Kream & Kensho @ Kampong Bahru, Outram Park – Japanese-Inspired Cafe with Asian-Inspired Brunch Fare

With work picking up once more, it’s important to be able to take care of yourself and make time for the little joys in life. This weekend, I struck one more cafe off my ever-growing list of places to try! 

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Kream & Kensho had been on my radar for a while now, having taken over Stranger’s Reunion’s former space in Kampong Bahru in late 2020. 


The space rocks a rustic meets minimalist vibe, with grey and wood-themed furnishings. Larger groups can opt for a cozy alcove, tucked away from the busier parts of the cafe. Solo diners can catch the baristas in action at the bar. 

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The menu bears several Japanese influences, from Asian-inspired pasta to rice bowls and sandos. I’m a sucker for seafood pasta, so the Hotate Sakura Ebi Capellini ($24+) was an obvious choice with its succulent Hotate scallops. The pasta itself is perfectly al dente, and the tobiko helps to add some pops of umami to the dish. 

Be warned, though, it is unexpectedly spicy. Too spicy, in fact, with the almost excessive chili oil overpowering the other elements. I would have preferred if we could choose our own level of spiciness. 

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Hotate Sakura Ebi Capellini ($24+)

If there’s one dish that Kream & Kensho is known for, it’s the Grape Ricotta Brioche ($16+). The brioche is butterfly and light, and the grapes and ricotta balance each other perfectly, with the honey adding the right amount of sweetness to the grapes. Overall, it’s an enjoyable snack that’s not too heavy on the tummy. 

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Grape Ricotta Brioche ($16+)

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For its price, I felt the two dishes I tried could be more generously portioned. Nevertheless, Kream & Kensho is a pretty chill place to hang out and relax with your friends over a cuppa, away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Be prepared to wait on the weekends, though, as the cafe is as popular as ever!  

Address: 35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355
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Nearest MRT: Outram Park EW16/ NE3
Opening Hours: 
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm 
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 6pm 

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