Montana Brew Bar @ 1 Selegie Road

"Your daily access to a great specialty coffee experience."

“Your daily access to a great specialty coffee experience.”

Montana Brew Bar is a newly opened coffee bar at POMO that offers great brews along with an array of waffles. The crew behind Montana is the same one from Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar. The brew bar has been gaining quite a buzz, especially for their delicious & photogenic waffles.

Sidenote
Just a little heads up. This review is going to be a tad long as I went in a huge group & basically tried almost every item on the menu. ALMOST. So bear with.

The location of Montana.

The location of Montana.

Inner workings of the brew bar.

Inner workings of the brew bar.

Aesthetic
Montana Brew Bar is actually located on the first level of POMO, which makes it a great choice for the nearby art students from LASALLE & NAFA, including the office workers of the nearby commercial districts. The brew bar is pretty casual, with an open concept in the mall. While they lack in space for any sort of proper design, the parts that benefit from aesthetic decor are done quite well. It definitely looks like one of those coffee bars that you find in these parts. They do have limited seating, a fact that can get pretty crazy during lunch hours.

Menu of Montana Brew Bar.

Menu of Montana Brew Bar.

Food
As you can already tell by their name, Montana Brew Bar makes great coffee & brews. When I told my friends about the place, they actually found their name quite puzzling; especially since it sounds more profound & not a place that they would have normally been interested in going to.

Aside from the coffee, Montana offers an extensive range of freshly made waffles. These waffles do not disappoint & have been slowly but increasing spamming my Instagram feed with their eye-catching aesthetics.

Prices here are fairly low, with waffles hovering around the 10 dollar mark. No GST or service fees either; which makes the place a fantastic attraction to students alike.

Hot Chocolate ($4) What I love about Montana is not only their great tasting drinks, but their fantastic latte arts. The hot chocolate here is very full bodied & rich; one of the better ones I've had so far. Even my friend who tried it thought so.

Hot Chocolate ($4)
What I love about Montana is not only their great tasting drinks, but their fantastic latte arts.
The hot chocolate here is very full bodied & rich; one of the better ones I’ve had so far. Even my friend who tried it thought so.

Latte ($4.50) I decided to go with their Montana Houseblend, which is a mixture of beans from different countries, giving the coffee a hint of fruity notes & an aftertaste of chocolate. I can attest that the coffee here is really good, not to mention it's affordability.  (One fantastic thing to note is that they don't compromise on their latte arts. They are all constantly fantastic with a high level of detail.)

Latte ($4.50)
I decided to go with their Montana Houseblend, which is a mixture of beans from different countries, giving the coffee a hint of fruity notes & an aftertaste of chocolate. I can attest that the coffee here is really good, not to mention it’s affordability.
(One fantastic thing to note is that they don’t compromise on their latte arts. They are all constantly fantastic with a high level of detail.)

Smoked Salmon Japanese Sesame Salad ($8.50) Smoked Salmon, Tofu, Sesame Sauce, Tomato, Mixed Greens If you're not interested in waffles, they do have a couple of salads as well. This was pretty good, with a nice amount of smoked salmon & greens. Some of my female friends who were full from their waffles could still poked at the remnants of the salad & finish it.

Smoked Salmon Japanese Sesame Salad ($8.50)
Smoked Salmon, Tofu, Sesame Sauce, Tomato, Mixed Greens
If you’re not interested in waffles, they do have a couple of salads as well.
This was pretty good, with a nice amount of smoked salmon & greens. Some of my female friends who were full from their waffles could still poked at the remnants of the salad & they ended up finishing it.

BLT ($8) Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Guacamole, Tomato Relish A friend of mine actually ordered something else but got served this instead. As he was unsure if it was the correct dish, he decided to just go ahead & eat it. The staff were extremely gracious, coming over to explain that they had served the wrong item & hence gave a refund. Aside from that, they even offered a free dish for our next visit! Fantastic I must say.

BLT ($8)
Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Guacamole, Tomato Relish
A friend of mine actually ordered something else but got served this instead. As he was unsure if it was the correct dish, he decided to just go ahead & eat it. The staff were extremely gracious, coming over to explain that they had served the wrong item & gave a refund even though he had already ate half of it. Aside from that, they even offered a free dish for our next visit! Fantastic I must say.

Frittaffle ($8) With Truffle Mushroom Cream Sauce Two of my friends had this & mentioned that it was good. It also had a pretty strong smell of cheese. (Non-lovers of cheese take note.)

Frittaffle ($8)
With Truffle Mushroom Cream Sauce
Two of my friends had this & mentioned that it was good. It also had a pretty strong smell of cheese. (Non-lovers of cheese take note.)

Southern Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($9.50) Perhaps one of the most popular items from Montana would be this. It had my friends drooling when I showed them photos of it before we even visited the place. I really like the whole dish. The chicken was succulent & tender, with a great dose of wasabi coleslaw on top. The waffle was flavourful; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I could probably just eat the chicken all by itself as it was THAT good. Recommended.

Southern Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($9.50)
Perhaps one of the most popular items from Montana would be this. It had my friends drooling when I showed them photos of it before we even visited the place.
I really like the whole dish. The chicken was succulent & tender, with a great dose of wasabi coleslaw on top. The waffle was flavourful; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I could probably just eat the chicken all by itself as it was THAT good. One of my friends who hated fried chicken even said that he liked this variation. (Who hates fried chicken?!?! Goodness.) Anyway, highly recommended.

Breakfast Waffle BLT ($8) Two Sunny Side Ups, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Relish One of their simpler waffles choices.

Breakfast Waffle BLT ($8)
Two Sunny Side Ups, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Relish
One of their simpler waffles choices. One of my female friends had this & said that the first bite wasn’t bad. She was quite surprised by a taste from the waffle which she mentioned was “avocado”, perhaps it’s the tomato relish instead?

Truffle Mac & Cheese ($9.50) With Truffle Powder, Parmesan Shavings One of the more unique dishes from Montana would have to be their Mac & Cheese. What makes this dish so interesting is that the Mac is literally INSIDE the waffle, as you can see. It was pretty delicious, with only a slight taste of cheese. Two of my friends commented that it got pretty heavy after a while & could make you feel bloated. Worth a try nonetheless. (This waffle took the longest to arrive though, perhaps due to the complications of creating each batch.)

Truffle Mac & Cheese ($9.50)
With Truffle Powder, Parmesan Shavings
One of the more unique dishes from Montana would have to be their Mac & Cheese.
What makes this dish so interesting is that the Mac is literally INSIDE the waffle, as you can see. It was pretty delicious, with only a slight taste of cheese. Two of my friends commented that it got pretty heavy after a eating half of it & it could make you feel bloated. Worth a try nonetheless.
(This waffle took the longest to arrive though, perhaps due to the complications of creating each batch.)

Chocolate Banana Waffles ($9.50) This is a great selection for chocolate lovers out there. My friend was a huge fan of anything chocolate banana & was in love with this, even exclaiming "Chocolate Banana!" after taking a bite. We actually had this on our second visit, and the waffle was much more crispy this time around. (Which I didn't particularly fancy.)

Chocolate Banana Waffles ($9.50)
This is a great selection for chocolate lovers out there. My friend was a huge fan of anything chocolate banana & was in love with this, even exclaiming “Chocolate Banana!” after taking a bite. We actually had this on our second visit, and the waffle was much more crispy this time around. (Which I didn’t particularly fancy.)

Waffles Suzette ($9.50) Lemongrass Chai Sauce, Orange Compote, Vanilla Ice-Cream Another friend had this during our second visit & he quite liked the flavours of the waffle as well. He did mention that the ice-cream kinda overpowered the flavours of the orange compote, unfortunately.

Waffles Suzette ($9.50)
Lemongrass Chai Sauce, Orange Compote, Vanilla Ice-Cream
Another friend had this during our second visit & he quite liked the flavours of the waffle as well. He did mention that the ice-cream kinda overpowered the flavours of the orange compote, unfortunately.

Matcha Strawberry Field Waffles ($9.50) I actually spotted this when they were having their professional photography for Montana at Montana & was tempted due to the amazing colour & presentation of the dish. This was another winner in my book. Delicious green tea waffles paired with fantastic strawberries & ice-cream.  (Is this my first time coming across a Matcha Waffle? I think it is!)

Matcha Strawberry Field Waffles ($9.50)
I actually spotted this when they were having their professional photography for Montana at Montana & I was tempted due to the amazing colour & presentation of the dish.
This was another winner in my book. Delicious green tea waffles paired with fantastic strawberries & ice-cream.
(Is this my first time coming across a Matcha Waffle? I think it is!)

Red Velvet Waffle Stack ($10.50) Red Velvet Crumble, White Chocolate Rose Sauce, Vanilla Ice-Cream Saving the best for last, the Pièce de résistance, the Red Velvet Waffle Stack! It's so good that it is limited per day. (I breathed a sigh of relief when it was available during my visit.) One of my friends actually tasted it first & exclaimed that it tasted like "Bandung", which threw the rest of us off. It was only until we looked at the description again that we realized it was because of the white chocolate rose sauce. The sauce is basically what makes the red velvet waffles so AWESOME! The combination of flavours with the rose sauce was just magic in your mouth. As you can see, it was also extremely photogenic; everyone wanted to take a photo of it. (Even a random lady asked if she could take a photo of our waffles.) This is definitely one of the BEST red velvet waffles that I've ever had. I kid you not. Highly highly recommended. Be quick to get yours!

Red Velvet Waffle Stack ($10.50)
Red Velvet Crumble, White Chocolate Rose Sauce, Vanilla Ice-Cream
Saving the best for last, the Pièce de résistance, the Red Velvet Waffle Stack! It’s so good that it is limited per day. (I breathed a sigh of relief when it was available during my visit.)
One of my friends actually tasted it first & exclaimed that it tasted like “Bandung”, which threw the rest of us off. It was only until we looked at the description again that we realized it was because of the white chocolate rose sauce. The sauce is basically what makes the red velvet waffles so AWESOME! The combination of flavours with the rose sauce was just magic in your mouth. As you can see, it was also extremely photogenic; everyone wanted to take a photo of it. (Even a random lady asked if she could take a photo of our waffles.)
This is definitely one of the BEST red velvet waffles that I’ve ever had. I kid you not. Highly highly recommended. Be quick to get yours!

Montana. An urban chic coffee brew bar.

Montana. An urban chic coffee brew bar.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Though Montana Brew Bar has only recently opened its doors (or lack thereof), it has already gained quite a bit of popularity, especially with it’s directed target audience. Really fantastic coffee & latte art, paired with delicious waffles, not to mention the affordable prices, makes Montana one of those rare places in Singapore that would soon turn highly coveted. A definite must-try for coffee and/or waffle enthusiasts.

RATING

Food
9/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
9/10
Service
8.5/10

MONTANA BREW BAR

1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore
(Nearest train station: Dhoby Gaut)
Contact: 9833 1790
Email: –
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sun: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
https://www.facebook.com/montanabrewbar

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