Walking into the Plain Jane café, one is immediately greeting with friendly smiles and a beautifully decorated interior, including an eclectic collection of comfy chairs, flowers, and small curious antiques. Specialising in Swiss rolls and homemade sweets, the café is a paradise for everyone with a sweet tooth as well as those who just want to relax and chill over a coffee. Just a few minutes walk from Serangoon MRT and the nex mall, we went to do our Plain Jane review on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
1 Flavoured Treats
On display are some not-so-plain Swiss rolls, varying from Matcha and Yuzu flavours to Meringue Roulade and Thai Milk Tea. Diving my fork right into the cake, already the first bite offered a positive surprise. I do have a thing for cakes, however, I am a not a big fan of overly sweet treats. The Swiss rolls, as well as all the other homemade delights, are not extremely sweet, letting you experience more of the actual cake flavour. After all, what is the point of making a raspberry cake, if all you taste is sugar?
We went for the Matcha and the Salted Caramel Swiss roll. The latter was particularly interesting as the balance between sweet and salty created a very interesting and exciting combination. The Matcha taste was very subtle too, not overpowering the slight sweetness of the Swiss roll.
Unfortunately I was too late for their Lemon Yogurt Loaf and the Apple Tea Cake, as both were already sold out on that particular day. However, it is a good sign when there are no cakes left at the end of the day. Luckily, there were still a few different scones left, which I gladly accepted as a substitute. Both the raspberry and cheese scone were served with a little bit of butter and rich, homemade raspberry jam. The scones were not crumbly but heavy and solid as they should be.
2 Calming Teas & Flavours of the Past
Making an excellent latte, the Plain Café will fulfil all your coffee dreams. However, even more exciting are their tea creations. Offering various blends from Ette Tea, such as Pandan Chiffon, Mango Sticky Rice, and Tiger Mint, I tried the Nanyang Breakfast tea, which was a subtle black tea. Served in a big teapot, the friendly people at the Plain Jane café even offered hot water refills free of charge. Another smooth and relaxing treat was their home-brewed Honey Lemon drink, which was 100% natural.
Besides wonderful desserts and drinks, it is the attention to details that will make me come back. One particular thing that we noticed was the interesting crockery used in the café, as cups and saucers are eclectically matched, including some traditional ones that you might (or not) remember from old coffee shops.