Cafe Hopper Review: Mad About Sucre @ Bukit Pasoh (Teo Hong Road)

It was my laze around day and I wanted to laze to a nearby cafe in the same area. However, the cafe that I intended to go had a private function, so I decided to hop to this one which I missed the other day when I was here for staycation. From the time I stepped into the cafe till the moment I left the cafe, I must say that I was very pampered by the staff of the cafe. I stepped in and was greeted by the staff. I was not allowed to order anything until the staff had finished explaining to me all their products on the classy glass display. It was very boutique indeed. They had a few dessert on display and the staff took a lot of pride and most importantly, a lot of heart to introduce all of them to me before I decided on one.

I was ushered to my seat and was made very comfortable there. When my dessert arrived, the staff once again explained in greater details about the making of the dessert and how I should go about consuming it. From his narration of the dessert I ordered, I came to know that this little piece of thing have ingredients from more than 3 different continents and countries. After all the narrative, I finally get to savour my precious dessert served by staff with so much heart and soul in them. With all the narrative still at the back of my mind and my tongue physically tasting it, I must say that the experience was heavenly. The chocolate was smooth and the fill inside this little thing is wholesome and and not overwhelming.

Throughout my stay in the cafe, the staff would regularly, at a very comfortable pace, check on my well-being and asked if I am alright with everything. The attention that I received from them was superb and I felt almost like a celebrity. After I have posted my food picture on my Instagram, they replied to my IG and they actually remembered that I came and remembered that I was writing my poem then and they actually refrained from disturbing too much. I was extremely touched by their service…or I should say more than service to me. They have made dining at Mad About Sucre an art by itself….They are inspirational!

Thank you guys for your hospitality…

 
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Cafe Hopper @ New Majestic Hotel (Bukit Pasoh)

This is a long-awaited staycation I have planned for myself. I first heard about the hotel beginning of the year. I walked pass it a couple of times while cafe hopping and often I am attracted by the unique character of the hotel. This time round I was very impressed by the unique design of the hotel. I was told all the 30 rooms in the hotel is uniquely designed and I got the A Big Goldfish room for the stay. I love this room. And I must say the courtyard style bathtub was awesome! I visited nearby spa and it was super rejuvenating. The staycation was partly my writer’s residence as well. I hope to be able to publish a poetry collection by the end of this year. Have been working hard on it.

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Cafe Hopper Review: Doi Chaang Coffee @ Rochester Park

Was at a lost of which cafe to hop to for my off day and decided to consult some of my friends for suggestion. One of my friends reminded me of this thai origin cafe at Rochester Park. I have heard people talked about it but haven’t been there. For Doi Chaang Coffee please do me a favour to Google on your own.

I was really feeling very tired this week and was really hoping that I can find a good resting place for my tired soul. It wasn’t that difficult to find the cafe after all. It wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be but reasonably simple decor…more minimalist style. They are suppose to be famous for their layered cheese cake, especially the matcha flavoured. Sadly it was out of stock this morning. I guess the only reason why it’s out of stock could be that its really damn bloody good. Haha. I ordered the Hokkaido milk layered cake and their iced lemongrass americano. I was quite impressed by the lemongrass americano. The Thai people can make anything out of lemongrass and I guess this time is coffee. The lemongrass favour really made me miss Thailand and I was reminiscing Bangkok and Korat as I savour the coffee. The layered cake was refreshing and very pleasant to my taste. The textual is soft but not looking it’s feel.

I spent a good one hour plus there and started writing my next piece of poem. I had inspiration then. I think this is a good attempt to bring a piece of Thailand to our Singaporean cafe enthusiasts here. Worth the visit guys!

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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 and Poem: Narrative, 27/12/2014

Lying on my cosy bed
Watching the raindrops
Falling on my window
My mind flashing back
With lots of memories
Some are hauntingly creepy
Some are fond memories
Of love and passion

We remember our memories
Not because we can’t let go
We remember them because
We have the courage to face them
Memories give us a history
A history for us to recollect
A narrative for us to tell
The story to ourselves

The raindrops keep falling
And my mind keeps dripping
The songs keep playing
Telling me stories after another
I don’t have a nice story to tell
But my narrative is nothing less
Of what flesh and blood constitute
Perhaps, you have a story tonight?

Cafe Hopper Review: Vanilla Bakeshop @ Ekkamai Soi 12, Bangkok

This was an arduous walk! I dragged my travel mate along with me early in the morning for breakfast. I have always wanted to visit the Bakeshop but didn’t really figure out its exact location. Eventually I found out that it’s along the same Tanon (main road in Thai) but much further down the road. Yes… Really much much further down the road! I knew that my travel mate was getting a little bit tired but my wanting to look for this cafe was stronger! Eventually we found and I was all so excited to see the signature wall mural that so many have taken photo with…. We quickly settled down with a seat and got my travel mate to take a cool pic of me with the mural on the wall….

The Bakeshop serves mainly western bakery and pastries. They were awesome both in terms of their presentation and taste! We both enjoyed our breakfast there and we’ll certainly it was a good rest after all the walking and searching. Oh yah… I felt a little bad about this so decided to buy him breakfast for that morning! Yup, the Bakeshop can be a little pricy…. So bring a bit more baht to pay for more good stuff!

I will certainly take the long walk again to visit this place… Or perhaps I will take a cab. There is also another cafe just next to it … More of a Japanese style kind! So certainly will be worth the trip cos one trip two cafes Huh!

Yes, and Merry Christmas to all my readers and a blessed New Year!

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: The Coffee Daily @ Brighton Crescent

Sometimes a planned trip maybe not necessarily turn out well and a random appointment sometimes turn out to be better! This was what happened today when a good friend asked to have lunch! Was rather random but still we decided to go to this cafe at Brighton Crescent. I was really clueless about the place and I discovered that it’s pretty near Chom Chom food center at Serangoon!

When I arrived at the cafe I was totally captured by the retro outlook and knew that this was going to be great! The cafe has a homely team… No uniformed furnishing… All the chairs and tables are randomly mixed and matched! But in their randomness there is a certain retro flair! I love the furnishing and I love the rainbow cake even more. I thought as first it was an ordinary sponge cake kind of rainbow cake. When I took the first bite I knew that the texture of the cake is firm and chewy to the mouth! I love the overall texture! However, it’s a little pricy at $10 per piece. Oh and the way they presented their cake to me was truly a pleasant surprise! Well… My picture tells it all!

I ordered the latte as well! They have different flavor of latte and I think the toffee latte was good! I ordered that because of my dog which has the same name! I love this cafe and I if not because of its inaccessibility, I would make this my regular haunt!

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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.

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