Desserts!

Desserts!

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โ€Nakupendaโ€ means I love you in Swahili and while I wouldnโ€™t say I fell in love with this dessert, it was certainly enjoyable and unique. Also great for cooling down in the recent sweltering weather. They offer rotational soft serves at seasonal prices, with the current house flavour being Hokkaido Milk. Didnโ€™t have much expectations given the African focus so was pleasantly impressed to find their soft serve smooth, creamy, and with distinct milky flavour. The star was the Kenya donut that was airy and light with a crisp exterior. Tasted elements of middle eastern spices which Iโ€™m guessing to be nutmeg and cardamom which added flavour depth. However, did find the generous swirl of soft serve to overpower the small donut and lean towards the sweeter side

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Eye-catching cake with its lychee mousse, rose sponge, lychee bits, and topping of lychee popping boba. The lychee and rose aromas were balanced well to make for a light and enjoyable flavour. Loved the texture contrast of the stringy dried lychee and popping pearls. However, did find the moist and fluffy rose sponge to be on the sweeter rather than floral end. The lightness of this cake also made it more forgettable but would still recommend this to those with light palettes or fans of lychee-rose combinations.

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Having tried the original @blackstarpastry and a few other variations, theirs unfortunately fell short. We found the balance off with the refreshing and moist watermelon overpowering the thin crisp almond dacquoise (could be thicker & richer) and the light rose chantilly cream (wished for this to be more floral). Did enjoy the toppings of strawberry, grapes, blueberries that provided sweet-sour tartness. However, the thick watermelon slab and chunky fruits were too distinct such that it felt more like watermelon and fruits with cream rather than an integrated watermelon-strawberry cake. Also wished for the extra nuttiness and crunch from pistachios that the original version offers.

Came for coffee but couldnโ€™t resist trying a pastry. Unfortunately, the tart crust was under-baked, being ultra soft and crumbly (look at the pale colour ๐Ÿ˜”). That aside, it was still largely enjoyable due to itโ€™s delicious filling. As a huge fan of both yuzu and passionfruit, their tangy, punchy, refreshing filling balanced with the slightly sweet meringue hit all the right notes. If only the buttery tart had been baked further to a golden brown, this would have been delightful.

๐‘๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š (3.5 โญ๏ธ; $9.50) - Black current with chestnut creme bruฬ‚leฬe atop a chocolate sponge. This was lighter on the palette with just the right sweetness level. We couldnโ€™t quite discern chestnut or get the โ€˜creme bruฬ‚leฬeโ€™ description, finding it to be more of an enjoyable and smooth mousse.

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๐…๐ข๐ ๐š๐ซ๐จ (4 โญ๏ธ; $9.50) - Take a moment to appreciate those even layers! Delightfully refined and light cake with layers of mascarpone, berry mousse, berry compote, gelatin, liquor, and a soft & moist sponge. Only feedback was the two layers of berry compote overpowered the other components and we found removing some to provide a more enjoyable balance. The staff also assured us that this was strong in liquor when making his recommendations but we found the alcohol component highly mild and wished for it to be a tad stronger.

๐‚๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฑ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž (4.5 โญ๏ธ; $5.50) - Baristartโ€™s cream puff has been my favourite and their version easily joins the ranks! Itโ€™s tough to choose between the two as Pantlerโ€™s is a richer version with thicker and heavier custard cream. While the puff pastry itself wasnโ€™t as crispy (similar airiness), appreciated the bits of nougatine that added depth in flavour and textural contrast.

๐˜๐š๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š (3.5 โญ๏ธ; $9.50) - Best described as Ferrero Roche on steroids. This was a sinfully rich and delicious mix of chocolate ganache, crisp praline, and hazelnut. Did find it on the sweeter side but definitely a dessert suited for chocolate lovers.

๐ˆ๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฌ ($3.70/$6.70)
Overall โญ๏ธ 3.5/5 โญ๏ธ
The general favourites were 1) Baileys & Brownies (+$2 gourmet) for its punchy alcoholic kick and brownie bits and 2) Kochi Yuzu (+$1) for its refreshing citrus flavour (albeit slightly icy). Personally enjoyed the Ricotta with pistachio nuts (+$1 premium) that was light and creamy with bits of pistachio seeds but this might not suit those who prefer stronger cheese flavours.

We were less fans of the CNY special pineapple tart (+$1) with its artificially sweet pineapple taste. Chrysanthemum with cocoa nibs (+$1) had a distinctly strong floral taste but it leaned towards the artificial side, redolent of Yeoโ€™s chrysanthemum tea ๐Ÿ˜…. The large amount of cocoa nibs embedded within also made it difficult to taste the floral notes and detracted from the smoothness of the gelato. Cereal milk had a more forgettable malty flavour.

๐†๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ง ๐–๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž (3 โญ๏ธ; $5.50)- Not sure if itโ€™s because we went quite late in the evening but the waffle was disappointing. While crispy and airy, it had a strong buttery and rancid flavour that overpowered the ice cream.

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๐•๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐š๐ค๐ž ($8; 3 โญ๏ธ) - unfortunately their version missed the mark - it was dense, heavy, with a faint cheese flavour that was overpowered by the milk and cream. The cake also lacked the โ€˜burnโ€™ that we associate in a โ€˜basqueโ€™ cheesecake.

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๐‚๐ก๐จ๐œ๐จ ($8; 3.5 โญ๏ธ) - yes, we were tempted by the cute swan ๐Ÿฆข hehe. Classic chocolate cake with the right level of sweetness and not too dense or rich. However, it was a straightforward flavour profile that lacked depth or dimension in flavour. We would also have liked for the sableฬ base and biscuit swan to be crunchier and more buttery.

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๐‹๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ($8; 4 โญ๏ธ)- our favourite of what we tried! Smooth, luscious curd with prominent sour citrus notes! It was served with a slightly sweet and butter lemon pound cake that sat gingerly atop the curd. We found the cake dense, albeit a good textural contrast to the curd. One feedback was that the tart could be slightly more baked and crisp.

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