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Sweet-Tooths and Small Bites

All things sweet or small for the after-meal satisfaction.
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Thought this was rather decent; while it's nothing like the banana bread with mushy banana that I love, it was pretty light and fluffy with a whiff of banana sweetness. Pairs well with a cup of coffee on the side.

As much as I like Chinese buns and Durian, I don't think I am in love nor hate this one. The fillings felt relatively similar to Durian Paste, though I am not a fan of the sticky and dense consistency the filling was. The bun itself was fluffy, though not really memorable in any way.

From Ice-Cream Man & Friends at Yew Tee Square — the ice-cream parlour is tucked away at the side on the second floor situated beside the open air coffeeshop. Apart from serving ice-cream is cups or with waffles, they also serve flavoured sodas as well.

This would really work well for those who are into ice-creams with a lighter flavour; here, the earthiness pulls through lightly against the refreshing hint of coconut that is pretty subtle; the ice-cream itself was generally smooth except for two instances of small icy bits at the bottom — still decent overall. The waffle crisp that comes with the single scoops in a cup was also surprisingly retained its crispness.

Yet another one for the Matcha lovers by the folks behind Old Hen — this Matcha Tart is available exclusively to Old Hen Coffee Bar (the original shop space at Rangoon Road). Using Matcha from Ippodo Tea, the matcha white chocolate mousse was nothing short of smooth, creamy and luscious; the bitter notes of Matcha clearly evident in its finish. The crust is being made with Oreo crumbs for a slightly sweet, cocoa flavour that goes pretty well with the Matcha altogether.

Hadn't been to Brawn & Brains Coffee Run in quite a while — noticed they have mini croissants which seems to be rather affordable. Essentially the Dark Chocolate Croissant at Brawn & Brains in a smaller form, this is exactly consistent with what I was really familiar with in a smaller and flakier package that is equally delicious with its chocolate glazing on the top.

Quite liked the Almond Torte here; the whole dessert feels like a good flourless chocolate cake — rich, decadent and sweet while coming with a meringue-esque crust which comes with a chew. The mousse helps to neutralize the sweetness, while the candied citrus helps to bring a little tang for some contrast. Chunks of almond are found within the Torte to create some form of crunch for texture — a pretty luxurious dessert for the chocolate lover.

Checked out Pickleville at The Working Capitol (Robinson Road) — the cafe currently serves open-faced toasts (all-day breakfast available this week; lunch would be available from next week onwards) alongside coffee, smoothies and juices hidden within the lobby that isn't visible from the main road (not gonna tell you either 😆).

The toast is a simple treat; essentially a Ham & Cheese toast but they are really generous with the condiments here — thick slices of tender ham without any stray, fatty bits that is too difficult to chew and a substantial slice of toast that comes all crisp and fluffy. Even the cheese comes in a generous amount — incredibly stretchy and covers the entire slice of toast. It's not exactly big on flavours, but it's balanced — the ham being savoury but not too salty like how some cured meats end up. Really enjoyed how the fermented honey garlic butter binds everything together however (the sole reason why I opted for this anyway); it's pungent garlicky flavour is punchy without trying to steal the show whilst carrying a light hint of sweetness that tingles on the tongue just for that bit of contrast that I yearned for.

Was surprised how this did not turn out to be overly sweet despite the bananas, cream, banana sauce and caramel. While the caramel layer was a little too dense and sticky to cut through with just the fork (it sticks stubbornly to the fork despite our efforts to get the fork out), the sweetness of the bananas, richness of the caramel and the fragrance of the banana sauce along with the crumble used for the tart base made for a satisfying sweet treat that's not too sweet overall.

Checked out Kindred Folk, a new cafe situated at King Albert Park — the cafe layout is reminiscent to those at The Midtown with the counter situated at the first level while dine-in seats are located on the second level. The cafe primarily serves up ice-cream and other desserts (cakes and tarts), though also serves up pasta for those who are looking for something more substantial.

The Charcoal Waffle was crisp and light with just light hint of buttermilk fragrance. What actually was more intriguing was the Wasabi ice-cream; using a Vanilla base, the Wasabi ice-cream first exudes an aromatic sweetness before the punchy notes of numbing wasabi takes over subsequently — a flavour that is not exactly conventional and rather odd, yet grows on one even as a dessert for its well-balanced flavour as an ice-cream but also suited for wasabi lovers for its prominent wasabi flavour. Something meant for the brave ones who are willing to try something new that tickles the taste buds.

From Old Amoy Chendol, a Chendol stall run by young hawkerpreneurs at Chinatown Complex that serves up Chendol — the stall's setup is rather spartan with only tubs of condiments, and the stall only serves a single item priced at $2.

Unfortunately the Chendol here failed to really set an impression; very pedestrian and almost like any other Chendol somehow; sure, the Pandan jelly tasted the part and the red beans carried an earthy flavour without being too sweet, but otherwise it seemed to be able to do with more coconut milk to soften the coarse ice and a stronger-tasting Gula Melaka might do the trick.

Happened to walk past Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory at the basement of Raffles City replacing dessert.cup — the set-up felt reminiscent to LeTao especially with similar offerings, though a slight difference would be how Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory also serves two types of soft-serve ice-cream (Milk, Cheese and a "Twist" version with both) in different forms as well.

While the soft-serve are both available in cup of their signature CheeseCone, the Sundae comes strictly in cup form and comes with a slice of their Milk Cheesecake and a Salt & Camembert Cookie. Opted for the Twist here — both soft-serves were smooth and light; the Cheese soft-serve carries a light hint of cheesiness but I was expecting something that was slightly more punchy. Between the two toppings, I preferred the cookie over the cheesecake; the former creates a complimenting saltiness to the sweet soft-serve while the latter was a little too dense and icy somehow.

Save for an extra large chunk of ice that was at the bottom of the entire drink, I actually pretty much loved this. The Slushie is largely thick and smooth — churned using Sunday Folks' very own Earl Grey soft-serve with chocolate infused, topped with mascarpone cream and chocolate shavings. Didn't expect how Chocolate could go with Earl Grey, but I loved how the Earl Grey provided a bright finish that lifts the flavour of the otherwise thick and rich chocolate. To say the least, the combination of both flavours was so intriguing I actually finished the Slushie in no time.

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