Cafe Hopper Review: The Lokal@Neil Road

I heard so much about the cafe and looked out some review about the place. Now finally I am here today. It’s not exactly a difficult find but still I decided to take a cab just to avoid wasted walking. The cafe is really located at the corner between Bukit Pasoh and Neil Road. A very nice corner indeed. I walked in and just as I expected, not crowded. It’s a weekday you see and it’s always a good privilege to be able to visit cafe during weekdays, not crowded and you can slowly take your time to savour the coffee and the cafe food. Over the years, due to the cafe culture, there has developed this category of cafe cuisine. I guess it’s the same for The Lokal as well.

I ordered my usual latte and this time with their French toast. They did surprised me with their combination of,French toast, melted ice cream and crispy strip bacon. Lovely combination of sweet and savoury taste. The coffee was something I would really love to have another cup if not because I was hopping to somewhere else later. The overall environment is cosy and with a little pinch of street arts on the wall and at the counter. The cafe provides nice, cosy corners for people to have mini discussion or simply to soak in your quiet time alone!

They have friendly staff here. Was reading somewhere that somebody commented the staff were unfriendly. I didn’t feel that at all when I was there. The lady that served me was even sensitive to my need of my personal quiet solace and thus recommended a corner that I was able to have that. Thanks Germaine if you are reading this.

Lovely place and accessible…So do drop by The Lokal and experience the cafe space too.

The Gatekeeper

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Cafe Hopper Review: Ink and Lion Cafe @ Ekkamai Soi 2, Bangkok

Wow…it’s been a while since I posted on my blog! Well, was busy with many other stuff and finally squeeze out some time during my recent work trip to Korat and Bangkok! I felt so at home when I was in Thailand and really planning for my next cafe-cation or food stood this coming March. When I told my sister that I am planning to go back to Bangkok again…she was like “huh!” Hahahaha….

Okay, this time round is a cafe with an interesting name, Ink and Lion Cafe! Not too sure why that name but it certain has the feel of Chronicles of Narnia. Perhaps it has to do with the lion, Aslan? Nah, that’s just my wild guesses! I went there with a friend and we wanted to grab a slow breakfast there but unfortunately they don’t really serve breakfast there! I decided to order a piece of coconut cheese cake and my usual latte! I love the coconut cheese cake and I love the size of it even more! It’s probably about 1/3 of the size of a normal slice of cake and thus, it’s really a good mini bite for a morning! The coffee was good and most importantly, the cafe give customer a very cosy and comfy feeling! My friend and I actually sat there for almost the whole morning…he was doing his work and I was just chilling out!

The best part of it is that ye of us… Or perhaps just me had a load of fun role playing and posing emo in the cafe! I simply love my experience here. The cafe is tucked in Ekkamai Soi 2… Not exactly far from the BTS Ekkamai! If you happen to be shopping in Bangkok…go visit Ink and Lion and it’s certainly a good place to just rest your legs before heading for more shopping spree!

The Gatekeeper

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Cafe Hopper Review: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roastry @ Upper Thomson

This is a new cafe on the block. They took over a corner unit near the former Long House Hawker Center! It was previously Liquid Kitchen and now turned into a boutique cafe! Interior decor is simple but impressive! It’s white in general and even the coffee machine is white in colour. I love the spaciousness of the cafe and cafe goers have enough space to chat with their friends or even sitting alone looking out to the traffic along Upper Thomson road.

I ordered the shrimp and asparagus ragout roll from the menu and was pretty impressed by the creativeness of the breakfast set! The taste was alright and of course you can’t compare them with big western cuisine restaurant! I also ordered the 7oz latte and turned out that the latte is smooth and doesn’t leave behind a after taste. And I was enjoying all of these with a jazzy groove in the background as music!

The overall experience is great and considering that it is only their soft opening! They have not officially open yet and will be soon! You don’t see any cakes in their display shelves for now! A new cafe with lots of potential for growth and development! Just hope that the rent doesn’t kill off creativity and the means to survive!

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Cafe Hopper Review: Old Hen Cafe @ Rangoon Road

This is really a very back-dated entry. I have visted this particular cafe last month or so and finally found time and space to pen this down in my blog. Old Hen is some where that I actually planned to visit. I have heard so much about their cold brew coffee and seen so many nice pictures of the legendary bottle in Instagram. Thus, that Sunday morning after my church service, I have decided to give my normal Starbucks at Raffles City a miss and travel down to Rangoon road for this new experience. The cafe was suppose to start operation at 10am and when I was there two young dudes greeted me and asked me if I was here for the cafe. I replied, ‘Yes!’ They told me that they have forgotten the key to the cafe and the father is sending the key down. It would probably take about an hour before the key arrived. Oh…I was rather amused and surprised by the annoucement. I decided to take a cool morning walk down Rangoon road to see if there’s anything else that would excite me.

I returned to Old Hen and was impressed by the neatness of the cafe and the simplicity of it all. Its a very white based cafe and yes….with some dried flowers. I love the big, long table the most. I asked about the cold brew coffee and was very interested to know what is it all about. Basically it was a unique way of brewing coffee with cold water instead of hot water. Not many cafes have this except for Chye Seng Huat Hardware and one or two more. The cold brew is supposedly effective in extracting out the bitter taste of the coffee and making the coffee smoother. When I took the first sip from the bottle, I did felt that the coffee was smoother and certainly tasted good without the bitterness.

I managed to get Terry, one of the partners of the cafe to chat with me for a very long time. His other partner is his twin brother and they both came back from Australia and decided to start Old Hen cafe together. I thought its pretty cool to start something together like this one….and they went to Bangkok for their barista training. I shared with them my cafe hopping experience, both in Singapore and Thailand. It was such a good time of sharing that I actually walked out of the cafe without paying for it. Yes…I actually did that! I was so embarrased when I found out about it and called them immediately to apologise. I paid them evetually…yes I did….!

Ok, coming back to the cafe…it does have alot of potential to develop further. They definitely need to beef up a little for food….and probably a bit more advertising and publicity. Rangoon Road is emerging quite strongly as a cafe haunt soon…..so they have a good location here.

The Gatekeeper

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Cafe Hopper Review: Jewel Cafe & Bar @ Rangoon Road

Visiting Jewel was a mistake. Don’t get me wrong…it isn’t a bad cafe. I was suppose to visit another cafe along the same road … I arrived at the cafe at 10:00am sharp (their opening hour) but the owner forgot the bring the key out and so customer and two owners were locked out of the cafe. Well, so I decided to take a slow walk down the road. To my surprise, I found another cafe along the same road. So, how can I resist this great find or I should say “mistake”.

There is nothing very spectacular about the cafe but I must say that the cafe has a very cosy feel when you stepped in. I would say that this is a good place to have your morning breakfast on a Sunday and be charged for the rest of your activities of the day. I ordered their egg benedict and I must they are pretty nicely done. I love the crisp coming from the muffin toast. When you bite it down you can feel the crisp and trust me, it’s quite nice having that sensation on a Sunday morning.

The Gatekeeper

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