Thu - Tue: 11:00 - 19:00
Mean Bean & Wicked Grind is a vibrant and cafe located along Beach Road serving up salads and desserts from various bakeries.
If there’s a perfect time for me to use the description, hole in the wall, this is it. Mean Bean and Wicked Grind is located within The Plaza, tucked away in a secluded corner of their own, amongst the many unrelated travel agencies and what not. The place I would least expect them to be. Besides, the directory has not even changed to include MBWG into it, and that got us confused for a little while, before deciding to go ahead to the unit number to check it out.
The cafe has a menu that is printed on A4 sheets of paper, on their counter, nothing too fancy because their bakes are always on a rotation, and changing. They do not have any fixed menu to speak of, except for probably their drinks, whose menu is also up on the wall, and for now, their waffles.
Since we were there before 2pm, we decided to get a set meal of Savoury Waffles + Iced Mocha ($17.90), which we later topped up with $6 for the Peppermint truffle chocolate cake! I also had the biggest dilemma of the week, trying to decide on which sweet waffle I should get: Peanut Butter with Banana waffles or the Nutella Kinder Bueno. Both sounded like heaven to me, I wish they had a half-half waffle, like pizzas. d***, I think I should open up a cafe with all my ideas like these. Hahaha! I went for the latter eventually because i thought banana and peanut butter was something that I eat all morning for breakfast, and I needed a change.
Overall, we had an enjoyable visit to Mean Bean and Wicked Grind! The waffles were really good, and comforting. Even though the ingredients used may be simple and easy to make, we were still pretty impressed with them! This shows that you don’t need to be overly creative with your dishes, some times the classics still can capture hearts.
I would love to try all the different cakes that they display in the future though, despite the disappointing cake that I had this time round. We were also given a small slice of the salted caramel tart thingy to sample and that, was just divine! I think having cakes from different home bakers and having the variety of cakes to be on a rotating basis is an absolutely good idea because it keeps the menu fresh and different!
For the full review with pictures, visit: https://fatassbean.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/review-mean-bean-and-wicked-grind-the-plaza-beach-rd/
One of my favourite item available at the cafe is the Salted Caramel Eclair ($3). The soft and crusty oblong pastry was rich, creamy and bursting with delish flavour.
Besides the Salted Caramel Eclairs, there are also other flavours such as Vanilla Bean ($3), Passion Fruit ($3) andIspahan ($3.50). I have tried all of them and they are really good.
I was in luck when I visited the cafe. The best seller Sea Salt Caramel Shortbread ($5.60) and Passion Fruit Raspberry Double Layered Tart ($6) was still available. The sea salt caramel shortbread was rich in flavour with a chewy crusty texture that I could not help going for more. The double layers of passion fruit and raspberry tart hit the palate with the wonderful sweet and savoury combo of flavours and it was very addictive. My friends know that I am not a dessert person but when I go back for more than a helping, it means it is really good. The Belgian Belcolade Chocolate Tart ($6.50) and the Lemon Meringue Tart ($5.80) were also commendable with their intense flavour and crusty crust.
Be spoilt with more delights from Kisses Bakery cupcakes. On my visit I got to try Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate,Kaya, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and there is even a Pineapple Tart flavour for Lunar New Year. Each cupcake is priced at $3.50. The cupcakes were nicely balanced and moist. No wonder Kisses Bakery has a big following for their cupcakes.
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For more reviews, visit my blog at www.ms-skinnyfat.com The vintage and rustic hole in the wall outfit is small but cozy. Hang out by the bar counter affixed to the brick wall and enjoy a cupcake, tart or cake that is served on quaint little plates. Most of the items in the cafe are for sale too if you wish to take them home (wall lamps included!) Desserts are sourced from quality suppliers like The Little Yellow Apron, Kisses Bakery and All Good Things. The selection changes every couple of days so it's always a surprise! I absolutely adored the eclairs ($3 each) are from The Little Yellow Apron! The Vanilla eclair with roasted pecans was simply amazing. They are piped with a rich cream custard with lots of vanilla bean and then glazed with a milky white chocolate on the top. Other flavors include salted caramel, passion fruit and ispahan ($3.50). The tarts are also by LYA and are priced around $6 to $7. I loved the buttery crunchy crust of the tarts. Hot favorite was the Lemon Meringue Tart ($5.80) which had a lemon custard of the right acidity and sweetness. I'm not too much of a fan of the spongy meringue. My other favorite is the Sea salt Caramel Shortbread ($4.90) which is sticky chewy salty sweet! Super addictive i must say! Cupcakes ($3.50) are from Kisses Bakery and they have some really interesting flavors other than classics like Red Velvet (which was amazing). I rather enjoyed the Pineapple Tart cupcake which was refreshing and not as sweet as our regular CNY goodies. The Kaya cupcake was also very fragrant. Kimberly couldn't stop stuffing us with more sweets and we tried more cakes from All Good Things. I'm not too much of a fan of the cakes though. If you need some savory bites, there are salads and sandwiches too and MBWG is also gonna add some brunch items soon! Coffee was pretty good too! MBWG is now open on weekends so you can get your sweet fix every day.