High/ Afternoon Tea

High/ Afternoon Tea

What my mum and I bond over from time to time.... Will never forgo our ritual of indulging in scones, cakes and finger sandwiches for anything else 💖
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The long weekends are a perfect excuse to “live to eat”, at 4pm after lunch and a leisure cycle mum and I found ourselves at St Marc’s that bodes nostalgia. You see I used to frequent the cafe weekly when St Marc’s had an outlet at Raffles City, during my university days.
Today the cold signature vanilla soft serve on a warm Danish pastry drizzled with salted caramel still hits the spot like it did years ago. Some things don’t change and I’m glad this little Mt Fuji is one :)

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Tea time at one of the most photogenic dining places in Singapore.
There are reasons why Ps Cafe is an established homegrown brand that has been brought overseas, I read they had outlets in China.
My eclair came large with a knife to slice and share; the set up at the relatively new outlet at Katong is so alluring and that you would want to come back again.

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When mum comes back on a WFH day with bakery Brera croissants, one of the best in Singapore

Truly what joy feels, looks and tastes like 😶🥲

It was worth taking a minute to behold the sight in front of my eye, beautiful tarts plated on vibrant tile dishes; coffee art that’s a pity you’d destroy if you sip carelessly.

Not just a sight to behold, I loved the authentic Asian flavours in the European dessert base; these include locally farmed orh nee, a mild rose milk mirror glaze paying a good tribute to Bandung. I found the tart base passable, but it was really the fillings that married the flavours very memorably.

In addition the Kopi Jawa, with frothed milk and the use of unadulterated brown sugar, is worth every penny; it puts our Asian kopi right in the same league as our favourites western cappuccinos/ lattes.

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Cedele has always been a reliable option for my staples of breads & baked goods.
I remember my junior college days towards A levels, camping at the Greenwich outlet and having a healthy lunch while cramming all the studying content I could. Then treating myself, again if I could, to sweets.

Today when I get the chance to have afternoon tea of their reliable cakes, it always delights.

The green local flavor seems like something they’ve developed for National Day but was still on display in the month of Sept. Thats great cause I got a generous amount of crunch from the desiccated coconut shreds and absolutely soft Pandan sponges and cream.

The cheesecake at Cedele is smooth and melts in your mouth especially if left seating for a period of time.

Looking back… it’s been 10years since I’ve been introduced to Cedele, hoping the baked goodness never stops ✨

Mum said that she thinks her 21st birthday cake was from this bakery that was in vogue during her time. Upon googling temptation cakes has been around since 1985 so I think there’s a possibility.
By the grace of Burpplebeyond I get to try the eclair and vanilla puff which had a filling to pastry ratio that was absolutely delightful.
My selected french influenced desserts were very comforting, not your upend fancy but homely and reliable.

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Google led me to an article that called these one of the best scones in Singapore but sadly they were American biscuits (that I’d pick Popeyes’ rendition over) instead of scones.

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The change of hands in the various F&B concepts along upper Thomson road has been significant. Running along these pathways at 10 years old I remember only our favourite chicken rice, Thai food at e-sarn, korean food at parkers and the former Kim family restaurant; then prata for anytime of the day/ night. As I grew older, brunch at habitat became a thing and soon after we see the former Pacarama and one man coffee trodding along.

I am glad the mainstays still remain - just like the nostalgic sugar rolls at Dino, so homely and my favourite even as a kid. These 90cents rolls have an irreplaceable value that far outweigh their monetary worth. Today I snag the last box of scones on the payment counter, having zero recollection of tasting Dino’s scones. They were served re-heated and a bite had me sold. These were soft enough instead of being rock hard like the poor ones I had a month ago at TWG. Very close to my usual from Duke Bakery - reminding me that expensive doesn’t always mean better.

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This used to be the best scones in Singapore for me. Sadly it became a thing of the past during my recent visit, for my favourite English tea time treat came rock hard with brittle bits.

Nothing the pristine, vintage interior and classy ambience to spent a weekend afternoon in, and premium tea blends with precise brewing temperature and a no refill policy, could salvage.

I hope this is not the same to be said of other TWG salons.

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It took some nudging by a friend to visit Kki. I’m the biggest advocate for desserts, especially those that look like a work of art and “taste the part” but the reservation policy at Kki and excuse of a busy schedule were deterrences.

Thankfully the nudging resulted in an cake experience by a self taught chef that creates exquisite cakes. Some were required an acquired tastebud to appreciate for example the Nero had a strong truffle paste that will set my palate back each bite. Next Koide (above) paired mint and grapefruit together with other sweeter fruits (peach and lychee) - the tiny yet potent mint leaves with grapefruit pulp was either love or hate beside the other subtle flavours.

The friendlier cakes we had were J’s and the crowd favourite Yona. Half the time I was just enamoured by the presentation and wondered what sort of dessert techniques allowed for the mousse/curd to hold so well together yet was smooth and so easy on the palate.

Overall everyone should visit Kki at least once- an invitation to pause from a world of visual clutter and taste what’s been plated (as per written on the unique menu) 😚

It took some nudging by a friend to visit Kki. I’m the biggest advocate for desserts, especially those that look like a work of art and “taste the part” but the reservation policy at Kki and excuse of a busy schedule were deterrences.

Thankfully the nudging resulted in an cake experience by a self taught chef that creates exquisite cakes. Some were required an acquired tastebud to appreciate for example the Nero had a strong truffle paste that will set my palate back each bite. Next Koide (above) paired mint and grapefruit together with other sweeter fruits (peach and lychee) - the tiny yet potent mint leaves with grapefruit pulp was either love or hate beside the other subtle flavours.

The friendlier cakes we had were J’s and the crowd favourite Yona. Half the time I was just enamoured by the presentation and wondered what sort of dessert techniques allowed for the mousse/curd to hold so well together yet was smooth and so easy on the palate.

Overall everyone should visit Kki at least once- an invitation to pause from a world of visual clutter and taste what’s been plated (as per written on the unique menu) 😚

It took some nudging by a friend to visit Kki. I’m the biggest advocate for desserts, especially those that look like a work of art and “taste the part” but the reservation policy at Kki and excuse of a busy schedule were deterrences.

Thankfully the nudging resulted in an cake experience by a self taught chef that creates exquisite cakes. Some were required an acquired tastebud to appreciate for example the Nero had a strong truffle paste that will set my palate back each bite. Next Koide (above) paired mint and grapefruit together with other sweeter fruits (peach and lychee) - the tiny yet potent mint leaves with grapefruit pulp was either love or hate beside the other subtle flavours.

The friendlier cakes we had were J’s and the crowd favourite Yona. Half the time I was just enamoured by the presentation and wondered what sort of dessert techniques allowed for the mousse/curd to hold so well together yet was smooth and so easy on the palate.

Overall everyone should visit Kki at least once- an invitation to pause from a world of visual clutter and taste what’s been plated (as per written on the unique menu) 😚

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Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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