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Always Room For Desserts 🍮 🍨 🍦

Always Room For Desserts 🍮 🍨 🍦

Featuring Curious Palette, Paddy Hills, Chalk Farm (Paragon), PS.Cafe (Paragon), Beans & Cream, A Spoonful of Sugar, Lady M (Scotts Square), Butter Studio (Takashimaya), Coffeesmith (orchardgateway), fArt tArtz (Junction 9)
Melissa Chee
Melissa Chee

What’s a trip to Baristart Coffee without ordering their famed ultra-kawaii shaved ice? We ordered the matcha version, and almost couldn’t bear to pour it over the ice bear’s puffy cloud-like head. But pour we did, and we watched its head stain green under the watchful eyes of our smartphone video recorders.

While I would’ve preferred the matcha (and probably all the pour overs too) to be less sweet, I guess it would suit an average person’s sweet tooth. The shaved ice wasn’t ultra fine like bingsu. It was more reminiscent of kopitiam ice kacang. Overall, this dessert is something you’d probably order for the gram as it’s nothing spectacular tastewise. It’s made a simple ingredients like an assortment of canned fruits, vanilla ice cream (nose), chocolate (eyes, nose), mini Marie biscuit (ears) and shaved ice. You can choose which flavour you want for the pour over, with the classic choice being Hokkaido milk.

I wouldn’t order this again unless I wanted to post something nice on Instagram, but I’d try to visit again soon to try their mini kuma parfait in a glass!

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I now know why the cream puffs at Baristart Coffee keep receiving good reviews. They are indeed very good. I’m not a fan of cream puffs as they tend to be too sweet for my liking, but the version at BAC won me over. It’s got a crisp, layered exterior that crackles satisfyingly when you slice it, and there’s a generous filling of thick luscious cream that isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.

Despite how good it tastes, it does get jelak after a while. I can’t imagine finishing the whole puff by myself, so this is good for sharing with a dining partner or two.

The only other place I’ve tried Burnt Cheesecake is at the kins’, but based on my experiences there, the version at Keong Saik Bakery seemed underwhelming. KSB’s version lacked the gooeyness I’d learnt to associate with this trending dessert, and while the middle was slightly softer than the edges, it still wasn’t anywhere near melty texture. Maybe it’s just much harder to be consistent between batches, as I realised that the two separate times I had burnt cheesecake at the kins’ were quite different experiences too.

Pandan is a creative flavour, but didn’t hit it off so well with most of my colleagues. I think that the classic cheesecake flavour would have been better received, but they come out in batches and this was the only one available early in the morning.

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The eateries and shops around Clarke Quay are in the growing list of casualties in 2020. With the COVID-19 situation and unpredictable rain, there are no short term tourists around and fewer locals taking the time to eat out, leaving Clarke Quay practically deserted.

It doesn’t help that heavy rain leaves more than half the seats outside Tsujiri wet and non-functional. Essentially the only seats left are the long high table. At least you get to face the quay while enjoying your drinks and desserts.

From left to right:

O Matcha Yuzu: considerably expensive drink at approximately $7 for just a small cup. It’s a dual layered drink with yuzu juice below and matcha to top it off. It only comes as a cold beverage. It’s my first time trying this drink at Tsujiri, but I really liked it. The staff recommended drinking each layer separately before mixing it together. The yuzu layer was sweet, slightly tangy with hints of bitterness, but very refreshing. Tsujiri uses high grade, vibrantly hued matcha whisked to a lovely smoothness so you don’t get any clumps or bursts of bitterness. Perhaps the yuzu layer could be thicker though as by the time I mixed them both together, the yuzu flavour was almost undetectable.

Genmaicha: simple roasted tea with toasted rice brewed with a tea bag. A lot more fragrant than whatever you usually get at restaurants. Overall a very pleasant and clean flavour profile thats a good accompaniment to their ice creams and cakes.

Houjicha roll cake: my least favourite out of what we ordered today. Tsujiri’s isn’t the softest Swiss roll, but the Houjicha flavour was detectable in the cake at least. I thought the cream to cake ratio was too skewed towards the former, which I’m really not a fan of. I’d pass on this next time, but if you like Swiss rolls, they do have matcha and black sesame flavours available as well.

Chiffon cake parfait (O-matcha): choice of matcha or houjicha soft serves to go with the parfaits. These soft serves form the base and also top off the whole parfait. I really liked the chiffon cake, it’s soft and spongy, and the matcha flavour is yum! The o-matcha soft serve has a nice matcha flavour to it. It’s not too intense, nor is it overly sweet, so it’s in a good in-between zone that should satisfy the majority of consumers. Pairs well with the adzuki paste provided. The soft serve doesn’t melt too quickly either. There’s a layer of cornflakes in the middle, which were still crunchy despite being sandwiched by the ice cream! I’d definitely order this parfait over the shiratama ones anytime.

Drips Bakery Cafe serves the full board of food from starters, mains (including DIY healthy bowls!), coffee, tea, alcoholic drinks, desserts and baked goods, making it a great place for a chill meal, or a drink and dessert stop after hitting up other joints in the Tiong Bahru hood.

They’ve got a whole slew of cakes on display, but the only dessert dish on the menu are the egg white waffles with berry compote, mascarpone cheese and a scoop of gelato. They’ve got 5 different gelato flavours at the moment - vanilla, double chocolate, matcha (powders sourced from matchaya), mango and strawberry. An additional scoop costs $3. For today, we went with the chocolate gelato.

The waffles were freshly prepared and served promptly, and they were GOOD. I found their shape pretty unique, but more than that, these waffles were so light and crisp!!! It tasted almost as though I were biting into a meringue-waffle hybrid (which I later realised was the technique behind these waffles, and also why they were called ‘egg white waffles’). The gelato texture was creamy and so on-point. It did melt a little quickly, but not before we got to slather it on our waffles. We really enjoyed the chocolate flavour in this too, as it came through very very well. You’d definitely not mistake this for any other flavour.

For $9.80, this dessert dish is actually relatively affordable. Definitely one of the more outstanding (and slightly different) dessert waffles available in the cafe scene today. Can’t wait to come back and try the mains too (they also have an offer for 50% off the second main!).

One of the best places to satisfy your k dessert or drink cravings in town with your family and friends, not just because of the taste, but also because Coffeesmith is open 24 hours.

Coffeesmith is a casual joint on the first floor of Orchard Gateway. This outlet has a pretty good and spacious layout. Apart from the drinks (I love their sweet potato latte), one thing we have ordered from the menu multiple times is this Choco Brownie Bingsu. Coffeesmith’s bingsu comes with finely shaved ice that isn’t bland at all. It melts in your mouth, not in the bowl. While the bingsu flavours aren’t super unique, they’re solid offerings. I do enjoy the brownies very much as they’ve got a dense, fudgey and super chocolatey flavour. The cocoa powder (maybe milo) is just sweet enough without being too overwhelming. There’s also a layer of cocoa powder right before you hit the bottom of the shaved ice stack, so it’s like spelunking and finding hidden gold. 🤣

First time trying the peanut butter chocolate cake at Awfully Chocolate and it’s a great choice for those who love both peanut butter and chocolate. Now you get the best of both worlds in one cake. I believe the chocolate cake base is the same as the super stacked, so it’s just as soft, rich and chocolatey as the OG. The peanut butter layers on this cake are creamy and light, with the peanut butter flavour taking the limelight. However the peanut butter cream got to be too sweet after a few bites, so it definitely has the potential to be even nicer if they toned down the sweetness a fair bit.

Nothing much to comment about the super stacked chocolate cake. It’s an oldie but a goldie. Apart from the variations in size and shape this cake slice has been presented in over the years, the taste is still familiar and good for chocolate lovers. I do have to say that it feels as though this long and thin presentation doesn’t feel as satisfying as you don’t get as much satisfaction per bite as compared to the days when the slices were thicker (maybe they were shorter too but I can’t recall). However, the cake slice presentations are a lot more uniform now and are served on custom ‘Awfully Chocolate’ cardboard bases so they look prettier. Guess something’s gotta give in the face of the IG foodie generation.

With the one for one promotion at Saveur’s new concept Bread and Butterfly, you can get delicious ice creams really cheap in Orchard. A regularly priced scoop goes for $5, double scoop at $8, premium flavours cost an additional $1, and the lavender cone (think Birds of Paradise but Lavender instead of Thyme), costs an additional $1 as well. You can try as many flavours as you want, and they’ve got some really interesting stuff like white chocolate miso, coconut avocado, blue vanilla and Black Sea Salt, and more.

We got the single scoop cones of the salted chocolate ganache and pistachio pecan (premium). Waiting time was a little long (~15 mins) for the cone but we were warned right before we picked our flavours.

The salted chocolate ganache was interesting, with a slight saltiness and crunchy almond brittle. I do wish the chocolate flavour was more prominent though, as it tasted more like salted caramel and caramelised almond brittle. The pistachio taste did come through, and the caramelised pecans were a nice contrasting texture with a very very subtle nutty bitterness to round off the ice cream. While both flavours were nice, I always have a soft spot for pistachio, and with pecans thrown in?! Come on. It’s a shoo in for my favourite flavour. Texture of the ice cream is on point, but it melts quite fast. I actually prefer this lavender cone over BoP thyme cones as the aroma isn’t so overpowering but still fragrant and calming. As a note, be careful with the paper casing as it doesn’t fit the cone that well and tends to drop off, or your cone might also pop out of the case!

I will definitely try to make a return visit before the 1 for 1 promo is over!

A new cafe opened in Isetan Orchard which occupies a unit on the first floor and the second floor. The difference between both places is that the second floor unit is a Dessert Bar, and though they do serve similar desserts, they seem to have more artisanal and interesting desserts whereas the first floor unit has the full board of sandwiches, mains, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, bingsu, waffles and cakes.

We tried the bingsu on the first floor since we were told that we had already missed the last order for the day on the second floor. Last order is supposedly 8.15pm as Isetan building closes at 9pm. The first floor unit is not affected as it has a door with direct access outside, and a shutter to separate it from Isetan when it closes.

The bingsu was served pretty quickly, however, it was a basic and one dimensional dessert. The shaved ice was tasteless, the brownies were fudgey, chocolatey, but hard. There’s a layer of chocolate sauce in the middle of the shaved ice layer, but it didnt change the overall dessert taste or texture much. The vanilla ice cream was ok, but a bit too hard to scoop without smushing the shaved ice.

I wouldn’t order this again, but Cafe de Muse makes a nice chill and hangout spot in Orchard, so I would still make a return trip to try the other food and drinks!

Bet you wouldn’t expect to find good waffles at a tiny coffee specialty shop nestled in this quiet Sunset Way neighbourhood. I was very very surprised by how amazing these waffles were. They were the perfect texture, crisp on the outside and airy light inside. The pandan taste was subtle but still discernible. However, the show stealer was definitely the gula melaka ice cream which is apparently made by the owner’s friend. It’s not too sweet, but carries the flavour of gula melaka really well. It’s also very creamy!

Service was friendly and warm, and we enjoyed the matcha lattes very much. I’ll be back for not only the drinks, but the waffles too!

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.

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

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