Mean Bean & Wicked Grind | NOW CLOSED

Inspired by her two month long holiday in Europe, 23 year old Kimberley Yeo made her dream a reality when she opened Mean Bean & Wicked Grind at The Plaza last month. Selling primarily what she is most passionate about- coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. And being a perfectionist herself, you can be assured that Kimberley only puts quality delectables on display for sale all while keeping prices affordable- even if it means lowering her profit margin.


Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, the young owner shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. Regulars do keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms though and are willing to come down specially just to buy their favourite baked goods when Kimberley posts up what is on sale for the week.


And if you like the crockery that you are having your cake or éclair from or even the light bulb hanging over your head, simply ask Kimberley for the price- they are all for sale. Every cake stand, fork, clock, plate to even the tea cups and saucers you see in the cafe have all been thoughtfully picked out by Kimberley herself. She does have an eye for pretty things, if I might add.


Cupcakes here are $3.50 for the regular sized ones (flavours include Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate, Kaya, Pineapple Tart, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel). If you find the combinations familiar, this week’s cupcakes supplier is Kisses Bakery! Special mention goes to the festive Pineapple Tart flavour which paid a good tribute to my favourite CNY snack.

The cakes from All Good Things that were particularly memorable were the Soufflé Cheesecake $6.50– light and fluffy with just the right amount of aeration and the Flourless Chocolate Cake with cream & berries tarts $6.90 which was not too sweet but rightfully fudgy and intense.


Éclairs $3 from The Little Yellow Apron were simply too pretty and sweet-looking. We almost could not bear to eat them but glad that we did eventually. All tasting as good as they looked- these Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Passion Fruit and Ispahan éclairs could possibly be the next ‘it’ thing. Do note that the Ispahan flavour costs 50c more- edible rose petal included!


Baked by a pastry chef, these Valrhona White Chocolate Brownies with Macadamia Nuts $6 were one of the highlights for me too! I am a huge fan of White Chocolate so this hit all the right notes in my dessert checklist. The others though thought that it was a bit too sweet for their liking. So it is really up to your own sugar threshold. One thing we agreed on, they were too gorgeous to resist!


Other worthy mentions from that evening was the two best sellers- Sea Salt Caramel Shortbread $5.60 which maybe priced a tad steeply but worth every penny and the Passion Fruit Raspberry Double Layered Tart $6. The balance between sweet and salty for the former and sweet and sour for the latter, complimented by the contrast in textures between the bases and the fillings were simply attractively good. Buy a few more to take home and your family will thank you.


And for all you coffee connoisseurs out there, Kimberley makes a mean cup accompanied by her self-taught coffee art so do not forget to get a cuppa when you are there! A Latte costs $4.50.

MBWG also serves salads and sandwiches and will be introducing more savoury items and brunch related dishes to their menu in the near future!

See also my list of 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices.

Thank you Kimberley for the uberly sweet evening and sugar rush that followed after ;)


7500A Beach Road
The Plaza, #01-337
Tel: 9272 1571

Opening hrs:
Weekdays: 8am – 6pm
Weekends: coming soon


3 Responses to Mean Bean & Wicked Grind | NOW CLOSED

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