While a trip to Korea may not be quite possible now due to current travel restrictions, this is where you can experience “Autumn in my heart 가을동화”. Create your own 秋天的童话.
Yes, travelling in your own country, because why not?
When I visited this (then-undiscovered) café called Kreams Krafthouse at Maxwell Chambers (near Tanjong Pagar MRT station), I couldn’t help feeling how spacious, how well-decorated this space was. And the attention to details.
Almost like walking into a story book.
There were some groups of Koreans around, and there was a certain sense of tranquility around (sorry, it got a lot more crowded when this post went out.)
You would be attracted by the different coloured autumns leaves of amber, crimson, orange, yellow and green, making you feel momentarily you are in Yeouido Park.
Not real, but the feel is.
While Kreams Krafthouse is big in Singapore CBD context, it just focuses on two items for now – coffee and scones.
Other than the usual Latte and Long Black, there are more Korean-café oriented drinks such as Dalgona Coffee (don’t have to whip yourself), Creamy Choco, Sweet Potato Latte, Vanilla Latte, and Cloud Latte.
Most of the drinks were priced between $7 to $9.
One thing that caught my attention was the “Dry” Cappuccino, topped with Valrhona cocoa powder with dense and thick foam that you can scoop up to enjoy.
The Dalgona Coffee was not quite like the typical ones circulating on the net or made at home, and was included with house-made toffee crisps.
As a background, “dalgona” or “ppopgi” in Korean would mean “honeycomb toffee”, and not really about whipping foam. Having Dalgona helps Korean evolve memories from their childhood days.
Give it 5 minutes to melt before enjoying the sweet Korean candy taste and mild bitter finish.
If not, there would be a honey-comb like crunch. Slightly sweet for me, but was a fun drink to have I suppose.
While some of the coffee drinks in other Korean cafes may taste mild, I found the coffee here quite decent – balanced and aromatic.
Beans are freshly roasted in-house with choices of the Red Ruby blend which is a medium roast with fruity and berry-like notes; and Black Diamond blend with nutty and dark chocolate notes.
The drinks can be accompanied with scones in flavours of Cranberry, Coffee, Matcha, Chocolate, Korean Yuzu Citrus, Cinnamon & Almond, and Butter & Jam English Scone.
Each was priced at $4.50.
The Dalgona Scone I had was slightly in the dry and brittle side, lacking in the soft and buttery texture one would expect. Could work better if there was a little accompanying clotted cream?
Anyway, I can imagine quite a number of people would head over there for their selfies and #OOTDs.
Well, don’t forget about safe distancing, and sometimes it is best to immerse in the café experience rather than get overly engrossed taking those many photos. No?
32 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Opening Hours: 9am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun