KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar is Sogurt’s latest F&B concept, taking former space of Sogurt’s branch situated along Bukit Timah Road.
Sogurt was once the place for yogurt, and the Bukit Timah Road outlet was once their flagship store. Fast forward to today, the space had since been renovated with most of its furnishings and fittings updated to ensure KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar’s interior design is kept up to date with the cafes of the late. KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar still keeps its dainty branding, though it certainly does feel more chic in comparison to Sogurt; the usage of pastel colours, brick walls as well as flora and fauna motifs as their wallpaper exudes a girly summertime vibe that is rather soothing and conducive for weekend brunch dates. Unlike Sogurt which only serves frozen yogurt, KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar is their attempt in serving cafe grub that is very much confined to Grain Bowls and Grilled Toasties; the former was not available during our visit when we made our visit during their soft launch phase. There are also a limited selection of sides and desserts, while they also do serve a small variety of frozen yogurt flavours at the back of the shop.
Having seen their Korean Wings online and was also a dish that was recommended by one of the staff, we ordered a portion to share. These exceeded our expectations, considering it was one that came out from the kitchen of a cafe and not from a Korean joint; the fried chicken was well-executed being coated with a thick yet crispy batter, while the meat was tender and juicy within. The chicken pieces were also not too greasy and were adequately saucy; while the sauce is not drenched messily around the chicken (which also makes this pretty easy to eat using just our hands), the sauce did add the sweet-savoury balance of flavours one would expect from Korean fried chicken, though not being overwhelming. A rather appetising side which we found ourselves enjoying quite a bit.
Since they were not serving any grain bowls on the day of our visit, we decided to simply share one of the Grilled Toasties; our choice was the Pepperoni Pizzazz which was also another dish that was recommended by the same staff. A combination of two dishes, this was undeniably enjoyable to any cheese lover; think pizza and grilled cheese sandwich coming together as one where there is simply loads of melty, stringy and oozy cheese from the moment the halves are being pulled apart all the way till the last bite. The occasional bite into a slice of pepperoni helps to induce a contrasting hint of savoury flavour from cured meat to compliment the cheesiness, but it does take more sensitive taste buds to pick up the other ingredients such as marinara herb sauce, garlic and basil in between the crisp sourdough toasts at play here. Nonetheless, this is one of the dishes that we found hard not to love especially for the cheese lover in us.
Flat White was a little off; while the cuppa had a light body and an earthy flavour profile, the foam sitting on the top was a tad too thick; more identical to those of a Cappucino than Flat White. Definitely has some room for improvement here.
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar does seem to have got the basics right; a cafe that serves more updated cafe grub such as Grains Bowls and Grilled Toasties does seem more promising especially in this era when serving egg dishes just seem a tad outdated; the food quality is also pretty up to mark especially with regards to the food where they do taste pretty decent and comes off pretty accurately from expected with nothing much to complain about; the only miss would probably just be on the coffee. That being said, the soft launch of KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar could be more well-managed. In particular, it would probably be a better decision to serve half the Grain Bowl menu and half of the Grilled Toasties menu so as to have a variety of food to cater to non cheese lovers for the time being; perhaps it would be wiser to visit KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar after their official launch instead. That being said, it would be interesting to see how KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar, given the competition from other cafes in the area such as Choupinette, Atlas Coffeehouse and Crown Bakery & Cafe. Still, KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar is still a place worth the visit in the neighbourhood, especially if one is looking for somewhere new to dine at apart from the usual names being mentioned at Bukit Timah.
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar by Sogurt
619 Bukit Timah Road
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/karacafesg/