New to the cafe scene in Serangoon, Amber Ember is a quiet oasis of sorts, a cozy nook nestled a couple streets away from Nex, the mall that’s perpetually teeming with shoppers. The owner apparently has a background in architecture, and she designed the warmly lit space herself, filling it with splashes of muted pink swirls, marble-top tables, wooden benches, and touches of greenery.
It’s an idyllic spot to sit and unwind over a cuppa or get a bit of work done.
The place serves up all-day brunch, specializing in jaffles that come in sweet and savory variations. (We can practically hear the carb lovers’ hearts beating faster.) These Aussie-style toasties are like little bites of comfort, and popular options include truffle shrooms ($11) or Pablo’s beef ($10, with minced beef, capsicum and mozzarella), which are served with sides such as purple sweet potato mash.
On the sweet side, there’s Chocobanana ($8), or an elevated take on everyone’s childhood favorite – PB & Jelly ($8), a creamy spread of house-made peanut butter, grape jelly, and a frozen peanut parfait sandwiched in between crispy slices of bread.
However, if you’ve outgrown toasties, the menu also offers typical brunch grub like granola ($7), avocado on toast ($9), and carbonara pasta ($14). To try something different, go for the Asian rendition of risotto ($10) with purple rice porridge, braised pulled pork, fried shallots, and a gooey egg; or fu yong eggs ($11), the cafe’s version of the zi char dish with omelette, mushrooms, and fried spinach on sourdough.
Amber’s fried chicken ($10), drizzled with Sriracha and blue cheese ranch, is quite the hit as well – mostly ‘cause you can never go wrong with crispy bird. But take note that the café is in the midst of refining its menu, so you may or may not see the same dishes on the line-up at different visits, just FYI.
Amber Ember is at #01-01, 730 Upper Serangoon Rd