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Going Bananas For Banana Bread

Going Bananas For Banana Bread

My never-ending journey to try all the banana bread, cakes and loaves I can find. Yes, I may have a banana bread fetish.
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My Must-have at The Lokal

It's very reassuring when you return to a place you haven't been to in a long while and everything is as good as ever, if not better.
I wanted to save tummy space for my favourite, the Banana Bread. So it was necessary to "pimp my breakfast" in a modest fashion; which I did with fried eggs, shredded roast chicken and sautéed spinach. Thus I could comfortably indulge in what I still consider the BEST Banana Bread in Singapore. I love that they serve it warm with a thick butterscotch sauce, cool vanilla yogurt (also made from scratch by the chef, just like the Banana Bread itself), toasted hazelnuts and freshly-grated orange zest. It is so scrumptious you're really missing out if you don't give it a try.

Found A New Banana Bread To Love ($7.50 with ice-cream, $4.50 without)

The thing is, you can never tell by sight if a slab of banana bread is going to disappoint or impress. Plain-looking in comparison to almost every other dessert and pastry, it all boils down to that first bite. Well, unlike too many out there, this one at Hoopla Coffee & Kitchen met my expectations.
Besides its extravagant perfume of ripe bananas which first seduced my sense of smell, what I liked very much was the abundance of flavour and moistness. To me, dryness in a cake means death. #sorrynotsorry

Hands Down Still The Best Banana Bread I've Ever Had

I have looked high and low but hand on my heart, the banana bread at The Lokal is still my number one. Mostly because it's served warm and blanketed in their luscious housemade vanilla yogurt. Of course the cooked banana pieces, caramel sauce and toasted hazel nuts don't hurt 😄

Banana & Walnut Bread

Took a while to decide what to have with my hot latte as there were numerous tempting things on display. I finally picked the banana walnut bread, one of my favourites here. Once again, it pressed all the right buttons with its comforting home-made goodness of sweet bananas and lightly-crunchy walnuts.

Banana Bread and Apple "Crumble" ($14.90)

Strangely, the sliced Granny Smith apples mentioned in the menu were M.I.A. but the other components, namely homemade banana bread, peanut butter, crumble and ice-cream made it to the plate. There was also a surprise appearance put in by a lovely berry compote.
If you have tried all the variations of waffles Stateland Cafe is known for and are itching for something new, this is something you can consider. The ice-cream's not the creamiest but the banana bread's fresh and fragrant. I just wish it's served as one thick, hefty piece rather than two thin slices.

Banana Loaf ($4 nett)

Chopped walnuts invade this banana loaf like brave warriors waging war against the banana in there. So you get lots of crunchy texture throughout which keeps it interesting. The size is quite big too; definitely worth the $4.

Banana Chocolate Cake ($6)

I know it isn't quite banana bread but hey, there's plenty of banana in it. And what this cake lacks in size, it makes up big-time in taste. The chocolate ganache alone is glorious. Layered with the banana, the result is sensational. This is a cake I would return for.

Banana Cake

It was so sweet of the chef, Jodin and his team to surprise me with this dressed-up banana cake (complete with a forever-flaming candle) when they found out it was my birthday. Pretty presentation aside, the cake itself was really marvelous in terms of taste.
To get it so moist and rich with banana flavour, the chef and his fellow baker explained that they use only the very, very ripest of bananas to make it. We're talking bananas ripened (via a "secret method") to the point where the fruit becomes completely pitch black in colour. One such banana was even brought out of the kitchen as proof!
For me, seeing their effort to get the best out of a single ingredient that goes into the making of a one item alone, really impressed upon me the GastroSmiths team's deep passion for creating food of quality. These guys have definitely got my support.

The King (RM12)

In this signature cake of VCR's, the two elements of peanut butter and banana wrestled each other for my attention. It was impossible to call the winner because my tastebuds were completely boggled by them. One moment it was "oh wow, banana... nice!". The next, "no, hang on, it's peanut butter!". This went on and on until the last crumb was eaten. Best conundrum ever 😋

Banana Tin Loaf (RM6.50)

Baked in-house, this is a no-frills slice of wholesome goodness. It may not be as banana-y or fanciful as others I've tried (and collapsed in ecstasy over), but nonetheless, I feel it's worth a B+ at least.

Hummingbird ($6)

At first, I had thought this was a Carrot Cake after misreading the description on the display card. However, the cafe's baker who happened to be standing close by, politely corrected me, and said the magic words, "No, it's a Banana Cake". In an instant, I was all over that display stand like a rabid monkey. Ordered one and without hesitation, burrowed into its dense, moist, banana-rich cakeness. Keeping it extra interesting were small pineapple chunks, a dash of cinnamon and loads of voluptuous cream cheese frosting. I truly enjoyed this, especially since I know for a fact that it's baked in-house.

Toasted Banana Bread ($11.22+)

This is a RIDICULOUSLY GOOD heap of total homemade awesomeness! Whoever thought of putting vanilla yogurt together with the banana bread is seriously genius. And as though that isn't fantastic enough, there's caramelised bananas and roasted macadamia nuts too. Whatever else you order, make sure you leave space in your tummy for this.

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Can't cook to save my life but boy, can I eat! 😄 (I pay for all my meals unless otherwise stated)

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