Fans of BTOB will rejoice as their idol EunKwang, who is the leader of the popular K-pop boyband, has opened his first Korean Dessert Cafe in Singapore.
Omo! Jinjja? Daebak!
+82 PlusEightTwo which represents the country code for South Korea, is located at Level 1 of Rendezvous Hotel at Bras Basah.
Melody members (BTOB’s Official Fanclub), students of SMU, SOTA, Kaplan, Lasalle and NAFA, did I hear your screams?
Good news. Oppa EunKwang can be seen occasionally on the grounds, clearing tables and stocking up supplies from time to time.
(Photo credit: BTOB Singapore Facebook)
Strategically located at the cross junction and opposite SOTA, +82 PlusEightTwo will proba-bly face some competition from Kori King and Matchaya which specialise in Japanese kakigori, and Snow Witch at Parklane Shopping Mall.
All these cafes offer Shaved Ice on their menu.
The interior is an Instagram heaven, with natural lighting pouring in from the glass windows, a cosy sofa seat in the corner and props for the perfect IG-worthy photo at every pillar in the compound.
During my visit to +82 PlusEightTwo on their first day of opening, I felt as though I had just walked into a girls’ school.
No kidding, I was the big thorn among the roses, with enthusiastic girls in every single corner of the cafe and eyes darting towards the door every time someone enter the premise, probably keeping a lookout for the arrival of their Oppa.
I was intrigued when some of the girls can be seen taking wefie with the male Korean service staff members even when their Oppa was not around.
The menu offers a selection of Siltarae Bingsu ($17.90) in 3 flavours: Matcha, Choco, Banana; Oreo/ Injeolmi/ Berry/ Mango/ Melon Snow Flake Bingsu in 2 sizes: Cup ($6.80-7.80) and Regular ($15.90-18.90); Grapefruit, Green Grape, Peach Ice Cube Soda ($7.50) and Sunrise/ Palette/ Injeolmi Toast ($8.50).
Initially I had planned to order the Matcha Siltarae Bingsu ($17.90), Grapefruit Ice Cube Soda ($7.50) Sunrise and Palette Toast ($8.50).
Aigoo! Unfortunately, the fans were too enthusiastic and most of the items were sold out within 4 hours of opening.
So I ended up ordering the few remaining items available: 2 slices of Injeolmi Toast ($8.50) and 2 glasses of Cafe Latte ($6.50) served on a photo frame in place a tray, which can be quite aesthetically pleasing.
While the Cafe Latte ($6.50) was okay, the Injeolmi Toast ($8.50) was a tad thin with a little mochi inside.
It was quite an interesting experience to indulge in the ambience once in a while instead of the food, as it felt like a mini fan-meet session.
Turn-over rate was slow as fans were seen sitting at the tables waiting for their Oppa whenever he was not in the café, and the place can get a little noisy when it was crowded.
9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Gallery #01-02, Singapore 189559
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.