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Local infusion in Whoa-ffles! Smile Mar 23, 2014   
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Categories : Café | Desserts and Cakes

For the full review and photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/03/22/hatter-street-bakehouse-cafe-block-212-hougang-st-21/

Opened few months back ago is Hatter Street, which specializes in their cakes, bakes and waffles. The owner, Yvette Chua, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. She taught Home Economics in Cedar Girls' Secondary School and worked at three Michelin-star restaurant Bo Innovation in Hong Kong for four months before becoming the pastry chef of D'Zerts Cafe.

 

 
The menu as imprinted on the wall. Rather simple.

 
The Whoaffles with Pandan Ice Cream sprinkled with Gula Melaka ($8.80) deserves to be commended. It is crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Coupled with the pandan ice cream which is hardly found elsewhere and the Gula Melaka, it gives the waffles a local touch to its taste, while tasting sweet and coconut-ish.

 
This place is a great spot to satisfy your sweet tooth if you are around Kovan / Lorong Ah Soo / Hougang area.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Whoaffles with Pandan Ice Cream sprinkled with Gula Melaka
 
Date of Visit: Mar 19, 2014 

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Categories : Fusion | Café

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/02/21/my-awesome-cafe-%E7%9C%9F%E6%A3%92%E5%A0%82-202-telok-ayer-street/

The passion of several entrepreneurs, who has worked in various sectors including F&B, advertising, hotels and even in fitness lead to the formation of an industrial-chic cafe called My Awesome Cafe. Most of them, including the owner Franck Hardy, has brought their expertise in working in restaurants, cafés and hotels over (and yes some even worked in Michelin-star restaurants / cafés before!).

Located below the creative agency Mangham Gaxiola, it occupies the what previously is Chung Hwa Free Clinic and specializes in all-day breakfast, salads, sandwiches, coffees, teas, beers and liquor. They are also the only place in Singapore to sell Mexican Coca-Cola for the long term (read: Coca-Cola with Cane Sugar! The first being Omakase Burger but was only available for a limited time)

 

 
The food menu

 
And the drinks menu! (look at the Mexican Coca-Cola while you’re at it!)

 
The Croissant with Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon ($8++) is easily one of the better tasting breakfast food out there. The croissant is filled with strips of cheese and the smoked salmon, which was smoked to the right texture and taste. The scrambled eggs, however, tasted slightly more like an omelette instead but still maintains its moist texture.

 
The coffee served here are blends made from Columbian, Brazilian and Sumatran beans. The Latte ($4.50++) is full bodied and maintains the strong taste of the roasting process. Anyone who does not like bitterness may not like this even as the right amount of milk is added into the coffee.

 
In overall, this place will surely attract the crowds with their passion and patriotism to the food and service served here. If you are around the CBD / Tanjong Pagar / Telok Ayer area, why not pop by this place? I know I would, and will try the Mexican Coca-Cola the next time round!
 
Date of Visit: Feb 21, 2014 

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Great cafe within campus! Smile Feb 27, 2014   
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Categories : Bakery | Café

With the number of cafes opening up increasing by day, it’s not surprising there are an existence of cafes in schools. Bread Yard, a 2 year old cafe operating at the interim campus of the Singapore University of Technology And Design, specializes in all-day breakfast, sandwiches, bread and coffee/drinks

 

 
The menu here is extensive and like other food establishments within schools, there is a different pricing scheme for the school and for the public.

 
The Eggs Bettino ($5.90 for SUTD staff/students, $6.90 for public) is easily the cheapest eggs benedict I can find around. And for the pricing, the food did not disappoint too much. The poached eggs are runny and the hollandaise sauce complemented well with it. The bread is rather hard to cut though, though this tasted great with the honey-glazed ham. The salad is great especially with the sauce.

 
I topped my meal up with a Set D, consisting of a Fresh Salad and Ice Tea ($1.50 for SUTD staff/students, $1.80 for public). The salad tasted great and comes in a big portion. The iced tea is refreshing to have after the meal.

 
If you live around the Dover area, or if you are studying near/at SUTD, this is a great place to study, relax or even to read newspapers that are available near the counter!
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Eggs Bettino
 
Date of Visit: Feb 13, 2014 

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Cakes and just cakes! Smile Feb 27, 2014   
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Categories : Desserts and Cakes

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/02/19/cakes-literally-138-owen-road/

Ever since L’Etoille Cafe opened on one of the shophouses along Owen Road, a few more cafes came out, namely Cakes Literally and P Bistro. As I was aiming for something light, I went for Cakes Literally.

 
This statement stand true to its meaning.

 
For coffee, the Terra Firma blend from Papa Palheta is used here (hooray for great coffee!). The tea selections comes from Australian tea brand T2 (not commonly found elsewhere as it is only sold in one place in Singapore, which is Tangs VivoCity)

 
The menu based itself mostly on cakes.

 
As compared to other places, the Carrot Cake ($7) here fared slightly better than others. It is rather firm and not too crumbly. The cream cheese is also rich in flavour.

 
If you are around the Farrer Park / Pek Kio / Jalan Besar area, this place is a great place to grab a slice of cake and relax.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Carrot Cake
 
Date of Visit: Jan 23, 2014 

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Categories : Multi-Cuisine | Café | Steaks and Grills | Burgers and Sandwiches | Brunch

For the full review and more photos, please visit http://makanarts.com/2014/02/24/wheelers-yard-28-lorong-ampas/

The hype over the locality of this place, an industrial space functioning both as a bike atelier and a cafe at the same time, Wheeler’s Yard is a place where you can get unique bicycles while also having western food items and drinks!

 

 

 

 

The food menu is rather extensive here.

 

And the drinks menu! Rather simple.

 

The Latte ($5) tasted ok with the right amount of milk added. Nothing too great.

 
The Big Breakfast ($14.90) is served with a wholemeal bread toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrown & garden salad. This is way better than the coffee although not overwhelming as well. The toast was rather nicely toasted and crusty. The scrambled eggs are nice. The bacon is great. The sausages and the hashbrown are average. The garden salad is also not too bad. In overall, this could have been better.

 

If you live or is around the Balestier area, this place should be considered to have your meal (for its ambience; do not expect too much from the food and drinks)
 
Date of Visit: Feb 07, 2014 

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