Grin Affair is a little cafe that mainly focuses on the art of cakes in a jar. This is actually their second outlet, with their first over at Everton Park. Over at Grin Affair, they have a variety of jar cakes, with up to 14 different flavours for you to choose from. The menu for their second outlet has been reworked to include both savoury & sweet meringue waffles as well.
Their second outlet over at Bishan resides in a little space in the residential neighbourhood. (It’s quite close to the nearby CPF building.) While I have not been to their original outlet, the interior decor of the second outlet seems to be quite similar to their first. (Judging by photos I’ve seen.)
There is a common element of mid-dark wooden furniture with some light wood shelves on the walls that display knick knacks for sale. The whole cafe is actually quite small, with only a few seats that span the left & right side of the walls of the interior. The place also adopted an open concept, where the kitchen is in plain sight for all to see. (You can actually hear the sizzle of waffles while waiting.) The one most noteworthy part of the place – the huge apex ceiling.
If you have ever been to Grin Affair’s Everton Park outlet, you’ll know by now that they specialize in jar cakes, those cute little glass jars that contain delicious & sweet desserts inside. They have about 14 jar cake flavours here, with a few depending on season. Their second establishment over at Bishan have even expanded their menu to include meringue waffles. Initially, they offered only savoury waffles, with fillings ranging from slow roasted chicken to smoked salmon. It was only recently that they further expanded their menu to include dessert waffles that come with different toppings & gelato.
Prices here are fairly low, with waffles under the 10 dollar mark. The only thing that I considered to be slightly pricey is their jar cakes, which can go for about $6 a pop. Perhaps the reasoning for the price is to add in the cost of the jar itself; which you can actually take home with you. I’m not sure if it’s still ongoing, but the last time I went, I was told that you could return the jars in exchange for stickers; achieve up to 12 stickers to get a free jar cake. Anyway, you won’t find GST or service fees here either, so hurrah!
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
It’s really nice that Bishan is finally getting to see some additions of cafes in the area & Grin Affair seems to be a fantastic start to all of it. I’m quite glad that they decided to spruce up their menu by adding a variety of savoury & dessert waffles. (You can only go so far with jar cakes. Right?) The place is really fantastic & quiet for doing a bit of studying or chatting with friends over coffee, cakes & waffles. I’m definitely gonna bring my friends over sometime to give them a try if we’re ever nearby.
505D Bishan St 11 #01-408, Singapore 574505
(Nearest train station: Bishan)
Contact: 8222 2678
Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sun: 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm