There are a number of new dining options at KēSa House along Keong Saik Road, from Olivia Restaurant & Lounge (Barcelonan food), MAG’s (Modern French cuisine), Pasta Bar, The Old Man (cocktails), The Guild, and The Affogato Lounge.
Some restaurants have more visibility than others, with a couple going quite under-the-radar.
The Affogato Lounge is a spin-off from The Affogato Bar at Cluny Court Bukit Timah Road, specialising in alcoholic infused affogatos, micro-batch ice cream, and Italian bites such as Paninis, Bowls and Baked Quiches (available from 8am to 5pm).
Their Panini include varieties such as Duck Croque Monsieur, Black Forest Ham & Cheese, Spicy Italian, Truffle & Cheese, and Mediterranean, priced from $12 to $16.
Beyond the attractive turquoise coloured façade, the interior certainly looked artfully-designed, with geometric wooden panelling, mood lighting, and contemporary vibes.
Guests walk in and out of the Lobby Lounge, and certainly brings out the mood of the space.
The Affogatos are certainly the highlight of the menu, but so is the pricing – from $14 to $20. The highlight being the alcoholic Tiramisu ($20) served with a double shot of Paramount and house blend liquor.
If you have yet had an Affogato before, it is an Italian coffee-based dessert, which typically has a scoop of gelato “drowned” with a shot of espresso.
I had a Trilogy ($16), with 70% dark chocolate sorbet with caramel blanc and dark cacao, served with a double shot of Fitzroy.
The intensity of both the sorbet and coffee shot made it a moment to remember, when the bitter and sweetness, hot and cold ‘collides’ together in one spoonful.
That happiness is short-lived though, as the dessert was small and quick to finish.
Specialty coffee is also served, with beans sourced from Ozone Coffee Roasters New Zealand.
Get the Bittersweet Symphony ($6 for hot, $7 for iced). With its addition of dark cocoa and vanilla chai, it made me wonder if this would be the love-child of a marriage between mocha and chai latte.
With its pricing, The Affogato Lounge may not be an everyday kind of café, but when you want to indulge in a once-in-a-while affogato treat.
The Affogato Lounge
55 Keong Saik Road, #01-02, Singapore 089158
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The Affogato Bar
501 Bukit Timah Road #01-04B Cluny Court Singapore 259760
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm