Like many neighbourhood cafes such as Percolate, The Bakery Chef and Shrove Tuesday, we are seeing a growing trend of cafes opening up at our housing estates. One such recently opened cafe is The Tastemaker Store at Havelock Road. I would say I really like the decor of the cafe. Keeping it very simple, clean, white wall and wooden chairs and tables.
Lemon Curd Toast 4/5
I do kind of like the concept of The Tastemaker Store taking traditional snacks and delights giving it a new twist of life. Similar to stepping into your neighbourhood coffeeshop or Ya Kun, you can order your Toast Set ($5.80) that comes with 2 soft boiled egg, coffee/tea and a choice of kaya, lemon curd and fruit jam. Instead of the usual bread toast, muffin is used here. I gone for the Lemon Curd Toast as I was told it was imported from Italy. I really like the new interpretation of the classic toast.
Caffe Latte 2/5
Unfortunately the toast set was lacked down by the Caffe Latte ($5). I tried to ask what beans they used but I was told that they could not tell me and they have to check with the owner. Very interesting encounter ever from all my previous cafe hopping. Anyway the coffee was really bad and its has no body at all. I really hope they could do something to the coffee or the whole concept will be waste.
Yam Cake 4/5
The Tastemaker Store does offer some bakes from Maple and Market but I have my eyes on the local delights, Yam Cake ($3.80). The homemade yam cake from the owner's mum is packed with so many components such as 3 different textures of yam, 2 different types of Chinese sausages, fried shallots, pumpkin, dried shrimps and chilli. The generous slide of yam cake will delight both the young and old.
I really hope The Tastemaker Store can really give a thought about using artisan coffee beans. I think they really have the potential to go far except for the fundamental flaw of a cafe, that is good coffee. I will be back again and hopeful by then The Tastemaker Store can satisfy my caffeine addiction.
The Tastemaker Store
Blk 22 Havelock Road
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)
Daily: 9am - 9pm
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to PSB Academy. At the junction of Jalan Bukit Ho Swee and Bukit Ho Swee Crescent, cross the road walk towards the HDB flats. Cut through the HDB flats and walk towards block 22. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]