I have a soft spot for eateries using Chinese characters, just like how some indie Taiwanese cafes do it, which evoke certain unique charm of the store’s concept and personality.
Moments’ 木萌, while not Taiwanese-related, has its fair share of story to tell.
The interior was charmingly done up with life-sized faux plants intertwined with hanging fairy lights, coupled with its uniformly patterned blue wall and turquoise exterior.
Plot twist – they serve Nanyang Coffee & Toast, Zi Char staples and an assortment of Western Food.
In fact, they have such an extensive menu offering that we were lost for moments.
Their toast selection offers comfort local favourites like Kaya Butter, Butter Sugar, Kaya Peanut and French Toast from $2.20 onwards.
They also have Toast Set from $4.20 onwards which comes with a choice of toast, half-boiled eggs and kopi/teh.
I took a liking to their Steamed Bread which came soft and fluffy, with a thick layer of Kaya Peanut fillings sandwiched in between.
Their grilled toast was also on point, thin and crusty, sandwiched with kaya fillings and a slab of butter.
This is what some a Taiwanese variety show host would say, “CP值很高.” (Price–performance ratio)
From their Asian Zi Char menu, you can probably find most of the usual staples like Yang Zhou Fried Rice ($5.50), Sin Chew Bee Hoon ($6.50) and Seafood Wat Tan Hor Fun ($6.90).
What caught my attention was the Tom Yam Volcano Fried Rice ($10.50), which you essentially get a Tom Yum Fried Rice served on hot plate, surrounded by a layer of grilled egg.
I thought the fried rice itself was pretty decent, lightly infused with wok-hei flavour.
But to coin as a Tom Yam Fried Rice, I thought it could probably use more tom yam paste or Thai herbs and ingredients to better distinguish the taste from zi char fried rice.
Their western offerings range from grilled steak, seafood, poultry & ribs, burgers, pasta to baked rice, reasonably priced around $8.50 onwards.
I had the Moments’ Spicy Cheesy Beef Burger ($11.50) which came with loads of melted cheese and thick beef patty. Very much the calorie bomb.
My only qualm is that the accompanying fries were a little pale and not deep-fried enough. I would also prefer my cheese to be more charred till golden brown.
But for this price point, I am quite cool with it.
Other than traditional drinks, there are also milk tea options, milk shake, fruit tea, soda passions and the list goes on and on…
The shop was rather packed on a weekday lunch. I guess comfort food at affordable pricing with curated dining ambience still very much appeal to the masses.
Blk 326 Serangoon Ave 3, #01-380, Singapore 550326
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Lewis Tan @juicyfingers, a self-proclaimed coffee addict. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.