With the bingsu craze storming the island, many Korean dessert cafes such as Cafe Insadong has been opened in the little red dot. Located at South Bridge Road, Cafe Insadong is actually quite a small cafe with limited sitting space.
Red Bean Patbingsu 3/5
The signature item at Cafe Insadong has to be their patbingsu. The Red Bean Patbingsu ($8.50) comes with a a scoop of ice cream and generous topping of red beans, almond and even mochi. While the topping was a lot, the shaved ice came across bland and coarse. It lacked the sweetness of the milk and the melted in the mouth, snow-flake like texture.
Green Tea Patbingsu 3.5/5
Faring better is the Green Tea Patbingsu ($9.50) with green tea ice cream, red beans, almond, mochi and green tea infused shaved ice. Like the earlier bingsu, the ice is bland and coarse. Compared to other Korean dessert cafes such as Nunsongyee and O'ma Spoon, it came across as a disappointment.
Injeolmi Toast with Salted Caramel Ice Cream 3.5/5
Having tried a couple of Korean dessert cafe, I would say the Injeolmi Toast with Salted Caramel Ice Cream ($7.80) is more generous in its ingredients compare with the others. The injeolmi sandwiched by the lightly toasted bread and dusted with an abundance of kinako is both nutty and chewy enjoyment.
Cafe Insadong pricing is very competitive compare to the other Korean dessert cafe. They are also very generous in their ingredients and toppings. However the bingsu ice needs much improvement to be considered as one of the best bingsu in Singapore.
279 South Bridge Road
Tel: +65 85332003
Nearest MRT: Chinatown (NE Line, DT Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line)
Mon-Thu: 12pm - 930pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm - 1130pm
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Chinatown MRT. Take Exit A. Walk down Pagoda Street towards South Bridge Road. Turn right on South Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Cross Street towards Club Street. Turn left onto Club Street and walk to the end. At the end of Cross Street, turn right onto Ann Siang Road and walk towards South Bridge Road. At South Bridge Road, turn left and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]