Because of the recent earthquake, the 2 most famous landmarks of Kumamoto, Mt Aso and Kumamoto Castle, were out of bounds to tourists. Hence we spent most of our time here on trains, checking out the beautiful and casual rides throughout the countryside. So very few cafe hoppings in Kumamoto. 🙂
While we only tried 2 cafes in Kumamoto, we were very impressed by the coffee and desserts both times 🙂
Oh, we walked past many times the Polar Bear cafe むじゃき Mujyaki located in Tenmonkan walking street (see banner picture) on our way back to our hotel. It created the 白熊 Shirokuma Shaved Ice during one summer and it went viral. So now you get long queues at the 4-storey cafe which also sells merchandises. No we didn’t went in. 🙂
Well, I guess we have to work harder to find nicer cafes in Kagoshima the next round… any recommendations?
There was so much to do in Miyazaki, but we still managed to visit 4 cafes for food and drinks 😛
In general, the cafes were quite busy for a relatively quiet and chillax city, but we did not have to queue for seats.
With only one full day in Osaka, we managed to check out Pablo, minus the long queues seen in the recently-opened Singapore outlet, as well as a lovely cafe. As we had to take a bus to Itami Airport for the domestic flight to Miyazaki, we also found time to grab a bite at the Osaka City Air Terminal and Itami Airport 🙂
There are quite a few cafes within walking distance from Johor Bahru City Square, and we tried 2 during our trip.
Faculty of Caffeine
Our first stop of the trip was to chill 😛 We shared a Waffle with Japanese Curry Soft Shell Crab (RM28.90 + 10% service charge + 6% GST as of Jun 2017), and tried a hot Latte (RM10++), Iced Apple Lemon (RM12++) and Iced Apple Pear (RM12++).
The waffle was pretty normal, but the soft shell crab was really salty 😮
Drinks-wise, the latte was not bad, and the juices were freshly squeezed and refreshing 🙂
Note: Free WiFi was available.
We were pleasantly surprised that there was a Coffee Edition of Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge after its renovations, and we decided to try both the Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea and the Not-An-Afternoon Tea Coffee Edition.
For $42++ per person, each set came with choice of one Mocktail and a selection of coffee/tea, and 3 tiers of 13 small bites.
For Mocktail, I had the Golden Lady, which was a refreshing iced TWG Rose Boudoir tea with delightful tones of lychee fragrance. Hubby had the Iced Copacabana, which was like milk chocolate that was made up of Brazil expresso, cream and milk.
Wonderful after-dinner delights!
We ended our evening with a Super Light Cheese Chiffon Cake ($7, inclusive of GST), a Cafe Latte ($5.50) and a Match Latte ($6), at this little cafe by the corner.
The cake was really light, with the very addictive fresh cream…!! Made us feel like wanting more 🙂
I also loved the slightly bitter, and not so milky matcha latte 😀 It had a hint of toasted seaweed, and was really quite yummylicious without being too filling.
The rather aromatic cafe latte was quite strong and acidic, and hubby considered this a better-than-average brew.
- Location: 177 River Valley Road Liang Court Shopping Centre #01-41/42 S(179030)
- Website: www.facebook.com/DulcetNStudio
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 9.30pm (Sun)
White Ginger Lily Tea
It was a brunch meet up with my girlfriends, while hubby went for his latte fix elsewhere. It was my second time here!
Today, we shared an Arbite Breakfast ($17) and Apple Strudel Pancakes ($14), and I decided on a White Ginger Lily Tea ($6). For desserts, it was Gula Meleka Tiramisu ($8) and My Wife’s Chocolate Cake ($8).
The little one had some strawberry pancakes and milkshake, but she was really more engrossed with the bottles of lego pieces available in the cafe 😀
Woo, the scrambled eggs and spicy sausage of the breakfast set really stood out! The pancakes were also fluffy and delicious, and we were 3 happy women. We could not quite taste the gula meleka in the tiramisu, but I preferred the light and fluffy tiramisu to the very chocolatey cake.
After satisfying my porridge craving, it was time to satisfy hubby’s craving. We decided to go to The Orange Thimble!
Not too sure what to make of this place. What we did like was that there were more private seating inside the cafe, so we had an entire corner to ourselves 🙂
The walls were lined with paintings of street views in Tiong Bahru, and we thought that they were just lovely; apparently these pieces were painted entirely using stylus and Samsung mobile phone, Wow!
Quote from the menu
We had initially intended to check out The Coffee Daily… But we walked past Sun Ray Cafe first and the very friendly host, plus the phrase “We roast our coffee” made us pause our steps and give its neighbour a skip 😛
This cafe occupies 2 shop houses and one shop house is specially catered for diners with pets! We saw a couple of diners came in with their dogs and both were happily having their meals together!