Lately we have seen many cafes opening in the suburbs of Singapore probably due to the lower rental and bring their offering nearer to the heartlands. Maple & Market is one such pioneer cafes that has started the humble business in the heartland before the so called local cafe culture boom. Maple & Market also conducts baking classes and I understand it even supplies their bakes to some cafes.
Latte ($4.50) is my usual caffeine order whenever I visit any cafe. I am not sure which blend or beans they used but I did enjoy the cup of coffee. I can't drink too acidic coffee so this was alright with the right smoothness and still came with a nice body that was not too strong.
Gula Melaka Cake 3.8/5
One of the signature cakes at Maple & Market is their Gula Melaka Cake ($5.50). I have yet to seen this being made elsewhere. It is an interesting localised combination of kaya cream cheese frosting, almond brittle and grated coconut shaving. It was a good cake that comes with different layers and moist. However it seems to be lacking the characteristic taste of gula melaka.
Bacon Maple Cupcake 4/5
Many of you know that I am not a fan of sweet and savoury combination so I was not really excited with the Bacon Maple Cupcake ($3.50). Even though so, I did take a couple of bites and I thought it was quite good especially the candied bacon. It tasted like bak kwa.
Caramelised Bananas, Homemade Caramel and Walnuts Waffle 4/5
Last but not least, I tried the Caramelised Bananas, Homemade and Walnuts Waffle ($9). Pretty good waffle that was freshly made on the spot. It was crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.
While the focus of Maple & Market is their bakes, the little bakery has been done up into a cosy little cafe with limited seats. The smell of coffee and butter filled the air as you step into the little white heaven. I would recommend trying one of the bakes that is beautifully displayed at the counter.
Maple & Market
34 Cassia Crescent
Tel: +65 63488068
Nearest MRT: Mountbatten (CC Line), Dakota (CC Line)
Mon, Wed-Fri: 12pm - 630pm
Sat: 1030am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
(Closed on Tues)
1) Alight at Mountbatten MRT station. Take Exit A. Cut through the housing estate towards block 1. Walk towards Pine Lane. Cross the road and cut through the housing estate again towards block 34. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk towards Old Airport Food Centre. Turn right onto Cassia Link. Then turn left onto Pine Lane. Make a right onto Cassia Crescent and walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]