes of bright colours element, kind of neon like colours in many parts the cafe.I think they are trying to be playful with colours.

I dropped by the cafe on a Saturday afternoon. It was packed, almost all the tables were taken up but it wasn’t noisy. I browsed through the food menu and drinks & desserts menu with quite some good selection of mains. But it was after lunch so I am going for the desserts and a drink.

My Order, Waffle, Caramel & Cappuccino
My Order, Waffle, Caramel & Cappuccino

I was indecisive between the carrot cake and the waffles but somehow the waffles won the war. I ordered the Buttermilk Waffles with granola, salted caramel ice cream and caramel. The waffles though has  golden brown coating but it is not crispy. The waffle texture is more bread-like with a good buttermilk, vanilla flavour. The texture is similiar to the Mr Bean’s pancake but lack of the slight chewiness. I find it pretty interesting and unique. Something different from the usual waffle in the market. For the ice cream, it has quite a strong caramel flavour. If you like it strong, this is just for you.

Lastly, the coffee. It was fine as well. It has a medium to low body, low acidity with a light aroma. It has some spice, butterscotch taste note.

De’Pop Culture Cafe is a quiet, unassuming cafe that serves pretty delish food. I will choose De’Pop Culture when I needed a quiet cafe to spend time.

De’Pop Culture Cafe
749 North Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 198717
Tel: +65 6635 1136

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/depopculture

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1100 to 2200; Saturday 0900 to 2300; Sunday 0900 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Lavender station

By Bus:
– alight at bus stop at or opposite Stamford Primary School – 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 80, 130, 133, 145, 175, 197
– alight at Hotel Sultan or at Textile Centre – 107, 107M
– alight before Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road – 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197

Rating: 7/10

Little Wimbly Lu At My Village In Serangoon Gardens

I have long heard about the wonderful waffles from Wimbly Lu but it is a little out of the way so have been dragging my feet. With the opening of Little Wimbly Lu at MyVillage, a little more convenient as it is nearer to a bus stop so I decided to pop by with my brother, who also loves waffle.

The cafe is rather small but they have more seats both outdoor and some seats within the mall that are indoor. in the cafe, there are two high tables in the centre and some normal height table and chairs by a glass panel.

Waffles with Ice Cream, Cheesecake, Strawberry and Salted Caramel
Waffles with Ice Cream, Cheesecake, Strawberry and Salted Caramel

We wanted to the waffles so much till we were there before we have our lunch and we were very focused and we ordered only waffles with ice cream. The waffles were light, airy, fluffy and with a gold crispy as the outer coat. We agree that this is the kinda perfect waffle. The size of half the usual size is a great portion for one; for those solo cafe goer, won’t have to waste food. We have a scoop of strawberry, my brother’s favourite, the cheesecake and the salted caramel. The ice cream has a pretty strong flavour, not the lightly flavoured kind and the sweetness level was acceptable to me. Overall, pretty delish.

 

Little Wimbly Lu serves mainly dessert. You won’t find any mains except for some toasties, unless you recognise these as mains. And of course some drinks too. We will surely return for this excellent waffles. I am already craving for it.

 

Little Wimbly Lu
1 Maju Avenue, MyVillage, #01-09/10 Singapore 556679

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/littlewimblylu

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday 1100 to 2300; Friday – Saturday 11000 to 0100;

Getting There

By Bus: alight at Serangoon Garden Circus – 73, 136, 315, 317

Rating: 8/10

Les Patisseries At Toa Payoh

I have a sweet tooth so I am glad that Les Patisseries came to the scene. This Patisseries is located at Toa Payoh Central though a little further from the MRT station and Bus Interchange, still pretty easy to locate

The design is pretty simple, nothing fanciful. Some simple tables and chairs with a few Al Fresco seats for those who loves the outdoor or even the sun.

My Order, Cappuccino & French Apple Tart
My Order, Cappuccino & French Apple Tart

I ordered a Cappuccino and the French Apple Tart. Since the coffee beans was from Pacamara, similiar to Oz Specialty Coffee, it is for certainly great coffee. As for the French Apple Tart, it was amazingly light, I mean the weight. Tastewise, I didn’t quite like the French Apple Tart. As the tart base though sweetish while the apple is sourish and the crispy crunch of the fresh apple still maintain, somehow it doesn’t blend in taste. There isn’t any cream or custard in the tart and both the apple and tart were rather dry.

My Takeaway (From top left, clockwise): Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu, Strawberry Shortcake, Planisar
My Takeaway (From top left, clockwise): Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu, Strawberry Shortcake, Plaisir

Despite I didn’t enjoy the French Apple Tart, I still went ahead to get more pastries and cakes. I got a Salmon Quiche, Hazelnut Tart, Tiramisu for my brother, Plaisir and a Strawberry Shortcake. All, except the Tiramisu as I didn’t try, was exceptionally delicious. In particular, the Salmon Quiche was excellent though the tart was a little dry. The Hazelnut has a good nutty, chocolaty hazelnut tart with lots of hazelnut crunch. A little lesser caramel on the top would be perfect. The Plaisir and Strawberry Shortcake were as good as the rest. I was glad to try more items.

The cakes and pastries, except the French Apple Tart, served at Les Pastisseries were delish. I would certainly return for more.

Les Pastisseries
Block 186 Toa Payoh Central  #01-428 Singapore 310186

FBhttp://www.facebook.com/lespatisseries.com.sg

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Toa Payoh

By Bus:
– alight at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange – 8, 26, 28, 31, 73, 88, 90, 139, 142, 143, 145, 155, 157, 159, 163, 231, 232, 235, 238

– alight at or opp Toa Payoh Swimming Complex along Lorong 6 Toa Payoh – 57, 59, 506

– alight at or opp Blk 177 along Toa Payoh Central – 56, 105, 153

Rating: 7.5/10

Alt. Pizza At Suntec City

I saw the Alt Pizza’s poster weekend 1-for-1 promotion stand around the Fountain at Suntec City weeks ago and has wanted to go for it. I asked my brother, a pizza fan, if he wanted to try. So we decided to go during the F1 weekend and to catch a glimpse of the racing car at work, though I am not a fan.

The Pizza Restaurant had mainly red coloured-furntiure with a little retro elements in the design, such as a picture on the wall with bright colours, the neon lights and the pizza boxes withe retro design that was used to decorate the restaurant. The restaurant isn’t big, and its a pity that the seats were placed very closely to each other.

There were two menu, the food and the drinks. They offer mainly pizza with some sides. If you can’t find anything you like from the standard menu pizza, you can customise your own pizza. There are various ingredients for you to choose.

Alt Pizza offer thin based pizza which I am sure many will welcome. It has the best bread based. It is thin enough, giving a crisp and yet there is bread texture and taste in the inside. We have the Hangover Pizza that has tomato sauce with pepperoni, my brother’s favourite and the other is the Alpha Lima Tango Pizza that has a bbq sauce and meatballs. Both are good but we prefer The Hangover Pizza as it is stronger in taste. The meatball on the Alpha Lima Tango Pizza is excellent. We will go for the Meatball only the next time, which is a side item on the menu too.

Certainly, we will return to try more. I am already thinking of the Crabby Ninja for the next round. LOL.

 

Alt. Pizza
#01-602, Suntec City Tower 4 Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6836 9207

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/AltPizza

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line – Esplanade station; Circle line, Downtown line – Promenade station

By Bus:

Suntec Convention Center – 36, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 537, 700, 857, 868;

Millenia Walk – 36, 56, 75, 77, 97, 107M, 171, 195, 960, 961, NR2, NR5, NR7, NR8

Rating: 8/10