A new café with Scandinavian influences has opened at Aperia Mall, near Bendemeer MRT station. It is also a short walk from the ‘café hub’ of Jalan Besar.
“Kaeden” is the Danish word for “chain”, inspired by the owners’ passion for cycling, and aptly describe their place that links and brings people together over a hearty meal.
The space is huge and can accommodate 100 pax, with both wooden and industrial elements in the design.
The menu curation is predominantly influenced by French cuisine with supporting elements of Spanish and Japanese flavours.
Their Chef is a Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate that spent time at internships in France as well as in local restaurants such as Odette & Binomio.
Different menus are served throughout the day, with starters available all day, brunch from 11am to 5.30pm, and dinner from 5.30pm till closing.
Asian flavours can be seen incorporated into many dishes on the all-day starter menu.
These include chilli oil in the Chicken Karate ($14), fried shallots in the Crispy Brussels sprouts ($14), Fujikake in Grilled Cabbage ($12), Mentaiko mayonnaise in Grilled Mentaiko Prawns ($5/ piece), Kombu powder in Roasted Vegetable Salad ($14) and calamansi in Salmon Tartare ($16).
The Salmon Tartare ($16) came in an aesthetically-please plated arrangement, with salmon cubes seasoned in calamansi & Sansho dressing, surrounded by croutons, and topped with a sous vide egg.
The calamansi added a refreshing touch with the zesty citrus punch, making this quite ideal as an appetiser.
The croutons, on the other hand, included a textural crunch in contrast to the soft and chewy salmon bits
I enjoyed the sous vide egg which provided a creamy sensation to the overall combination.
Also good to know that they strive to make 100% of the menu out from scratch, using as little processed ingredients/sauces as possible.
Their Brunch menu features a variety of dishes ranging from the usual brunch items such as Avocado Toast ($15), Chicken & Waffles ($19), Eggs Benedict ($18 – $22) to Mains: Fried Chicken Burger ($22), Wagyu Cheeseburger ($23) and Shashuka ($22).
I decided to go with the Mochi Waffles with Pandan Ice Cream ($17), topped with caramelised banana, drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with icing sugar
I must say that the mochi waffle was considered well-executed, with a good balance of crispy-ness on the outside and chewiness on the inside.
The thickness of the waffle was just right for the chewy mochi texture.
The caramelised banana slices were served warm, soft and moist, freshly prepared upon order, without being overly sweet.
Using a single origin from Brazil for their espresso-based drinks, roasted in Johor, Bahru Malaysia, options include Long Black ($5), White ($6) and Mocha ($7).
My cup of Flat White ($6) came with a cute latte art, medium bodied, smooth with hints of white chocolate and nuts.
There is a distinctive sweetness in the finishing note without any acidity, pretty easy to drink.
Alternatively, non-espresso drinks include Chai Tea Latte ($8), Matcha Latte ($8), Chocolate ($7), Lychee Fiesta ($8) or Hot Tea ($6) from Clippers 1872.
A little feedback was that the background music can be a little loud, which might not be in line with their goal of providing a more intimate dining environment.
Kaden is however off on a promising start with its spread of food of modern flavours.
Aperia Mall, 12 Kallang Avenue, #01-25, Singapore 339511
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sat), 10am – 3pm (Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.