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Sweet-Tooths and Small Bites

All things sweet or small for the after-meal satisfaction.
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua
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Flambeed Orange Slices, Cointreau, Galettes Signature Sauce, Scoop of Gelato.

Thought the concept of a made-upon-order crepe stall is a good idea, especially in the heartlands, though we felt that it seemed to lack the “premium” feel that other places serving crepes seem to carry. Flambeed right at the table, there is some theatrical components to this dish; great for those who are looking for the perfect ‘gram. That being said, we felt that the crepes, whilst moist, could do being on the pan for a little longer for more flavour. It comes with just a whiff of alcoholic punch from the Cointreau, which went well with the citrusy sauce though we did wish that the Cointreau could be even more punchier (though perhaps they are just trying to be family-friendly considering the demographic here). Perhaps it’s the location and the price point it’s at — we just felt that it could have been better considering how other renditions of Crepe Suzette around are often done with more finesse — still a decent hangout in the heartlands though.

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From this Muslim-owned patisserie along [email protected] Coast; apart from entremets, the hole-in-the-wall patisserie also sells sliced cakes, mainly for takeaway considering how there is only one table of three here. Carrying a whiff of rose fragrance, the cake was a little sweet, but was generally smooth overall. Liked how there are crunchy bits in the middle that tasted somewhat like Horlicks; provided a contrast of texture as well as flavour.

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From this quiet cafe that serves up freshly-baked bread with specialty coffee brewed with soy milk. Prrhaps one of the most eye-catching item they have on display from the description, the Matcha Croissant comes with a flavourful matcha cream with bitter undertones from the tea; works well with the flaky and light croissant that encases it. Pretty delightful.

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Checked out this new establishment last week — a concept from the folks behind Lola’s Cafe (also the same people behind On The Table and Suzette). The only fried dumpling on their menu, this item carries a Central European influence. Whilst the exterior is crisp without being too thick nor thin, the dumpling is filled with smoked bacon bits, truffle-infused potato mash, caramalised onion and cheddar — all of which provided a savoury flavour with a whiff of truffle that is pretty different from the Asian dumpling. Served with Sriracha Crema, it provides a refreshing, yet creamy flavour that cuts through the savouriness of the dumplings.

Durian season may well be over, but there isn’t a need for an occasion for a bowl of quality durian mousse. While it’s all creamy and rich with a whiff of pungent durian going through the entire bowl, the good stuff is at the bottom; we ain’t talking about fibrous shreds of durian flesh here, but the smooth, creamy durian pulp that is fresh off the fruit which enhances the flavours further. It ends off on a very clean note; no nasty aftertaste that lingers — very well-executed.

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From this new neighbourhood French bakery at The Hillford. Thought the bakes here were of respectable quality; the Kouign Amann being light, crisp and flaky whilst being aptly sweet — more doughy as it reaches the middle for some bite. Apart from how it got a little charred at the bottom after being warmed up, something I don’t mind going for again when in the area.

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Had to give Aqua S a try with the opening of their very first outpost in Singapore, situated at Orchard Xchange (within Orchard MRT Station). Quite like how the soft-serve is a little different from the ones served locally; both soft-serves being pretty light in texture instead of the denser ones often served at locally-opened establishments. Flavours are prominent, though light without clouding the taste buds; both flavours being pretty complimenting — lychee was light and refreshing, while the latter carrying a slight saltishness. Overall, both were pretty clean flavours; while the cone is crisp and fresh despite us visiting during the evening.

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Heard about their rendition of the Cheese Soft-Serve but was ended up with this for it was unfortunately sold out by the time I was there. The Strawberry Soft-Serve was pretty good; carried the tartness and freshness of the berries without being milky while the soft-serve was pretty smooth. Wouldn’t mind having this again.

From the new Wai Cafe at Clifford Centre, which serves well-pulled cuppa using beans roasted by Common Man Coffee Roasters.

The Hummingbird Cake was also pretty delicious; the unfrosted version here felt like a crossover between Carrot Cake and Banana Bread — soft and moist, the cake carried nibs of nuts and fruits along with a hint of other spices used.

Flat White was also well-executed; a good balance of espresso and milk that works great for that mid-day cuppa to revitalize the senses.

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Vanilla Ice-Cream, Matcha Ice-Cream, Camaralised Marshmallows.

From Karugazaka Saryo at Vivocity which is a brand originating from Kagurazaka, Tokyo that specializes in Uji Matcha brought in by Japan Foods Holdings, replacing Fruit Paradise. Thought this was seemingly pedestrian; beneath the sticky, torched marshmallows are both vanilla ice-cream and Matcha ice-cream; the former nothing much to shout about while the latter felt a tad generic for a Uji Matcha specialty store — could have been a little punchier with the bitter notes of Matcha for more impact. Hiding beneath everything are cornflakes, presumably for a crisp texture but most of them had already seemingly turned stale and limp for our serving. Portion is good for two to share though.

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From Goen Taiyaki, which replaces Black Mamba at Toa Payoh; Goen Taiyaki serves up Croissant Taiyaki and Taiyaki Ice-Cream alongside beverages.

Ended up with this one which was pretty decent; crisp, flaky and buttery croissant Taiyaki that is baked fresh upon order, while encased with a reasonably sweet Azuki filling within whilst also coming with durian purée (no fibres though) that provides a pungent contrast to the earthy Azuki. Patrons can opt for a set to include a drink, which I went for the Thai Iced Tea (No Milk) which was pretty refreshing in the sweltering heat these days.

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Gochujang Dressing, Yuzu Custard, Hand-made Rice Crisps.

One of my favourite dishes off South Union Park’s new menu. Really loved how the chunks of fish come with a bite, while the Gochujang Dressing helps to add a hint of sweet-ish spiciness that provides a slight kick in flavour; the Yuzu Custard adding a hint of zestiness to the dish that refreshes and tingles the taste buds. Loved how the Rice Crisps are light and crisp even after leaving them aside for some time, while the seaweed atop adds a hint of umami; works as a great dip to the ceviche!

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