$0-$20

MOVED: Hang Out Cafe, Ang Mo Kio: All Blogs Post the Same Stuff

MOVED to: 80 Bencoolen Street NAFA Campus 1 #01-15 Wing A, 189655

all blogs post the same stuffI have this tee since 2013 to remind me to be an explorer. [photo credit: pinterest]

These days, bloggers only write when (1) they are invited to tastings; or (2) a new cafe pumps heavy publicity muscle, and bloggers quickly rush down to the newest, coolest cafe, hoping to be the first to blog about the cafe. (This hip, cool cafe theory doesn’t apply to restaurants strangely.)

In the end, all blogs post the same stuff, defeating the purpose of blogging. Isn’t a blog suppose to document your individuality, personality, and life experiences? What uniqueness is there when everyone writes on the same thing? Bloggers should be explorers, not sheep.

Because of the recent phenomenon of Sheep-Bloggers, many outstanding cafes that are quietly and passionately working are neglected. Cafes such as Hang Out Cafe.

hang out cafe amk reviewFormerly known as Burpz Cafe, Hang Out Cafe isn’t as technologically savvy as other cafes; they didn’t invite bloggers for tastings nor did they tag bloggers randomly on their instagram. (Please don’t tag me, I’ll report as spam.) It sits at a far-flung corner of Ang Mo Kio, inaccessible by MRT. But I visited twice because there was a warmth in the decor and service. It felt like I was a guest at a new friend’s home.

hangout cafe Ang Mo Kio menuhang out cafe singapore priceThey serve the usual brunch food, which I eschew, because there is no craft in scrambling eggs, and I’m not paying $14 for eggs that I can buy at NTUC for $1. We went for their signatures, Cajun chicken burger ($11.90, change normal fries to truffle fries +$2) and see-food marinara spaghetti ($15.90). Not bad: chicken was well marinated and tender; the marinara had a good balance of acidity so it wasn’t too sour. The spaghetti was slightly past al dente, but I like nuah pasta, so it was fine for me.

hangout cafe amkhang out cafe Ang Mo Kio Ave 5A cafe once lied to me, saying they baked their own cakes when their cakes were catered. But at Hang Out Cafe, when I asked them if they baked their own desserts, they honestly replied that some are catered, some their own. So we tried the catered and theirs. The waffle ($11.90) is a must-order, pretty mindblowing. It was crispy outside, fluffy inside, and the surface was grainy, which gave a nice texture. The catered carrot cake ($6.50) divided us: I liked its rusticity–you could still see shreds of carrot–but Huccalyly didn’t. The dark chocolate tart ($6.50), baked in-house, was so-so.

hang out cafe sgLatte ($4.50) – Smooth and easy to drink

There is something about Hang Out cafe that I like very much. The food is not fantastic, but it is sincere, homely, satisfying, and comes piping hot. You can tell the cafe people are quietly doing their best, creating a cafe of their own style. There is charm and beauty in their work; this is the kind of cafe that we should support, rave over, and blog about. We spent $45 for two persons. No GST, no service charge.

Hang Out Cafe Singapore

Blk 603 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 #01-2661 560603
T: +65 6456 3376
T – F 11am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm, closed Mon
facebook
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Written by 

Advertisements

17 replies »

  1. Absolutely agree with you on that. They don’t just post the same content but the same photos too – which sadly makes reading food blogs a little less enjoyable these days. I had been to this cafe once. Wasn’t wowed by the food but I did like the atmosphere.

    Like

    • It is difficult to balance between invites and exploring on one’s own because everyone likes free food. I took some time to find that balance–I’ve a ratio of 1 tasting: 3 ownself paying/exploring.

      But many bloggers these days only blog about invited tastings. It’s just not right. A blog should be a personal experience, not a tool for PR companies.

      Like

  2. Those cafés who play their PR cards right did reap their rewards. Yah, with that said, the dangerous thing is the ‘hipness’ level of such cafés last for short periods of time till the next best thing comes along. Dangerous.

    I am glad this cafe changed its name, but they should start doing some publicity lah. Cannot just wait around for customers to discover them. It doesn’t work this way now.

    Like

  3. Well..I agree with your comment,nowadays,most blogs share mostly the same stuff and blogs are full of sponsored review posts.With my opinion,reviews are helpful but there should have a balance with other interesting posts.
    Anyway,thanks for introducing this cafe.This will be in our list….

    Like

    • Thanks for your comment. I totally agree with you. Who doesn’t like free food and money? But I try to have a balance of sponsored posts and reviews I pay myself so that my blog still has my personality.

      Hope you’ll like the cafe as much as I do. Have a good day :)

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s