Hello! I paid a visit to the newly opened Banana Tree café at Keong Saik Road a few weeks back after dance class with the gizibes.
We visited the café in Korea last December (which I’m supposed to blog about in my travelogue series but…. haven’t finished editing my pics because I’m too
lazy busy #firstworldpains) near Itaewon so we knew how the Korean counterpart fared. I have to say I’m impressed with the local version of it even before stepping into the café – the area is definitely a whole lot bigger than the one in Korea!
26 Keong Saik Road
Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar/Outram Park
The set-up of the entire place is similar to the Korea one – yellow lighting, wood concept and very homely atmosphere. It’s quite fuss free really in this café, just find a table on your own then grab some menus from the counter and place your order at the counter once ready. Iced water is self-served and complimentary. The café does not charge any service charge so prices are nett as indicated on their menu. Oh oh oh, there’s free wifi too in this café as well!
I was very amused by the cotton candy maker and their counter set-up because when you visit the Korea one, everything is basically hidden and you just sit there to wait for your food and drinks to arrive (you’ll have to compare them to the pictures from the Korea when they are posted then you’ll understand what I mean). I hope my kitchen looks like this in future man – so vibrant and dainty!
We each ordered a drink and 2 desserts to share. The prices are quite reasonable here for the beverages and desserts except for the Oreo Bomb which I felt was a little too pricey.
Our food and drinks came quite fast, probably about a 10-15 minute wait after ordering.
Espresso Flower Paap $6.50
I like the spoons that come with this dessert haha. The Koreans are very detailed in their presentation.
Taste-wise the espresso flavour is not overpowering and I think this tastes a lot nicer here in Singapore than in Korea. The mousse was light and fluffy and we finished this quite quickly. Actually, maybe it tastes nicer because all 3 of us were starving then HAHAHAH!
Oreo Bomb $12
This dessert is basically just crushed and warmed up Oreo cookies, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Looks really simple and nondescript but this is damn addictive and yummy! And I’ve never seen this in the Korean menu when I was there so my guess is this is a new addition to the local menu. We polished this off till the last crumb literally.
Som Som Ice Latte (Banana) $7
Mojito (Green Apple) and Mojito (Passionfruit) $7.50 each
I had the Mojito (Passionfruit) because it was such a blistering day that afternoon. Drink is very refreshing and cool, served in a mason jar so it’s definitely filling. Avoided the Som Som iced latte because I had a very bad experience with it in Korea (tasted really icky in my opinion, the hot pistachio flavoured one) but the bff says her banana iced latte is very nice! I didn’t taste it because I don’t like bananas D:
Opening hours as indicated above so do pay the café a visit if you’re in the vicinity. I quite like the place and I’ll probably head back to try the Red Bean Pot Bing Soo on my next visit because it looks so darn Instagram worthy! Actually everything in that café is Insta-worthy :/
Alright, till the next foodie adventure :D I hope I can edit my Korea trip pics soon cos I’m heading to Japan next month and then it’ll be a whole new set of pictures to edit again. Aye, really first world pains man!
Seriously, I think it’s high time I go on a major diet T_____T especially after all that Chinese New Year binging. Anyhow, I had a ‘sundate‘ with the bff and Stella last Sunday to go have waffles at Montana Brew Bar. Now I’ve never heard about this place prior to going there, it was all Stella’s idea because she wanted to find food kakis (actually just a sad excuse for all 3 of us to remain fat >_<) so we made plans to go there and then head for karaoke after that to ensure we do not come out simply just to eat LOL.
Located on Level 1 at POMO, I had expected their space to be larger but it was pretty comparable to the Ya Kun store next door. Nevertheless, it was constantly filled with patrons the entire time we were there so business is definitely brisk – I think it helps that SOTA is just next door and students from the other schools can also pop by for a quick coffee and dessert fix.
It’s a pretty fuss-free café – select what you’d like to have and head to the counter to place your order. Pay for your food and beverages, collect a number tag and wait for the items to be served to you when done. I didn’t try their signature coffee beverages because I was literally melting under the sun on the way to POMO so I opted for an iced beverage instead. The three of us ordered a salad and two savoury waffles to share.
My iced lemon tea was quite nice although a tad too sweet. I tasted the other 2 drinks as well and have to say that I liked the Lemonade best – refreshing without being overly sour!
Now onto the grub! First up, we had the Smoked Salmon Japanese Sesame Salad.
Loved the taste of sesame salad dressing in it! It was very yummy really and the whole concoction of mixing the salad with salmon (couldn’t really taste the smoked flavour) together with cheese and sesame salad dressing was awesome. Portions were fairly generous and we easily finished it among the three of us.
Moving on to the highlight – waffles! Here is the Truffle Mac & Cheese waffle which I was dying to try. Anything with truffle in it, Paula will be there :P
The waffle is stuffed with mac & cheese and it was soooooooo yummy! Crunchy waffle, soft chewy gooey cheesy goodness on the inside. My only grouse was that I could smell the truffle on the waffle but cannot really taste it :/ Oh and the dip that comes with this dish is quite nice although quite watery. Initially I thought it was a salsa sauce but it was really watery and the bff commented that it, I quote ‘taste like fish curry leh’ but it was alright for me.
Final dish was the Southern Fried Chicken Wafflewich which as the name clearly suggests is meant to emulate a sandwich with waffle as the base.
The waffle here is very crispy and lighter in texture compared to the truffle mac & cheese one. While I enjoyed the combination of the chicken together with the waffle, I didn’t really like the taste of the salad slaw. It just tasted funny so I was picking it out from my portion and eating it simply with just the chicken and waffle.
All in all I enjoyed dining at this café because I am always on the hunt for good waffle places and while it was a pity I couldn’t try the coffee, I will definitely go back to try them together with that really yummy sounding matcha waffle and red velvet waffle.
New ice cream parlour in towwwwwwn! Oh gosh the amount of froyo/soft serve joints appearing in Singapore is really overwhelming >_< #fatdieusall
Anyway the bff and I happened to pass by The Cathay last week and we decided to go try Milkcow Singapore which serves soft serve ice cream with tons of toppings to choose from. This brand is from Korea and you can see their advertisments featuring Lee Jong Suk playing on the screens at the counter. Now I’ve had my fair share of soft serve in Korea so I was really excited to try the taste of it, that creamy and milky goodness is really difficult to control and not many places can achieve a balanced taste of milk soft serve. I still salivate at the memory of eating my milk soft serve in Busan last winter so hopefully this one in Singapore will satisfy my cravings for it.
Located at Level 1 of The Cathay, just turn left upon entering from the main entrance of the mall and you’ll see the store.
It does provide tables and chairs for their patrons which I like although the space is not very big so try to go at non-peak hours to secure a table and seat. We managed to snag a place because it was before dinner hour so people probably weren’t looking to have ice cream before dinner la lol although I skipped dinner after that because I was too full from non-stop feasting that day.
We ordered an ice cream each – I had the Cookies & Cream (right) while the bff had Milky Honey (left) topped with Kit Kat. The pricings for the toppings are ridiculous!!! $1.50 for 2 bars of Kit Kat homg….. Next time I’ll just bring my own ya #cheapo
I liked the taste of the soft serve though! You can really taste the milk in it and my oreo cookie toppings were very generous. I couldn’t really finish them towards the end lol. Now the honey one was also pretty nice. I disliked the soft serves with honey served at Honey Comb in Bali Lane when we went there a few months back (I kept going yucks the entire time lol and only had like… less than 5 mouthfuls -.-” Waste my money sheesh) so when the bff asked if I liked this I was like ‘YESSSSS!’
There are a ton of combinations to choose from so I’m really keen to go back and try the rest actually. Will slowly try them if I’m around the vicinity xD Anyway this place also knows how to make good use of social media to promote themselves! When you enter the store you’ll be greeted by a wall of printouts that people have taken. At first I was quite amazed by it because it seemed like the staff are all damn hardworking to print out pictures to form a picture wall. And then I realised it’s because they had a free printing service at their entrance! We backtracked our steps to stand at the machine to upload pics just to get that printout lol.
Super cute props that you can use while taking your pictures – damn good marketing strategies! LOL
All you have to do is upload the picture to Instagram and hashtag #milkcowsg and wait for your picture to print out automatically. Just make sure your account is set to public!
I uploaded the picture of the 2 ice creams to Instagram and got my printout instantly! Pretty cool because they even had the CNY border to match the festive season.
Alright, that’s all for this entry! Gonna head to bed now because I have church tomorrow. Gonna explore a waffle place tomorrow with the GZBs tomorrow, hopefully it’s awesome enough for me to write an entry about hahah.