Some cafes are game-on in creating “Instagram worthy” or “Instagrammable” food. Constantly.

In Singapore, Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery at Forum Galleria had food instagrammers and followers going on a slight frenzy with their aptly named “Over The Top” Shakes 3 years ago.

While some sugar-high OTT-milkshake stores have closed, Benjamin Browns still serve them as they continue to re-invent themselves with updated flavours such as Unicorn Shakes.

Then, there was Bubble Tea Toast, inspired by the night market stalls in Taiwan. Now, there are “Marble” Latte and Pancakes.

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

Probably inspired by Sugar Miss in Taipei, Benjamin Browns will also be launching these NEW items from 8th October 2018.

Some of the more eye-catching ones include Black Sesame Marble Latte ($5.90) – which you may mistake for a cake from the photos alone, with a distinctive, earthy black sesame taste.

Also included are Marble Pancakes ($16), and I would recommend getting your cameras ready for this.

A mixture of dual coloured-sauce would be poured over the pancakes, held together by a container.

After that holder is removed, the sauce would flow downwards like a waterfall, also creating that marbled effect.

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As for their “Overflowing Series”, look out for the Bubble Tea Milk Toast ($6.90) in flavours of ovaltine, crunchie, and caramel lotus; Overflowing Cheese Katsu Sandwich; Milo Avocado Coffee Shake ($14) and Neslo Marshmallow ($6.90).

These are tapioca pearls that you often find in Taiwanese Bubble Tea, stuffed into toast. (Seriously, I think some things should be left in drinks, but anyway…)

The pearls themselves do not have much taste as they are not further ‘cooked’ in caramelised black sugar, so the sweetness comes from the caramel lotus sauce.

Warning: Can be really messy to consume.

Also available are Bubble Tea Pancakes, and “Dirty 脏脏” Matcha Latte with Sakura Milk ($5.90), powdered over with more matcha.

(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)

You may have seen similar drinks offered in Korean cafes.

If you don’t get the Dirty Breads 脏脏包, you probably won’t care about this either.

As for the Milkshakes (available after 12pm), Benjamin Brown changes their flavours quite frequently.

They previously come in flavours of Coffee Avocado, Nutella Banana, Old School Vanilla and Caramel Crunch. A portion is at $16 (without taxes). Not cheap though, considering the type of ingredients that go in.

My cup of Nutella Banana came overflowing with a brownie here, two wafer sticks there, some pretzel cookies stuck to the side with Nutella, some others with sprinkles and cream.

What every other table is doing: Take a hundred photos before consumption.

Half of my ingredients dropped on the table while I took my first suck, I mean sip of the shake.

The shake was rich, but fortunately not so sweet to send drinkers on a saccharine coma. But I would encourage 2-3 people to share if you still bother about your waistline. (It’s tough to Shake it off, shake it off.)

I wished they had better quality ingredients though. The Strawberry Cheesecake flavour contained a strawberry, quarter of a cheesecake, and two pieces of digestive biscuits. $16.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery also offer a 3-course Omakase breakfast ($24) which included Pumpkin Soup (good, I liked this), Foie Gras Scrambled Eggs (not creamy enough) and Pancakes (not fluffy though).

Like a beauty pageant, looks do manner in the food world now. Let’s see what the Bubble Tea Toasts and Marbled Pancakes can do.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
Forum Galleria, #01-20/21, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 (10 min walk on Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6887 4117
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 10:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)

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  1. Hi there,
    I just happen to be passing by and I’m not a fan of your blog but noticed that your photos are all retouched to focus exclusively on the food (that is, pure white background). I think you need to stop doing that…it makes the food look very clinical and unappetizing. It’s so stark that something seems. Even though the background might distract the eyes from the food, it is sometimes a good complement. Forcibly taking it our just destroys the composition. Few cents.

    • Hi Honest Thoughts, thank you for sharing. I do agree with you removing the background does make the food look unnatural. There are multiple reasons for me to do so – more focus on the food, an uncluttered look, more consistency, to differentiate, plus a touch of OCD. Hard to have best of both worlds sometimes.

  2. What we ordered:
    1. Spaghetti Bolognese $20
    Came in 5 minutes but was very sour and slightly stale.
    2. Mac and Cheese $16
    Came in about 20 minutes. The taste wasn’t very appetizing.
    3. OTT Milkshake
    Came in 10 minutes. The actual milkshake was slightly tasteless but the load on top was amazing!

    The staff weren’t friendly at all and were distracted a lot.
    I will probably go back, but definitely only for milkshakes.


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