Once a friend commented that there are no Korean Cafes at Orchard Road. There is not just one now, but two!
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café at 313 @ Somerset, and Nunsaram just next door at Orchard Central. The heat is on – both figuratively, plus the real heat from the sun.
This newer outlet of O’ma Spoon looks swankier and more popular than the originated branch at Marina Square – larger seating capacity, open spaces, and more comfortable seats.
When I was there during a weekend, I wanted to make an order but… “It will be a long wait.”
“Em, how long approximately?” The cashier shrugged his shoulder and pointed at the 9 receipts, and then at the waiting patrons. Okay, I get the point. Came back during the weekdays, much easier crowd.
A few things have changed from my last visit to Marina Square.
They have lowered the prices – Mango Berry Cheesecake was $22.80, now it is $18.90. A difference of almost $4. Also, the bingsu is less sweet, and they did away with the diluted condensed milk all together. (Instagrammers lose opportunity for a pouring milk shot.)
My café correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape ranked his Top 5 as
1. Nunsongyee (Serangoon Gardens)
2. O’ma Spoon (Marina Square)
3. Nunsaram (Orchard Central)
4. Twins Chicken (Tanjong Pagar)
5. Snowman Desserts (NEX)
(I will give my ranking after I re-try some of them.)
With that said, O’ma Spoon’s Mango Berry Cheesecake Bingsu ($18.80) was pretty spot-on. Loved that there were both light cheese cake and ice cream (oh, the calories), with scattering of cranberries for that touch of sourness.
The Oven-Baked Honey Bread – we had the Chocolate and Strawberry Honey Butter, was passable.
Still, I think O’ma Spoon is one of the top 5 in Singapore in terms of bingsu. My next wish-list for Korean cafes is to diversify (either variety or flavours) and offer more than just the usual Korean bingsu and toast. There are just too many of them going around suddenly.
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 11:30pm (Fri – Sat)