June 12, 2014

Brew Maison @ Bukit Timah ~ A Pretty Japanese-Korean Style Cafe With Cutesy 3D Latte Art

Cafés, cafés, and more cafés, they're everywhere now! Still, the appeal of checking out new places have yet to cease for the time being, so here I am at Brew Maison. Situated at Alocassia Apartments along Bukit Timah Road, it is not the most convenient of location for yours truly, but the cosy feel of the café could prove to be the next popular place for nearby residents and SCGS students to chillax.

To sum up Brew Maison in one word - Pretty. From the pastel-color theme, turquoise blue walls, comfortable-looking white couches to the little pots of artificial eternal bloom on each table, it spells sweet girlishness all over. (But guys can still come here lah).

The café is said to be inspired by Japanese and Korean style, certainly not your usual industrial-chic kind of hipster hangout.

The influence of Japanese and Korean style is also spilled over to the menu offering, with the use of
Japanese flavored teriyaki sauce, as well as Korean bulgogi-style red sauce to complement the mains.

The drill is simple: select your main of chicken, pork, beef or fish with choice of rice, pasta, bread or wrap, followed by your preferred sauce. Add sides and snacks for a more substantial meal.

Our order of Pork ($8.20) came with thinly-sliced pork belly cooked in sweetish brown sauce sandwiched between ciabatta bread, while the side order of Tori Bites ($6) were crispy little homemade nuggets of minced chicken.

We thought the taste could be more polished and plating could do with more refinement, but these are areas which can be improved given time, as long as the kitchen is willing to invest in more effort.

As waffles are not available during the late afternoon we were there, and most of the supplied pastries such as cakes and muffins doesn't looked very enticing, we decided on the Banana Cake ($3) which is baked in-house. The slice we had was adequately moist and nicely flavored with banana. My friend said it reminded him of Bengawan Solo (he meant it in a not-so-bad way).

Admittedly, the most compelling reason for me to visit Brew Maison are the impossibly adorable 3D latte art. Oh look! There's a kitty in my (sweet potato) Goguma Latte ($4)! Meow~ Meow~

I also requested for Doraemon and Little Twin Stars designs for our Caffé Latte ($4) and Cappuccino ($4), which the talented 3D & cartoon latte artist gladly acceded to. Though the latte art has no added value in terms of taste to the coffee, it did contributed a little extra fun to the whole caffeine drinking experience, and could make your Instagram post generate more 'likes' and perhaps even new followers almost instantly.

We waited for 30 minutes for our cuppas to be ready, understandably so as each latte design needs to be carefully crafted. But the artist may not be in the café all the time, so it's advisable to check Brew Maison's facebook page for updates on the schedule. On other days, simple freepour designs are done by the baristas on duty.

Our coffee tasted decent, but can be bolder in body and aromatics. Once the novelty of cutesy latte art wears off, what will eventually draw a customer back would really depend on the level of substance a café has.

Brew Maison
Address: 383 Bukit Timah Road, #01-9B Alocassia Apartments, Singapore 259727
Contact: +65 6836 2948 / +65 6735 5068
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrewMaison
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm / Sat-Sun 8am-10pm

Prices are nett with no service charge and GST.

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