The Place My love for affogato started way before this website was born. It does make me ponder what took so long for an affogato cafe concept to take off, and I don’t mean just one generic affogato item on the menu like many cafes do. Meet The Affogato Bar located at Cluny Court along Bukit Timah Road right outside Botanic Gardens station, a few weeks old affogato cafe concept which opened in this enclave.
The setting of The Affogato Bar is nothing like a conventional bar. The decor is like other cafes in Singapore with no particular standout touches, and a very small seating capacity. It was packed when we were there on a weekend afternoon, and we waited for a good twenty five minutes for our table.
The Food I was curious how many renditions of affogato there could be, and if affogato is going to be the only type of item on its menu. Other than desserts and coffee, the cafe also serves selections of bagel sandwiches and bagels.
One element of a good affogato is no doubt its coffee. The Affogato Bar uses Dimattina Coffee from Melbourne, which has a long coffee roasting history since the 1950s. There are five options for the affogato, including signatures like the Death by Chocolate and Pot of Honey, along with other standard options like the Carota Carota, Banana Ramble and Classic White.
We went for the Death by Chocolate and Carota Carota. If you are a chocoholic, you will love the rich chocolate flavours of the Death by Chocolate (S$13.90) . Served in a Martini glass, there are components such as Chocolate Sorbet, which was very rich, as well as brownie chunks and chocolate streusels. This is served along with a double shot of espresso, the Grande Tazza blend which is a Costa Rican base with a strong cocoa aroma. The overall flavour is very rich, so we do recommend this for sharing.
For something lighter, the Carota Carota (S$13.90) is a good balance. Served with a unique Carrot Cake ice cream, carrot cake, walnuts and homemade cream cheese, this is paired with the Mocharoma blend of espresso, a more subtle flavour with hints of fruitiness. I’m used to having affogato with vanilla ice cream, hence this option is a very different take on the classic Italian dessert.
Rants The cramped space is challenging for the business. There is barely space to wait for a table so you might just have to leave your number and return at a later time. Due to the high demand at the initial phase of opening with most new cafes and restaurants, it is not an ideal place to linger for heart-to-heart talks as the onlooking stares from other waiting customers adds on the pressure of vacating your table once you are done eating. Prices for the affogato options are definitely also on the higher end, almost comparable to a brunch meal at some cafes.
Will I Return Again? This is possible the first dedicated affogato speciality concept in Singapore, and I am confident more similar concepts will take off soon. The affogato options are interesting and solid good, and don’t neglect the ice cream at the counter as well where we spot flavours like Butter Pecan and Malty Chocolate.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
The Affogato Bar
501 Bukit Timah Road
#01-04B Cluny Court
Tel: +65 9238 9005
Daily: 8am to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter