Signage of Hatter Street.
Hatter Street is a fairly new Alice In Wonderland inspired cafe that is situated in the quiet Kovan/Hougang heartland. The chef/owner of Hatter, Yvette Chua, majored in the culinary arts before being trained at Bo Innovation, a 3-Michelin starred restaurant. The desserts of Hatter Street is described to push the boundaries of what is considered the norm.
Various knick-knacks as decor.
I spy with my right eye, Mr. Bean’s teddy & Doraemon.
Whimsical decor relating to Alice In Wonderland.
As said earlier, the whole concept for Hatter Street revolves around the idea of Alice In Wonderland. The cafe is decorated with wall murals of quirky grandfather clocks, teapots and even a rabbit hole. Various knick-knacks serve as the decor of the place, with pink bird cages, stuffed rabbit plushies and faux grass. Apart from these few areas where the decor is abundant, the rest of the place is filled with normal wooden chairs & tables. You do get a sense of the theme “Alice In Wonderland”, but it’s not much.
A sampling of their dessert counter.
The wall mural serves as a menu.
Hatter Street serves up artisan desserts, along with the usual waffle & ice-cream and some tea. The place is strictly on desserts & sweets, you won’t find anything savoury here. Their desserts are all on display in their dessert counter, which is where you can see what they offer on that particular day, as well as the wall mural that serves as their menu. The unique take on their desserts is that most of them have a relation to the theme of “Alice In Wonderland”, such as a chocolate cake named “The Rabbit Hole” or a brownie named “Mad Hare”.
Hatter Street is best known for their unique waffles and macarons. They even have a macaron that is in the shape of a burger, rightfully named “Burgeron”. Sadly, their macarons are very limited and half the time you won’t be able to find them at Hatter’s. Seems like they are only usually sold on the weekends. (I do find it a kinda annoying, as they even have a picture of their “Burgerons” advertised on their storefront, but half the time you won’t see it on sale.)
Like most “hipster” cafes these days, I would recommend you to make a visit to Hatter on a weekday afternoon. I’ll actually been to Hatter twice, my first visit being on a Tuesday afternoon, while my second on a Friday evening. There was definitely better service during my first visit. The place was much more packed on my second, with the service being more scattered. There was even a 20 minute wait for the waffles on my second visit. (Which is actually fairly common these days, especially when you factor in the crowd.)
Smoked Sawdust Pudding ($5)
“Experience Macau through the journey of food.”
When this was served, the staff gave some sort of back-story to this dessert, explaining that the smoked essence of the pudding was to relate to that of burning incense. (Of course, no incense was burned in the smoking of this.)
I did find this to be quite unique, with the whole concept and all. It tasted pretty good as well, though it was a tad small for the price. Few spoonfuls and… it’s gone.
Devil Matcha ($6)
Matcha Latte, Devil’s Green Tea Cake
With all the craze about Green Tea, it was a no-brainer to order this. It was quite delicious. The green tea tasted great and I always love a cake that has a higher cream-to-cake ratio.
African Sunrise Tea ($3.20)
The staff actually recommended this. You can even sample sniff their tea leaves that are in jars on the counter.
The tea had a great strong fragrance. It definitely smelled better than it tasted though.
Pandan Ice-cream, drizzled with Gula Melaka
Now this is probably THE reason to head to Hatter Street for. You’ll see this all over Instagram.
It’s definitely not to be missed. What I like about it is that it’s quite different, especially with the pandan ice-cream & gula melaka. The waffle tasted really great as well, with a unique shape to it, one of the better waffles out there. The whole combination really worked.
Now the sad downside was that when this was served, the ice-cream was already half melted. (Guess it didn’t have enough time to be properly frozen.) The scoop was also much smaller than most places. It was definitely a pity, as when I got to the ice-cream, it had turned into soup, otherwise the dish would have been perfect.
Home-made Chocolate Ice-cream, Chocolate Sauce
This was what my companion ordered. This time, the ice-cream was much better (Not half melted.) The size of the ice-cream scoop was quite pitiful though. My companion liked the waffles as well though.
Mad Hare ($7.50)
Rich Brownie topped with Home-made ice-cream
This was from my second visit. The brownie was pretty good. It was quite moist, though the price was a tad high for something that small.
Macarons ($2 each)
Look at the cute bear and the HULK! These were pretty nice, I definitely loved the look of them.
If I remembered correctly, the bear had an orange flavor while The Hulk had a pistachio flavor? Can’t exactly remember, all I did was just popped them whole into my mouth.
Sidenote: I’m definitely a tad annoyed that for the two times that I’ve been to Hatter, their “Burgerons” were not available. Oh well.
Chocolate & Nutella filled Tart
Nutella lovers rejoice! This tasted pretty good as well. You can hardly go wrong with anything that has anything to do with Nutella.
Pandan ice-cream, drizzled with Gula Melaka
This was from my second visit. I was pretty annoyed with how my ice-cream was half melted during my first visit and hence, I just had to order this again. This time, the ice-cream was MUCH better.
Unfortunately, when I asked if I could add another scoop of ice-cream during my order (one scoop is never enough, especially with how small the scoop is at Hatter’s), I was told that they can’t do that, as they wouldn’t have enough ice-cream left. Found it to be quite ridiculous, they were basically saving it so that they can make more waffle sales. (I did see someone on Instagram having two scoops, so it CAN be done, just that perhaps I went during a wrong timing. Still….)
Alice? Is that you?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Now if you have not been to Hatter Street before, I do recommend a visit. It’s a great little dessert cafe for the residents of the quiet neighbourhood. They serve pretty good waffles, one of the better waffle places, though I do find their ice-cream quantity quite sad. However, I do actually kind of like their concept and food. Hatter Street definitely has quite a bit of potential and I’ll probably make a revisit once I think that they have worked out their kinks or perhaps when I’m in the neighbourhood again.
212 Hougang Street 21, #01-333, Singapore 530212
(Nearest train station: Kovan)
Contact: 6988 4591
Tue – Sun: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm