Banana Tree in Singapore
Hello! I paid a visit to the newly opened Banana Tree café at Keong Saik Road a few weeks back after dance class with the gizibes.
We visited the café in Korea last December (which I'm supposed to blog about in my travelogue series but.... haven't finished editing my pics because I'm too
lazy busy #firstworldpains) near Itaewon so we knew how the Korean counterpart fared. I have to say I'm impressed with the local version of it even before stepping into the café - the area is definitely a whole lot bigger than the one in Korea!
26 Keong Saik Road
Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar/Outram Park
The set-up of the entire place is similar to the Korea one - yellow lighting, wood concept and very homely atmosphere. It's quite fuss free really in this café, just find a table on your own then grab some menus from the counter and place your order at the counter once ready. Iced water is self-served and complimentary. The café does not charge any service charge so prices are nett as indicated on their menu. Oh oh oh, there's free wifi too in this café as well!
I was very amused by the cotton candy maker and their counter set-up because when you visit the Korea one, everything is basically hidden and you just sit there to wait for your food and drinks to arrive (you'll have to compare them to the pictures from the Korea when they are posted then you'll understand what I mean). I hope my kitchen looks like this in future man - so vibrant and dainty!
We each ordered a drink and 2 desserts to share. The prices are quite reasonable here for the beverages and desserts except for the Oreo Bomb which I felt was a little too pricey.
Our food and drinks came quite fast, probably about a 10-15 minute wait after ordering.
Espresso Flower Paap $6.50
I like the spoons that come with this dessert haha. The Koreans are very detailed in their presentation.
Taste-wise the espresso flavour is not overpowering and I think this tastes a lot nicer here in Singapore than in Korea. The mousse was light and fluffy and we finished this quite quickly. Actually, maybe it tastes nicer because all 3 of us were starving then HAHAHAH!
Oreo Bomb $12
This dessert is basically just crushed and warmed up Oreo cookies, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Looks really simple and nondescript but this is damn addictive and yummy! And I've never seen this in the Korean menu when I was there so my guess is this is a new addition to the local menu. We polished this off till the last crumb literally.
Som Som Ice Latte (Banana) $7
Mojito (Green Apple) and Mojito (Passionfruit) $7.50 each
I had the Mojito (Passionfruit) because it was such a blistering day that afternoon. Drink is very refreshing and cool, served in a mason jar so it's definitely filling. Avoided the Som Som iced latte because I had a very bad experience with it in Korea (tasted really icky in my opinion, the hot pistachio flavoured one) but the bff says her banana iced latte is very nice! I didn't taste it because I don't like bananas D:
Opening hours as indicated above so do pay the café a visit if you're in the vicinity. I quite like the place and I'll probably head back to try the Red Bean Pot Bing Soo on my next visit because it looks so darn Instagram worthy! Actually everything in that café is Insta-worthy :/
Alright, till the next foodie adventure :D I hope I can edit my Korea trip pics soon cos I'm heading to Japan next month and then it'll be a whole new set of pictures to edit again. Aye, really first world pains man!