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Always Room For Desserts 🍮 🍨 🍦

Always Room For Desserts 🍮 🍨 🍦

Featuring Atlas Coffeehouse, Curious Palette, Paddy Hills, The Workbench Bistro, Chalk Farm (Paragon), PS.Cafe (Paragon), Beans & Cream, Wimbly Lu (Tyrwhitt), A Spoonful of Sugar, Lady M (Scotts Square)
Melissa Chee
Melissa Chee

Diets can wait when you visit AMANO. Apart from their handmade pastas, the chocolate lava cake is definitely worth a try, especially if you’re a choco-holic.

Take note that the chocolate lava cake usually comes with vanilla gelato, but they were out, and they offered chocolate gelato instead so we had a double dose of chocolate (yay!).

There wasn’t a long waiting time for the lava cake, and while it wasn’t served piping hot, it was warm, and oozed lava from the first spoonful. The chocolate was rich and decadent, so the fresh fruits helped to give a little reprieve. This was one of the better lava cakes I’ve had in recent months.

The chocolate gelato melted a bit too quickly, but it tasted heavenly. Instead of pure chocolate, the gelato is more of chocolate hazelnut. Think Nutella in gelato form, because the hazelnuts really came through!

Can’t deny that Butter Studio’s bakes are super cute. I love the unicorn horn detail, and the frosting piped to look like a pretty unicorn’s mane and ears looks real cute but actually doesn’t come across very appetising due to the overly vibrant colours and thought of all the sugary sweetness.

I was actually pretty disappointed after taking my first bite into the cupcake. The red velvet cupcake was dry and almost hard.

Apart from how cute their cupcakes and cakes are, I’m not impressed by the taste. I wouldn’t recommend buying these cupcakes unless you just want something nice for show.

Soft serve texture and taste are both good as usual but the service today was really quite a downer.

The auntie at the cashier was pretty aggressive when I walked in at 6pm as she grunted “你要什么?” before giving me the stink eye when I ordered an ice cream instead of a prepacked soy milk or something. She proceeded to ignore me after collecting payment (without bothering to tell me to wait) and served three customers who came in before she finally walked over to the soft serve machine, made my ice cream cone, and thrust it at me without any eye contact. Ok can.

Second visit to One Stone Three Birds and it looks like business is booming. The couple have just hired a young assistant (happened to be her first day) and she’s just as cheerful and helpful as the lady boss.

We tried a number of flavours on rotation that day but settled for the Black Sesame and Pistachio (premium flavour). Since we ordered the brownie waffle sticks, there was a little bit of waiting time but it was all good since everything was served quite promptly and the waffle sticks were freshly made.

Though my favourite black sesame ice cream still goes to Hvala’s Goma, One Stone Three Birds is some pretty stiff competition! The black sesame taste is really gao, and there’s still whole sesame seeds inside for extra crunchiness. I like that the ice cream wasn’t too sweet, and the hints of bitterness and nuttiness of the black sesame shone through.

The Pistachio was also one of the better renditions I’ve had in local ice cream parlours. The flavour wasn’t extremely strong, but it was pleasant and not overpowering.

The brownie waffles were more on the soft and chewy side, and didn’t have much, or any, crunch to them, but they were a delightful add on to the ice creams and I would definitely recommend them if you have some time. You can also purchase them separately if you just want the waffles 😉

The ice creams here don’t melt that quickly, so you can take your time to enjoy the flavours instead of wolfing them down. Each batch is lovingly crafted, and the owners take pride in their flavours and encourage you to taste every one. Extra props to them for using metal spoons for tasting to reduce unnecessary wastage too! I’m glad to see them doing well and building up a base of regulars and repeat customers :)

Headed over to Starbucks Reserve after having dinner at Fong Sheng Hao. We were originally looking for desserts at East of Eden but the service was pretty shitty and apparently their coffee machine was already closed for service at 9pm so only ice cream was available. While I didn’t exactly want coffee, I made it a point not to buy from them because of the poor service. Also, there’s a Starbucks Reserve literally a short walk away where I can get BOTH ice cream and coffee so why EoE?!

This was my virgin Starbucks Reserve experience. I’d walked around Reserve stalls many times to soak up the ambience and atas feelz but this was the first time I’d actually sat down and ordered something off the Reserve menu. They’ve got nitro cold brew on tap, as well as their own cold brew and vanilla ice creams. So to get the best of both worlds, I went with the nitro cold brew float. The barista dispensed the foamy nitro cold brew into the tall glass and topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - coffee AND dessert in a cup.

This is a less intense version of an affogato (which Reserve also serves), as the cold brew doesn’t have such a bitter hit as an espresso shot does. I love the creamy, smooth feel of the Starbucks nitro cold brew. Made me feel even higher SES than having regular cold brew. The vanilla ice cream, though a nice touch and something I wouldn’t have expected on the Starbucks menu, didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. It had a grainy texture, and wasn’t actually very creamy. Perhaps it just wasn’t a good mix with the cold brew. I would say to get the nitro cold brew - the texture really is lovely, but skip the float and maybe try the cold brew ice cream on the side.

A chat with the barista also revealed one of his personal favourite drinks was the cold brew malt which is essentially a cold brew with two scoops of ice cream inside and no other sweeteners. Hmm. Might try that on the next visit, or the Dark Chocolate Mocha!

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There’s only two choices on the desserts menu at Sarnies - brownies or acai soft serve. Due to a misunderstanding with the waiter, I ended up getting only one brownie although I was intending to use the Mains + Dessert offer on Entertainer on Thursday night. Oh well. The brownie tasted really nice, probably made even better while I was under the impression that it was free.

All I can say is WOW. This is one good brownie. It’s not fancy, but it’s moist, soft, slightly fudgey, and super chocolatey. Even with my sinus-dulled senses I could still taste so much chocolate in each bite and enjoyed it a lot. Wasn’t too sweet at all but it could’ve been made even better if it were warmed up. Apparently you can have it served with ice cream too as we saw another table with vanilla ice cream beside their brownie.

Maybe a little too early for dessert at 10am, but how to resist especially with the chendol photos around the cafe? We opted for the durian chendol, which came with a generous dollop of durian purée on top.

The durian purée was thick and creamy, and provided a lovely bittersweet contrast with the shaved ice, gula melaka syrup and chendol bits. The ice isn’t as fine as bingsu, but it’s finer and more even than what you’d usually get at a kopitiam or coffee shop. Hidden under the mound of ice were two attap chee and some kidney beans in coconut milk. Very very enjoyable dessert overall, and I would recommend going for the durian chendol over the regular as the durian really elevated my enjoyment of this dessert!

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Hershey’s McFlurry is back!!!

I love this more than the regular Oreo McFlurry as the Hershey’s soft serve is chocolate (duh!) and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Well if you say you don’t then we can’t be friends.

The soft serve is creamy and smooth, plus it’s not too sweet. Goes really well with the crunchy Oreo cookies for some extra crunch and even more chocolatey goodness.

I’ll definitely be getting more of the Hershey’s soft serve line, especially excited to try the hot fudge sundae, before this special flavour goes away!

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Ever the innovators, Butterknife Folk was offering four different mooncake and tea gelato flavours for Mid Autumn Festival. We headed down on Mooncake Festival and two days after, and this was what we had the second time.

Honey Orchid Dancong (left):
A collaboration with Pekoe Imp, this tea gelato flavour is incredibly aromatic. The roasted oolong flavour comes out very nicely and it’s not too sweet at all. It’s not as decadent as the other flavours, and is not only a great tea pairing to go with the mooncake flavours, but versatile enough to pair with almost any flavour offered.

Kaya Toast (middle):
A local favourite made into gelato form and Butterknife Folk have indeed done a masterful job. There’s generous green swirls of Kaya in the gelato, as well as crispy pieces of toast that are almost crouton-like. I really really love this flavour, as well as the texture contrast in the creamy gelato and crunchy toast bits. You have to try this one to appreciate how good it is!

Teochew Flaky Yam Mooncake (right):
A festive offering that comes only once a year - this flavour is sure to satisfy those who love this pastry, and those who love yam. The taste of yam isn’t overpowering, but it’s just strong enough to make itself known. The flaky pastry isn’t quite so flaky anymore, but still provides a light crispy texture when bitten into. If you like yam but didn’t quite like the Orh Nee flavour on rotation here a while back because of the shallot oil aroma, be glad to know that you won’t get any of that here at all. However, you’ll probably have to wait till next year to get your hands on it when mooncake festival comes round.

Had my eye on this the instant I saw it on the menu and places my order for the Orh Nee together with our food orders.

I really wasn’t expecting a firm mould of yam paste to be served, but it is what it is. You’re provided with a jug of coconut milk to pour and mix to your desired consistency. Based on the three bowls we had at our table, our general consensus was that it was way too much effort and we would’ve preferred if the chef had added in the milk prior to serving. Tastewise the dessert was not bad, it’s not too sweet, and you can actually smell the aroma of the fried yam paste. The ginkgo nuts weren’t bitter either, which is always a plus.

This was the main draw of the day for me. BUNDT isn’t near my workplace or house, so I made a special trip down to get these once I saw the banana brownies were available on the menu they posted yesterday night. Staying true to my word, I placed an order via DM on Instagram for these brownies, muffins and avo-toast last night too.

After quoting my Instagram handle, my food was prepared on the spot but my brownies were already neatly packaged in their brown paper wrapping. Compared to the peanut butter and pink salt or the double chocolate brownie flavours, I actually enjoyed the banana the most. It seemed to have the perfect balance of sweetness from the banana to match the semisweet black cocoa, plus this was the most moist thanks to the banana interior. Even my friend who doesn’t like bananas did admit that this was a delicious brownie, and she enjoyed it despite the banana bits.

If you ever see this on the menu, go straight for it. I think the other double chocolate and peanut butter variants are more common and can wait, but the banana flavour is released once in a blue moon so snap it up quickly when you can!

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If you walk by Bundt by The Backyard Bakers, be prepared to be assaulted and drawn in by the amazing smells from their tiny unit. The little takeaway joint is perpetually permeated by inviting scents of baked goodies, and I actually walked in exactly when a fresh batch of these black cocoa brownie goodies just came out of the oven.

At $4.80 for a tiny piece, these black cocoa brownies are by no means affordable, but it’s worth treating yourself every once in a while.

We tried this while seated at the two small tables at Bundt once the brownies had cooled down sufficiently for them to be wrapped in their signature brown parchment paper. I’ve never seen (an unburnt) brownie this black, and Bundt’s are so full of cocoa and so chocolatey good. It’s incredibly moist and soft, plus the peanut butter center adds some creaminess and saltiness to the semi sweet brownie. The combination of black cocoa, chunky peanut butter and pink salt is just incredible. I would totally recommend getting this, and I’m sure I’ll be making a return visit again soon - this time, I’ll make sure to make a reservation for the brownies BEFORE heading down.

Always biding my time to my next meal. Everything in between just serves to kill time.

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