Everton Park is perhaps one of the OG hipster café areas in Singapore. However, we have seen many cafes come and go in this area over the past few years.

Despite the location’s slight drop in popularity, there have been new café openings this year such as Little Oasis.

Recently opened in Everton Park after running their online bakery for a year and a half is The Better Half.

Established by two passionate individuals who also happens to be each other’s better half, the café aims to serve honest and real fare to everyone who visits.

Unsure if intentional or not, but the way the bakes are placed in the shop exudes a certain Korean bakery vibe – kind of what you see in Layered 레이어드 or Cafe Highwaist.

Along with the sort-of hidden location and small space, it almost feels like you stumbled onto a hidden gem in Seoul.

All the bakes you see in The Better Half all made from scratch in-house. Even if you order a toast, the bread is made within the store and not from a supplier.

While I was thinking of what to get, the owners kindly suggested a slice of Rose Raspberry Cake ($8) which they were just about to display.

Essentially a rose sponge cake with raspberry cream cheese, the cake was fluffy in texture and not dry at all.

The cream cheese was more on the intense side, but paired really well with the light and mild rose sponge cake with the flavours balancing out.

One of their Christmas bakes is the Spiced Pumpkin ($7) which was bursting with pumpkin flavour. The light fragrance of the pumpkin would linger in your mouth after each bite.

The cream cheese frosting and butterscotch drizzle was not too overpowering, just the right amount of sweetness for me.

Overheard that other Christmas bakes such as the Gingerbread Roasted Pear cake and Chai Caramel Apple cake may make an appearance as early as next week.

The highlight of the day came to me in the form of a Pear Crumble ($6, add $3 for a scoop of ice cream).

As plain looking as this was, the Pear Crumble was simply put – delicious.

Despite the ice-cream sitting on top of it for quite some time, I feared that it would have turned soft and mushy. But no, the crumble was still crispy on the outside.

The pear crumble by itself is good, but I highly recommend pairing it with the vanilla ice cream because they go so well together.

I also tried a Iced Coffee Chai ($7.50), which I don’t see often in café menus.

At first, you can taste the coffee and slowly the chai leaves an overwhelming after taste in your mouth. Lovers of chai and coffee would love this drink.

As you know, Genmaicha is a mix of green tea and roasted brown rice. The Iced Genmaicha Latte ($7.50) here at The Better Half is more on the brown rice side, almost like drinking a rice snack biscuit.

I would have preferred if there was slightly more green tea, but the creaminess of this drink may appeal to some.

The entire space is not huge, with an indoor seating space that house up to 6 people max.

The outdoor seats can seat exactly 4 people but may be uncomfortable to some because it can be quite squeezy.

I really enjoyed my experience there but finding seats may be difficult even on a weekday. Also, do check their IG stories, as they may be closed from time to time.

Guess it depends on your luck. If not, simply takeaway and enjoy the bakes in the comfort of your own home.

The Better Half
1 Everton Park, #01-43, Singapore 081001
Tel: 9248 7088
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Tues – Fri), 9:30am – 5:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed on Mon
https://www.facebook.com/thebetterhalfsg/

Other Related Entries
Little Oasis (Everton Park)
Sugar Thieves (Kreta Ayer Road)
Voyage Patisserie (Outram Road)
Keong Saik Bakery (Keong Saik Road)
Kura (Kim Yam Road)

* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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