As an avid café hopper, I’ve got to admit that the café scene in Singapore is dulling – new cafes are lacking that flavour and older cafes are either getting overcrowded or dropping in standards. Recently, however, I did stumble (online) on a pretty outstanding new café in Bukit Timah.
Dubbing themselves “Asia’s First Affogato Bar”, the spotlight goes to their special creations of affogatos, each one making use of a different ice cream flavour from their ice cream bar and matched with different toppings.
The Death by Chocolate ($13.90) is not for the faint-hearted. Rather than a uniform flavour of chocolate throughout, the affogato features complex layers of chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks, chocolate streusels, chocolate top hat, topped with Grande Tazza espresso – slightly bitter in some, sweet in the others. Good for sharing as it might get overbearing, or too rich for some.
If you’ve only got space for one item, go for my favourite affogato here, which is also the recommended Carota Carota ($13.90). Showcasing the unique carrot cake flavoured ice cream and drizzled this dish also felt like a deconstructed carrot cake, chopped walnuts, homemade cream cheese, topped with Mocharoma espresso. I liked how natural the flavour of the ice cream was and how airy and moist the cake was, albeit a sponge cake. Neither the carrot cake nor espresso overpowered each other.
Making a very Instagram-worthy shot would be the Banana Ramble ($12.90), comprising butter pecan ice cream, banana cake, fresh banana slices and pecans, topped with Mocharoma espresso. It’s not cloyingly sweet thanks to the bitter tones of espresso.
Non-coffee drinkers need not feel excluded here. More than an affogato bar, the all-day menu also includes bagel sandwiches and ice cream. We were surprised to find that the bagel sandwiches here are comparable to the ones from specialized bagel stores.
We had both the Breakfast Club ($12.90) – toasted bagel with cooked ham, cheddar cheese, egg, mesclun mix, gruyere béchamel sauce and Deli Beef ($14.90) – toasted bagel with cooked corned beef, fresh onions, sun-dried tomato, arugula, sun-dried tomato cream cheese. Alternatively, you can also opt for your choice of bagel to go along with just your pick of flavoured cream cheese.
On a final note, the affogato prices here are not incredibly affordable, but for such extraordinary affogatos they are worth at least the first try.
The Affogato Bar
501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court
Daily 8am – 11pm
Tel: +65 9238 9005