Well, there are just so many cafes name with “cream” or “kream” in them, and can be pretty confusing.
Kreme Cafe has taken over the space previously occupied by Chang Wang Cake Shop, an old school neighbourhood confectionery bakery that is familiar to residents in the area for the past three decades.
Word has it that this is owned by the son of the bakery’s owner.
With half the shop space occupied by the kitchen and display shelves, the other half is used for dine-in purposes.
There are both indoors and outdoors seating areas, with an industrial touch in their design.
From grey cemented floor and walls to metallic tables, black chairs, marbled benches and hanging bespoke lighting that is designed to be a conducive dine-in space.
Outside, long tables are connected for bigger groups to gather, up to 20 pax.
Unlike most cafes, their display counter is actually outside the shop, making it accessible for takeaways.
I cannot imagine how hot it will be standing there with their open-air kitchen right behind the display shelves.
Surprisingly and maybe not, instead of the usual pastries that you will find in cafes these days, Kreme Cafe focuses on nostalgic and traditional bakes.
Here, you will find different flavours of Muffins ($2.50), Chocolate Eclair ($2.50), Stuffed Donuts ($2.80), Ring Donuts ($2.20), Egg Tart ($1.80), Pandan Cake ($1.80), Chicken Pie ($2.20) and Curry Puff ($2.20).
Cakes-wise, check out Kaya Cake ($4.20), Yam Cake ($4.20), Mango Mousse Cake ($4.20), Mocha Mousse Cake ($4.20) and USA Cheese Cake ($5).
The Kaya Cake ($4.20) is the old-school type, with alternating layers of soft, fluffy pandan chiffon cake and soft, wobbly kaya custard.
The sweetness was just right, with a nice contrast in textures between the sponge cake and custard layers.
The Yam Cake ($4.20) came in the same layered manner, with alternating layers of yam sponge cake and yam custard, though less aromatic as their pandan counterpart.
Apart from old-school confectioneries, Kreme Cafe also Gelato (Single $4.50, Double $8.50, Triple $12.50, Premium +$1) on their menu in 20 different flavours.
Apart from the classic flavours, check out Green Apple Yakult, Yuzu Sorbet, Earl Grey Lavender, Brown Butter Pecan, Salted Butterscotch, Matcha Azuki beans, Raspberry Lychee, Lychee Osmanthus and Kopi Guyou.
Pair it with either Cone ($1), Waffle ($5), Panda Waffle ($5.50) and Brownie ($4) for the extra indulgence.
I decided to go with the Pandan Waffle ($5.50), still pretty much old-school taste, except thicker and fluffier.
Texture-wise, it was more dense, cake-like and slightly limpy.
In addition, Kreme Cafe also serves artisanal coffee on their menu, with Black priced at $4.50, White ($5.50) and Mocha ($6.50).
For non-espresso drinks, think Chai ($6.50), Chocolate ($6.50) and Babycino ($3).
It is interesting to see more cafes offering old-school confectioneries on the menu lately, such as CRESCENT Waffle & Sandwich Shop at Fortune Centre and The Hainan Story Coffee House at NEX.
154 Serangoon North Ave 1, #01-404, Singapore 550154
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Tues- Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.