“The good folks at FROTH will make it worth your while.”
Froth is a fairly new cafe located inside the building of BIG Hotel, along Middle Road. The place has been making quite a buzz in social media. You must have had already seen the many many many Instagram photos of their delicious looking dishes with an Asian Fusion & the pièce de résistance; their famous purple hue Taro Waffles. Froth serves to satisfy not only the palate of the tourists but that of the locals as well.
Interior of Froth.
Froth is actually located one level below ground level, inside BIG Hotel. The location is quite unique, which constantly peaked the interest of my friends as we constantly walk by the place & look down into the glass façade to see a cafe. To reach Froth, you just need to make your way to the entrance of the hotel and walk down a flight of stairs. It is interesting to note that Froth has no ties with the hotel itself & it operates independently.
The interior decor of Froth is kept quite minimal, adopting an industrial-vintage aesthetic. (Like most cafes around here.) The place is filled with a few hanging lamps with exposed bulbs, metal stools & metal pots filled with soil that serves as table numbers.
Some desserts on display. Look at those purple cakes!
The menu of Froth. (Shout-out to my friend’s hand over there.)
Froth offers quite a few dishes, which include an array of your usual Western cafe choices as well as a mixture of Asian Fusion, such as their Seafood Tom Yum Risotto. Some of their food offered here seem quite unique, which sets Froth apart from the horde of cafes you can already find nearby. One such dish is their Doritos Crust Winglets, which had me at the word “Doritos”. Another would be their highly-popular (yet sadly somewhat inconsistent) Taro Waffles, which seem to flood my Instagram feed with it’s over-the-top (yet mesmerizing) purple hues.
An unfortunate fact about Froth is their prices, which is somewhat steep. They do also charge GST & service fees and hence, I always seem to have a trouble getting my friends to try the place. (They avoid it like a plague after learning the prices.) I do like the locale though, with it’s close proximity to LASALLE & NAFA. (Then again, I’m pretty sure students from those schools are broke enough as it is. I should know.)
Bacon Chowder ($7.90)
Smoky Chowder, Poached Egg, Herb Oil, Crispy Bacon Bits
This was actually one of the last dishes that my friends & I ordered during our first visit as their Doritos Crust Winglets were not available.
Due to an error regarding the order, it took a while before it got served. However, after taking a spoonful of the chowder, all was forgiven. My friend dubbed this “Liquid Breakfast”, which I thought was extremely clever & on point. It tasted really fantastic to say the least. A definite must-try.
Cheesy Lobster Sandwich ($22.90)
Slipper Lobster, Cheese, Tobiko
This was one of the eye-catching dishes that I knew I just had to try when I visited Froth. Overall, it was pretty nice. There was a good quantity of lobster in the sandwich which was great.
I did get somewhat confused as I felt that there seemed to be a lack of cheese in the dish – I couldn’t taste any.
(You can also add $3 for Truffle Fries. Of course, truffle fries are so yesterday, hence I decided not to waste 3 bucks on added truffle oil.)
Seafood Tom Yum Risotto ($23.90)
Fresh Prawns, Squids, Clams, Pumpkin
At first, I wasn’t really keen on the risotto after seeing the words “Tom Yum” (Not a fan of that.), but as it was touted as one of their more popular dishes, my friends & I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, it tasted quite delicious with just a slight hint of Tom Yum flavour. The seafood in the dish was quite generous as well. One of my friends even stated that she wouldn’t mind coming back for the risotto again.
Unfortunately, their so-called “Fresh prawns” that day were nowhere near fresh.
With Hazelnut Sauce
Churros has become sort of a staple in my menu. (I’ll always try to order it when I see it offered.) It’s one of those dishes that almost everyone likes & makes for good blog posting.
After being told by the staff that it was made in-house, I was sold. Froth’s churros were quite delicious, not overly oily or chewy, it was just right. Paired with their hazelnut sauce (A nice way of putting Nutella without having to put the word “Nutella”), it was pure Heaven.
Taro Waffles ($12.90)
With Salted Caramel Ice-cream
Ah, here we have the pièce de résistance of Froth; their Taro Waffles! Having seen this constantly on Instagram, it was a no-brainer to give it a try. The amazing purple hues of the dish were just too pretty to forgo ordering it.
This was from my first visit to Froth. My friends & I thought that the waffle tasted pretty good, with a nice surprise of taro actually INSIDE the waffle.
Unfortunately, the problem lies with the inconsistency of the dish. It looked nothing like the many images I saw on Instagram. One notable difference was the lack of taro sauce, which seemed to be replaced by icing sugar. This little detail bugged the hell outta me, especially since the dish kept appearing on my Instagram feed even AFTER I’ve tried the place. (Interestingly enough, you can also see different variations & inconsistencies of the dish on Instagram itself.)
Of course, I was determined to get exactly what I saw on social media and hence, I made the decision to head back a second time.
Doritos Crust Winglets ($11.90)
Spicy Doritos Crust, Confit Winglets
Finally their winglets were available on my second visit! This was something that one of my friends & I were extremely keen on trying and I’m glad to report that it wasn’t a let down.
The boneless winglets were full of flavour & topped with delicious Doritos. The taste reminded me quite a bit of the Hot & Spicy drumlets from PizzaHut. Recommended.
(My friend & I thought it was kind of funny that it was served on a huge wooden board that overpowered the quantity of the dish.)
Homemade Bacon Flavoured Cream, Poached Egg, Bacon Bits
I do love my fair share of pastas, especially cream sauce based variations. My friend & I thought that this was pretty good, not particularly the best Carbonara we’ve had but it was somewhat in the middle.
Taro Cheesecake ($8.90)
Nutella Cheesecake ($8.90)
Having spotted the beautiful purple cheesecake during my first visit, I knew I had to order it on my second.
Funny story: My friend & I both saw a photo of these two cakes plated on Instagram & we kept showing the photos to the staff who served us, in order to make sure that we got the EXACT same presentation. (She must have thought we were both oddballs.) I’m glad to say that it paid off as the presentation was perfect.
Anyway, back to the food review. The Taro Cheesecake was divine. Really smooth, with a fantastic taste of taro. Love the beautiful purple colour as well.
We both tried the Nutella Cheesecake second……. and it totally blew us away. It was extremely soft & tasted so marvellous that my friend & I had to take a moment to recollect ourselves. It also pretty much ruined the Taro Cheesecake after we tasted the Nutella one. Nevertheless, both are highly recommended! (Though if you order both, eat the Taro one first. The Nutella one will ruin your palate for future cakes because it’s THAT good.)
Taro Waffle ($12.90)
With Earl Grey Ice-cream
Yes! I had to order it again during my second visit. Along with the cakes, my friend & I pestered the staff to make sure that the presentation came as how we saw it on Instagram. I’m happy to report that our annoying tactics & OCDness paid off! Look at this beauty.
Just like the first taro waffle, this tasted mighty fine. I do love me some taro. This time we went with Earl Grey ice-cream, which seemed to complement the overall dish much better. Both flavours worked really well together & the ice-cream was great as well. The key difference here is the eye-catching purple hue taro sauce! It was the main ingredient that was missing from the first waffle. The sauce brought the dish to the next level, especially in terms of aesthetic. If they can keep up their consistency with this waffle, then I highly recommend it as well.
What’s cafehopping without an obligatory shot of all the dishes? (This was from my first visit.)
“Froth prides itself on hearty food and quality coffee.”
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
While initially there were a few hiccups here & there, I think that Froth is starting to settle down in regards to quality & consistency control. I do really like the food here, I can’t deny that, though I definitely feel that the prices are a bit too steep for my liking. (I really wanted to try their Bubblegum Milkshake, but add a dollar to the price of it & you could get a waffle instead. Which doesn’t make sense, does it?) Apart from the hiccups & the above average prices, I do find that Froth still has an appeal and I wouldn’t mind heading back every so often again for brunch.
200 Middle Road B1-02 Big Hotel, Singapore 188980
(Nearest train station: Dhoby Gaut)
Contact: 6336 1228
Mon – Sun: 11:30 am – 10:00 am