The Place The waffles craze is crazy these days, and it is no wonder why every café seems bent on coming up with all sorts of unique waffle flavours to stay alive in this competition. Froth, a relatively new restaurant at the basement of BIG Hotel along Middle Road, serves a decent selection of waffles in addition to its food menu. The industrial-chic setting of Froth is casual and spacious, which I find especially inviting.
*Editor’s Note: Froth Cafe has moved to 2 Finlayson Green, Ascott Raffles Place Singapore 049247
The Food The concept of Froth is largely contemporary Asian fusion, with a twist and play of ingredients, evident from some of the local ingredients spotted on the menu.
I always like to start off with a soup, hence the Cream of Truffle Mushroom ($9.90).
For something to share, I will recommend the Mixed Mushroom Tempura ($9.90) which comes in three different types of mushrooms – battered shiitake, button mushrooms and enoki. Even though it is deep fried, I find it quite addictive, ideal to down it with some beer.
I am pretty amazed with my love for shrooms, that is how I ended up with the Grilled Portobello ($12.90). I was impressed by the effort that goes behind the fine dining style plating for this simple mushroom dish, which comes with truffle mushroom puree, white asparagus and shaved cheese.
The mains here are really interesting, as I noticed a fair bit of fusion in various dishes. The Matcha Rice with Beef ($30.90) shouts out from the menu, largely because I am a huge Matcha fan, while it also helps that I do love my beef as well. The dish comes with Black Angus prime ribeye, poached egg, green tea infused grains and locally inspired pork floss. While the combination is fascinating, I feel that less is more sometimes as it downplays the importance of each ingredient in the dish. I feel that the dish will be better off without the pork floss.
Another rather unique combination is the Siobak Aglio Olio ($20.90), which comes with roasted pork belly, homemade bak kwa and cooked with olive oil and chilli. The Asian pork belly gave this dish a nice twist, and I especially love the crispy homemade bak kwa (bacon) as well. My only rant is that I find the chilli too spicy, so it would be advisable to let the staff know in advance if you would prefer it less spicy.
And of course, a visit to Froth is not complete without ordering its waffles, particularly the Taro Waffles ($12.90). Topped with one scoop of Earl Grey ice-cream, the taro taste is quite rich and am glad that it is not just drizzled over the waffles but also infused in it. The waffle texture is right for me, crisp enough, though I wish that the waffle flavour is more buttery. The Earl Grey ice-cream is commendable as well, at least I feel that it is rich enough with a distinct Earl Grey taste.
If you can’t get enough of Taro, there is also the Taro Milkshake ($11.90) for the real lovers.
Rants If there is one point to rant, it seems that Forth ends up being portrayed as a dessert café rather than a serious restaurant capable of dishing out delectable mains.
Will I Return Again? There is a lack of good restaurants in the Bugis and Selegie vicinity, am glad that Froth has occupied a space in this part of Singapore. The cosy, casual setting and decent mains are just some reasons to be back again.
Make your reservation instantly at Froth here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
200 Middle Road, B1-02
Tel: +65 6336 1228
Daily: 11am – 10pm