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Strangers’ Reunion Cafe

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When I first saw the name “Strangers’ Reunion”, I did a double take. But times have changed. Strangers’ Reunion is hardly strange when you compare that to Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which is neither a hardware store or related to Chye Seng Huat, whoever he may be. I wonder if he’s still alive actually. And just in case you were wondering, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a cafe, opened by the people of Papa Palheta! They’re closing their Hooper Road store, so you can only catch them at Tyrwhitt Road. Woe betide all those living in the Bukit Timah area.

Strangers’ Reunion is very small! Be prepared to SQUEEZE‘

Strangers' Reunion - Red Velvet Cupcake

I didn’t eat this, but I took a picture of it because I thought it was so eye catching and pretty! It’s amazing how people can wolf down cakes made of beetroot yet they can’t imagine drinking beetroot juice. For the record, I LOVE beetroot juice, and I would highly recommend it to everyone for its health properties.

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Tiong Bahru Bakery

Is now also open at Raffles City Shopping Mall. No need to brave the long queues in Tiong Bahru or a long walk from the Tiong Bahru MRT station. Now you can sample Tiong Bahru Bakery products in the air-conditioned comfort of the basement of Raffles City.

Actually, this visit to the Raffles City outlet was my 1st visit ever to Tiong Bahru Bakery. I was quite surprised to find the sit-down area practically empty when I was there around 7-9pm on a Sunday. A number of people were doing takeaways though. I’d heard mixed reviews about the place but most people seem to at least agree that their croissants are damn good. Read on and you’ll be able to find out if I agree. Meanwhile, check out the photos of the place. It’s sprawling! It’s in the basement, opposite Din Tai Fung, at the site that used to be Aerins.

BTW, did you know that Tiong Bahru Bakery is owned by Spa Esprit? They are the people behind House @ Dempsey and they also own/co-own many dining establishments like 40Hands, Open Door Policy and Skinny Pizza.

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Kooka Cafe

There is a new cafe on the block, this time at Purvis Street! Opened just after Christmas! Chanced upon it when I went to the famous Chin Chin coffeeshop for Hainanese food. It’s right next door to Chin Chin and just 2 doors away from YY Kafeidian, which serves one of the best kopi in Singapore.

Can’t ever resist when I see a new cafe, especially one with a Christmas tree in it (even though it was already more than 12 days past Christmas), so I had a cuppa there and a bite to eat. The place is started by an Australian Lauren Chambers and her Chinese partner. Lauren also has another establishment called Chalk Restaurant at Old School along Mount Sophia.

You won’t miss the dessert showcase when you walk in. A lot of the stuff is very Australian themed, naturally. They have things like Yo-Yos, which is a shortbread cookie with cream cheese filling. I’ve never heard of them and neither has the Partner, who is from NZ. Anyway you all should go check it out, cuz Kooka is having a little promotion right now. You can choose a coffee and a cake for only $7.50. It’s a good deal coz the cakes/desserts cost about $5-6 each on their own already.

Kooka Cafe - Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream $5.90 – I wasn’t that keen on dessert actually because of a heavy lunch at Chin Chin next door, but the Partner wanted something so he chose this. Turned out to be a very good choice. The apple crumble was very tasty. The crumble is made with lots of nuts and isn’t overly sweet or buttery. There are some out there that is mostly pastry and no nuts at all. This was a much healthier version and equally tasty. The vanilla ice cream was creamy and paired very well with the hot apple crumble. Between the 2 of us, we polished off the whole thing.

Kooka Cafe - Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte – Forgot the price but I recalled it to be pretty affordable for a town area cafe. Coffee was strong and smooth. No complaints.

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Apple tart, Citrus Cheesecake, Chocolate Apricot Tart, Carrot cake, Chocolate Brownie etc are amongst some of the desserts offered at Kooka Cafe. The cafe also has some hot food, but doesn’t seem to be a lot at this point in time.

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Kooka Cafe

18 Purvis Street, Singapore, Singapore 188597

Tel : 64670288

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Broun Cafe – Tried and tested

Over the weekend, I made it over to the newly opened Broun Cafe. It seems that they opened a few months back, then decided to change their concept. So they closed to renovate, and are opened again once more.

At this point in time, the menu is pretty limited. You can check out their menu selections at their website. For dessert, they only had chocolate brownie and apple crumble available yesterday, which was a disappointment to the Partner who had set his heart on the country carrot cake.

Broun Cafe is still in the midst of tweaking its recipes. The wait staff came over to seek our feedback on every single item ordered. In a month or so, they also expect to increase their menu offerings. Broun cafe prides itself on serving only “healthy food” that is not deep-fried and has a home-cooked flavour.

Broun Cafe Brownie w Ice Cream

Broun Cafe with Ice Cream

Brownie with Ice cream $6 – This was quite good. The ice cream was perfect when combined with the piping hot brownie. The taste of the ice cream wasn’t that particularly appealing when eaten on its own. When slurped up with morsels of brownie, the brownie became a creamy chocolatey and oozy mouthful of goodness.

I later found out that the ingredients used are low-fat, which kind of explains the lack of richness of the ice-cream. Thankfully, the brownie didn’t taste low fat.

Broun Cafe Apple Crumble with Ice Cream

Grandma’s apple crumble with ice-cream $4.50 – Quite small for a slice of apple crumble. I didn’t like the soft and mushy texture of the apple crumble. It was as if the apple crumble hadn’t been baked long enough. Even though it didn’t taste raw, I had a momentary fear that the ingredients were still half raw.

Broun Cafe Cafe Affogato

Affogato $5 – Shot of expresso over a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. My parents had this and proclaimed that it was DAMN GOOD. The whole thing disappeared in under 2 minutes. Interesting serving concept, normally affogatos are served in coffee cups.

Broun Cafe Kopi Broun and Ice Lemon Tea

Homemade Ice Lemon Tea $2 – Cheapest drink in the house, tastes quite good.

Ice-Shaken Kopi Broun $4.50 – Basically expresso coffee sweetened with condensed milk instead of normal milk and sugar, to give an old-school kick. Unfortunately, the kick missed the ball, and I thought the drink was average at best. The coffee tasted strong and bitter yet somehow the drink still tasted diluted.

Broun Cafe Cafe Latte

Latte $5 – Normal latte.

Broun Cafe Seating Area

Broun Cafe

Location: 36 North Canal Road, Singapore 059292

Hours :

Mon – Tues: 11:00 am-3:30 pm

Wed – Thurs: 11:00 am-9:30 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Broun Cafe’s Facebook

Broun Cafe Website

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