Am quite sure this is unplanned, but some of the most famous soft serve shops overseas have arrived in Singapore.
Maxi Mango Singapore
Capitol Singapore #B2-29, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905
Tel: +65 6385 6568
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm (Mon – Sun)
Famous Philippines Fresh Mango Soft Serve Arrives In Singapore
The weather is getting hotter all around, and another trending soft serve shop has arrived in Singapore.
This time it is Maxi Mango, the hottest mango serve brand from the Philippines, with over 40 outlets set up within a year.
It was so ‘pops’ that Filipinos were queuing up for up to 4 hours just to get their hands on the mango soft serve. Masarap!
Maxi Mango’s first outlet in Singapore is found at the basement of Capitol Singapore (previously known as “Capitol Piazza”).
One of the soft serve dessert’s winning formula is the use of fresh mangoes shipped directly from the Philippines weekly.
The brand will launch five signature Maxi Mango soft serves: Mango Graham, Mango Keso, Mango Ube, Mango Coconut and the Signature Maxi Mango. The soft serves come in two sizes, 8 oz. ($4.90) and 12 oz. ($6.90). Maxi Mango (Capitol Singapore)
Emma – 100AM
100 Tras Street #02-10 Singapore 079027
Tel: +65 6443 1727
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Last order half hour before closing
Japanese Soft Serve and Floats
Seen those gravity-defying Japanese soft serve on social media?
Other than Boba Taco Softie ($6.80) or Okinawa Brown Sugar Boba Japanese Soft Serve in Wafer Shell, I would recommend the Charcoal Cheese in Charcoal Cone ($5.50).
Think Japanese soft serve, topped with Okinawa brown sugar pearls and housed in crispy wafer taco shell.
Also available is a series of Soft Serve Floats exclusive to the 100AM outlet, which includes Sunny Soft Float ($6.50), Virgin Mojito Soft Float ($6.50), Pink Lady Soft Float ($6.50), Green Tapioca Soft Float ($6.30), and Black Tapioca Soft Float ($6.30).
The Black Tapioca Soft Float ($6.30) literally combines the trending bubble tea with soft serve, which includes Okinawa brown sugar pearls at the bottom, black tea, and Japanese soft serve to sweeten things up.
The non-alcoholic Virgin Mojito Soft Float ($6.50) with lime, mint leaves, and ginger ale also makes a refreshing drink for takeaways. I would say finish up the soft serve first, and bring the rest of the drink back to office to savour slowly.
Little Damage Singapore
Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, #B1-05A, Singapore 233880
Famous Gothic Charcoal Softserve From LA Arrives To Singapore, At Wheelock Place
From Los Angeles, California to a small shopfront at the basement floor of Wheelock Place along tourist-centric Orchard Road, Little Damage has opened its first outpost in South-east Asia.
Previously seen on CNN, BuzzFeed, INSIDER and Time Out LA, I had high expectation for this Gothic-looking soft serve which was previously trending on Instagram.
Instead of the conventional flavours, Little Damage offers unique ones which rotate on a regular basis.
The soft serve is prepared daily in small batches using ingredients from local dairy farms without any preservatives.
At the time of visit, four flavours are available – Coffee Caramel ($7), White Chocolate ($7), Unicorn Tears ($7) and Vegan Cookie Butter ($7.50).
Activated charcoal would be added to one of the flavours to turn it black, and in this case, it was the Coffee Caramel.
Generally, the texture of the soft serve was smooth and velvety, but leaned towards the sweeter side. Little Damage (Wheelock Place)
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-23, Singapore 098585 (within Fairprice Xtra)
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Cafe Hidden Within VivoCity Fairprice Xtra
Opened within the new Fairprice Xtra at VivoCity, Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee offers more than just a cup of takeaway coffee.
Here, you can choose your preferred green coffee beans, roasting degree (Filter, Omni, Espresso) and collect the roasted coffee beans within 20 minutes on the spot.
This is Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee’s second outlet in Singapore, the first at Queenstown which started off as a coffee beans wholesaler and later transformed into a cafe in 2014.
Using a 2 beans-blend of 50% Columbia and 50% Guatemala roasted in house, the 6oz drink is prepared in a 8oz takeaway cup, unless you are one of the four lucky diners who will get the ceramics cup at the counter seats.
Smooth, full-bodied with a chocolate finish, my cup of Flat White ($5.40) has a dark roast which gives me all the caffeine I need.
1 Kallang Junction, Vanguard Campus, Singapore 339263
Tel: 6732 6966
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Minimalist White Café Serving Affordable Local Coffee And Food
Despite the rather ‘local’ sounding name, its décor went for white minimalist with lots of greens – high ceiling, white coloured and clean-lines. (I do need to highlight that the place has no aircon.)
The menu in Banchong is like your typical Singaporean coffee chains, the likes of Yakun, Killiney Kopitiam and Toast Box.
It has a rather lean menu of the usual Mee Siam ($4.50), Laksa ($5.50), and Curry Chicken ($5.80). Maybe the more ‘unusual’ item here would be the French Loaf with Kaya and Butter (SGD4.50 for set, SGD2.20 for ala carte).
The prices are really good, as the French Loaf with Kaya and Butter Set only cost me $4.50, which includes a drink, and soft boiled eggs.
Drinks such as Kopi, Kopi O, Teh C, Milo and Yuan Yang are priced at $1.40 to $1.80 for the hot versions, slightly cheaper than the chain stores. Banchong Café (Kallang Junction)
1 Keong Saik Road, #01-02, Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 8814 9358
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Serving Millennial Artisanal Toasts and Coffee From Allpress Espresso
Tucked away in The Working Capitol, people may assume that Bula Cafe may be an in-house café instead of one that is opened to the public.
The word “Bula” means “life” in Fiji, and is generally used as a greeting to one another, suggesting that the café is a place where you get to meet people and share life.
For a $9 Avocado and Feta Toast, I must say that avocado lovers (and hipster millennials) would find the amount of avocado provided quite value-for-its-money.
This is considering most Avocado Toasts around could cost anything from $12 to $18 around. Bula Café (Keong Saik Road)
Hvala – TripleOne Somerset
111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Minimalist Japanese Cafe At Somerset With A Touch Of Zen
Hvala has opened a new Japanese teahouse at TripleOne Somerset.
The teahouse is designed such that there are steps in which customers can sit on and sip on matcha latte.
Their signature item is the Tea Latte ($5.80) that comes in Matcha, Houjicha and Matcha Houjicha.
The difference is the Matcha powder used here, in this case Tsuki matcha, which has distinctive and pronounced vegetal notes with a certain degree of umami-ness similar to that of seaweed.
A selection of cakes such as Goma (Sesame), Chocolate Truffle, Honey Earl Grey Hazelnut, Mango Lavender, Tiramisu, Red Velvet, Lemon Meringue, Sweet Potato, and Matcha Azuki are available.
I would generally recommend both the Goma and Sweet Potato, which are the more unique ones and pair better with say a Cold Brew Tea. Hvala (TripleOne Somerset)
Suntec City Mall #B1-K4, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Wobbly Souffle Pancakes At Suntec City
Suntec City welcomes an entirely new F&B section at the basement (find the famous money changer and head below).
Yes, this is yet another pancake shop in Singapore.
The Mango Passionfruit Souffle Pancakes ($14.80) which came with Coconut Sago, Passionfruit compote, Chantilly cream and half a slice of honey mango.
Resembled a Thai Mango Sticky Rice dessert.
I enjoyed the Coconut sago generously coated with the fragrant coconut milk, which added some creaminess and chewiness to the soufflé pancakes. Fluff Stack (Suntec City)
108 Matcha Saro
Suntec City Mall #B1-K5, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Famous Hokkaido Matcha Specialty Shop Opens In Singapore
This is its 108 Matcha Saro’s first outlet in South-East Asia, located at the revamped basement level of Suntec City.
Even though the Singapore outlet is mainly a takeaway store, it is still designed with a traditional Japanese teahouse concept.
The local 108 Matcha Saro consists of 4 different live stations whereby passer-by can witness the live making of Warabi-mochi, Obanyaki, whisking of Matcha and assembling of Parfaits and Soft Serves.
Their specialty is the Obanyaki, a Japanese snack traditionally filled with Azuki bean paste and made using a special pan.
The matcha from Uji, Kyoto is most distinctive in the Matcha Custard with Original Dough ($2.90) with oozing matcha in the centre and a distinctive slight bitterness aftertaste. 108 Matcha Saro (Suntec City)
The Moment Singapore 這一刻
51 Telok Ayer Street, #01-06A, Singapore 048441 (Telok Ayer MRT Exit B)
Tel: +65 9654 5289
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Bubble Tea Shop From Taiwan Offering Grey Milk Tea
The Moment Singapore 這一刻 is one the latest bubble tea brands to arrive in Singapore, originating from Zhongli District, in Taoyuan City Taiwan.
If you are deciding what to get, their recommended drinks include Oolong Green Tea ($2.50, $3.20), Winter Melon Latte ($4.30, $5.30), Ceylon Milk Tea ($2.90, $3.90), Plum Lemon Green Tea ($4.80), Passion Fruit QQ ($4.90), and Fresh Milk with Pearls ($4.90).
That one drink that many of the CBD workers are getting, is the signature drink of The Moment Grey Milk Tea ($5.80, $6.80). Slightly expensive though.
The drink is a good-looker, with the shades of grey coming from bamboo charcoal with fresh milk.
The charcoal itself didn’t have a strong, distinct flavour, but it did provide a rather earthy yet smooth feel. The Moment 這一刻 (Telok Ayer Street)
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