Home-grown artistes Felicia Chin and Sora Ma have just teamed up to launch their first ever joint F&B venture – Mama Shop. A little shop tucked away in a quiet corner lies the newly renovated retro-themed space in the former Police Operational Headquarters at 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace.
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown
The term ‘Mama Shop’ had originally derived from small convenience stores at void deck areas. Although just a few minutes’ walk away from Chinatown station, Mama Shop is located in a quaint, private area; a place not amongst the crowds.
“It’s called Mama Shop because there’s a personal touch to it – it’s not pretentious,” Felicia Chin said. “Sometimes, good things have to be looked for.”
The café serves up waffles, burgers, old-school drinks and sweet treats that aim to rekindle happy memories of customers and reminisce the good times. The effort made to create a retro-themed atmosphere brings out the sense of nostalgia that you don’t get to see in many ordinary cafes, such as the old green tiles, electric cords and grilled windows.
At Mama Shop, a little twist is brought into the local food items served. The team at eLifestyleWorld takes a closer look at the delicacies served at the new café.
Remember the potong ice cream sticks gotten when you were a kid? Now they are served on crispy waffles at Mama Shop! I loved how the menu is designed in the form of a jotter book with the Chinese name that we always used in primary school compositions.
Okaasan Waffles ($4.9)
Crispy pieces of waffles, sandwiched with savory seaweed chicken and sweet takoyaki sauce in between. Enjoyed the thin, bonito flakes that topped the dish off.
Messy Messy Nice Nice Mama Burger ($10.9)
Introducing the first and only steamed beef patty in Singapore! Beef-lovers who favour softer patties would prefer this juicy and succulent New Zealand beef patty, with caramelized onion mushrooms and melted Gouda Cheese. The burger is also served with those delightful wheel crackers we loved as a kid!
Truffle Fries ($8.9)
Large crinkled truffle fries served in a generous amount. This is definitely something I would always get if I visit Mama Shop again because of my love for truffle fries, especially with cheese melt and sprinkles!
Paddle Pop Crunch ($4.9)
Just look at the beautiful swirls of paddle pop ice cream colours decked above a thick layer of crust and chocolate? I got a little surprise as I expected my orders to be ordinary paddle pop sticks, but I never saw these pretty rainbow cakes coming!
Ding Dang sweets, balloon sticks and M&Ms that are shaped like the number ‘8’ – these are rare goodies you might not get to see every day in Singapore today. Even the paper bird plane brought back significant memories of the past! Here, you can pick up a few items and jog down memory lane before leaving.
Would I visit the café again? Albeit the traveling distance, this ‘ulu’ location speaks for itself being a secluded location to create a quiet atmosphere for what Mama Shops ought to have. On days I happen to visit Chinatown or the nearby vicinity, I would love to drop by again and check out the new items they might have in store.
For more information on Mama Shop, check out their Facebook page here. Nothing ever goes wrong with coffee and light snacks!
eLifestyle Food Blogger (Cheow Yi)
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