KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar is a quaint little cafe along Bukit Timah Road, near Coronation Plaza. It is run by the people behind Sogurt – a popular brand of soft frozen yogurt (froyo) in Singapore.
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar by Sogurt is housed in a short row of shophouses. Choupinette cafe is the first shop on the left end and the Bukit Timah clinic is the last unit on the right. Limited parking lots are available right in front. If these are taken, there are parking lots further up the Princess of Wales Road.
There used to be Sogurt outlets in various parts of Singapore (see e.g. our post So Far Sogurt). I believe there used to be a Sogurt shop in this same location. It seems from their website that the focus now is on online sales and their only physical store is KARA Cafe and Dessert Bar. A few self-service yogurt vending machines located at the back of the restaurant provides a link to the past. On the second level above the cafe is KARA Moments – a space that can be booked for private events.
The interior of the cafe has a simple contemporary look. On a weekday it was not crowded, but there was a constant flow of customers and food delivery personnel.
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar Menu
Here are pictures of the KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar Menu. The range of food offered consists of the usual cafe food such as salads, grain bowls, pasta and desserts. There seems to be an emphasis on healthy eating.
We selected a classic grilled cheese toastie ($11), a Pork Katsu grain bowl ($18) with a base of quinoa salad (+$3) and espresso ($4).
The grilled cheese was good simple dish. It was toasted just right and is the type of food that we can eat any day. It usually goes well with a cup of black coffee. We were however not very fond of the coffee served that day as it was more sourish than we would have liked.
The pork katsu bowl looked beautiful. But we regretted switching from the standard garlic Japanese rice base to the quinoa salad. Not only because of the $3 surcharge, but the quinoa was cold and this became essentially a cold salad dish with a warm piece of fried breaded pork. The pork was the best part of the dish but I think it would be much nicer on a bed of warm rice.
Overall, KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar is a pleasant place to have a quick meal if you are in the vicinity. We thought that the grain bowl was a tad pricey but the grilled toasty was good value for money. Service was a bit rushed as the staff seemed to be handling quite a bit of takeaway/delivery orders while we were there.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar
617 Bukit Timah Road