Mezza9 – You just need to stop by for the worthy dessert platter!

Mezza9

Grand Hyatt Hotel near Orchard MRT

IMG_7751Not in the dessert menu, these cool looking chocolates with stone-age mandarin engraved on them are available for take away.IMG_7768Enough marveling at the chocs and lets get back to the main topic! While I’m not too sure how would the other sections of Mezza9 fare, I dare say you will not regret if you were to stop by here for their divine dessert platter that costs only $36++. Not only is it priced very reasonably for a mega platter with a good spread of variety, the quality and quantity of the desserts are not compromised at all. The advice is share it among 3 to 4 people as the both of us couldn’t finish everything!
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IMG_7763Very elegantly plated, this flower pot must be one of the highlights of the platter as hidden underneath the fluffy crumbs is a huge scoop of creamy sea salt caramel ice cream that will make you keep digging for more!

Mezza 9 Desserts-001Indulge in this jar of voluptuous Chocolate Mousse that is made even more decadent as you empty the shot glass of viscous dark chocolate sauce into it. The slightly denser consistency of this chocolate rich mousse is indeed an epitome of a good mousse!

IMG_7758Yearning for something alcoholic to complete the experience at this semi-bar restaurant? Then this cold Grand Marnier Souffle is just the right dope for you. This ‘vodka’ infused souffle that is topped with an intoxicating puddle of alcohol has to be served cold as it needs to maintain the choking alcohol content in it! And the light sweetness of the silky souffle counterbalances the bitterness of the alcohol in a subtle way.

IMG_7754The deconstructed Pavlova were littered beautifully with the crispy, chewy meringue whose taste is lifted by the refreshing sour sorbet!

IMG_7759And if you are still craving for more ice cream, allow the Ice cream Quadrilogy to seamlessly end this wonderful dessert experience for you as you indulge in the intense Manjaro Chocolate ice cream (that seems to be filled with addictive bitter bits), creamy Vanilla Gelato and the awakening Raspberry, Passionfruit Sorbet!

So, if you are going for the dessert menu at Mezza9 in future, I believe there shouldn’t be any hesitation anymore!

Verdict: An excellent dessert place.

Rabbit Owl Depot – Unassuming Ice Cream Parlour with Quality Ice Cream

Rabbit Owl Depot

Near Bugis MRT

IMG_7505Most people would have walked past Rabbit Owl Depot without realising that it is a cute little ice cream parlour as it is sandwiched between weird looking shops along North Bridge Road. But this is really a gem that is worth stopping over for its creamy, luscious ice cream.

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IMG_7509After having dinner at Shirokiya with the long time no see Y who just came back from Cambridge for Christmas holidays, S and I went to this waffle place to settle our sweet tooth. Got the Caramel and black sesame ice cream with freshly made fluffy waffles that was so soft and goes super well with the heavy creamy ice cream. I love the black sesame best and quoting S: The black sesame taste is so strong that it goes to your nose. That’s how good it is. $13.50.

IMG_7510Thanks! And yes, I was being a little greedy tonight and shocked S by getting another scoop of Green Tea Ice cream Cone out of the blue. You definitely would be able to imagine how a good green tea ice cream would taste like, thick fragrant loaded with lots of matcha goodness within and this was just the case over here! $4.90.

It wasn’t busy on a Saturday night though and we had a great time chilling at this ice cream parlour over some awesome waffles and delectable ice creams! Service is good over here as well and is really a place that I would recommend for those who are looking for a good dessert place to chill at.

Verdict: An excellent ice cream parlour!

Ah Teng’s Bakery – Bringing you back to the 80s

Ah Teng’s Bakery

Raffles Hotel opposite City Hall MRT

IMG_7401Retro day with E (sounds like going out with myself) and it was to the retro-looking Ah Teng’s Bakery at Raffles Hotel which also houses the famous Shinji by Kanesaka as well as Ujong that serves westernised local delicacies.

IMG_7400Ah Teng’s bakery definitely gives a really relaxing vibe as it is spacious and tables are far apart from each other. Not only that, you also get to immerse in these antiquated furniture while gazing at those nostalgic tins of biscuit.  Continue reading

Asanoya Bakery – Superb Japanese bakery sets foot in Singapore!

Asanoya Bakery

Wilby Central, 15 Queen Street near Bugis MRT

DSC_1128After Henri Charpentier and Delicius Pasticceria, now comes Asanoya which originated from Karuizawa Japan. It’s really exhilarating to know that more and more of such Japanese Artisan Patisserie or bakery are springing up in this small town of ours! Keep it going please as anything Japanese-French would most of the time be perfect. Upon stepping into this car showroom-turn-bakery, you get a really spacious dining cafe and a huge selection of bread, pastries and savouries and of course a huge open kitchen for you to marvel at while munching away on your delicious pastry.

DSC_1130The open kitchen with their huge ovens.

As usual, we were surrounded by Japanese expatriates. They indeed are very supportive of their home brand.

DSC_1109Lets take a closer look at some of the interesting bread. Encapsulated in this Potato French is a potato and mayonnaise on top of it was delicious as there seems to be a slight hint of bacon fragrance in it. It somehow reminds me of the Jacket potatoes that I have occasionally during lunch in London.

DSC_1110Some savoury pizza to satisfy the less sweet tooth.

DSC_1113Very reasonably priced almond pastries.

DSC_1114Donuts and chocolate bread.

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Orange Tea Bread

DSC_1119Earl Grey Bread that is super fluffy! Indeed a must try!

DSC_1126So lets take a look at the things S and I had. French Potato and the Blueberry Cake which is filled with blueberry jam and cream cheese. Delicious!

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DSC_1132This Green tea Chocolate cake was oozing with green tea goodness when you cut the fluffy bun open. Not too sweet and cloying, it makes a perfect dessert!

Such squarish buns are reminiscent of what I had at Bakery and Table at MottoHakone at the start of the year; the only biggest difference – I get to have my buns with a view of a never-ending tranquil lake that has Mount Fuji in the background. Sounds really zen doesn’t it.

DSC_1134And that’s the tantalising fluffy Earl Grey bun that tasted light but therapeutically fragrant!

DSC_1136And the Orange Tea Bun has refreshing orange bits in it.

Well, to put it simply I am in love with this Japanese confectionary in every way. If you are tired of the squeezy, inevitable elbow-knocking hipster cafes and yearn for one that is simple, spacious yet still modern to relax in, then look no further as Asanoya has all the answers for you! Immerse yourself in Asanoya and discover the zen-ness within you!

Verdict: An excellent cafe

Pantler – Another Japanese Patisserie

Pantler

Near Tanjong Pagar MRT

DSC_1123Pantler, a Japanese Patisserie, has managed to grabbed my attention as I am a fan of anything Japanese. Got to this place after lunch and it felt literally like a long cafe. They sell really quite a huge variety, ranging from tarts to pastries to small petite elegant cakes which are just a tad too small for my liking. Anyway, they are located just beside the super hipster My Awesome Cafe. Now, lets just zoom past the variety of pastries served here.

DSC_1124Rotund tentalising almond and the normal Pain au Chocolat

DSC_1126The Special of the Day – Curry puff like pastry

DSC_1134Beautifully plated Tarts

DSC_1133Some Japanese snacks

DSC_1129Nicely glossed Pound Cakes

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More cakes.

DSC_1138And yes, we’ve got the Mango and Pear cake that was really soft and has a more distinctive but light pear aroma. $8.50.

DSC_1140And the Chocolate Opera was a big contrast to the mango and pear as it has a heavy chocolate taste and I love the chewy fragrant hazelnut layer within. $8.50.

Though a great feast for the eyes, I became really indecisive when I was thinking what to take away. Cakes were pretty good but really too petite for my liking. I literally have to nibble in order to savour it longer. In the end, K and I drove down to Fullerton Hotel for more wholesome and delicious cakes that excel both in its taste and presentation. Priced at $10 for each cake over there, they felt much more worthy and is about double the size over here. Then again, this is still a good patisserie in my opinion but just more suited for the small eaters.

Verdict: A good patisserie