If you haven’t heard the news, popular Korean cafe Caffebene just opened in Singapore! *throws confetti* For those who are not familiar with the name, Caffebene is a coffee chain that is littered around South Korea and China. In the words of our writer’s friend, “It’s like Korean Starbucks.”
But is it really?
We popped by the flagship outlet at VivoCity for a look (and taste) and we were pleasantly surprised.
The interior is rustic, yet modern. Confused? Think timber tables and trees (yes, there is a giant tree in the cafe), and metal railings and chairs. Totally Instagram-worthy.
Of course, the décor can’t satisfy your hunger and cravings, so let’s talk about the food.
Our verdict? YASSS.
Don’t expect 100 items on the menu (they just started, give them a break), but do expect a variety. They’ve even got salads and wraps for those who are looking for a quick bite during lunch! We heard they’re looking to expand their menu early next year, but that’s a story for another day because now, we need to rave about their snacks/desserts and drinks.
Here are the star products (in our humble opinion).
How does this differ from ice kachang? In every way. First, you gotta mix everything before you eat. Yes, including the gelato. It should be reduced to a slosh, and that’s when the actual flavour kicks in. You can eat it the ice kachang way (layer by layer) if you insist, but just know that the bottom part is basically ice. And only ice. #justsaying
Who can resist waffles? Defo not us. Choose from a few flavours, including tiramisu and rice cake. Yes, we’re talking about the traditional Korean rice cake. This East-meets-West flavour is a party on our tongue on first bite. Just imagine sinking your teeth into warm waffles, gooey and chewy ddeok, topped with roasted soybean flour (kinako) and almond slivers. YUMS.
If you’re expecting an array of drinks like Starbucks, you might be disappointed, but the drinks menu is pretty extensive. Apart from the usual fare of Americano and mocha, there’s also the more unique beverages such as the sweet potato latte (which is super popular in Korea) and the misugaru, which kinda taste like malt tea with milk – or Horlicks, but better. Super addictive, we tell you.
Garlic and cheese toast
A must-try for fans of cheese, this thick toast has a perfect balance of garlic and cheese. If we had to describe the flavour, we’ll probably put it this way: It’s like dipping garlic bread in cheese. *wipes drool*
If waffles and toast are not your thing, have a scoop (or scoops) of gelato. Flavours range from fruits to chocolate, but also include the less common (yet totes yums) yoghurt. Too perfect, we can’t deal.