Another day, another ulu café for Singaporeans to look out for.
Kura is a new patisserie-café found at The Herencia, co-sharing space with In Bad Company (more on that later).
The Herencia is a commercial development located at Kim Yam Road (near River Valley Road), where Nan Chiau High School used to be situated at.
Thus, you would find the surroundings very school-like, and the space KURA is in now was the former canteen.
As to how to get to The Herencia, it is perhaps a 15 minutes’ walk from Fort Canning MRT thereabouts. For drivers, take note as it is within private property there is parking fee. But nothing can stop food-finders, yah?
This is a place considered central yet obscure. Hidden gem, I suppose.
KURA 蔵 in Japanese stands for a “storehouse”, a place where the owners would ‘store’ treasured pastries for customers.
Some of their signature offerings include the Key Lime Tart ($4, $6), Earl Grey Chocolate Tart ($4, $6), Dark Black Forest ($6.50) and Brown Butter Madeleines ($1.50 per piece).
Prices are considered pretty affordable, as they were given a favourable rental. (The owners are still perhaps adjusting prices I suppose. Some of the tarts used to cost $3.70, which is currently $4. Still inexpensive.)
The Dark Black Forest ($6.50) which is a contemporary twist on nostalgic flavours comes recommended.
While it didn’t look like a black forest cake at all, it kept its ‘cherried’ essence within, and I enjoyed the soft chocolatey mousse-like texture.
The Key Lime contained a combination of tartness and sweetness complimented by the zesty key lime juice. Instead of a firmer curd inside, they café uses French almond cream which provided a softer, smoother texture.
Interesting to note that the café serves up traditional kopi and teh.
However, if you like some food and Dutch Colony coffee, they are available within the same space offered by the neighbour In Bad Company.
I took a double-take when I saw the prices though – Cream Linguine ($6), Prawn Aglio Olio ($6), Japanese Curry Don ($8), and Smoked Duck Salad ($8). These are like polytechnic school canteen prices.
Come during lunch time, and you can add on $2.50 for a latte or cappuccino.
The $6 Linguine came with generous serving of ebiko, floss and prawns hidden underneath the bed of pasta.
While a couple of dishes ordered were hits and misses, I consider this an affordable hidden gem indeed. (Not sure how long they can keep these prices though.)
46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia #01-07 Singapore 239351
Tel: +65 9722 2996
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 7pm (Sat, Sun)