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Not A Car(rara)e In The World While the search for a cuppa comparable to Aussie coffees still continues, Carrara ain’t half bad. The cappuccino is a little more bitter than usual, but it’s offset with a stronger cocoa scent and taste. Pretty creamy and tantalizingly thick in body too. Not half bad as a posh(er) pick me up, really.
What’re You Wafflin’ On About? Carrara (which is also ridiculously difficult to get the spelling right) Cafe seems hopelessly out of place in an old industrial neighborhood, but they seem to be getting on just fine. Besides the usual café fare offered, their pride seems to be their waffles, which are either very conveniently paired with artisanal gelatos, or offered up as a savory option as part of their all day breakfast. The waffles themselves are decent, albeit rather run of the mill. A nice fluffy, eggy and slightly savory interior is encased within a mildly crispy exterior that’s nicely browned. However, when a scoop (or three) of gelato is situated on top of the waffle, that’s when the magic happens. Y’all probably know by now what happens when ice cream is fused with waffles, so I’ll just skip that part and announce that Carrara’s gula melaka gelato is enticingly enjoyable. It might be a little too sweet on its own, but when it’s married to the fluffy, fresh and hot waffle, it’s perfect. Just like that soppy Ed Sheeran song.
Blue Butterfly Pea Flower Lemongrass Gelato Blue butterfly pea flower lemongrass tea was an in-thing previously, known for its nutritiously and attractive blue hue. Carrara has creatively replicated the butterfly blue pea flower and lemongrass flavours into a gelato that is pretty and quite delicious. We also ordered the earl grey flavour, together in a single cup. Would hope to try their mains in our next visit to the cafe.
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Refuel 2: Electric Boogaloo I gotta say, Refuel II’s food is decidedly cheaper than most other cafés out there. Usually a dessert would set you back by at least ten buckaroos, but at Refuel II, sweet sin-sations like this Homemade Apple Crumble cost $8.90. Nett. That’s right, no service charge or annoying government tax here. Their apple crumble is very, very unique as there is absolutely zero pastry involved in the making of this dessert. I’m not entirely sure if this qualifies as a deconstructed dessert, but the traditional apple pie filling is generously dusted down with buttered & toasted oats, and it works. The apple filling is still very traditional, as the sweet and slightly tart chunks of apple are coated in a pleasantly, moderately sweet sauce. The oats provide a very nice contrast with their crunchiness, and while it fails to replicate the heartiness of a traditional pie crust, it makes the crumble a lot lighter and perfect for a post-meal dessert. This is a dessert that’s a bit too easy to finish solo, trust me.
Milk Coffee. Emphasis On Milk. Refuel II’s Iced Caramel Latte ($5.90 nett, $6.90 for the big ‘un) sounds delightful, but it just ain’t quite all it’s hyped up to be in real life. Like the title suggests, it’s more milk than coffee, and it got pretty diluted at the end thanks to all that ice floating around in there, which sank the latte just like its bigger icy brethren did to the Titanic years earlier. Not sure why close to no cafés are doing the whole frozen coffee cubes idea instead of ice, but oh well. On the bright side, the caramel flavour was pretty damn delightful. Plus, it managed to keep me awake at work till it was time for beer, so that’s definitely gotta count for something.
Mushy Chicken It says a lot about my faith in them for me to order breast meat. I also like how they put thought into every dish, curating ingredients, instead of simply throwing one meat and two sides together. That's a poached egg above and mash below, surrounded by a thick mushroom soup.
Thiam Peng
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Perfectly done soufflé pancakes at $4/$5, freshly made from scratch upon order. Such pricing only feasible only at a hawker centre stall; yet the quality of these pancakes were as good, if not better than some offered at restaurants at 3-4 times the price. The topping and presentation were rather no-frill. Ours had simple caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream for flavouring. No complaint though, for the low price and how the pancakes were just on point.
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Souffle Pancakes ($4) Fav - Souffle Pancakes,$4 + $1 ice cream, chocolate Meh - Lemon Cheesecake, $3.80 - Chocolate Pudding, $2
I’m Totally Not Baked, Officer! After realizing I had to wait more than half an hour for SweeT.Rex’s soufflé pancakes, I wisely decided to go with their instant gratification option instead. Their no bake cheesecake is $4.80 for a slice with ice cream, and while it does look a little on the small side, the price of admission is still reasonable enough. The slightly gelatinous cheesecake component as surprisingly light in texture and not overbearingly rich as I would’ve expected from a cheesecake. Instead, it was slightly heavier than a Japanese cheesecake while retaining a measure of the creaminess of a traditional cheesecake. The base is certainly the most addictive part of an already charming cheesecake. Oreos are always good, especially when it’s crushed and pressed and serves as the base of a decent cheesecake. The ice cream, however, completely stole the show from the cheesecake. I don’t know who made the chocolate ice cream, but damn it was downright delicious. The dollop of sweet frozen dairy is fortified with bits of nuts and little chunks of chocolate, and the texture is akin to that of a rocky road ice cream sans marshmallows. Grab one of these little slices of sugary bliss after pounding down some bak kut teh from Leon Kee and thank me later.
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Kiroi Freshly Baked Cheese Cake 04/07/19 Original flavour ($8) Incredibly light, soft and spongy cheesecake that is not excessively sweet. A good dessert or mid-afternoon snack if you are looking for something light. Will try their other flavours if in the area but do note that flavours available for walk-in are limited. It is better to pre-order to have access to all flavours available. Best consumed on the day itself or within 3 days if refrigerated. Taste: 9/10 (Worth trying if in the area) When I was there at around 1400H, there were only original and original with raisins available. Note: They currently have a loyalty stamp card whereby buying 10 cheese cakes (Expires Dec next year) entitles you to 1 free cheese cake. However, if paying using FavePay (5% Cashback), you are not entitled to the stamp.
Mocha Cheesecake frm KIROI @ Alexander Veri nice lite Mocha cheesecake..heartland hidden gem. Original was not ready..mocha also nice. $8 for whole cake which is the price of 1 slice at cafes!
Original Cheese Cake Used to be situated in Bukit Merah Central and Chong Pang (the Chong Pang outlet got replaced by another brand with a similar concept), it's surprising to find them yet again this time at Alexandra Village. Nothing has changed to the cake; this was absolutely pillowy and fluffy, soufflé-like with a light whiff of cheese. Best to have it warm because it's when it tastes best; moist and rich and totally hard to resist after one slice.
Xing Wei
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