(The Hideout has since ceased operations with Sweet Garden Dessert House taking over the former premises of The Hideout.)
Old Airport Road has recently been a hotspot for cafes to open, with Brawn & Brains opening at Guillemard Road and Maple & Market at Cassia Crescent last year and Tian Kee & Co at Dakota Crescent within the past week.
The Hideout is just in between of the above-mentioned two, situated at Cassia Crescent. A mere four days old when we visited, it is already been flooded with patrons who are there to try their cakes and Buttermilk Waffles with ice-cream. For beverages, they serve tea and coffee, the latter using blends from a low-key local coffee roaster named Vittoria Coffee.
(Buttermilk Waffles with Chocolate Hazelnut ice-cream)
Since it is one of the specialties, I decided to go for their Buttermilk Waffles with ice-cream, going with the Chocolate Hazelnut flavour. Those who prefers their waffles soft would like this rendition; the waffles were so moist it melts-in-the-mouth. While the Buttermilk flavour was evident, we felt that it could be further enhanced as it seemed to stop short of it. The Chocolate Hazelnut ice-cream was fine though; it was smooth and had traces of cookie crumbs to bite and tasted rather similar to Ferrero Rocher.
(Earl Grey Mousse)
We also tried their Earl Grey Mousse was rather standard fare; the mousse was smooth and the vanilla-base cake went with the Earl Grey accents, though there was nothing much to shout about either.
With so many cafes opening recently, The Hideout felt a bit too safe, with a predictable menu and food that was not really very memorable. Nonetheless, it does add another option to this quiet neighbourhood, although the competition would be a really stiff one.
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