Category Archives: dessert

Thanksgiving Feasts in Singapore – 2016

rise-marina-bay-sands1

Thanksgiving – Time to Feast!

One of the things I love about Singapore is that no matter what part of the world you come from, the city gives you options aplenty to ensure you do not miss out on celebrating important festivals and holidays from back home. Such is Singapore’s charm, that Thanksgiving, predominantly an American Holiday, is celebrated with zest across the city.

As we celebrate this American Holiday in a cultural melting pot of Singapore, here’s a quick look at restaurants catering to those who would love to enjoy traditional (and fusion) thanksgiving meals in the next few days. Wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a gourmet holiday season from Spicerover.

 

thanksgiving-singapore-mezze9

Mezze9 @ The Grand Hyatt

Mezze9 at Hyatt Singapore

Take a pick from Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, or if you prefer a Thanksgiving-themed Sunday brunch at mezza9. Mezze9 offers a food market-themed dinner buffet and Sunday brunch where you can enjoy delicacies such as slow-roasted organic whole turkey, Muscat pumpkin soup, cumin-roasted organic carrots and sweet potato casserole with granola crumbs; along with sustainable seafood, freshly shucked oysters, artisan cheese, authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes and more. To tease you sweet tooth, dig into holiday classics like pecan maple pie, pumpkin pies and baked apricot & almond cobbler. Complement your meal with free-flowing premium alcoholic beverages as well as a special Thanksgiving martini. For Thanksgiving Dinner menu, click here. For Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 27-Nov-2016
Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$138++ (includes Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$108++ (includes fruit juices and soft drinks only)

S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Price:

S$148++ (includes Perrier- Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Parker Coonawarra estate series cabernet sauvignon, Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, tiger beer, mojito, bloody mary & Thanksgiving martini)

S$128++ (includes fruits juices and soft drinks only)

 S$69++ for children (ages 3 to 12 years)

Address: Grand Hyatt,10 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228211
Reservation: Online – Click Here
thanksgiving-singapore-spago

Spago @ Sands Skypark

SPAGO by Wolfgang Puck: Celebrate Thanksgiving by having dinner with a view! Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago, at Level 57, Sands SkyPark offers Thanksgiving dinner with a set 3-course set menu or you can select from dishes à la carte such as the delicious Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and USDA Prime Filet Mignon. For the Set Menu, click here and for à la carte menu click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onward

Price: S$120++

Address: Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956

Reservation: Email: SpagoReservations@MarinaBaySands.com or Call: +65-66889955

singapore-thanksgiving-brasserie-les-saveurs

Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis

Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis: The Braserrie Les Saveurs at St. Regis keeps up its tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving by offering specially crafted delicacies. Here’s your chance to kick back and relax in opulent and luxurious surroundings in indulge in the tempting celebratory spread which is accompanied by fine wines, champagnes, as well as live music. The Thanksgiving spread offers the finest seafood including Court-Bouillon Poached Prawns, Alaskan King Crabs, Poached Boston Lobster, Hokkaido Scallops and Seared Sea Bass with Bacon Spinach and Tomato Relish. What’s more, you can savour distinctive Asian fares such as the all-time favourite Singapore Chilli Crab, and complete the gastronomic affair with an ensemble of delectable desserts including Clementine and Lime Caviar Verrine. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Price: Adult – S$118++ | Kids (4 to 12 years) – S$54++

Address: The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, The St. Regis Singapore, 247911

Reservation: Online – Click Here.

singapore-thanksgiving-marriott

Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott

Marriott Cafe: Marriott Cafe has been keeping up with the tradition of being one of the go to places to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving, Marriott Cafe promises to transform into a “gourmet paradise brimming with your holiday favourites”. Be prepared for a sumptuous dinner comprising of with gourmet succulent roasts, like Maple Glazed Roast Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing; Bourbon & Honey Glazed Leg Ham, Jack Daniels’ BBQ Pork Ribs; Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Bone Marrow. Butternut Pumpkin & Pine Nut Soup, Sweet Potato Casserole with Blue Cheese & Walnuts, to name a few. The buffet includes free flow of sparkling wine, beers and soft drinks for adults and juices and soft drinks for the kids.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: Adults –S$ 96++ | Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$46.00++

Address: 320 Orchard Road, Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Marriott Tang Plaza, 238865

Reservation: Call +65-68314605

singapore-thanksgiving-melt-cafe

Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental

Melt Cafe – Mandarin Oriental: The Melt Cafe rarely disappoints… not only will it be presenting a festive menu for Thanksgiving, the celebration continues for a whole week. What’s more, they have Lunch and Dinner buffets… The buffets will feature a truffle roasted turkey with traditional thanksgiving stuffing that includes Rum-Maple Glazed Semi-Bone Ham, Double Cranberry Sauce and Traditional Giblet Gravy and other classic side dishes. The dessert menu includes English Minced Fruit Pie, Silky Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry Marmalade with Chantilly, Cinnamon Panna Cotta to name a few. Although not excessively traditional, the spread will make you drool for sure. For complete menu, click here.

Date: 21-Nov-2016 to 26-Nov-2016 (Lunch & Dinner)

Price:  Lunch: S$55++| Dinner: S$75 (Monday to Thursday) & S$85 (Friday and Saturday)

Reservation: Call +65 6885 3500 OR Online – Click Here

Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 039797

singapore-thanksgiving-brewerks

Brewerks @ Riverside Point


Brewerkz: Brewerkz is one of my favourite restaurants that serves classic, handmade American-styled food. It;s one of the places where sharing is not a choice, but a necessity, thanks to the generous portions of food it offers. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Brewerkz Riverside Point (only) with a buffet spread that includes mouth watering delights like Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows and Pecans, Charred Broccoli with Almond, even the traditional Mac & Cheese, Roasted Turkey Breast, Fennel Crusted Pork, Beer Roasted Beef, classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Fondue. To view the spread, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (5pm to 10pm)

Price: Kids (ages 6 to 12 years) – S$16.50 | Adults – Starts at S$62.75

Reservation: Online – Click Here

Address: Brewerkz Riverside Point (30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point)

singapore-thanksgiving-lawrys

Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore

Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s the Prime Rib, an all-American chain that surpasses your need visual extravaganza… from bold colours to uniquely dressed servers… this is one of the more popular fine-dining options in Singapore. This Thanksgiving, Lawry’s is offering both lunch and dinner options that serve the Thanksgiving traditional dishes such as Classic Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Beef and Classic Turkey Duo, Herbs & Spices crusted Threadfin amongst other delicacies. For the complete menu, click here.

Thanksgiving Day Lunch Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Date: 24-Nov-2016 Date: 24-Nov-2016
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm Time: 5pm onwards
Price:  From S$78++ to S$88++ Price: From S$93++ to S$103++
Address: 333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Reservation: Call6836 3333 | Email – reservations@lawrys.com.sg
kilo
Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang

Kilo Kitchen: The first thing that intrigues me is the name Kilo and their aspiration to communicate moments defined by  hearty food, soulful music, warm conversations, and unforgettable occasions. Kilo Kitchen’s Cooking Beats celebrates Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Feast dinner accompanied by good music and warm conversation, with drinks all the way up to midnight. The set menu offer delicacies like roasted carrot and fennel soup, prawn sesame toast, turkey two ways Pumpkin cheese cake to name a few. Vegetarian options are also available on request. For the complete menu, click here.

Date: 24-Nov-2016

Time: 6pm onwards

Price: $70++ per person

Location: 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987

Reservations: Online – Click Here or Call +65-98306252

meatsmith

Meat Smith – The Full Metal Smokehouse: This casual diner offers a full variety of dining options from breakfast to dinner. The has a fully equipped bar with stocks of craft beer, bourbons, picklebacks and a wide mix of cocktails. Meat Smith, this thanksgiving, offers Smoked Turkey, with various stuffing options of Mash & Gravy, Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Cranberries, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Biscuits, and finished off with Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie.

Date: 24-Nov-2016 (Dinner)

Price: S$60.00 per pax

Reservation: eat@meatsmith.com.sg

Address: 167/169, Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620

 

Photo Credits and Courtesy:

[1] Thanksgiving – Time to Feast: Marina Bay Sands Website

[2]  Mezze9 @ Grand Hyatt: Grand Hyatt Singapore Website

[3] Spago @ Sands Skypark: Marina Bay Sands Website

[4] Brasserie Les Saveurs @ St. Regis: Brasserie Les Saveurs Website

[5] Marriott Cafe @ Singapore Marriott: Marriott Singapore Website

[6] Melt Cafe @ Mandarin Oriental: Chope Melt Cafe Reservation Page

[7] Brewerks @ Riverside Point: Brewerks Singapore Website

[8] Lawry’s The Prime Rib: Lawry’s Singapore Website

[9] Kilo Kitchen @ Kallang: Kilo Website

[10] Meatsmith: Meatsmith Facebook Page 

*The blog post is based on author’s own opinions and research. The author has not taken any compensation – financial or otherwise – to publicise the restaurants in the list. Happy Thanksgiving.

Fast Food for Thought – Perfect Place to have Breakfast… All day Long!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

I love casual café’s. You know those places where you can enjoy a well-made burger or freshly made fries… or even a simple bacon and egg brunch. And while Singapore has plenty of those, I hold a special place for Fast Food for Thought.

A quaint café situated on the arty Victoria Street… Fast Food for Thought is a perfect place to hang out for a leisurely brunch / lunch or just sit and read or as many SMU students do, study.

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

The café is pretty interesting… especially the bright red outdoors. I love bright and shiny places… they surely say, we offer a warm welcome!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

The entire café has some really curious décor. Whether it is the glasses suspended from the ceiling or

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

blackboard that spreads across the centre!

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought

They have a self-service counter. And no number system. So when you order, you usually indicate where you are seated and the server finds you with your order!

Coming to what they actually serve, here’s what I tried.

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

Salt and Pepper Fries @ Fast Food for Thought

[1] Salt and Pepper Fries: The fries were freshly made… nice and crisp. Nothing to complain about and one thing I can tell you… it definitely sets the mood for the rest of the meal.

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

Basic Works @ Fast Food For Thought

[2] Basic Works (All Day Breakfast): My all time favourite combination offered without any jazz! Scrambled eggs (they were really good), smoked bacon (crisp and fresh) and brioche toast. And all this for just S$ 8!

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

Bread and Butter Pudding @ Fast Food for Thought

[3] Bread and Butter Pudding: Bread and butter pudding with chocolate buttons served with vanilla ice cream and generous sprinking of nuts! I have not had too many great bread puddings around, but this one is worth a try!

Few other dishes to try include their sweet breakfast options which include French toast, pancakes both of which are served with gula Melaka and vanilla ice-cream.

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

Apart from their food, they have some interesting bakery offerings such as their carrot cakes and chocolate mud cakes.

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought

What’s more, they have some unique beer choices as well.

How much will it cost me: The three dishes cost me S$ 23. It is a reasonable place, considering they have a fair footfall of students from various colleges visiting them all day long.

Fast Food For Thought

Fast Food For Thought, Singapore

Verdict: They do have some killer breakfast offerings. I would recommend a definite visit, especially for their all day breakfast and desserts! It’s reasonably priced, the décor is welcoming. And finally, they have free wi-fi! I say it’s a whole package!

Address: 8, Queen Street, Singapore 188535

Time: Tue – Sun 11am to 7pm

Ice Cream Scoop Shop Dempsey Hill… Ben & Jerry’s Dessert Extravaganza!

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Very few restaurants / eating joints manage to create an awe in me because they offer something I have not imagined or experienced. Ben & Jerry at Dempsey Hill is one such restaurant that makes me think “Hmmm if I had an ice cream/dessert joint, I would want it to be something like this!”

Out Side seating @ Ben & Jerry's, Dempsey Hill

Out Side seating @ Ben & Jerry’s, Dempsey Hill

Situated in one of the picturesque houses at the ever so romantic Dempsey Hill, Ben & Jerry’s takes ice cream parlour concept to another level.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Sprawled across a 1500+ sq feet area, this place gives an impression that you are sitting in an old-time roadside eatery in a village somewhere in Europe!

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

The rustic and wooden interiors…

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

Rare raw brick walls are really endearing.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

The fireplace (non-functional) charming. Especially when you have a live band playing right in front of it.

Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

It’s not a tidy seating, yet the overall setting is just something that makes you want to hang out there, enjoying delectable desserts / coffee / food or alcohol.

Moving to why we usually go there… for the desserts! Ben & Jerry’s offers some really interesting and delicious ice cream based desserts, drinks and sundaes. I will list out some of my favourites.

I will list out some of my favourites.

Double Brownie Special - Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Double Brownie Special – Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

[1] Double Brownie Special: Freshly baked brownie (yes, the brownie is fresh, you can tell) with your choice of ice cream. My favourite ice cream combination includes chocolate chip cookie dough, New York Super Fudge Chunk (chocolate ice cream with dark fudge chunk, pecans, walnuts and fudge covered almonds) and Vanilla!

Double Belgian Waffle - Ben & Jerry's @ Dempsey Hill

Double Belgian Waffle – Ben & Jerry’s @ Dempsey Hill

[2] Double Belgian Waffle: Freshly prepared Belgian Waffle with your choice of ice cream, with cream and chocolate sprinkles… Normal ice cream combination that works is any chocolate ice cream and vanilla.

[3] Some of my favourite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavours to try:

 

Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey

Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey

Chunky Monkey: The first time I heard about this ice cream, I rejected or almost rejected the idea of trying it… who has a banana ice cream! I ate my words along with a huge serving of the chunky monkey. If you like banana, you CANNOT miss this flavour! It’s ice cream carton is usually out of stock at quite a few places.

 

 

 

 

 

Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake

Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream – Strawberries & a Thick Graham Cracker Swirl is actually another rare flavour I really really enjoy! A caveat, if you decide to take a scoop straight out of a box, beware, its really difficult to keep it down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk

Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk

New York Super Fudge Chunk: Chocolate Ice Cream with White & Dark Fudge Chunks, Pecans, Walnuts & Fudge Covered Almonds, a chocolate lovers gourmet delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much will it cost me: Well a scoop of ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s is around S$ 10-12. Add another S$10 for waffle/brownie… however, the serving size for Sundaes is quite large and meant for sharing!

Verdict: Oh I find it a perfect place to have a date. Apart from the gourmet desserts, the place also has a well-stocked bar and some select food choices as well. Although I have never really tried food here (Dempsey has quite a few other restaurants I enjoy) I like their limited spread. They have Nacho’s, select pasta, salad, pizza and soup. The setting is perfect for quiet time with your partner as well as a dessert night out for families! Caveat, week days evening is nice and quiet. Weekends, quite a few children around… take your pick!

Location: 8 Dempsey Rd, 247696. Ph: 6473 3231
Timing: 10:30am to 11:00pm

* This review is the writer’s personal opinion and is NOT a paid review.

Don Quijote – For those who crave a little Spanish Spread!

I am a huge fan of Spanish cuisine. The obvious reason for that is Spanish cuisine is full of a variety of spices, without necessarily being hot or chilli. The not so obvious reason is that it maintains a perfect balance for those whose palate craves for delicate yet spiced grub.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Recently, I visited one of my favourite Spanish restaurants in Singapore – Don Quijote. For those who wonder what the name is all about, Don Quijote is the chivalric primary character in a fictional Spanish novel titled “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”, roughly translated as “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha”. It is recognised as one of the best works of Spanish fiction and the novel went on to inspire many artists in the musical, literary and filmmaking fields.

Coming back to Don Quijote the restaurant, it is one of the better Spanish foods I have tried in Singapore.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Located at the serene Dempsey Hill, the restaurant offers both outdoor and indoor seating. On a cool Singapore evening, it is an absolute pleasure to sit outdoors and enjoy the fresh crisp night air.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Their indoor seating is quite classily done.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Right from the bright yellow colour of the walls to the partial brick setting, the restaurant has a warm feel. The large bar takes a centre-stage in the restaurant.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

The wooden décor at the bar and

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

the paintings on the wall make it a real homey yet swish place to be.

Don Quijote, Singapore

Don Quijote, Singapore

Now focusing on the main aspect… the food. Don Quijote offers some authentic Spanish gourmet including the variety of tapas and of course their traditionally made choices of Spanish Paella.

Here’s what we tried:

Starters:

Don Quijote, Singapore

Fresh Bread @ Don Quijote, Singapore

We started with the complementary bread and garlic butter…

Patatas Bravas @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Patatas Bravas @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Patatas Bravas: This is my most sought after Spanish Tapas… soft boiled potatoes served in spicy tomato chilli sauce. My tapas selection is never complete without this dish. The Don Quijote tapas was nicely made with enough sauce to make a moist well garnished dish. It was just the right amount of tangy and spicy so that neither tastes were overwhelming.

Setas al Ajillo @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Setas al Ajillo @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[2] Setas al Ajillo: The Setas al Ajillo or Garlic Fried Mixed Mushroom was a new try. And we weren’t disappointed. A mixture of choice of mushrooms sautéed in garlic made for a great starter.  Just like the Patatas Bravas, the mushrooms were nicely flavoured and really well made.

Croquetas con Jamón @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Croquetas con Jamón @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[3] Croquetas con Jamón: The Croquettes with Cured Spanish Ham were the highlight of the evening. Beautifully fried crispy croquettes with a delightful mixture of cheese and ham left you wanting for a lot more than were actually served. The croquettes were served with a spicy tomato basil sauce that was a great accompaniment.

Main Course:

Vegetarian Paella @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Vegetarian Paella @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Spanish Paella Vegetarian: I am a hard core non-vegetarian, but surprisingly, I have always preferred the vegetarian paella… I often find it to be more flavourful than the others I have tried. Or maybe it’s just a matter of taste. I think one of the reasons for that is that a vegetarian paella just like Paella Valenciana (chicken based) is made is saffron stock. You just cannot miss that flavour. Either ways, the paella at Don Quijote is really good. One of the things about Paella is that it takes a good 25-30 minutes to be made and hence, the best idea is to order your paella early… A small is good enough for 2 persons; a medium good enough for 3-4 and large is for a group of 4-5 at least.

Dessert:

Bomba de Chocolate @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Bomba de Chocolate @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[1] Bomba de Chocolate: The Don Quijote version of a freshly-made chocolate cake made with Spanish chocolates and served hot with vanilla ice-cream. The cake is one of the really good lava cakes I have had in a long time. Just like the paella, the cake is made fresh and take at least 30 minutes of preparation time. Furthermore, it is sold out quite often, so order early!

Almond Marquise @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Almond Marquise @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[2] Almond Marquise: Of all the dishes we tried, their Marquise was probably the most underwhelming. For one it looked like it had been frozen for too long that instead of being a slight bit mousse-like, it was actually hard, almost like a soft cake… If this is the quality they serve often, then this dessert is avoidable.

Dessert Wine @ Don Quijote, Singapore

Dessert Wine @ Don Quijote, Singapore

[3] Castillo de Maetierra (Dessert Wine): The dessert wine was really good – Sweet with a bit of spicy after taste, but not overwhelming. They have a decent wine collection, although like most other restaurants around Singapore, their better collection is served only by the bottle… and it is no secret that alcohol in Singapore can get quite pricey.

How much will it cost me: Here comes the sad part. The food is excellent, and it comes at a price. A rather high price. The dinner cost us approximately S$ 120 (minus the wine bottle), which I agree is rather steep. However, my experience with Spanish restaurant in Singapore overall has been that they are pricier than the normal restaurants… I have no idea why that is.

Verdict: I like the place. Of course it isn’t a place I would go all too often, but it is a place I have visited when I have guests who wish to try their hand at some Spanish spread. The ambience, the location and the selection of food available makes it a good bid. Apart from Spanish specials they have a large collection of Cold Tapas, Fideus, Ensaladas and Pastas. Their choice of meat and seafood dishes is great, but it also has a lot to offer for vegetarians which I always find comes in quite handy, especially when I perpetually have at least one vegetarian around… Overall, I would definitely give it a thumbs up.
Address: Dempsey Hill, Block 7 Dempsey Road, #01-02, Singapore 249671

For reservation: +65 6476 2811

http://www.don-quijote-restaurants.com/

Marble Slab Creamery – For some well made Ice Cream Flavours and their Sundaes

You take so many things for granted around Singapore. A friend was visiting from India sometime back who commented… “I am amazed at the sheer variety in something as simple as ice creams you know… I have not seen such spread of flavours and mixes in ice creams ever!” It was only then I remember how fascinated I was at what Singapore offers… for something as work-a-day as ice creams as well.
This conversation happened outside one of my favourite ice cream chains in Singapore… Marble Slab Creamery.

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, the concept was born in the United States in Houston 30 years ago. Today the franchaise has spread across 35 states in the USA and beyond to Canada, UAE and Singapore as well.

For those unaware of Hot Plate prepared Sundaes, the Creamery can be quite an experience.

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Marble Slab Creamery, Singapore

Step 1: You pick an ice cream of your choice from the regular and unique flavours they offer. Some of favourite flavours are:
– Butter Peacan
– Coffee
– Lemon Custard
– Strawberry
– Red Velvet Cake

You can of course ask for a taste of the flavours that appeal to you from the beautifully colourful display.

Step 2: Either you can eat the ice cream as is, or create a Sundae out of it, on a hot plate…

Select your toppings for the sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Select your toppings for the sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Basically, you take the ice cream, select what type of Sundae you want.

Sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

Sundae @ Marble Slab Creamery

They mix it for you on a hot plate thus blending the ingredients with each other to create a homogeneous Sundae.

Some of my favourite Sundaes are:

Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp @ Marble Slab Creamery

Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Caramel Peanut Butter Crisp: Mixture of sweet Cream with Crushed Butterfinger (a Marble Slab creation) along with Chocolate Chips & Caramel.

Strawberries 'N Cream @ Marble Slab Creamery

Strawberries ‘N Cream @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Strawberries ‘N Cream: For the fruit lovrs, here’s a Sundae with Strawberry ice cream, sweet cream and fresh strawberries.

Smooth Mint Masterpiece @ Marble Slab Creamery

Smooth Mint Masterpiece @ Marble Slab Creamery

– Smooth Mint Masterpiece: Rare combination of Cool Mint with Chocolate Sprinkles, Mint Candy & Fudge… haven’t had such a Sundae before…

Marble Slabs Creamery also has a selection of Ice Cream Cakes… a concept fast catching up… replacing the traditional birthday cakes… You can either order the cakes (I have tasted them on a few occasions and they are pretty cool!) or pick up a cake off the shelf… What’s more? You can order the cakes online on their website and decide on a collection location as well…

How much will it cost me: A small Sundae (quite large for 1 and just about enough for 2 persons) will cost you around S$ 9 to S$ 12. Yes, it is decently pricey… but it does serve a variety and makes it perfect for once in a while visit. Cakes cost around S$ 60 per kg.

Verdict: I am a sucker for anything unique and/or different… and the fun of watching an ice-cream sundae made before your eyes is pretty exciting for me. (I know enough skeptics around me who often scoff at my enthusiasm and term it as lame… but hey! I enjoy it.) The quality of their ice creams is good… the fresh waffles option is quite good too. What I find most interesting is some of their unique flavours… and for that alone, I wouldn’t miss a chance to visit it!

Locations: The store is currently available at about 10 locations in Singapore. http://www.marbleslab.com.sg/store_locator_sg.html

Honeymoon Dessert – It’s local, it’s different & totally worth it!

I have a sweet tooth… I can survive on sweets and desserts happily, for days on end and not complain of lack of chili! And my sweet tooth thanks my lucky stars every single day, that I have had a chance and the good fortune of living in Singapore, for this place is a dessert heaven! Apart from your cakes, cookies and ice creams (which I must say this place has in abundant variety), Singapore offers a unique exposure to some desserts I would never have tried, had I been in the west.

Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

One such dessert place I was introduced to a year ago was “Honeymoon Dessert”. Currently located across 8 outlets in Singapore, the dessert place has presence in Hong Kong, China and Indonesia as well. On occasion of the new year, we decided to visit my favourite dessert place at Bugis Junction.

Honeymoon Dessert, Bugis Junction, Singapore

Honeymoon Dessert, Bugis Junction, Singapore

I love the decor there… simple and quite welcoming.

Honeymoon Dessert, what it offers is as interesting as its name. The large variety of desserts available are, as the place claims, local flavour of desserts from China and Thailand (etc.) which use ingredients almost never used in our common desserts.

Tofu, Red and green beans, bean curd, sesame, egg white, Thai black rice to name a few. Other than the ingredients, they create some really interesting mixtures and desserts. They also have some desserts made out of bird’s nest. Other examples include walnut soup, Durian Pudding, Tody Palm with Sago etc. to name a few.

Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

What’s more, their menu is so well made, it actually shows you the photographs of various desserts. This becomes really helpful for those who cannot visualize what a particular combination or dish would look like.

This visit, we had a mango special evening.

Mango in Vanilla Sauce with Thai Black Glutinous Rice @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Mango in Vanilla Sauce with Thai Black Glutinous Rice @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

[1] Mango in Vanilla Sauce with Thai Black Glutinous Rice: I love Vanilla and it remains my favourite ice cream. I come from land of Alfonso mangoes, so Mango indeed is my favourite fruit and I love Thai sweet rice. The three make for a killer combination. And despite having three sweet ingredients, the dessert is not overly sugary… It is quite good.

Mango Pomelo Sago @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Mango Pomelo Sago @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

[2] Mango Pomelo Sago: I first had mango pomelo sago in Hong Kong during my last visit… it is supposed to be a dessert invented in Honk Kong. It is a killer mixture of  sweet mango, tangy pomelo, soaked sago and coconut milk mixed with cream. It is an explosion of flavours and texture, sweet and sour, smooth and rough! It brought back some memories of having sago porridge as a kid!

Mango Pancake @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Mango Pancake @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

[3] Mango Pancake: Of the three dishes we tried this time, I suppose the mango pancake was the most disappointing. Pancakes are available in 3 flavours… mango, banana and durian. It is unlike the pancakes we are usually used to.

Mango Pancake @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Mango Pancake @ Honeymoon Dessert, Singapore

Think sheet stuffed with mixture of the fruit and cream. It is not bad, just that it isn’t what I expected. Further, of the three, the pancake wasn’t sweet, it was sugary. The cream filling was overly sugar based, which I felt kind of spoilt the taste.

A few other desserts to definitely try, as they are my personal favourite:

Picture 097– Double Boiled Bird’s Nest with Almond Tea: Some find the idea of a bird’s nest repelling. I know of quite a few people personally who cannot get themselves to try it. Bird’s nest Edible bird’s nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, with an average nest selling for $2,500 per kilogramme for end-consumers in Asia. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird’s nest soup. For example, bird’s nest soup, delicacy made from the salivary excretions of the swiftlet. However, for the adventurous kinds, I would definitely advise a try… it’s well worth it and of course something different!

Honeymoon Dessert (13)– Durian Pudding: For those who cannot eat the durian fruit, but want to try it, this is probably the best way. Durian pudding, made out of durian puree is pretty well made… and worth a try. After all durian is the fruit for Singapore!

 

 

Picture 153– Walnut and Almond tea: The hot dessert available is pretty impressive and you can separately taste the flavours of both nuts!

 

 

 

 

How much will it cost me: This is the best part… for the volume, spread, quality and variety they offer, they are so reasonable. Their dishes cost around 4 to 7 dollars each and you can share…

Verdict: Oh, no question about it… visit and you won’t regret it. It can also act as a coffee shop meeting with friends. Try it for desserts that offer something different… in fact some of it is quite healthy as compared to heavy typical desserts… so some weight watchers can also go there ad indulge a little without guilt! Double thumbs up for something different.

Address: http://www.honeymoon-dessert.com/en_us/google.php?act=gobalMap

*Weekend evenings is usually quite crowded.

%d bloggers like this: