The Tastemaker Store
Blk 22 Havelock Road
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 10am – 6pm
Hidden amongst the neighbourhood in Tiong Bahru, The Tastemaker Store aims to create a place where people can feel at home whilst dining in a café. Friends and families are brought together to better appreciate a bonded environment with one another, as well as the simple interior layout found in the store designed for home comfort.
Warmth emitted from a glowing candle flame, coupled with neat decorations looking ready for the season of Christmas. The stalks of flowers added colours to the setting, creating uncluttered and laid-back vibes using the primary colours of white and earth. It was extremely peaceful on the rainy weekday afternoon when we decided to drop by for tea time.
At The Tastemaker Store, the menu lineup consists of refined recipes and flavours with a local twist, complemented with the assortment of daily bakes and gourmet coffee. Sandwiches and toast options are available, with local favourites such as your curry chicken rice and kaya toast.
Prices are also not too far out and considerably affordable for the general public. Perfect for anyone looking for a cozy café without causing a hole in their wallets. (Psst, they have power sockets, too!)
We placed our orders at the front counter and was pleased with the staff service. Small things like greeting with a wide smile and having patience with our indecisive orders count. Help yourselves with the complimentary iced water right in front of the cashier!
Not long after, our orders started to flow in.
We couldn’t give the signature Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream a miss. Spread the slab of wonderful, clotted cream across the hot muffin buns and sink your teeth into the sweet paste.
Finally understood the meaning behind “food served with a local twist” after a taste of this dish. Sticky glutinous rice served with spicy, chilli padi and sambal sauce, sprinkled with nuts, fried onions and various spices. Definitely not your ordinary glutinous rice.
I loved how the melted cheese and slices of ham were sandwiched together so perfectly between toasted buns, along with salty crisps for the sides.
Tasted like an average regular 8” pizza, but the wild rocket salad and tomato that bursts in your mouth made up for it!
Nothing like crispy pieces of waffles on a rainy afternoon, sliced into 4 individual pieces. Spread a layer of butter and syrup before dipping the buttery goodness into some unique melon yoghurt gelato. It somehow tasted like a honeydew yoghurt paste, though.
The top layer is crisp, with tiny crumbles and bits. The tart has a blueberry filling in the middle that surprisingly tasted like soft, yummy mooncake. The third and final layer of the tart ends at the bottom crust and creates one of the best blueberry crumble tarts that I’ve ever tasted!
The Tastemaker Store is a quiet environment amongst the old HDB estate to wind down in the afternoon, along with local delights and comforting beverages. We love the simplicity of the store and its concept and the soft music that blends in the atmosphere.
Here is my overall rating of the café.
Would I visit the café again? On lazy afternoons when I find myself craving for some affordable local delights, you’d definitely see me there again! Although I couldn’t track any available wifi service in the shop house, I was pleased to see power plugs in the café that would make my life much more convenient when it comes to project works or the usage of our laptops over a nice cuppa coffee there. The service was pleasant and one of the many important areas I look out for when revisiting a café again.
For more information on The Tastemaker Store, check out their Facebook page here or contact them at email@example.com. You could also visit their main website for directions to the vicinity. Have a great day ahead!
eLifestyle Food Blogger (Cheow Yi)