Froth

If you’re a fan of taro and waffles, chances are you probably have heard about Froth. IMG_3981
Located at the basement of Big Hotel, the cafe offers an extensive fusion menu and aims to attract both locals and tourists alike. 

It wasn’t difficult to find a seat despite lunch hour, and we promptly ordered ourselves some starters and mains before making our way to the supposed highlight of our meal – dessert! 

Food service was quick, and our first dish arrived within the first 10 minutes of ordering. 

IMG_3971Grilled Portobello was up first, and we were pleasantly surprised at the presentation of the dish. Unfortunately, the taste didn’t quite meet up to its appearance. The truffle mushroom purée was served lukewarm at best, and the white asparagus was a tad too raw for our liking. Things were not getting off to a good start..

IMG_3968 IMG_3983Then came the arrival of the fries, and our expectations rose with both dishes served piping hot and fried to perfection.

The truffle fries were served with a healthy dose of parmesan and were throughly tossed to ensure the fries at the bottom were not neglected. Similarly, the sweet potato fries were coated evenly with their house seasoning, and was equally flavourful even without a dipping sauce.  

IMG_3979 IMG_3984We were making our way to the finale of the meal, but not before tasting two of the mains.

On the first bite, we weren’t quite sure if we would like the seafood tom yum risotto. But it quickly got addictive with the balance of sweet, sour and (not too) spicy – all in one mouth! 

There’s always the worry of the cream being too rich when ordering carbonara, but this definitely wasn’t the case. In fact, the broth came slightly diluted and thickened upon mixing in the poached egg. With a generous serving of bacon bits, this was definitely one of our favourite dishes.

IMG_3989We ended the meal with the anticipated taro waffles – one of the key reasons why we came here! 

Each serving of waffle came with a scoop of ice cream, and we chose ours to have with earl grey – which was rich and creamy, but unfortunately masked the taste of the taro. 

Waffles by itself had a winning texture – where it was moist, slightly chewy on the inside, but still with a crunch when you bit into it! Overall it was a great dish, though yam lovers would probably be craving for more taro oomph.

There were some hit and misses on the menu, but there are definitely some dishes which will have me return again. And the next time round, I’ll be giving the waffles another shot but with a different ice cream choice! 

Froth
200 Middle Road
Singapore 188980
63361228

Opening Hours:
Breakfast – 7.00am to 10.30am daily
Lunch & Dinner – 11.30am to 10.00pm (closed on every first Monday of the month)

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Lolla’s

I’ve heard about Lolla’s and they were mostly good reviews, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been meaning to try the restaurant. I managed to make reservations for 4 pax for dinner with the girls, but was told they were only for the communal table at the basement; seats by the bar counter were on a walk-in basis only.

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My reservation was at 7pm, but my misadventure with The Loft left me stranded, and I arrived one hour early at the restaurant. It proved to be a silver lining though, being the first customer for the night meant I got to choose my seats.

The staff advised me to go for go bar counters seats, and while I was rather pleased with the view I had, it wasn’t the most conducive seats for three of us to chat proper (we had a dropout rate of one, probably would be even harder for four of us to hold a proper conversation). But we saw many couples that night, guess the bar counter makes for a better choice for date nights.

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K & I started off with the Manchego cheese while waiting for J to reach. Our first time trying the cheese, and I loved it enough to head to a grocer to get the cheese for countdown later that week.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/afa/76524899/files/2015/01/img_6996-0.jpgIt didn’t come with crackers though, so we ordered a portion of bread to go with the cheese. The bread with roasted garlic and tomatoes were really good on its own too though!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/afa/76524899/files/2015/01/img_6997-0.jpg The sea urchin pudding came highly recommended and we ordered the half portion to share amongst the three of us. It was really good but even between the three of us, it was a little too rich to finish.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/afa/76524899/files/2015/01/img_6998-0.jpg We got tempted by the grilled octopus other customers were ordering, and got an order for ourselves – it was good, but I’ve had better.

Overall, a rather decent experience at Lolla’s. Glad I managed to make a trip down after having heard so much about it!

Lolla’s
22 Ann Siang Road
Singapore 069702
64231228

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 12-2pm, 6pm-12am
Closed on Sunday & PH

The Loft

I’ve been visiting quite a fair bit of cafes recently and getting them slowly checked off my never- ending list. Though The Loft proved to be a bit of a disappointment, part of it might have been my fault.

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It started out promising though, the cafe was a mere 5 min walk from the MRT station and was located on the second level of an old shophouse. I fell in love with the space the moment I stepped in, it felt so cozy and inviting. The decor had a homely touch and I couldn’t help fantasizing how perfect it would be as my house.

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As always, I ordered myself a cup of flat white, indulged myself (again) in a daydream of owning a space like this, before grudgingly setting up my Mac to connect to the WiFi.

Despite the staff’s best efforts to troubleshoot the WiFi code, I eventually had to check-in to Facebook to gain access to the Internet – something which I abhor, as I prefer to keep my Facebook feed clean of my whereabouts.

That got the job done though, and I was determined to populate the social media posting calendar for the online store’s Facebook page in the coming month before meeting the girls for dinner… Only to find out the cafe closes at 6pm! But it’s really my fault for not checking their opening hours – lesson learnt!

Adding to the disappointment was the lack-luster coffee, which was watered down and too bitter for my liking.

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That said, am still in love with the space.. Perhaps their waffles & pancakes would do the cafe justice instead?

The Loft
268A South Bridge Road
Singapore 058817

Opening Hours:
Tues – Sat 9am-10pm
Sunday 9am-9pm
Closed on Monday

Note: I was there on a Tuesday and the cafe was supposed to close at 10pm, not 6pm! So perhaps there was a private event that the staff didn’t advise beforehand 😦

Backstage Cafe

First time I came across this cafe was when D was driving in the area, and I spotted their banner stating they were newly open.

The name caught my attention, and I wondered if the cafe was an integrated space for performing arts & dining. A quick google search told me I was wrong, but it did look like a space which might be worth checking out.

I was in the area making deliveries and had some time to spare while waiting for D to end work. Backstage Cafe came to mind, and I recalled N telling me the cafe had free WiFi, which was perfect for what I needed that day for the online work I was doing.

It took me a while to figure out where it was, being in an industrial area which was foreign to me. And I was so relieved when I finally spotted their sign – was this close to giving up and heading back home.

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First thing which came to mind when I stepped in was how spacious the cafe was! It was near empty when I arrived, save for another group of girls which sat at the other end from where I was. Ambience for doing work? Check.

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I ordered a cup of flat white, got the WiFi password, and settled down to work.

It was a productive two hours spent at the cafe. Though the coffee wasn’t as rich & full-bodied as I thought it would be, but t’was a nice quiet spot for me to work in while waiting for D to knock off & chauffeur him home.

Perhaps I’ll be back the next time to try their food.

Backstage Cafe
158 Kallang Way
Singapore 349245
6743 6893

Opening hours:
11am – 9pm
Closed on Sundays

Bloomsbury Bakers

Bloomsbury Bakers is located in a relatively old neighborhood, which coincidentally is also where my future home is. So imagine my excitement when I chanced upon it, how amazing would it be to have a go-to cafe for cakes just 5 mins away!

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We started out with three cakes amongst the three of us, and also ordered individual potions of coffee and tea.

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Although the coffee was rather disappointing, having made from Nespresso capsules, the cakes were a different story.

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And it was so good that it tempted us to order two more cakes, which proved to be the right decision, with the Apple Crumble Tart being my favourite of the five cakes we had.

The cafe also offers free WiFi, which is definitely a plus point with my limited data plan.

So in short – the cakes are worth the trip down, but not the coffee. Hopefully the cafe will still be around in two years’ time, and I might just be the fat kid on the block then.

Bloomsbury Baker
30 Bendeemer Rd
Singapore 330030
6299 3450

Opening Hours:
Weekdays 12pm-8pm
Weekends 10am – 8pm
Closed on Mondays

Bridge Cafe

Arranged to meet a couple of friends at Loof for dinner and drinks, and was googling for cafes in the area I could check out as I had time to spare before the appointment. I had to urgently come up with my actual day wedding admin programme as we were meeting the bridal party in two days, and I had nothing.

So I plonked myself down at Bridge Cafe which Google Maps assured me was 3 min walk away from Loof, with a vengeance to get the admin programme kick-started.

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Despite that urgency, I found the time to speak to the owner and hear about his process of starting a cafe and his vision for it. Cafe was still in their soft launch when I went, and they were fine-tuning their dessert menu, which was what got the conversation going as the owner wanted to hear what I thought of their Choc Banana Cake-in-Jar.

The truth is, while the coffee was superb, I can’t quite say the same for the dessert. Too much whipped cream, I said, even though I’m sure there would be some who disagree.

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Thanks to the coffee and my oddly-misplaced love for creating lists, I managed to hammer out the admin programme for D’s approval before leaving for my drinks sessions!

Drury Lane Cafe

Being gifted a Macbook Air by D is truly one of the best presents during this period. It’s been really handy carrying it around and to drop by cafes in between appointments to get sustenance and attempt to check off items on the wedding to-do list.

This time round, I managed to pop by Drury Lane for brunch before meeting for lobster dinner in the area. It was really quite the indulgent day for me and my satisfied tummy.

I can’t quite remember what the cafe was known for – the coffee or the food? – but with a name like Drury Lane, it’s hard to forget the cafe. It’s been one of the places I’ve meant to try, but somehow never got around to doing it.

Really spacious cafe which was 2-storey, though that proved to be a bit of a hassle when you’re a party of one. I made my first trip upstairs to ensure there were seats, before going down to order, and heading back up again to settle down. But I wasn’t planning on leaving my stuff unattended for sure.

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With reference to my checklist on what’s important in a cafe to get work done, everything pretty much worked out. Except the food wasn’t really much to shout about. Or maybe I should stop ordering baked eggs ‘cos I’ll always compare them to the ones I had in Melbourne’s Hardware Societe Cafe.