KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar (📍 Tan Kah Kee, Singapore)

Due to myself being crazily busy during summer hols, I didn’t have the chance to check out any cafes. And so, I’m determined to check some places off my list before the semester turns even more hectic. Yes I know that the new academic year has already begun, and honestly I’m little guilty of being so slack-ish right at the very start of a new semester (not a good thing yeah). But I vow to study my ass off for the rest of year (a solemn promise to myself). However, at least for these two weeks during add / drop period it’s blogging and good food HAHA.

Met my best budz at our usual drop-off point and she drove us to KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar. I chose this place because it was featured on LadyIronChef, DanielFoodDiary and even JiakSimiPng. The pictures of the waffles had immediately caught my attention – oh how much I love desserts HAHA. There were quite a number of customers when we entered the shop – it was lunchtime. We decided to sit at a two-seater table further inside the place. We then decided to order one savoury dish and one sweet dish to share.

The savoury dish – Pork Belly Miso Grain Bowl ($16). Personally, I liked this dish more than the waffles one. There was sauce drizzled on garlic Japanese rice, giving it a subtly salty flavour. There were also ramen crisps (I’m sure that for most of us, the first thought that came to our minds was the mamee monster snack). In addition to that, the cucumber edamame salad – I really loved the refreshing and distinct taste of the cucumber. The edamame (immature soybeans) was surprisingly not bad as well, given that I usually pick out my green peas (or anything that is green and round HAHA). As for the soft egg, who doesn’t love it when the yolk oozes out after spooning it into half? And finally, the star of the attraction – fork-tender kakuni braised pork belly. All I can say was that it was superb. As someone who loves pork trotters, pork belly is an equal favourite. Though I ended up picking a layer a fat from my piece and got judged HAHA. A definite must-try at this cafe!

The sweet dish – Charcoal Sesame Artisanal Mochi Waffles ($12.50). We chose the lychee rose froyo as our choice of accompaniment. It was the best – the perfect fruity and sweet flavour for my sweet tooth. There were also other flavours of froyo or ice-cream to pick from for the side dish, but some of them were not available at that time. I was rather surprised to see a teh tarik flavour even – so exotic. The small sesame biscuit sticks were a pleasant bonus. It would be an added plus point if the fruits are cold – that contrast in taste would be great. As for the mochi waffles, it was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, but it wasn’t a total wow factor for me in comparison to other waffles I’ve tried. I did like the Speculoos crumbs and sauce a lot though – fell in love with this ever since I got a taste of this with Llaollao. I would say that the highlight of this dish was certainly the froyo.

View from my table further into the shop.

You can check out the current available froyo / ice-cream flavours from here. There is also a gigantic pitcher of water to serve yourself.

A fridge of all the tubs of frozen yoghurt you could possibly pack home.

Possible toppings for your sogurt serving.

View from my table towards the counter.

View from my table towards the outer area of the place. Kind of liked the interior design of the shop – especially all the hanging potted plants, giving the entire store a closer to nature atmosphere. The plant-design wallpaper complements it and brings everything up a notch. As you can see, the crowd started to clear out after lunch hour.

View from outside the shop.

Personally I thought that the Pork Belly Miso Grain Bowl serving was not justified, considering the price of it. But together with the Charcoal Sesame Artisanal Mochi Waffles, it was really filling for two people. Prices are exclusive of GST, and they do not charge for service. A recommended stop for all cafe-goers – would definitely go back a second time to try out their other dishes. Kind of like this new concept store by Sogurt – I remember Sogurt as a place with really sweet yoghurt (I don’t like the supermarket plain-flavoured ones that taste sour).

In case anybody may be wondering how to get to this cafe, it’s really near Tan Kah Kee Downtown Line MRT Station. I was rather shocked when the train station came into sight immediately after we drove off from the location. KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar‘s exact address is 617 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269718.


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