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Categories : Ice Cream and Gelato

For the full review and more photos, visit http://makanarts.com/2014/09/03/holy-cow-creamery-block-292-yishun-st-22/

Cafes have been very scarce in the north, until recently a new slew of cafes started to open up there. Holy Cow Creamery is one of such that has recently open in Yishun.

 
The menu. Ice cream is their specialty here, but they also sell waffles and drinks.

 
The Waffles with Elvis ice cream ($7.50) is a nice combination to have. The waffles is crisp, not too soft and tasted not bad. The Elvis ice cream has a very rich taste of banana and peanut butter.

 
Now that there are more cafes opening in the newer estates, people who live around the area will be able to visit them. If you are around the Yishun area, you can now enjoy a ice cream parlour right at your neighbourhood without having to travel far!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Waffles with Elvis ice cream
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Sep 02, 2014 

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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads | Brunch

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/06/30/tian-kee-co-block-12-dakota-crescent/
Tian Kee & Co. used to be a 54-year old provision shop that was operated by an old couple. The current owner immediately wanted to take over the shop when the previous owners decided to retire. The current shop, a cafe, retains the original name of the provision shop it previous occupies and part of the original decor.

 
There is a small selection of bakes and cakes here. Unfortunately, the ice cream section was not fully set-up and the brunch menu was not up on the day of the visit.

 
The drinks menu here is mainly focused on coffee, with a small selection of tea.

 
The coffee here uses blends from Dutch Colony Coffee. The Flat White ($5) is full-bodied and has a low acidity but is slightly burnt and resulted in a slight bitter taste, a taste that is less apparent in their blends.

 
All of the cakes here are supplied by popular online bakery Cat & The Fiddle. The Mao Shan Wang ($6.50) cheesecake comes with generous amount of Mao Shan Wang durian meat, and tasted creamy and indulging! This is a must recommend for durian lovers!

 
The Banana Chocolate Muffin ($3.50) is heated up when it was served. It is fluffy and moist with a rich banana taste. The chocolate bits complemented the banana taste as well.

 
Although currently most of the food there are pre-made from other places, they have a brunch menu coming up soon and the nostalgic environment and the humble service here will definitely attract people to visit. If you are around the Dakota / Old Airport area, don’t give this place a miss!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Mao Shan Wang,Banana Chocolate Muffin,Flat White
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jun 28, 2014 

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Cafe with a historical touch! Smile Jul 13, 2014   
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For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/07/02/sin-lee-foods-block-4-jalan-bukit-ho-swee/

Sin Lee Hup Kee used to be a coffeeshop here that is famous for their lor mee and prawn mee. Unable to find a successor to their business, the ex-owner sold the coffeeshop to the current owner. The current owner, Sin Lee Foods, also runs Batter, a small crepe joint at National University Hospital, that sells sweet & savoury crepes. Since we’re around the area, why not visit Sin Lee Foods on their first day?

 

 
They have reused the outdoor seatings left from the former owner to provide alfresco seatings.

 
There is definitely a variety of items to choose from the menu!

 
Papa Palheta’s Throwback blend is used for their coffee here. The Flat White ($5.50) is chocolatey, high on acidity and left a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 
The Big B ($18.90) is the typical big breakfast that comes with scrambled hen’s eggs, streaky bacon, mushroom ragout, thick sausage, roasted russet potatoes, vine tomatoes relish, parmesan arugula salad and thick cut French country toast spreaded with mayonnaise. These were executed nicely, with the mushroom ragout being a personal favourite for being creamy, and the streaky bacon being the least favourite because it was too dry for my liking despite being crispy and savoury.

 
The Iron Grill Waffles of the Day ($13.90) are waffles topped with a Hokkaido Milk ice cream, fruits & berries. The ice cream is milky and flavourful, the fruits & berries are fresh and the waffles is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a distinct buttermilk taste.

 
The service and environment here is warming as well. A great attempt at preserving a part of the former’s memory still as the outdoor seatings and the signage of the former has been kept despite most of the fixtures of the former coffeeshop being gone. Although it is slightly more expensive than other places of its type and location, why not give this place a visit if you are around the Tiong Bahru / Bukit Ho Swee / Havelock area?
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Big B,Iron Grill Waffles of the Day,Flat White
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Jul 01, 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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Great choice for vegans! Smile Jun 24, 2014   
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Categories : Ice Cream and Gelato

 

 

 
The Upper Thomson area has enjoyed popularity for offering different F&B choices. Ice cream parlours are no strangers here, with Salted Caramel, Udders, NeLi and Scoopz within the shophouses. One of the earliest tenants of the area, Brownice, is located further inwards, within Sin Ming Centre, which specializes in ice cream made from all natural, egg-free and non-dairy products.
Satisfying my waffle cravings, I ordered the Waffles with Peanut Butter Chocolate ($7.30; $3.80 for waffles, $3.50 for 1 scoop). The waffles is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The Peanut Butter Chocolate accompanying it, while trying to strike a balance between both flavours, tasted more chocolatey than the peanut butter taste.

 
Anyone can enjoy the ice cream here without feeling guilty due to the nature of the contents. If you are around the Sin Ming / Upper Thomson area, this is one spot that should not be missed.

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/04/28/brownice-sin-ming-centre/
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Waffles with Peanut Butter Chocolate
 
Table Wait Time: 7 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Apr 28, 2014 

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