Brunches Cafe At Rangoon Road

Brunches Cafe at Rangoon Road is at the same side of Old Hen but further down (if you are coming from Farrer Park MRT station).

Interior
Interior

The cafe has a vintage and maybe a little retro theme.

Vintage Items For Sales on Display
Vintage Items For Sales on Display

You can find lots of vintage items, from Television, Telephone, Typewriter, some ornaments, toys and etc. All these are for sales.

Car Seats
Car Seats

And the highlight in the cafe is the retro car which is refurnished into a comfort seats for 4. I have been occupying this table on 2 visits so far. Hehe!

Pastries & Bread
Pastries & Bread

It has an extensive Brunch menu. There are lots of egg dishes and others such as Granola and Pancakes are also found on the menu. There are quite some Starters and Sides, Pizza, Sandwiches, Burgers and Waffles too. And over at the display, you will find a range of pastries, bread and cakes. Pretty spoiled for choice.

Egg Florentine
Egg Florentine

The Egg Florentine came with some Sauteed Mushroom, Grilled Tomato and a Salad ($15). The portion is pretty reasonable. I find the dish quite tasty, especially the Sauteed Mushroom.

Grilled Shrimp Sandwich
Grilled Shrimp Sandwich

I was surprised to find that the Grilled Shrimp Sandwich ($17) has Truffle Fries, instead of the normal fries. In the sandwich, there were generous amount of creamy sauce with roe and cheese together with Greens and slices of Tomato. Personally, I find this dish tasty but the creamy sauce is a little too abundant.

Tofu Cheesecake
Tofu Cheesecake

I actually ordered a Tofu Cheesecake ($3) but after it was served, I was informed that it may not have set perfectly yet so the service crew suggested that I should change to the Cupcake ($3.50) without extra charge. I appreciate the gesture as they know the importance of serving only the best. And they were very apologetic about it too.

Red Velvet with Mango Sauce
Red Velvet with Mango Sauce

They highly recommended me the Red Velvet or the Chocolate, which both are similar in a way in my opinion. And I opted for the Red Velvet that came with Mango Sauce. The cupcake was soft and moist. It was not the spongy, fluffy kind but more on the dense side. It has a lovely chocolaty flavour and the mango sauce added a nice fruity fragrance to it.

To sum up my experience, Brunches Cafe offers delish food though it doesn’t come cheap. The exception were the cakes which were pretty reasonable priced. Service were mainly self service from ordering to collection of food, except for coffee which was served. Will I go back again? For the ambience, yes, I would. So, I would say, it would very much depend, on mood, and etc.

Brunches Cafe
96 Rangoon Road Singapore 218381
Tel: +65 8685 8488

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Brunches-Caf%C3%A9/341299776070534

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday – Friday 1000 to 2000; Saturday – Sunday 0900 to 2000; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line – Farrer Park (Exit B)

By Bus: alight at Kentis Lodge along Rangoon Road – 131

Rating: 7.5/10

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Tamper & Co At 88 Rangoon Road Farrer Park

Tamper & Co, I believe it was re-branded from the previous La’Coffee. As I saw the same lady (I think she is the owner) also at Tamper & Co. Moreover, I spotted the la’coffee chicken wings on Tamper & Co menu.

Menu
Menu

When I entered the cafe, I thought it was a new cafe taken over la’cofffe which I previously blog about and wasn’t impressed. So when I notice that it was probably a re-branding, I was feeling a little peeve. Unfortunately, I discovered the traces only after I have placed my order.

Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich
Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich

I was recommended the Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich, priced at $20. When I saw the price, I feel the pinched, nevertheless, I went ahead with it. There was an option of either Baguette or round bun for the bread. I opted Baguette

When I was served with two thin slices of baguette, some (though good amount) of Smoked Salmon, two Sunny Side-up (per my request) and a Spinach salad with simple Olive Oil mixed with Balsamic Vinegar dressing, my heart sank. For $20, I wasn’t impressed.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

Next, my Cappuccino, there wasn’t any Latte Art. As I could pour a decent Tulip at my first and only attempt, after which whenever I don’t see a Latte Art on my cuppa, I some how will never feel satisfied with the coffee. The coffee was on par, certainly no where near good.

Interior
Interior

The design was pretty much like la’coffee with only some re-arrangement and changes to the colour of the table top.

If I am correct about it is a re-branding, I am surely disappointed as I don’t see much improvement to the execution of the cafe. It’s only a change from the highly priced traditional coffee to another highly price typical cafe food.

Tamper & Co
88 Rangoon Road, Rangoon 88, #01-02 Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 6341 7525

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/tamperandco

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday 1000 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1000 to 0000

Getting There

By MRT: North-East line – Farrer Park station

By Bus: alight at Kentis Lodge along Rangoon Road – 131

Rating: 5.5/10

Froth Cafe At The Big Hotel at Middle Road

Froth is a cafe located at the basement of a hotel known as Big Hotel. Once you entered through the entrance at Middle Road, there is a stairs leading to the basement and you can find the cafe on your left.

Interior
Interior

Basically, the design is based on industrial theme with strong characteristics coming from the cement wall, metal chairs, pipes and cage lamp. It doesn’t have the organised looked from the usual cafe, more of whims and fancy.

Menu
Menu

The selection of the menu is pretty extensive; ranging from Soups & Salads to Rice & Pasta, Sandwiches to Meat & Seafood to Desserts. And of course the standard coffee and tea and some other beverages.

Cheesy Lobster Sandwich
Cheesy Lobster Sandwich

I was in the mood for sandwich and so I ordered the Cheesy Lobster Sandwich. It came with fries, and that was awesome. The bread they used for the sandwich seems to be some Focaccia with a pretty generous  amount of lobster and a decent amount of cheese. The size of the sandwich wasn’t considerably big. The size of sandwich and fries ratio is about 1:1. Though the ingredient was certainly fresh but I find it a little bland.

Buttermilk Waffle with Earl Grey and Strawberry Ice Cream
Buttermilk Waffle with Earl Grey and Strawberry Ice Cream

I tried two of their recommended desserts, the waffle and Nutella Cheesecake. There are five types of waffles; Buttermilk, Red Velvet, Cheese, Taro and Banana. I actually find the Taro and Cheese interesting but I didn’t try these, instead went for something boring, the Buttermilk Waffle with Strawberry and Earl Grey Ice Cream.

The texture of the Buttermilk Waffle is more bread like with a salty hint. It doesn’t have a crispy outer edge like most waffle. I wouldn’t rate it the best but decent. I like the Earl Grey flavour in the ice cream, it was at the perfect level for me; not too choking or little. But the ice cream isn’t the creamy kind.

Nutella Cheesecake
Nutella Cheesecake

Between the waffle and Nutella Cheesecake, I prefer the latter. It tasted especially awesome when eaten together with the Hazelnut. Some may find it a little too sweet but acceptable for me.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

Lastly, the coffee. A light body with low acidity and medium aroma, nutty and black tea hint.

The service was warm and friendly and the owner is chatty and extremely passionate about food and particularly coffee. I am keen to return to try more of their food, especially the Doritos Crust Winglets and Clam Soup Soba.

Froth
200 Middle Road, Big Hotel, B1-02 Singapore 188980
Tel: +65 6336 1228

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/frothsg?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1130 to 2200; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line – Bras Basah station

By Bus:
– alight opp Prime Centre along Middle Road – 56, 64, 65, 131, 139, 147, 166, 857

– alight at Peace Centre along Selegie Road – 64, 65, 131, 139, 147, 166, 857

– alight at Rendezvous Hotel ong Bras Basah Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174e, 175, 190, 502, 502A, 518, 518A

– alight at Manualife Centre along Bras Basah Road – 131, 147, 166, 857

Rating: 8/10

Milk & Honey, Yogurt Parfait, At City Square Mall

One after another frozen yogurt stores is up and running in Singapore. This round, it is the Milk & Honey, set out of a kiosk at Level 2 of City Square Mall.

The colour theme is mainly yellow with some black and white. Lots of cushy chairs, pretty comfy.

Besides the yogurt parfait, Milk & Honey serves some delicious looking cakes too and of course some coffee as well.

Yogurt Parfait Menu
Yogurt Parfait Menu

Still in the soft launch so only three signature parfaits are available; Matcha, Royal Honey and Healthy Mix.

Design Your Own Parfait
Design Your Own Parfait

Alternatively, you can Design your own Parfait. Meantime, it is still not available.

Royal Honey
Royal Honey

I was keen to try the Royal Honey. There are quite a number of toppings on the Parfait. Right on the top is the White Chocolate Parfait, a White Chocolate Biscuit Stick and an Orange Chip. Honey Popcorn surrounded the yogurt. In the middle layer of the yogurt, there are tiny cube of Honey Crystal Jelly and Crunchy Crumble (like biscuit) at the bottom layer. Lots of toppings and crunch.

The most important question, how does it fare? The yogurt is a little sourish, not as creamy, litter in taste. For the Royal Honey creation, I didn’t taste the honey taste that I was anticipating. It is very much in its original yogurt taste with lots of crunch.

Matcha
Matcha

I tried the Matcha Signature Parfait on another occassion. The frozen yogurt is creamier this round. Though the creation is known as Matcha but is lacking in Matcha flavour.

In short, I think it is not too bad, certainly not the best. I will return to try the cake.

Milk & Honey
180 Kitchener Road #02-K14 Singapore Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6834 3040

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

Opening Hours

Daily

Getting There

By MRT: North-East line – Farrer Road station

Rating: 7/10

Two Bakers @ 88 Horne Road, Singapore, Delish Pastries & Cakes

Two Bakers newly opened their door at 88 Horne Road. While still having their soft launched, I couldn’t wait longer to try their pretty looking pastries and cakes. Through their facebook, I know that they are opened on Monday, holiday in lieu of Hari Raya Haji and I went down with my mom for brunch. It was also the worse hazy day in 2014. What a day?!

Interior
Interior

There was a little vintage theme with a featured wall of tiles that contributed to the element and some industrial element, cemented floor. The tables and chairs were some simple wooden with metal frame furniture. There are a mixture of high tables and chairs, normal dining height tables for small group and a communal table right at the back of the cafe.

Soft Launched Menu
Soft Launched Menu

There was only a menu written on the wall for all to glance. I guess, that’s because it was a soft launched. My mom couldn’t decide what she wanted for main so I ordered on her behalf. LOL. I ordered a plain croissant for her. It was served with jam and butter.

I didn’t try the croissant but my mom like it. I have the Desi Salad consisting of lettuce, cherry tomato, shredded carrot, cashew nuts to give more crunch to the salad and smoked chicken. It seems like the salad dressing was some sour plum dressing. It was a simple salad yet delicious. The shortcoming of the salad was it wasn’t well tossed. Some of the salad has a lots of the salad dressing, others was none. It would be even better if the smoked chicken could be more flavourful, with a little more smokey taste.

I wouldn’t want to miss the cakes and pastry. They are very good. We have a Strawberry Shortcake and a Matcha Profiterole. The Matcha Profiterole was excellent. The matcha cream was well balanced, rounded creaminess. It was so good. For those, like my mom, who doesn’t like Matcha can opt for their Passionfruit Profiterole which I will try on my next visit. The Strawberry Shortcake was equally delish. It has a spongy flavourful cake layer with nice vanilla creamy enough cream sandwiched between the cakes. And not forgetting the big strawberry pieces in the cream. The coffee was good too, nutty, and milk chocolaty flavour notes.

For the sweet tooth, Two Bakers is certainly a not too be missed. It is a great cafe for cakes and pastries. Without doubt, I will return.

Two Bakers
88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083
Tel: +65 6293 0329

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/twobakers

Opening Hours

Check out their facebook

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opposite Pek Chuan Building along Lavender Street 13, 67, 133, 145
– alight at Hock Send Building along Lavender Street 13, 61, 67, 107, 133, 145, 175, 961
– alight at Hoa Nam Building along Jalan Besar Road 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 147, 857

Rating: 8/10

La’Coffee @ Rangoon 88 Serves Traditional Coffee (Re-branded)

la’Coffee is now Tamper & Co at the same location.

la’Coffee located at the ground floor of Rangoon 88, with Old Hen as neighbour, specialises in traditional coffee and this aroused my interest so I made a trip to the cafe to check it out.

Interior
Interior

The cafe has a modern industrial design, simple and sleek.

Drink Menu
Drink Menu

Besides the traditional coffee, there are both the traditional old school goodies like kaya toast, chee cheong fun, some Asian and Western fare, quite a good mix of variety but they don’t have the Espresso based coffee as an alternative.

My Order, Earl Grey Cake & Kopi-C
My Order, Earl Grey Cake & Kopi-C

After browsing the menu and gazing at the cake that were on the display, I ordered a Kopi-C and the Earl Grey Cake. Moreover the cake was recommended by the crew.

My Bill
My Bill

I was extremely disappointed with my order. It was overly priced. At $3.50 per cup of kopi-c?! And the food was poor. The kopi was heavily c, with evaporated milk and it was only lukewarm. I have asked the crew to top up with more kopi twice. On the second time, I even asked the crew to pour away at least half a cup of kopi before topping it up. None of the top increased the temperature of the drink.

The Earl Grey Cake was warmed up by the crew. Though it has a good Earl Grey flavour, the crust was hard and chewy while it was warm. It turned into a rock when cold. I couldn’t set my teeth on the cake.

My whole experience? I feel that I wasted my money for nothing. I felt like I have thrown $8.50 into the drain. Extremely upset. 😦

The concept behind la’coffee was good but it was poorly executed. They certainly have to re-strategize the whole plan.

la’coffee

88 Rangoon Road, Rangoon 88, #01-02 Singapore 218374

Tel: +65 6341 7525

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday 0730 to 2230; Friday – Saturday 0900 to 0100

Getting There

By MRT: North-East line – Farrer Park station

Rating: 5/10

Babette At Parc Sovereign Hotel

I still went ahead to have our Sunday brunch at Babette with my aunt and cousin after reading about mixed reviews.

Babette doesn’t served an array of food. Some selection of Tapas and Sides, a handful of Mains, Pasta/Salad and Dessert. The menu aren’t exactly exciting.

The first dish that was served was the Steak & Foie Gras Donburi. We were kinda surprise as we were expecting the tapas/sides. The steak was delicious, well marinated. Unfortunately, the Foie Gras didn’t melt in the mouth.

Steak & Foie Gras Donburi
Steak & Foie Gras Donburi

Each main dish was served with a Miso Soup. It has a good flavour of Miso and not too salty but we find it a little too oily.

Miso Soup with the Mains
Miso Soup with the Mains

Next come the Sashimi Salad. Somehow, the fishy taste was a little overwhelming. We didn’t like this dish. I was expecting a sweet fresh taste of the sashimi … What a shame!

Sashimi Salad
Sashimi Salad

Here comes our Tapas/sides finally. We truly enjoyed the Truffle Garlic Fried Rice. The truffle together with the garlic created a great fragrance and we could savour it from the fried rice. We with the tiny mushroom, added an additional texture and fragrance to the dish. It was heavenly.

Truffle Garlic Fried Rice
Truffle Garlic Fried Rice

The next Tapas/side dish was the Crackling Pork Belly. It was crispy and salty. There were mixed opinions with regards to the mustard sauce. I like it though the rest didn’t. So our conclusion was it is very much a personal preference. But seriously, nothing special about this dish. If you love pork, I suppose you will like this dish.

Crackling Pork Belly
Crackling Pork Belly

Lastly, the Duck Confit Donburi. Another ordinary dish with a well deep-fried, well salted duck drumstick. The skin was very crispy. We enjoyed the crispy skin very much. That was about it and nothing more.

Duck Confit Donburi
Duck Confit Donburi

We decided not to try their dessert based on their food standard so far. We enjoyed the Truffle Garlic Fried Rice and the Steak & Foie Gras Donburi. The rest was ok. Conclusion, there are some hit and misses.

 

Babette Restaurant
165 Tyrwhitt Rd, #01-03, Parc Sovereign Hotel Singapore 207569
Tel: +65 6341 7727

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/BabetteSG

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2300

Getting There

By Bus:

– alight opposite Pek Chuan Building along Lavender Street 13, 67, 133, 145
– alight at Hock Send Building along Lavender Street 13, 61, 67, 107, 133, 145, 175, 961
– alight at Hoa Nam Building along Jalan Besar Road 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 147, 857

Rating: 6.5/10