These days, it’s hard to find a cafe that truly stands out from the dozens of generic looking joints that pop up with forgettable or worse, mediocre dishes. Yet Amber Ember has somehow found its way against the norm, with an interesting menu of Asian inspired brunch items that tantalise both the eyes and the tastebuds.
Located a stone’s throw away from Serangoon and Kovan MRT stations, Amber Ember occupies a good half of the ground level of Yeley Building, a standalone building located on Upper Serangoon Road. A nondescript coffee stand first greets customers, with dusty pink interiors and quaint decor awaiting your arrival.
The warm undertones of Amber Ember’s interior are matched by their affable staff, who are incredibly attentive and welcoming.
To start, the Babycino ($2.50), the only drink tailored for children, is a comforting cuppa topped with marshmallow and chocolate dust. Perfect for sipping on while whiling the afternoon away with a good book.
While Amber Ember has no shortage of pastas, sourdough toasts, sharing plates, and sweets to satisfy all kinds of cravings, their claim to fame lies in their Australian Jaffles. Consisting of a freshly pressed toastie, Amber Ember’s jaffles are served pipping hot, with a side of sweet potato mash for colour. Plus points to whoever came up with those quirky menu names, too!
The Magic Mushroom ($14) is one of the most popular choices, and features two types of mushrooms – truffle sautéed mushrooms and deep fried cajun oyster mushrooms toasted with mozzarella. The cheese held the jaffles together really well, adding a savoury taste that complimented the more earthy notes of the mushrooms! With the sweet potato mash, this is a pretty satisfying main on its own.
For a fuller meal, I highly recommend adding Scrambled Eggs ($2), which is very generously portioned for its price point. The fluffiness of the eggs certainly evoked a feeling of biting into a lightly salted, piping hot cloud!
Amber Ember also serves dessert jaffles and other baked goods that are as flavourful as their savoury counterparts.
Tucked away from the central part of Serangoon, Amber Ember is one hidden gem that should be included on your cafe hopping list, it not for their delicious and photo worthy jaffles, then for their relaxed atmosphere and warm staff.
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