Brunch @ The Hideout // CLOSED

October 27, 2014 in European (cafe)

It was by sheer chance that I was heading down to the East. And with a quick text, I managed to get my girlfriend (who’s stationed in the East) to join me for a quick tea break! =)

We came on a weekday late afternoon. It being a weekday, it was no surprise that the café was a little quiet. Occupying a corner unit, The Hideout is pretty spacious and has sufficient tables and chairs to sit 20 or more people. And with a clever use of an almost full-height mirror installed along one span, the café looks bigger than it already is.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Cake set (+ $3 for coffee) comprised of:-

(A) Red velvet lava cake (above) – We paid $3 more (on top of the cake price) to get a cup of coffee. If not, cake alone cost $6.50, or $8.90 with ice cream. We chose dark chocolate for our ice cream flavour. This was not too bad. And instead of the usual chocolate within the lava cake, The Hideout used white chocolate ganache.

(B) Latte (above) – Otherwise $4.80 if ordered a-la carte.

2) Salted caramel overload, $12.90 (above) – With salted caramel ice cream, biscuit and sauce. This was indeed an overload. A perfect choice for salted caramel lovers! If not, one can also order buttermilk waffle with choice of flavour for one’s ice cream. Ice cream was thick and smooth while waffle was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. However, I thought the waffle left a slight weird aftertaste, although my girlfriend did not taste anything funny.

With 2 cafes located just a block away within the Cassia Crescent estate, it’s inevitable that I would compare the two against each other. In terms of waffle, I would prefer the other. However, The Hideout attempts to be a one-stop-for-all by offering ice cream (Read fellow blogger MyFoodSirens‘s review on their ice cream) and savoury food like pasta and pizza.

Thus, if one prefers to have everything at a place, The Hideout will be the answer.

Blk 32 Cassia Crescent, #01-50, Singapore
6440 0971, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon, Wed – Sun : 12:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
* Closed on Tues
Service: 6

Brunch @ Brawn & Brains

September 23, 2014 in European (cafe)

And it was yet another adventure to the East for us ladies. Keke. And this time, we were off to Brawn & Brains which is located at the former Singapore Badminton Hall. I wouldn’t say the cafe is located very near to the nearest MRT station as it could easily be a 10-12 minutes walk. (I came by direct bus. Yeah to Google map. Keke!)

Brawn & Brains is a pretty small cafe with two communal tables that could sit 8 peopl each and one low table for 4.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Panini pressed curried chicken wrap, $7.90 (above) – This was good. I actually liked how (raw) onions were added to add that stingy taste amidst the mild spiciness from the curry marinated chicken.

2) Mushroom & cheese sandwich, $7 (above) – Unfortunately, I did not like this filling of mushrooms. It’s almost tasteless although I noted sesame seeds and some dried tomato were added when I peeled my sandwich open.

3) Assorted croissants, $3.90 (above) – We went with dark chocolate.

4) Lemon curd tart, $5.60 (above) – Only the salted caramel and dark chocolate tarts were on the display shelf with a tag that said “lemon curd” but no lemon curd tart in sight. Refusing to give up, I tried asking and was rewarded to learn the curd tarts were just being kept in the fridge. Yeah! And I liked that the lemon curd held itself well (did not flow out when sliced through) and was not too sour. Nice!

5) Dark chocolate tart, $5.90 (above) – The filling was dense and smooth. I liked that not the same dough was used in the making of the various flavored tarts.

6) Cafe latte, $3.50 (above) – With 2 choices of blend where beans were roasted in-house, I went with the one that had ‘caramel’ under its description. Ha. And I like the super friendly price too!

I like how Brawn & Brains exudes a cosy vibe. I noticed most (myself included) like hanging around a bit despite having finished their food and drinks.

Besides wraps and sandwiches which require at least 20 to 25 preparation / waiting time, Brawn & Brains offered assorted pastries like croissants, tarts and cakes. Not the fanciful type of cakes but bread / loaf cake type.

With its friendly purse prices, I will definitely think of dropping by when I am in the area. Am definitely envying fellow yogis who are practicing yoga in the same building as Brawn & Brains! The only fault I can find is that they only accept cash payment.

100 Guillemard Road, #01-07, Singapore
6348 8892, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Fri : 09:00 – 19:30
Ambience: 7
Sat – Sun : 09:30 – 19:30
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 6

UPDATE: Restaurant has moved to 100 Guillemard Road, #01-02.

Brunch @ Maple & Market // CLOSED

July 5, 2014 in European (cafe)

Having to make a trip to Katong, I decided to fully utilise my trip to the East by doing a little cafe hopping too. And with that, I went with Maple & Market as it’s easily accessible from Dakota / Mountbatten MRT stations. A 10 minutes walk!

And from the menu / display shelf, I ordered:-

1) Assorted fruits & maple syrup waffle, $9 (above) – 3 options are offered for their buttermilk waffles. The other two being caramelised bananas, homemade caramel & walnuts ($9) and plain with maple syrup ($4). I liked the waffle, especially the crackling sound as my knife sliced through the crispy exterior of the waffle! Keke. The waffle was served drizzled with maple syrup in a good amount. Instead, it’s the banana bits which were sliced a little too thin.

2) Gula Melaka Cafe, $5.50 (above) – With kaya cream cheese frosting and caramelised almonds. Dubbed as their signature cake, I felt like I was eating the cake version of a malay dessert. It’s one very sweet cake. The coconut shavings and almond flakes introduced a good contrast to the really dense (and again, sweet) sponge.

3) Earl grey lemon loaf, $3 (above) – The frosting was really sour (but hey, the word ‘lemon’ is not stated for nothing), while the sponge was a little dry. Cause of the black freckles / grains in the sponge, I kept thinking I was eating a banana cake with a faint hint of earl grey. It would also be better if loaf was sliced a little thicker.

4) Latte, $4.50 (above)

Maple & Market being a bakery instead of a cafe carries waffles and baked goodies only. As such, I recommend dropping by for the sweets after a meal at Old Airport Market which is just around the corner. However, as the place is pretty small (they can house up to 12 people), I guess the place gets packed easily on weekends. So one may consider take aways, which I notice many did that while I was there.

They also conduct baking classes for those who are interested!

34 Cassia Crescent, #01-82, Singapore
6348 8068, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon : 12:00 – 20:00
Ambience: 6
Wed – Fri : 12:00 – 21:00
Value: 6
Sat : 10:30 – 22:00
Service: 6
Sun : 10:30 – 21:00
* Closed on Tues