Day 4 on my weekend jaunt to Singapore, and even though I was still up for more hawker food, I thought I’d opt for something different, and at the same moment my cake craving was starting to kick in.
I knew of Maison Ikkoku from a friend who recommended the place if you’re looking for a quick sandwich or cake bite, or a cup of tea or coffee.
When I read up on it, I discovered it to be not only a café, but also a lifestyle boutique combining mid-high end international menswear retail, and a semi-alfresco cocktail bar.
At lunchtime, the café was packed with young executives cackling about the stock market and their weekend plans.
Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream
Norwegian smoked salmon / boiled eggs / dill sour cream / yellow onions / rocket / fresh tomatoes
Like most Asians, having grown up with rice, a sandwich never quite fills me up, although I admit this is more psychological than physiological. The sandwiches at Masion Ikkoku were well-made, but the bread and filling ratio just wasn’t quite balanced. Like most sandwiches you’d find in Asia, there’s more bread than there is filling, unlike their counterparts in the US. But then again, who can argue that everything else is bigger in the US. But one thing is for sure–the food at Maison Ikkoku is made with very fresh ingredients, leaving your palate and overall digestive system feeling clean (a drastic change from all the laksa, fried kwetiau, and prata we’d been consuming days prior).
Peppered beef pastrami / baby cornichons / sauerkraut / swiss cheese / dijon mayo
As closing, I just had to have one of their cakes so beautifully displayed on the counter. Debating between the Red Velvet and Carrot Cake, I finally decided on the carrot. Let me be clear that this is not because I love carrot cake more than red velvet cake, because I love them equally, but it’s because it’s harder to find a decent carrot cake in Jakarta. So I thought I’d indulge a little more than usual.
Shredded carrots with walnuts, raisins topped with cream cheese frosting
Say Hallelujah to an awesome awesome carrot cake! Speaking of which, reminded me of the one at Papa Haydn in Portland, Oregon. It was just moist, and all around perfect. If I could sleep in it, I would.
All in all, the sandwiches weren’t crazy good, but very decent nevertheless. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of S$12-17 for a sandwich, S$3.5-7 for a coffee or tea, and S$3-10 for a pastry or snack, which I’d say is pretty reasonable. Undoubtedly, I’d come back for the cake, and perhaps a sample of their must-try mixes including Banana Flambé-tini, Black Forest Mojito, and Calamansi Champagne. Who am I kidding. I’d be more likely to settle for a cold beer.
20 Kandahar St.
+ 65 6294.0078
Mon – Thurs: 9 AM – 9 PM
Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 9 AM – 11 PM
Sun & PH: 9 AM – 7 PM
Bar (level 2)
Mon – Sat: 6 PM – Late
Boutique (level 3)
Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 8 PM
Sun: 11 AM – 7 PM