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Belle-ville Pancake Cafe

Published October 18, 2020 by piggie

Strawberry and Mixed Berry Pancake, $14.40++

This must be my discovery of the year!

My dining partner and I were looking for something lite after a heavy lunch followed by a coffee break, so that we could effectively conclude dinner. Actually, we were more of like searching for their competitor (ie Kyushu Pancake Cafe, whom I had actually attempted to visit their outlet in Takeo Onsen when I was touring Kyushu early this year), when we discovered Belle-ville, which I had passed by dozen times, but never ever notice it under my poking eyes. In fact, it passed off as an American establishment to me, and I was like, well, I had tried one of the best American pancakes in New York (Clinton St Baking Co), how good can this be? Especially that particular New York restaurant famous for their pancakes has now opened up their first oversea branch in Singapore after I visited The Big Apple in 2013.

But this time round, we had wanted something lite, and we found one of Belle-ville’s local franchise located in the vicinity, and I must reiterate we went over without much expectation.

Belle-ville serves meringue Millefeuille Pancake (Millefeuille means thousand-layer in French), with toppings such as fresh cream, Azuki red beans, butter, and ice-cream depending on what you order, or you can also add on to customise your pancakes. As can see from the picture above, my order is Strawberry and Mixed Berry Pancake, and you get to choose whether you want toppings on top only, or have them sandwiched between different pancakes layers as well, the latter of course, will command a higher price. Mine is the latter with 4 pieces pancakes, I feel the volume was just enough for our sharing.

Our pancakes were served with strawberries and Hokkaido cream on top, along with a piece of mint leaf, and of course, with strawberry and mixed berry filling in-between. While I expected the pancakes to have little distinction from McDonald’s Hot Cakes, I was utterly wrong there. Slicing it was very effortless! It was like soft and fluffy, a bit like melt-in-your-mouth type of texture. Next, freshness of the berries don’t lie, the sweetness is such a great complement, which truly brings the satisfaction up a few levels. I think, to say I have never tried pancake this great is not an exaggeration. Belle-ville’s pancakes are indeed softer and tastier, fully bringing out the sweetness of the eggs used, while Clinton St Baking Co is more on the savoury side, and with more firmness. But if I really have to pick side, I will stick with Belle-ville. In fact, I was so satisfied that I made up my mind to be back, as soon as the next day!

Belle-ville Pancakes is hailed from Osaka, and Singapore is their first oversea venture. I reckon that they have probably been here for 2 years, or maybe more? But nonetheless, my recommendation is to try them. They have more than just strawberry and mixed berry pancakes of course, which in my opinion, will be the real test for any doubters, because unlike more conventional pancakes, this one here is more difficult to maintain the quality due to fruits having their own season and even then, not all fruits taste the same. Let me assure you that this visit was not sponsored and if I can recommend it, it’s definitely worth a try!

Rive Gauche Patisserie

Published September 26, 2017 by piggie

Yuzu Cheese Cake, $8

I used to have very good impression on Rive Gauche Patisserie, and thought they are making premium cakes. Well, I found out in pricing and presentation maybe, but sadly, the quality betrayed its image drastically. Before I had my first try, I actually bought them for the old folks at home, and when they told me the taste was at best average, I found it unbelievable. When I eventually tried it for the first time, I regret ever walked in.

I actually got this offer of any sliced cake with tea for only $7 at Rive Gauche Patisserie. Otherwise selling for $8 alone, their Yuzu Cheese Cake certainly looks tantalising. However, the white chocolate and the glazed Yuzu mousse are perhaps the only plus point that this cake has to offer. I like the fresh citrus zest it brings, but when it comes to the texture of the cake… umm… can’t make it. The texture of the cake taste like as if it had been left overnight (maybe it did, but I was there in the afternoon, not morning), and at such price, this is not what I would expect of a Japanese or French Patisserie. In fact, cakes I bought from neighbourhood confectioneries taste better, but appearing less fancy and cost merely a fraction of its price.

Black Velvet Cake, $7

My friend ordered their Black Velvet Cake, likewise in their $7 sliced cake + tea deal. Even worse. The Oreo on top was no longer crisp, likewise for cake texture, which hinted it had been left overnight. I won’t say it’s terrible, just that the quality wasn’t there, and definitely not worth that price tag.

Was it just me? No. So far, of all the 4 associates I asked, 100% responded it’s forgettable. That is the comment they would normally reserve for neighbourhood confectioneries. Then what on earth was I paying a premium for? Maybe I should have tried their Guanaja instead, which is what they are famous for. But I probably ain’t likely getting their cake again.

As for the tea, it’s TWG tea. I had an Earl Grey, I think there are about 4 variation to choose from. No milk or creamer was given, only sugar.

Hokkaido Ice Cream Short Bread, $7.80

Over at their CityLink Mall franchise, their only one to date that sells ice cream, offered all Yotsuba Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream at $5 each during a promotion sometime back in August. Naturally, I got the most expensive one, Short Bread.

Their Short Bread ice cream is actually soft serve made with premium Hokkaido milk, along with their soft sponge softcake, corn flakes, mini eclairon and jelly. Though it may just look like a giant McDonald’s sundae with extra condiments, this one tastes a lot more fragrant, notably from the richer taste of Hokkaido milk, we found it thoroughly enjoyable! Though the plastic container looks a bit cheapskate, but saved the staff’s hassle from cleaning.

Brunches Cafe

Published September 12, 2016 by piggie

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I rarely post a restaurant decor, but I really have to make an exception this time. For, I feel this is a restaurant that deserves a special mentioning. And I believe if you bring along the old folks, they will have a wonderful time here. Those magazines on the shelf are very old magazines, probably older than many reading this post, and maybe published while your parents were still dating.

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Mixed Berries and Buttery Crumbles Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream, $10.50++

We only have one order, that is, Mixed Berries and Buttery Crumbles with Vanilla Ice Cream. While the dessert looks presentable, the taste is good too. Personally, I love the crunchy crumbles, which really brings up the ice cream taste up a notch. But if you still have not yet notice, take another look at the plate. Vintage huh?

Yup, right, that’s exactly what the cafe is trying to sell, that vintage feeling. Which is why I deliberately post its decor here. Still not impressed? You’re probably right, I ain’t too, not until you see the pictures below.

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This is a vintage Mini Cooper. Don’t get it wrong, the car is INSIDE the restaurant! And it’s not here to woo babes, it has now become a table, a seat! We were offered this seat upon entering the restaurant, but I don’t really like the limelight. Thanks, but no thanks. Besides, the seats are somewhat compact, both me and my dining companion have long legs, though technically we can still push it back, it used to be a real car, but it’s heavy.

The Mini Cooper seat

The Mini Cooper seat

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This is the seat we eventually chose, converted from oil barrels. Truth be told, it’s a bit low for diners, avoid it if you are having proper meals here. OK, these two seats are the most eye-catching in the restaurant. That’s not all, here’s another one.

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This restaurant isn’t all about vintage decor and fancy seatings. They have plenty of nostalgic items such as magazines, toys, stationery, and many other collectibles. Most of them are actually for sale! Coming here is very much like taking a walk down memory lane, especially for the older generations. In fact, we were so impressed that we couldn’t help taking pictures all over, disregarding any probing glances from other diners in the cafe.

As for food wise, they do serve main courses, all day breakfast etc. It’s worth a visit, even just for that vintage ambience alone.

2nd Visit

Didn’t quite expect, that my subsequent visit would take a long 2 years later. And because it happened to be Halloween, their decor has some seasonal spooky makeover.

Eggs Royale, $17.90++

Brunches Cafe’s Eggs Royale, consists of poached eggs with smoked salmon and rocket, covered with house made Hollandaise sauce. The look is rather appealing, reminding me of Gudetama. While I feel their salmon can do with a little more seasoning, I do find their salad adequately appetising.

Plain Waffle with Butter, Maple Syrup, with choice of Ice Cream (Grande), $9.90++

While the waffle may looks plain, it is at least crisp, the plus point has to be the pistachio ice cream. They have 2 size for Plain Waffle, the single size available for $7.90++

3rd Visit

Though there was a 2 year span between my first two visit, my 3rd came a lot sooner. This time, merely 2 months later, and coinciding with Christmas.

8″ Heavenly Bake Thin-crust Gourmet Pizza (Hawaiian), $16.50++

My dining partner didn’t feel too hungry, so we decided to order something that we can easily share. Now, the word ‘Heavenly’ is overwhelmingly misleading here, not only the look and taste are far from heavenly, it’s outright terrible. I seldom use such extreme words, but to begin with, the crust is too hard. Secondly, the description put the ingredients as tomato sauce, cheese, button mushroom, bell peppers, onion, topped with aragula (sic) and BBQ sauce, and the topping to be chosen from Portobello, Hawaiian, Roasted Chicken, Shrimp & Squid, Smoked Salmon & Feta. Honestly, we only saw cheese, pineapples, and chicken ham. Not only that, the taste just doesn’t blend, it’s rather bland as if the respective ingredients cannot work with one another. By far, this is the worst pizza I ever had, even $1 plain cheese pizza from New York tasted so much better. It’s a waste of ingredients really. Epic failure, period.

Molten Lava Cake with choice of Ice Cream, $11.50++

Good thing their Molten Lava Cake and Ice Cream made up our Christmas mood to some extent. The molten chocolate is quite generous, and as usual, our chosen Pistachio ice cream is remarkable. If there’s anything negative, then I have to say the strawberry is not as fresh. But you’ll have to pardon me for my stringent gauge on strawberries, for I have just returned from Japan, and the strawberries I tasted there easily outshine any you can find on our shore.

Brunches Cafe
96 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218381
Tel: 86858488

Opening Hours:
Weekdays 10:30hr – 21:00hr,
Weedends 09:30hr – 21:00hr

黑丸嫩仙草

Published November 24, 2014 by piggie

pokka-bb-1之前没听过黑丸嫩仙草这名堂,即使碰巧经过我想我也不会刻意光顾。从照片上看来,佐料蛮丰富的,虽然名堂上有些普通,第一印象就是充其量将各式台湾甜品融合在一个大碗,就这么混着吃,但如果你也抱着我这粗浅的想法就大错特错了!

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招牌大黑丸甜品,$5.4(冰沙吃法)

首先,我澄清并不是为这Pokka的促销宣传,台湾的甜品在新加坡已经说不上新奇,若不是偶然在超级市场发现Pokka有这么一项优惠,我大概也不会发现这漏网之鱼。

黑丸嫩仙草的佐料包括芋Q、金薯、芋圆、地瓜圆、红豆、黑珍珠,当然还有其招牌嫩仙草(请别联想起“老牛”噢!哈哈!)。仙草在东南亚没什么稀奇,关键在于名堂上那个“嫩”字。黑丸的嫩仙草滑溜溜的,有入口即溶的感觉,一尝之后,你大概不会留恋传统的仙草了,就像是试过台湾的冰沙就不再喜欢刨冰一样。

而黑丸的招牌大黑丸甜品(就是优惠的赠品啦)的噱头并不仅限于此,另外还有冷、热四种吃法(真是4种,没写错)!分别是烧式吃法(Hot stuff),热式吃法(Warm the soul),冷式吃法(Chill factor),以及冰沙吃法(Frozen flourish)。我只试过热式及冰沙吃法,前者只是加热,即便外带,一小时内还是余温尚存。冰沙吃法顾名思义,加入台湾著名的冰沙,融合了嫩仙草、芋圆等,口感极佳!冷式无须繁叙,烧式应该是液状的烧仙草(这…大概不能再用嫩来形容了吧??)。

另外,黑丸也让顾客自佩佐料,冰沙亦有传统冰沙口味与冬瓜冰沙口味供选择,不过价钱是否有差别就不晓得了。

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