Brunch @ Afterglow

August 31, 2014 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

So while I’ve heard of Afterglow, I did not think I would have the chance to visit since they’re a vegan cafe. As in, I am definitely the last person to eat clean. I love my meats and junk food too much. Haha.

But my girlfriend was back in town and she’s a vegetarian. With barely no cafe to head to since most don’t have many food choices for vegetarian, especially with my girlfriend not taking diary products, I suddenly thought of Afterglow!

And with that, my girlfriend and our Moms arranged to meet on Saturday. And thankfully my girlfriend had the sense to make reservation. I din think the cafe will be popular, but they were! They were packed when we arrived. In fact, during our lunch, a few groups were turned away as there were no empty tables or had to settle for the 2 high tables placed outside of the shop unit.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Carrot, orange, miso, ginger puree soup, $14 (above)

2) Raw lasagna with shiitake, $20 (above) – This was ordered from their specials for the day. Layers of marinated spinach, zucchini and shiitake mushroom replaced our usual pasta sheets. Served with cashew nut cream, tomato sauce and topped with almond! This was an explosion of flavours and textures. Pretty good!

3) Raw burger with spicy sauce, $20 – Another special for the day, the ‘meat patty’ was made of dehydrated carrot. And instead of just carrot, strips of onion were put into the patty for that extra crunch. And for fries, we were served jicama (Mexican yam) strips in spicy sauce.

4) Deconstructed sushi bowl, $16 (above) – With seasonal pickles, shiitake mushrooms, avocado and wasabi dressing. My absolute favourite! Brown rice was so good that I would be contented just eating it with the dressing. A must try! And make sure the bowl of fillings is mixed thoroughly for an even distribution of the wasabi dressing.

5) Quinoa bowl, $16 (above) – With medley of seasonal vegetables and marinated with local herbs and spices.

6) Man-cho chia pudding, $12.50 (above) – Ordered from the specials for the day, thus was a pudding dessert comprised of mango, coconut and chia.

7) Sunday ‘sundae’, $12.50 (above) – Another special! My preferred choice of the 2 desserts we tried. Diced fruits put on top of coconut cream, which had chocolate avo mousse hidden within. So scooping the chocolate from within was almost like opening a Kinder surprise since we couldn’t see it from the exterior. Haha, yah. We din listen properly when the staff introduced the dish and it’s components to us.

We were very impressed with Afterglow cafe. My girlfriend and I were still gushing about them over Whatsapp after we left. In fact, we liked the place and food so much that we agreed to come by again when my girlfriend is back in town in September.

The cafe also reminded her very much of the vegan cafés in Hong Kong and the States. The decor was of industrial chic. Concrete-washed walls with wooden table tops. I like how they created a cosy and intimate dining affair for diners with tea lights and flowers on every table. And their wood coasters were way too stylo!

Service was superb too! They were polite, attentive, yet non intrusive. They are probably the most efficient eatery I have come across when it comes to topping up our glasses. Maybe I was too engrossed in our conversation, but they moved like shadows. Sometimes I did not even realise they had filled our cups! And that’s a skill, really. The worst thing a waiter can do is to stick his hand across one’s face in the midst of a conversation!

So yes, Afterglow is a cafe one should check out at least once, even if one is not into eating clean.

24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
6224 8921, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Thur : 12:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Fri – Sat : 12:00 – 00:00
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 8