Yet another cafe on the already really hipster streets of Haji Lane – Le Kue positions itself against its competitors by striving to revive traditional tastes of the different cultures using French techniques. Up till now, I actually have no idea how to pronounce the name of this little cafe. Le Kueh? Le Kiu? Me no no French, me know Singlish.
The PlaceLe Kue occupies a REALLY, REALLY small space and a small al fresco dining area. When I mean small, you are literally elbow-to-elbow with the people on the next table, and when you have to excuse yourself to go to the wash room, it’s a very stressful situation, whereby you’ve got to avoid getting your butt smeared with cake, or smearing the cake with your butt. Not impressed.
We visited them on a scorching hot afternoon, like every other afternoon, the place was pretty packed and the air-conditioning was almost absent. Maybe it was the weather, which influenced my impression of Le Kue, but such an unenjoyable ambience makes it difficult to enjoy their offerings!
I was so impressed with the melting chocolate sphere upon the contact of the espresso shot, I actually squealed in delight. So pretty, and it was like watching a fantasy unfold in front of your eyes. Very pretty!
Taste wise, I liked it as well. The espresso was acidic enough, and the hint of bitterness of the chocolate was able to complement the shot of espresso. However, this drink could do better if it was less sweet!
We chose the prettiest looking thing on the shelf on that day, over the plated dessert. I heard the plated desserts are really good though, so do try it if you’ve got the opportunity. This pretty looking thing was the Strawberry Shortcake ($7.80).
Well.. This was aesthetically pleasing, but I did not taste any strawberry shortcake in this. It was filled with 70% cream to achieve the shape of the rose, and only a small part in the center was actually the strawberry shortcake itself. Very disappointing.
I’m not too sure if we’ve ordered the wrong items in this cafe, or it was too little to judge, however, Le Kue should up their game if they intend to survive in this competitive stretch. The mocha affogato was good though, and that to me, seems like potential, as they can be creative enough to give the usual dishes a twist, like their flavored marshmallows. That, may just be what they need to survive and surpass their neighbors.
How to get there?
20 Haji Lane, Bugis
Monday to Friday: 11 am to 12 mn