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Cafe within a furniture shop Cry Dec 08, 2013   
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Categories : American | Café

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2013/12/05/commune-cafe-millenia-walk/

Commune is a shop that specialises in selling home furnishings and furniture. Based on the concept to have a place to sip on a coffee and relax after shopping, a small portion of the shop is converted to a cafe, that sells coffees, cakes and certain breads.

 
The Flat Black is a bit too strong for my liking. It was also slightly burnt, which also made finishing the coffee even harder. To the last drop, the burnt aftertaste was so strong I felt disgusted after finishing it.

 
If you are within the area and needs a caffeine boost, this is a place to consider (and for its cakes too!). Just make sure to order other types of coffee or go during daytime!
 
Date of Visit: Nov 03, 2013 

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Categories : Japanese | Desserts and Cakes

For the full review and more photos, visit http://makanarts.com/2013/05/12/maccha-house-orchard-central-181-orchard-road-b1-40/

The serving of the Spicy Fried Pork with Half-Boiled Egg Rice Bowl was very little and not much wow factor into it.

 
The Tonkotsu Ramen was not really impressive as the pork belly was very little and the broth taste wasn’t as strong as the other tonkotsu ramens I have tried before. The half-boiled egg was still passable though.

 
The Regular Matcha Latte was also a disapppointment item as the matcha tastes rather powdery.

 
Will skip this place unless desserts are available.
 
Date of Visit: May 04, 2013 

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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Ice Cream and Gelato

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/08/31/mootime-victory-8/

Mootime is a new 5-day old ice cream parlour that opened at the recently completed mixed development Victory 8!

 

 
The cake selections

 
And the ice cream selection

 

 
The menu here is simple.

 
Unfortunately, the waffle batter is not ready when I went, thus I ordered the Brownie with Gula Gao Gao Melaka ice cream ($7; $3.50 for Brownie and $3.50 per scoop of ice cream). The Brownie is, despite being heated up, too hard to cut into. The taste, however is great and it is not too crumbly. The Gula Gao Gao Melaka ice cream has a strong taste of Gula Melaka and is sweet but melted too easily.

 
Though the food here definitely needs some improvement, it will have time to do so as it is only days into its opening. As cafes or ice cream parlours in the north are still quite scarce at this point of time, this is one place that should definitely be visited if you are around the Sembawang / Yishun area, before/after having White Beehoon at You Huak Restaurant or shopping opposite at Sembawang Shopping Centre!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Brownie with Gula Gao Gao Melaka ice cream
 
Table Wait Time: 3 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 29, 2014 

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Categories : Ice Cream and Gelato

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/06/29/the-hideout-block-32-cassia-crescent/
The Old Airport estate has been an enclave of cafes in recent times. The Hideout, a 2-week old cafe, that is situated next block to Maple & Market, is one of the newest addition to this quiet estate.

 

 
Besides specializing themselves in ice creams & cakes, a small selection of coffee (from Vittoria Coffee) and tea are available.

 

 
The Blackforest Shortcake ($4.80) is rather normal. The chocolate taste is just nice, but the top layer felt more like cream cheese than whipped cream. The tinge of cherry taste is absent as well, making it feel less like a black forest cake.

 
The Buttermilk Waffles with Italian Cookies & Mango Passionfruit ($11.90) is also rather disappointing. The waffles is slightly crisp and soft, but the buttermilk taste was less apparent. The Italian Cookies and Mango Passionfruit ice creams tasted chocolatey, fruity and sweet, but are otherwise rather normal.

 
A great addition to this neighbourhood as this place did not had a ice cream parlour (though there is another Korean ice cream parlour that opened recently quite near to Brawn & Brains). The service staffs are friendly though they could have handled orders better. If you are around the Old Airport area looking for something to chill in the hot weather, this place is one suitable place to visit!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Buttermilk Waffles with Italian Cookies & Mango Passionfruit
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jun 28, 2014 

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Waffles needs improvement OK Mar 29, 2014   
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Categories : Desserts and Cakes | Burgers and Sandwiches

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/03/25/griddy-gourmet-waffles-westgate/

Westgate boasts many new F&B places in the west, some being their first start-up. Griddy Gourmet Waffles is one of them, which specialises in burgers made using waffles and waffle desserts. The company who owns this place also owns Pho Street (which has an outlet here and also Bedok Mall).

 
The menu. The waffles selection is not as diverse yet (at the point of visit)

 
The Battered Chicken ($4.90++) is part of their Classic Waffles selection (which has since been renamed the Griddy Burgers selection) and is assumed to be no longer sold as it's not available in their menu. This is topped with sliced hard boiled eggs. This is rather disappointing as the chicken cutlet, which is slightly spicy, is rather hard to bite into and tasted rather stale.

 
The Ocean Catch ($5.90++) is also part of the former Classic Waffles selection (the current Griddy Burger selection). It is garnished with dried bonito and dips of mayonnaise. This fared better than the Battered Chicken.

 
The Truffle Fries ($4.50++) is probably one of the cheaper ones that you can find. This smells strong on truffle, the fries are crisp and is filling but the taste of the truffle oil on the fries could have been more.

 
For an inexpensive fast-food choice around the Jurong area, this place will definitely satisfy the criteria (and besides, it's waffles!)
Note: One of the + in the ++ of the pricings here is a 1% service charge instead of the usual 10%.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Ocean Catch
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Dec 17, 2013 

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