Cafe

KoKoPanda – A Korean Superfood Dessert and Beverage Parlour

Officially opened on 16th December 2016, Kokopanda is a new Korean soft serve and beverage concept focusing on “superfood” toppings to cater to the health-conscious. Yes, you can indulge without feeling guilty!

They offer three unique soft serves, which include White Cremo (a rich smooth and creamy Korean soft serve ice-cream made from premium Korean milk), Black Yogo (a black frozen yogurt made from roasted coconut husk that contains edible activated charcoal, which helps to cleanse the body of toxins) and for the undecided who want to try both – KoKo Twisto (a combination of both Black Yogo and White Cremo).

White Cremo

Black Yogo

Koko Twisto

Quality ingredients sourced directly from Korea are used, including Korean Milk and a selection of superfood toppings like KoKoCrunch granola (a blend of dried fruits and rice puffs) and dried fruits that are rich in vitamins and fibre. The best part is that the fruits are not artificially sweetened and if you are familiar with Korean strawberries and tangerines, they are naturally sweet! The Korean Milk used here is preservative free and thus has a shorter shelf life, so this is regularly flown in fresh from Korea.

A variety of dried fruit is available and this includes Jeju tangerine, Korean strawberries, pear, apple, persimmon, orange and lemon! My favourites are the pear, tangerine and strawberries.

Interestingly, when you eat the dried fruit on its own, their texture is what you’d expect dried fruit to be like, but when you put them into the soft serve, some of them turn a little crispy! I tried this with both the tangerines and strawberries and there was an added crunch to them!

Fruit Bombs (made from real fruit juice) and Jelly Pearls (made from seaweed) are some of the other toppings that are available. If you like nuts, you can try the Honey Butter Almonds, which I absolutely loved!

In addition, there are also Jellies and Chia Seeds that you can choose to add to your dessert or beverage.

A variety of different drinks can be found on their beverage menu, which include Seoulistic Iced Tea Lattes, Korean Fruit Vinegar Ciders and Fruit Enzyme drinks, Exotic Gangnam Iced Teas and ChiaChaCha, which is a refreshing combination of 100% coconut water with Chia Seeds.

One of their signature drinks is the Jeju Green Tea Latte and you can have this with black KoKoPearls, i.e. if you are the type who’s into bubble teas. I usually like my drinks with 0% sugar and I found the green tea latte with black pearls to be just right for me as it wasn’t too sweet and I think those who don’t like the slightly bitter taste of Japanese matcha may like this as this Korean green tea doesn’t have that same bitter taste. Premium grade Jeju green tea is used and it contains natural polyphenols and antioxidants.

Those who can’t do without sugar haven’t been forgotten and similar to other beverage outlets in the market, you can customize your sugar levels, but of course to be healthier, try to slowly reduce your sugar intake and go for 0%! ^_^

Although I’m not a hugh fan of coconut water and healthy drinks, I did try the ChiaChaCha with added Mango Fruit Bombs and I have to say that those fruit caviars burst easily in your mouth and made each sip of the drink very flavourful! Hmm…possibly something I can consider drinking more of in the future, with health benefits!

Weight conscious individuals can opt for the Green Grapes or Green Apple Cider with Chia Seeds, as these are made from pure fruit vinegar ciders known for extra health benefits such as weight loss and maintaining blood sugar levels.

If you haven’t already noticed by now, the shop’s logo has a cute panda in it and you can find this mascot on both the drink and dessert cups, on the staff’s t-shirts, as well as at the shopfront.

On what sets KoKoPanda apart from other dessert and beverage outlets, Katie Kang, Managing Director for KoKoPanda states: “We are all about superfood desserts and beverages. We noticed that many of the drinks and desserts available today are mostly made from sugar and syrups with little goodness included. We are here to spread our concept of guilt-free indulgence by adding the benefits of superfoods into delicious desserts and beverages that people already enjoy.”

I’ve always thought of health foods as being bland and taste-wise not to my liking, but this has somewhat altered my perception. Healthy desserts and beverages that taste good too! Do come and give it a try!

As part of their Opening promotions, Kokopanda will be having a special Buy-1-Get-1-Free promotion on all items on their menu during their launch weekend from 16–18 December 2016.

Thanks to KoKoPanda for the dessert and beverage tasting!

Address:
KoKoPanda
#B2-60, Plaza Singapura,
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

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Latte Art at Brew Maison

Latte art seems to be the trend at cafes these days, with some outdoing the competition with super cute designs! To-date I only know of 2 cafes in Singapore with cute latte art (i.e. cartoon/3D) and one of them is Brew Maison, but unfortunately their cartoon/3D latte arts are only available on an adhoc basis.

Thus, when I heard about their Teatime Vday Set ($16 for 2 pax, 2:30pm – 5:30pm) which was available only on Valentine’s Day, I jumped at the opportunity to go check it out! ^_^

This set comprises of a Vday Strawberry Waffle and 2 Hot Couple Lattes – we had the option to choose 1 out of the 3 Vday designs (Mickey & Minnie / Lady & The Tramp / Donald & Daisy). I’m not a fan of the duck couple and I prefer the mice over the doggies, thus we went with Mickey & Minnie.

Drinks-wise there was also a choice of coffee lattes, or non-coffee drinkers (like me) could opt for their Taro Latte or Goguma Latte (made with sweet potato). Haha…the non-coffee lattes sure sounded interesting!

Here’s another picture of the lattes:

Verdict:
The waffle was just average to me as I’ve tasted crispier and more fragrant versions elsewhere, but the lattes were awesome! My hubby enjoyed his coffee latte and as for me, I had the Goguma Latte, which was smooth, creamy and had a milky flavour with just a subtle hint of sweet potato. To skeptics out there – no, it doesn’t take like a soup but is really a pleasant Korean-style drink.


The cafe is quite spacious, with a simple decor.

It also has some cosy areas with nice comfortable chairs.

I liked this cute little pot of artificial flowers found at the table.

NOTE:
3D/Cartoon latte art is only available when their 3D/Cartoon latte artist is around and reservations are required, so keep a lookout on their Facebook page for updates on when they will be available.


Address:

Brew Maison
383 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-9B, Alocassia Apartments, Singapore 259727.
(Opposite Singapore Chinese Girls School)

Tel: 6836-2948 / 6735-5068

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 07:00–22:00
Sat-Sun: 08:00–22:00

Getting There:
Closest bus stops are:
40081 (Opp SCGS)
40071 (Leng Kwang Baptist Church)
40079 (Chinese Intl Sch)
Bus Services – 48, 66, 67, 170, 171, 700, 700A, 960

If you are driving, the entrance to the car park is along Robin Drive and the first hour of parking is complimentary (limited space available).

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PoTeaTo

PoTeaTo is a cafe located in Tiong Bahru and as its name suggests, the specialties here are potato inspired dishes and tea.

   

I decided to drop by for dinner to check out their offerings.

Menu:

When you are ready to place your order, head over to the counter with your order and make your payment at the same time. The food will be served to your table.

Here’s what we tried…

Iced Peach & Lychee ($5.60) and Iced Mocha ($5.60) – The Peach & Lychee tea was quite refreshing and had pieces of lychee in it.


Left: Potato & Leek Soup ($4.80)
                                   Right: Cream of Potato ($5.20)

 

My hubby had the Potato & Leek soup and he loved it but I don’t like leek so I went with the Cream of Potato and was pleasantly surprised to find corn, bacon bits and grated cheese in it as well. Both soups come with a slice of toast and I must say that these hot soups are quite satisfying.


Fish and Chips, served with shoestring and sweet potato fries ($15) – The fish wasn’t particularly outstanding but the sweet potato fries (i.e. the orange coloured ones) were exceptionally good!! I love sweet potato and will definitely order these fries as a separate order on my next visit!


Herb Grilled Chicken with Potato Salad ($16) – Looks healthy with 2 types of salads and in my opinion, this tasted much better than the fish!


Verdict: Overall quite satisfying cafe fare and the sweet potato fries are a MUST TRY!


Address:
PoTeaTo
78 Yong Siak Street, #01-18
Singapore 163078.

Phone: +65 62212488

Email: eat@poteato.sg

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 12pm – 10:30pm
Sat: 10am – 10:30pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm

Note:
Brunch is served from 10am – 2:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Lunch is available from 12pm -2:30pm (Tues – Fri)
Hi-Tea is served from 2:30pm to 6pm (Tues – Sun)
Dinner is served from 6pm (Tues – Sun)
Kids’ Meals are served from 6pm onwards (Tues – Sun).
Desserts are available from 2:30pm onwards (Tues – Sun)

Getting There by MRT: 10min walk from Tiong Bahru station

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Antoinette at Penhas Road

Found this shop in the middle of an old housing estate and surrounded by old commercial buildings. The decor of the shop seems too posh when compared with its surroundings. I decided to give myself an after-dinner treat and stopped by this place…

Interior of the shop.


Menu


Couldn’t resist trying the colourful macarons which were displayed at the counter!

Selected 4 out of the 5 bestsellers in the shop…
Charlotte (pink) – vanilla cream with strawberry coulis
Chloe (orange) – citrus yoghurt and yuzu flavoured, the taste was quite interesting
Praline (brown) – this contained hazelnuts
Antoinette (speckled) – milk chocolate earl grey tea ganache with raspberry confiture


AntoinetteEarl Grey ice cream with raspberry jelly and milk chocolate shards

The flavour of the earl grey ice cream was too strong for my liking but the chocolate was nice.


L’amourRose petal ice cream with raspberry swirl, rose meringue and lychee pieces

The rose petal ice cream was nice and had a light fragrance which was pleasing to the palate. I was glad that it wasn’t overpowering and I loved the lychee bits which came with the ice cream. However, I felt that the rose meringue which was dusted with icing sugar was simply too sweet!! You’ll really need to have a super sweet tooth to enjoy it! LOL…


Verdict:
I found the desserts too sweet but if you are game for a sugar rush, you might enjoy them!
Love the macarons though!!


Address:
Antoinette
30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street),
Singapore 208188.

Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday – 11am to 10pm (Last order – 9.30pm, last seating – 9.45pm)
Friday and Eve of Public Holidays – 11am to 11pm (Last order – 10pm, last seating – 10.45pm)
Saturday – 10am to 11pm (Last order – 10pm, last seating – 10.45pm)
Sunday and Public Holidays – 10am to 10pm (Last order – 9.30pm, last seating – 9.45pm)

Nearest MRT: Lavender

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