Tucked away in a hidden HDB block is Chock Full of Beans, filled with a steady stream of patrons coming and leaving. Tonight the Beau and I drove all the way to its location at Block 4 Changi Village Road #01-2090, Singapore 500004 having heard positive reviews about it from various sources.
Done in warm, cosy earth tones and comfortable wooden tables, Chock Full of Beans exudes inviting vibes to passerbys as well as its current customers. It was not a huge cafe but its open location made for good traffic and is easy to spot.
I had the Linguine Pesto with Chicken (SGD$16.00) - with chicken, pesto, garlic, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Before I sprinkled on the usual (obscene) amount of Tabasco sauce and chilli flakes, we tasted the pasta in its original form. It was surprisingly tasty despite the deceptively simple ingredients and name. The flavor was strong and came as a punch to me especially, expecting it to be bland or average. The pasta also held up well on its springy (QQ) texture despite the sumptuous (olive oil?) gravy it was draped in.
The Beau selected the Spaghetti and Beef Meatballs (SGD$17.00) - beef meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and parsley. This was another palatable dish with a strong tomato-based flavor, bouncy pasta and meatballs that were succulent and chewy.
The Beau waited close to 20 minutes (we were informed of the waiting time) for his Ice Hazelnut Latte (SGD$6.50). The cat / tiger created out of foam was indeed very adorable, making it appear almost cruel to have to slurp it up eventually. The 3-D latte art is only available for selected iced beverages by the way. The hazelnut taste was very strong, its creamy nut flavor hitting us in pangs of deliciousness. After a few sips though, we thought it was a tad overwhelming.
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Full review HERE.
Food is average; service is... not too bad; 3D latte art is really quite cute, but I really don't understand why they go out of their way to dissuade you to get their 3D latte art... (by telling you that it is on request only and will take an average of more than 30 minutes, which is really not true - we were there on a weekend when it was almost full and obviously every table ordered a 3D art drink despite the notion of 'special request only', and we waited maybe 15 minutes at the most for our coffee) - it is one thing for the staff to inform customers during a PARTICULARLY busy period, but to print an average waiting time of more than 30 minutes on the menu is really quite an overkill. I think that's the main and only draw of the place, and without the 3D latte art, I would be hard pressed to find a reason to trek to Changi Village to get to a run of the mill cafe.
Been here once. Hanged out with my friends here. Coffee and hot chocolate are nice with creative art. When they are not that busy, you can request for the drawing that you want. Will visit this place again.
Coming to CHOCK FULL OF BEANS has always been on my to do list! Always wanted to try their drinks with 3D Coffee art. Looks so cute on pictures! So I traveled for more than an hour by bus to get there! Disappointed that I can't try their eggs Atlantic because that's only available on Friday. They have different menus on certain days. Coming on a Thursday seems like a bad choice. :( I think i will come back again.
Full Review: http://nickeatfood.blogspot.sg/2015/03/review-chock-full-of-beans.html
This is a great place for coffee & dessert after a meal at the hawker centre or a walk at the beach. I enjoy being suprised by their Latte and Plate Art each time I visit.