Maison Ikkoku Cafe

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Today, I'm going to talk about my trip to Maison Ikkoku Cafe!
Image taken from Google Maps
My friend, Hannah, introduced this cool place to me!

As I went in the evening, I couldn't take a good shot of the exterior, hence I used this image instead, from google maps. :) What can I say about this place - I love its coffee! Honestly, I like coffee which is light and not too acidic.
Well, this place has one of the best coffee I ever tasted, at least for people like me, who just wants a cup of nice, smooth coffee brew without having to feel so sour at the end of the day. This is their menu! Just a one page food menu. But their specialty is coffee! So my aim was not to be so fixated on what they have to offer on food.
Hannah says they serve good sandwiches. But I'm on a diet (ackhem), so this time, I ordered salad instead. (What? Seriously? Salad?)
The salad turned out to be WONDERFUL, okay? We had the Caprese Salad ($16). I loved the mozzarella and everything else about the salad. It was light on the palate and was delicious.

Hannah has a sweet tooth, I realised. Haha. So we ordered a Molten Lava Cake ($7.50) and a Red Velvet Cake ($9). If you only can choose one cake, order the molten lava cake if you're up for a thick, rich taste. It was very nice.
The red velvet cake was nice too, but I would still choose the molten lava over it anyday. I felt the taste texture of the white chocolate flakes on top of the cake could have been further improved, while the cake itself was fluffy and light. The amount of cream was just right too.
I seriously thought that the decorations on the plate were mustard and ketchup, under the cafe's lighting. HAHA. Of course it's not, hello! Its raspberry sauce and something else, I forgot. :P

Hannah had the Signature MI Latte ($6), which turned out to be a very good choice. Halfway through the drink, the foam was still in the cup and did not dissolve. That's some nice barista skill right there.

Here's my Brew V60 Pour Over Coffee ($6)! I ordered it over the counter, where there were 2 flavours (Ethopia Konga and Guatemala San Antonio) for choosing. I went with the popular choice, Ethopia Konga (and now I do understand why it IS the popular choice). It was very smooth - ever have coffee just glide down your throat nicely? This is THE ONE which will totally satisfy your coffee craving. It has a floral aroma and the coffee has a strawberry cocoa finish.

Because I loved this so much, I looked around the shop and saw they had the V60 coffee machine up for sale too - but the total cost (filters, machine, etc) came up to about a few hundred bucks. I rather travel here for a cuppa and to chill out!
It is really nice to go to a place and find something you really like - which in this instance, I did. I really like this coffee and only have good things to say about it. Well, okay, the only bad thing is that the cup is not big enough for me! hahaha. Wish I could have more :P
If you want to know what other drinks they sell, here's the list:
Did I also mention they have a bar on the second floor? Maybe next time I will check that out too!
Directions:
Take train to Bugis MRT Station (Go to Downtown Line), go up exit C. Walk along the road of Rochor road (You will see Bugis Junction right in front of you). But instead of going to Bugis Junction, turn right and go down North Bridge road all the way. When you reach Masjid Sultan Mosque (which will be on your right hand side), turn right and walk further down. It should take you about 10 minutes (max) to get there from Bugis MRT Station.
Here's how I got to the cafe (see red highlighted path).
 Address: 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198885
Tel: 62940078
Operating Hours:
The cafe @ Level 1
Mon-Thur: 9am~9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am~11pm
Sun: 9am~7pm

The bar @ level 2
Sunday - Thursday: 4pm ~ 1am
Friday, Saturday & Eve of PH: 4pm - 2am
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.5 / 5
Ambience: 3.8 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5