The Art Space Specialty Coffee...

The Art Space Specialty Coffee celebrated its grand opening on 16th December 2015, along with their newly launched menu which includes burgers and sandwiches, and they also extended their operation hours to 8pm. Located at the first level of Suntec City, you can now enjoy good coffee, tea and food while appreciating art all at the same time. I was really very honoured to be part of their special day and thanks Shona and Artisan C for inviting me. 

"This is what I had the other day at The Art Space Specialty Coffee"

Pure Peppermint Leaves // $5.90
Would highly recommend getting this if you are not feeling well or having a bad hangover. Not only is this peppermint tea very refreshing, it is also very photo-worthy. 

Spicy Cheese Pork Croissant // $8.90
Who doesn't love melted cheese? I do. The melted cheese goes extremely well with the marinated spicy pork in the croissant. The croissant is fluffy, crispy, and most importantly, it was not dry at all. I was really very impressed by this dish, so simple but yet so good. However, it was too spicy for me. I would strongly recommend getting their non-spicy croissant if you are unable to take spicy food.

Signature Seoul Beef Burger // $10.90
Didn't get to snap a good photo of the burger because it was really hard to get rid of the melted cheese on the bulgogi. The beef bulgogi was really very delicious because it was so well-marinated. Reminds me of the bulgogi I had in Korea. The kimchi was fresh and well-marinated, adds more crunchiness to the entire burger. The honey butter chips at the sides were really good too. Again, it was too spicy for me.

Besides having good coffee, tea and food, they also have a small art gallery in their cafe.

Nearest Mrt Station: City Hall/Esplanade/Promenade
Location: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City, #01-444/445, Singapore 038983
What To Order: Non-spicy burgers & sandwiches
Cafe Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

20F Specialty Coffeehouse...

20F Specialty Coffeehouse is a fairly new cafe that has already caught the attention of many people. I came across many good reviews about the cafe online, be it complimenting it's services, food or ambiance, which ultimately sparked my interest towards this cafe. I called them the other day to make a reservation for 14 people on a Friday evening. The staff was really very friendly over the phone. He answered my queries patiently and described to me how to get to the cafe. Honestly speaking, he did not need to do that but the fact that he actually went the extra mile to inform me about how to get to the cafe was commendable. I was really thankful for his kind gestures. 

I think age is really catching up on me. It's so funny how I mixed up the reservation timing even though I called them twice to check. Oh well, at least we were early than late. The cafe is about 10-15 minutes walk from Lavender Mrt station, and I would strongly suggest that you turn on your Google Maps if you do not wish to get lost. It's really hard to find this cafe if you are not relying on GPS. So, if you want to save the trouble and time, do heed my advice.

The cafe is pretty small but spacious, and you place your order at the counter. As usual, the staff is really very friendly.

Prawn & Poached Egg Pasta // $17
Pasta was really very creamy and it's not jelat (You won't get sick after a while). Prawns were really fresh. The best part of the pasta was the oozing egg. You know I hate it when the egg doesn't ooze out when it is suppose to. Thank God, the poached egg oozed out so perfectly in this pasta. Drizzle some of the egg yolk onto the pasta and prawn, it just tastes so heavenly.

Ribeye Pasta // $26
As compared to the Prawn & Poached Egg Pasta, this pasta is not as impressive. Perhaps because I'm not a huge fan of beef and dry pasta. But I got to give some credit to the tender and juicy beefs which added some flavours to the overall dish.

Ribeye Burger // $24
Again, I'm not a huge fan of beef but the beefs are really tasty. One thing to note though is that there are too many greens in this burger. I'm alright with eating greens but this is way too much I think. If you like to eat something that is not too heavy, perhaps this burger is the thing for you. 

20F Flats // $17
"Never judge a book by its cover," this is what I will describe about this dish. Initially, I was shocked when this was served onto the table. It looks very weird and I don't find it very appetising. However, I was wrong when I tasted it. It was so delicious. By the way, you can either choose Pulled Duck with Chipotle Sauce or Pulled Pork with Fresh Guacamole. It also comes with Nachos with their homemade dip. We order both and both tasted equally good. The meats were fresh and tender and of course, the poached egg is awesome. I also like the sauce they made for the nachos. Overall, this is a very impressive dish.

Duck & Waffle // $22
My favourite dish of the cafe. No doubt why so many people came here to try this because it is unique and yummy. The duck confit is well-marinated and very crispy. I applaud the chef for his/her creativity as well as taking the risk to create this dish. Never knew duck can go so well with waffles and ice cream. I also like the Mixed Berries Sorbet which is so refreshing. I would definitely be back for this again.

Overall, I enjoyed my dinner at 20F. Everything was really good - Service was excellent and food was outstanding. A pity my stomach didn't have any room left for desserts but I would be back to try their Matcha Cake. I heard it is really good. 20F is a cafe that other cafes need to look out for.

Nearest Mrt Station: Lavender
Location: 20 Foch Road, Singapore 209261
What To Order: Duck & Waffle, 20F Flats, & Prawn & Poached Egg Pasta
Cafe Ratings: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

Old Hen Coffee Bar...

I bet a lot of people are very familiar with Old Hen Coffee Bar because of its Cold Brews which are always appearing on social media. There have been many praises about Old Hen Coffee Bar which explains why they are always so fully occupied. Situated at Rangoon Road, this is one cafe you shouldn't miss.

I have always wanted to try the food and drink at Old Hen but somehow the cafe is always full when I'm there even though I chose to avoid the lunch crowd. (Okay, the cafe is also very small to begin with.) Thanks to the sudden downpour the other day, I finally got myself a table.

Their menu is pretty simple and ordinary, nothing of fanciful and there isn't much variations to their brunch menu which saves you a lot of time on deciding what to eat. In the end, I ordered the Crab Coleslaw Burger (because first it's unique, and second it sounded so tasty), Panna Cotta (I'm a huge fan of desserts), Homemade Waffles (Ladyironchef named it one of the best waffles in Singapore), and of course their Cold Brews.

The food was served pretty quickly, took like less than 20 minutes. 

Old Hen Cold Brews // $6.50 per bottle
Hands down, the Dark Cocoa Velvet Brown is way nicer than the Cold Brew Coffee Creamy White. The Creamy White tasted too much like milk to me and I couldn't taste any coffee at all. This would be very popular among milk-lovers or those that prefers decaf coffee. On the other hand, the Velvet Brown was really good. The coffee was soothing to the throat, and it is not too bitter or sweet - definitely what you need to combat Singapore's hot and humid weather.

Crab Coleslaw Burger // $15
This burger is enormous! The first thing that came to my mind when this burger was served onto my table was that "How do I go about tackling(eating) this burger?" I guess the answer would be to eat it like a barbarian. Crab meat and coleslaw are mixed pretty well, and they added some cereal to make the entire burger crunchier. The crab meat is spicy but not that overwhelming (especially for those that cannot take spicy very well).  The sweet potato chips are really crunchy and tasty. Definitely a very thoughtful and healthy dish with many different flavours. 

Panna Cotta // $6
I can't believe my eyes when I saw the price of the Panna Cotta on the menu because it was really cheap. You get to satisfy your sweet tooth without burning a huge hole in your pocket. The Panna Cotta comes with Salted Caramel Popcorn and you'll be surprised that these two actually complements one another very well. The popcorn was well-mixed, and it is not too sweet while the panna cotta is smooth and soft. I can have two of this by myself.

Homemade Waffles // $10
Perharps one of the healthiest waffle I've ever come across. You know we always say that waffles and ice cream should come together as one but this dish proves otherwise. The waffles actually tasted really good with the apple compote and greek yogurt sauce. No wonder it is named one of the best waflles in Singapore by Ladyironchef. Definitely one of the dessert you should get if you want to satisfy your tastebuds as well as maintaining your figure.

A pity I didn't get to try their cakes as there wasn't much for me to choose from but I will be back to try their highly raved-about Matcha Raspberry Cake.

If you haven't been to Old Hen, you should drop by one day. A good place to relax yourself, do your work or even chill with your friends.

Nearest Mrt Station: Farrer Park
Location: 88 Rangoon Road
What To Order: Cold Brews, Crab Coleslaw Burger, Panna Cotta, & Waffles
Cafe Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)


Only available on Saturday from 6pm-1am at Stirling, Kaffles has been one of the most hyped cafe recently. It's delicious-looking waffles have been taking the social media by storm, and many people have since travelled all the way just to try their waffles. Their Speciality Kaffles (Thai Milk Tea Kaffles, Nutella Kinder Bueno Kaffles, Speculoos Cookie Crunch Kaffles, and Koko Kaffles) are definitely worth the hype!

Located almost at the end of Cheong Chim Nam Road, it's very easy to spot Stirling Cafe. You can find Kaffles inside Stirling. There wasn't much people when we arrived in the evening, perhaps the best time to come here would be from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

You will see this when you are outside Stirling Cafe. The design of the cafe is simple and modern.

When you walk down Cheong Chin Nam Road, look for this sign thar says "Kaffles". You will know what I mean when you are there. It's about 5-10 minutes walk.

Same as it's exterior, the interior design of the cafe is simple and modern. Even though it's not very big, it is still very cosy. If you want to have some proper food before the waffles, Stirling offers a wide variety of American food in their menu. Since this blog post is only on Kaffles, I will not talk much about Stirling.

This is the menu of Kaffles. Would highly recommend just getting their speciality Kaffles because you don't have to crack your head on what to order.

We ordered their Thai Milk Tea Kaffles and Nutella Kinder Bueno Kaffles. It takes about 15 minutes before the waffes are served. Besides being so good-looking, it is also really very tasty.

Thai Milk Tea Kaffles // $12.90
The highly raved Thai Milk Tea Kaffles really lives up to its hype. I was very impressed when I tasted the waffles on its own, without dipping it onto any sauce. The waffles itself were already infused with thai milk tea sauce which was not too empowering, and sweet. Waffles were a mixture of crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.  The thai milk tea sauce was drizzled onto the waffles generously, further adding more flavours to the waffles. The ice cream was not too bad but I thoughr it could be smoother. I don't really like ice cream that are in chunks. Ice cream cone was surprisingly good. Overall, this signature dish is really very impressive and I can see that a lot of thoughts have been put into the dish, from its presentation to its taste. Definitely worth trying!

Nutella Kinder Bueno Kaffles // $11.90
As compared to the Thai Milk Tea Kaffles, the Nutella Kinder Bueno Waffles is not as remarkable. I'm not trying to say that it doesn't tastes yummy but when you put this with the thai milk tea flavoured one, I will definitely choose the thai milk tea flavoured one. Again, the waffles were infused with nutella sauce with kinder bueno on the side. 

Nearest Mrt Station: Clementi
Location: 15 Cheong Chin Nam Road
What To Order: Waffles
Cafe Ratings: 3/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

Breko Cafe...

Breko Cafe is another gem in Holland Village. With such good ambiance and food, it wasn't surprising to see why this cafe is always so crowded. It's definitely one of the reasons why you should pay a visit to Holland Village. 

(Signature) King Kong Burger // $18.50
Similar to it's name, this double patty beef burger is enormous and it's definitely meant for sharing! I had a hard time trying to finish everything because the portion was too big! The beef patties were tender, juicy, and well-marinated. The buns were also grilled nicely, leaving the top part of each buns slightly crispy. The bacons were well-cooked and crispy. When put together, the burger is bursting with many different flavours. However, I was not very impressed with the coleslaw as it was bland and I also find it too watery. The fries were ordinary. Overall, the King Kong Burger was pretty tasty and remember it's meant to be shared. 

Buffalo Wings // $8.90
The buffalo wings were really good! Not only was it well-marinated, the meat was also tender and juicy. I really like the flavour of the wings, and it also leaves an unresistable aroma on your fingers. Definitely the dish you might want to order if you want to experience sweet, salty, and spicy at the same time!

Nutella French Toast with Chocolate Ice Cream // $9.90
This is my favourite dish in the cafe and I got to say this is one of the best french toast I've ever tasted. The toast is so soft and fluffy, and it goes extremely well with the nutella that has already infused into the toast. Needless to say, the chocolate ice cream was also delicious.  There is a subtle taste of rum in the chocolate ice cream that was refreshing but not too empowering which further adds more flavours to the entire dish. I would definitely be back to try their toast again. Really very impressive!

Oreo Milkshake // $6.50
Nothing beats having a smoothie on such a hot weather. This milkshake was well-blended and well-balanced! 

I was there on a Friday evening and they were already filled with so many people in their cafe (People were also queuing outside). Also, this is how the cafe looks like from the inside! Not too bad, and they also have a second floor.

People are waiting to get seated and this is how their cafe looks like from the outside!

Nearest Mrt Station: Holland Village
Location: 38 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277694 
Cafe Ratings: 3/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

Refuel Cafe...

I'll get very excited whenever I hear that there's a restaurant or a cafe that does not have any service charge. I mean who don't? Refuel Cafe is one of the few cafes in Singapore that sells pretty delicious food at relatively affordable prices and with no service charge. Located in Bedok, this cafe is small but very cosy. The concept and design of the cafe is also simple and modernistic. No doubt why it's so popular in the East.

This is how the cafe looks like from the outside. 

The concept of the cafe is simple and modern. 

You can order their food at the cashier when you are ready and wait for the food to be served. Just prepare your phone to take pictures!

Waffle Bacon & Scramble // $11.90
I think this was my favourite dish in Refuel. Waffle was very crispy. Scrambled eggs were soft, and fluffy. Bacon was crispy and well-marinated. Salad was fresh and well-dressed. Basically, there is nothing to pick on this dish. 

Seafood Spaghetti // $13.90
This dish was pretty ordinary, nothing much stood out other than the fresh prawns they used. It would be better if they were to add more sauce.
Bacon Aglio // $11.90
I didn't quite like this because I find it too dry and tasteless. 
In general, I was not very impressed with their pastas, not because they are not nice, but it is not as good in comparison to the other food that is offered in the cafe. The portion for the pastas are relatively small as well.

Pancake Stack // $7.90
To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed when this was served onto my table. At first glance, you might think that the portion is very small but you will be wrong when you attempt to finish every bits of it. I couldn't  because it's too much even though it was really very delicious. The pancake was soft and fluffy and it goes so well with the ice cream, especially in this hot weather. Definitely the perfect match from heaven!

Overall, I am very impressed with Refuel. Even though there is no service charge, they still provide good service. The staffs were all very friendly and that definitely made my day. Thank you Refuel for the great hospitality!

Nearest Mrt Station: Bedok
Location: Blk 744 bedok Reservoir Road #01-3029
What To Order: Brunch Menu & Pancakes
Cafe Ratings: 4/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

Craft Bistro...

Holland Village is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals. Not only is it known for its interesting night life, it is also filled with diverse restaurants and cafes. Craft Bistro, otherwise referred as Craft Bakery & Cafe, is one of the many cafes located in Holland Village. I've already been here a few times before but my last experience with the cafe was so bad that I think it would probably be my last time visiting Craft Bistro. 

Two weeks ago, I called Craft Bistro to make a reservation for 24 people on the 6th of November at 8.30pm. They were quick to pick the phone up and the staff who answered was also very friendly. Three days later, they called me again to inform me that we had to spend a minimun of $15 per person as we were going to occupy half of their place. I could totally understand where the staff was coming from because I was also working in a restaurant but to be honest, I felt that her tone could be improved. 

On the actual day itself, I called them to inform that we will be 10 minutes late as we were caught up with our dance trainings. She sounded very angry and annoyed over the phone but I was too tired to argue with her. I rushed down immediately after class in my friend's car first as I was the one making the reservation. The rest went to take the public transport. When I was finally there, the senior staff or maybe the boss (I presumed as she was bossing everyone around) looked so angry and irritated. She passed us the menu and walked off. 

I felt very apologetic because all my dancers were late, so I decided to order some drinks and desserts to start off with. I ordered their Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake, Lemon Meringue Tart, and Matcha Cheesecake. The Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cake was not very impressive. Chocolate was not flowing out from the lava cake when I cut it into half and it was not warm. Also, they just added peanut butter on top of the lava cake which I thought is uneccessary if they do not complement one another. It feels like I'm eating two seperate things altogether. The Matcha Cheesecake was pretty good. It was not too sweet and the cake was very moist. The Lemon Meringue Tart tasted the best, a very good mixture of sour and sweet which is very delightful to the tastebuds. The tart was also very crispy.

Their Lemon Meringue Tart is really good! Nice combination of sweet and sour!

After about 20 minutes later, everyone arrived and we ordered our mains. Of course, the staff was, as usual, pissed. She was staring at us most of the time and shouting at her colleagues. I tried to avoid having eye contact with her because I'm worried I will get myself into an argument with her if I do so. Her face was so black which tells me how disinterested she was in serving us. We were spending so much money in their cafe and this is the kind of service we get? It's really ridiculous! 

Their mains were pretty decent. I think we ordered almost everything on the menu and I will share some over here. I didn't quite like the Salted Egg Carbonara I ordered but some of my friends liked it. It tasted a bit weird to me and I couldn't taste the salted egg at all. The other pasta that we ordered was the Grilled Prawn Aglio Olio. It was not too bad and the prawns were huge and fresh. Other than the pastas, we also ordered their Cordon Bleu, Grilled Chicken, Beef Burger, Mushroom Burger, Fish & Chips, Har Jeong Kai Burger, Sandwiches, Truffle Fries, and Churros. Overall, everything tasted not too bad but I would strongly recommend their Beef Burger, Grilled Chicken, Har Jeong Kai and Churros. 

Grilled Prawn Aglio Olio - Prawns are really big and fresh.

Salted Egg Carbonara - Didn't quite like it but most of my friends do. Tasted a bit weird for me but you can try it for yourself!

Har Jeong Kai Burger and Fish & Chips 

I reckon I will not visit Craft Bistro anytime soon but I would sincerely hope to see an improvement in their service because good service is really very important. I would rather go to a place with good service that sells decent food than to one that sells delicious food but has bad service. 

Nearest Mrt Station: Holland Village 
Location: 24 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277683
What To Order: Har Jeong Kai Burger, Beef Burger, Grilled Chicken & Churros
Cafe Ratings: 2/5
Food Ratings: 7/10
Price: $6-$22

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai & @sgcafehopping)

Ciel Patisserie...

Located in the Hougang neighbourhood, Ciel Patisserie offers a wide range of exquisite pastries, from cakes, tarts to quiches. Not only are they known for their delicious pastries, they also offer different types of tea, ranging from red tea to black tea. Above all, the prices are relatively cheap and affordable. (You can enjoy a pastry and a cup of tea for around $10) It is definitely the right place for you to spent your afternoon without burning a huge hole in your pocket.

The Fuji (Matcha-flavoured) is one of their best seller. It is not only a piece of art, but also delightful to the tastebuds. The external layer (Pudding), was soft and melts instantly in your mouth while the internal layer (Cake), was fluffy and moist. Both layers complement one another perfectly. The amount of matcha used was also appropriate, not too empowering and artificial. 

On the other hand, the Chocolate Almond Tart was nice but not as impressive as the Fuji. The amount of chocolate used was appropriate, not very jelat, and the crust was crispy. However, you can easily find something similar elsewhere. It's nice but there is nothing special about it.

They offer so many different varieties of pastries and they all looked so delicious. How I wish I have a bigger stomach to eat everything here.

Very cosy and comfortable. I can totally imagine myself spending the entire afternoon here and it is also the perfect place to hang out with your friends.

It's quite easy to spot Ciel Patisserie, just opposite Lickers.

Nearest Mrt Station: Kovan
Location: Blk 124 Hougang Avenue 1 #01-1444
What To Order: Cakes, Pastries & Quiches
Cafe Ratings: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 7.5/10
Price: Fuji ($5.60) & Chocolate Almond Tart ($4.30)

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai and @sgcafehopping)

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