Easties would know this: Bedok is one of those areas with cosy little cafes hidden in every corner.
However, that means many often go overlooked.
Unless you live or work in the neighbourhood, Home Cafe along Bedok Reservoir Road is one such cafe you’ve probably never heard of.
It’s located under a HDB block, just a six-minute walk from Kaki Bukit MRT, so not the most convenient.
As its name suggests, the cafe is cosy and very chill, decked out in warm wooden furnishings. You’ll probably see people working on their laptops on weekdays, given that free Wi-Fi and power plugs are available.
You can take your pick from an assortment of speciality coffee, cakes, pastries, hot food, and gelato on waffles, all of which are prepared without any pork, lard, or alcohol, making everything Muslim-friendly.
One of their bestselling desserts, which I deem a must-order (especially if you only want one sweet treat), is the Strawberry Basque Cheesecake (S$6.50 per slice).
Basque burnt cheesecake is layered with cream and a sprinkling of dried rose petals — kinda like the layered cakes you find in Korean cafes.
The texture of the cake was more dense than silky, akin to that of NY-style cheesecakes, but it paired nicely with the light and airy cream.
I’ve had my fair share of artificial-tasting strawberry desserts (think strawberry milk) but this was subtly sweet, floral, and a little tart.
Chocoholics may find the biscoff-topped Belgium Chocolate Basque Cheesecake (S$6.50 per slice) on the lighter side, but it gets the job done. As long as you don’t expect a chocolate dessert that’s too rich or decadent, you’ll enjoy this.
Celebrating a special occasion or simply feel like treating the family to something sweet? Whole Cheesecakes (from S$28 for 6′ inch) are available for both online pre-orders and walk-ins (subject to availability).
If cheesecake isn’t your thing, the Coffee Tiramisu (S$6.50), with its layers of creamy mascarpone and coffee-soaked sponge, will sit well with those who want something more traditional. There’s also a Matcha (S$6.50) version for all you tea lovers.
As for the selection of pastries, which includes savoury options like the Butter Chicken Pie (S$6.90) and Turkey Ham Spinach Quiche (S$6.90), there are plenty to choose from.
We were recommended the flaky Almond Croissant (S$4.90), topped generously with frangipane (a sweet almond paste-like cream) and toasted almonds — I can see why it’s a bestseller!
Although most visit for desserts, there are several pasta, baked rice, and savoury bites on the menu, such as the popular Smoked Duck Alfredo Pasta (S$11.90), a creamy, peppery, and ultra-comforting main.
Unsurprisingly, Home Cafe boasts a wide variety of both coffee and non-coffee beverages, with slightly more unconventional offerings like the Spanish Latte (S$5.50) and London Fog (S$5).
But if I were you, I’d zero in on the Barista Specials (S$6) and choose from a seasonal menu featuring drinks like Peach Latte, Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Oatmilk Espresso, and my favourite of the lot, the refreshing Yuzu Matcha.
If good ol’ waffles and gelato are what you seek, prices start from S$7.90 for a Half Waffle with Single Scoop.
There are seven gelato flavours on rotation on any given day, so you might be able to try something new every time you visit. We opted for the Cookies and Cream, which was chock full of chunky oreo bits, and the earthy yet refreshing Yuzu Hojicha atop crispy, golden brown waffles.
The next time you find yourself in Bedok, why not hit up Home Cafe for a relaxing afternoon (be it solo or with a friend) over cake and coffee?
???? 150 Bedok Reservoir Rd, #01-1727, Singapore 470150
???? 11.30am—10pm (Sun to Thu), 11.30am–11pm (Fri & Sat)
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Photos by Christabel Tan