Korean café Banana Tree opened in Singapore at 26 Keong Siak Road 2 years ago with some social media fanfare, and attracted young customers with their cotton candy coffee and flower pot desserts.
The harsh reality. Trends come and go, and even the hippest of cafés needs to keep re-inventing itself, and introduce new products to attract repeat customers.
So, Banana Tree has said its goodbye, and reopened as “V Cafe 브이카페”.
Although the signboard of V Cafe looks similar, products are comparable, interior alike, and staff is retained, the café is under a different management team.
Has the bingsu fever subsided in Singapore as well? Perhaps half-way.
You get a variety such as Patbingsu ($12.50), Black Sesame ($14.50), Choco-holic ($14.50), Choco Banana ($13.50), Oreo Crush ($13.50, and Matcha ($12.50).
I was recommended the Black Sesame ($14.50), largely because the shavings were made with black bean soy milk, which gave it a slight milky and soft texture different from the usual.
To my surprise, it was not bad a choice, with the shavings a lot smoother and finer than what its predecessor used to serve.
The other food items include a variety of Thick Toast such as Classic Honey ($8) and Nutella Banana ($14), Sandwiches ($6 – $8), Soda and Latte ($6 – $6.50).
While you can still top up 50 cents for cotton candy to be on your drinks, the whole idea may be quite passé, and probably need to churn out new items to stay afloat in this competitive market.
V Cafe 브이카페
26 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089133 (Outram Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:15pm (Mon – Fri), 12:00pm – 9:15pm (Sat – Sun)