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Loysel’s Toy

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Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city and near the greenery and river is Loysel’s Toy. It is near the city centre but is at such an obscure location that there is almost no chance of just “happening to chance upon it while out shopping”. And that makes it an ideal place for brunch!

Big L Breakfast

Big L Breakfast

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

The Big L Breakfast ($15) consisted of toast, chicken sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, bacon, salad and poached eggs. One word could described the Big L Breakfast – bland. The chicken sausage and mushrooms were bland, under-seasoned and simply lacking in any taste. No doubt the bacon was salty, it was lacking in any fragrance. The mushrooms were dry. The entire dish was lacking some kind of sauce to tie it all together. The accompanying bread lacked the aroma and crunch of toast. On the whole, a rather disappointing breakfast.

The Hot Chocolate was decent, though not spectacular. It was like a good cup of warm, soothing milo and perhaps the most tasty item in our brunch.

Loysel’s Toy
66 Kampong Bugis

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December 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

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In most ice cream shops, we get to see an array of ice cream flavours at the display counter. We can even request to taste some of the flavours. So based on sight and taste, customers get to choose which flavour they would like to purchase. But at 320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe, there isn’t such a privilege as the ice cream is made on the spot! And that happens within 10 minutes. Freshly made ice cream right in front of eyes. Magic? Nope – just the wonders of liquid nitrogen!

Well, there aren’t any physical samples for us to choose our flavours from, customers just have to choose their flavours from a large blackboard.

Regular flavours ($4.80): banana, black currant, lemon, lime, lychee, pineapple, pink grapefruit, raspberry, summer fruit, strawberry, apple cinnamon, coffee, earl grey, ginger honey, green tea, horlicks, peanut butter, salted caramel, sweet potato, toffee vanilla, milk chocolate.

Premium flavours ($5.20): black sesame, chendol, dark chocolate, thai coconut, passion fruit.

Special flavours ($5.60): christmas horlicks, new york cheese, tim tam toh.

Supreme flavours ($6.00): black forest, tiramisu, baileys coffee, baileys chocolate, kahlua coffee, lychee martini, rum and raisins.

Once the flavour has been decided, the staff would concoct a liquid mixture and into the food mixer it goes.

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

Here comes the secret magical ingredient – liquid nitrogen! Since liquid nitrogen boils at negative 196°C, the liquid mixture immediately freezes into ice cream upon contact with the super cold nitrogen. And of course, the liquid nitrogen vapourizes into the surrounding air, leaving behind the freshly made ice cream.

Tim Tam Toh

Tim Tam Toh

We tried one of the special flavours – tim tam toh, which is essentially a vanilla based ice cream with crumbled chunks of the popular tim tam snack. We couldn’t really differentiate this liquid nitrogen made ice cream from the typical ice cream. It was a decent ice cream, but nothing too fantastic.

We took a step further and decided to customize our ice cream this time. We chose 2 flavours – peanut butter and new york cheesecake, and the staff gladly concocted this mixture for us. The ice cream turned out to be more pleasing that the 1st. At 1st bite, we immediately detected the strong saltiness of the peanut butter and as the ice cream slowly melted in out mouths, the characteristic sourness of the cheesecake emerged.

Interesting concept and a great way to see ice cream made right in front of our eyes.

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe
#01-01, 33 Mackenzie Road

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November 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Penny University

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One of the more popular brunch places in the East has got to be Penny University. It was a pretty small cafe though, which probably explained for the long waiting list.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

For $12, the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon was definitely worth every penny! There was a decent serving of poached eggs and smoked salmon, atop the sourdough toasts. The homemade hollandaise sauce was smooth, rich and slightly buttery. The poached eggs were bit undercooked though, with the egg whites a tad too raw. The smoked salmon wasn’t too salty. The thin slices easily disintegrated in our mouths. The sourdough toasts were fluffy, not too starchy or heavy. Due to the thin layer of jam, it was more towards being sweet than sour.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

The Flourless Chocolate Cake ($8.50) was very dense and packed full of chocolately goodness. The crust was very crumbly and generously dusted and covered with cocoa powder. The chocolate cake was akin to a slab of chocolate fudge. Decadent, smooth and bitter sweet chocolate to satisfy the chocoholics in us.

Penny University
402 East Coast Road

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November 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co.

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Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co’s first retail store has opened, right here in Singapore.

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

At $7.90 each, Pat and Stick’s ice cream sandwich is slightly on the steep side. And indeed, we did feel that it wasn’t worth $7.90. The cookies were decent – crunchy, evident chocolate flavour. The ice cream was decent too – rich and and fudgy. However, putting a slab of ice cream in between 2 cookies just wasn’t worth $7.90. Coupled with the fact that the cookies and ice cream were just average standard, this concept could easily be replicated at home. Well, it is a great and convenient way to enjoy both ice cream and cookies, but the price has got to be something more reasonable.

Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co.
B208-04 Food Hall
Takashimaya Singapore
391 Orchard Road

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November 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Posted in Chocolates, Desserts

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Audacious Cakery

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Everton Park has slowly evolved into a mini patisserie and coffee neighbourhood, with Audacious Cakery joining its community.

Audacious Cakery

Audacious Cakery

Matcha Cupcake

Matcha Cupcake

The Matcha Cupcake ($3.50) was possibly one of the best cupcakes we have tried. The Matcha Italian meringue buttercream wasn’t overly sweet or oily. It had a smooth and creamy texture, while exuding a rich green tea taste. This was supported by a strong, full-bodied and moist green tea cake. Every mouth was dense and rich matcha goodness. A simple cupcake at its best.

Foret Noir

Foret Noir

The Foret Noir ($9.80) paled in comparison as it lacked a strong chocolately richness. We also didn’t quite like the gelatine-like rubbery texture of the outer coating. The cherries were probably the star of the cake – plump juicy cherries, which had been thoroughly soaked in Kirsh, exploded with flavours when we bit into them. Other than that, the Foret Noir seemed rather over-rated.

Audacious Cakery
#01-61, Blk 2 Everton Park

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November 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

Lady M

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Hailing from New York City, Lady M makes its first debut in Singapore at Marina Square! Decked in a white-washed and spacious shop space, Lady M has been drawing a steady flow of crowd with its signature Mille Crêpe cake. Straying away from the mainstream folks, we skipped the Mille Crêpe and headed for another 2 cakes which appealed more to us.

Banana Mille Feuilles

Banana Mille Feuilles

Raspberry Chocolate

Raspberry Chocolate

Banana Mille Feuilles ($8) – puff pastry, whipped cream with layers of vanilla sponge and bananas. Though the Banana Mille Feuilles looked overwhelmingly overladen with cream, the whipped cream turned out to be pretty light, surprisingly refreshing and not oily, and came with a tinge of sweetness. The soft airy cream, together with the slightly moist vanilla sponge, was a good complement to the fragrant, flaky puff pastry. And with the bananas adding the extra bite to the cake, this Banana Mille Feuilles was pretty unique and interesting.

Raspberry Chocolate ($7.50) – chocolate ganache layers with raspberry puree. The only chocolate cake on display for the day, the Raspberry Chocolate looked pretty nondescript and common to the rest of the cakes. But it did stand out as the only dark cake on display. The dark chocolate ganache was very rich, dense and sticky. The bitter-sweetness hit the right note, with the top raspberry glaze and raspberry puree within the cake providing sufficient acidity and sourness to cut through the richness of the chocolate. There were also bits of gianduja-laced feuilletine which added bursts of crunchiness to the cake. A decadent chocolate cake for the chocolate lover.

Lady M
#02-103, Marina Square Shopping Centre
6 Raffles Boulevard

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October 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

Coffee and Crust – Part II

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During our 1st visit to the Chocolate Buffet at Coffee and Crust, Mandarin Orchard, we missed out on their signature Chocolate Bomb. This explained for this follow up visit – solely to be blown away by Chocolate Bomb!

The Chocolate Bomb was served in front of each guest by the chefs and every customer is entitled to 1 serving.

Chocolate Bomb

Chocolate Bomb

Chocolate Bomb

Chocolate Bomb

Chocolate Bomb

Chocolate Bomb

The Chocolate Bomb, arrived in front of us, looking like a nondescript chocolate ball. However, when the chef poured the hot chocolate sauce over the ball, all magic and mayhem broke loose! The thin outer chocolate shell melted immediately, revealing a milk chocolate mousse with hazelnut crumble! From a nice quaint chocolate ball, what is left now is an absolutely drop dead gorgeous and tantalizing chocolate mess. The chocolate sauce brings both the mousse and the hazelnut crumbles together and really increased the stickiness of the dessert. The nutty aroma and crunchiness of the hazelnut crumble cut through the richness of the chocolate, such that the entire dessert wasn’t too sweet. Every mouth was just rich chocolately goodness, with the hazelnut crumbles flirting in the background.

Every chocolate lover’s dream.

Coffee and Crust
Level 5, Mandarin Orchard
333 Orchard Road

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September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Buffet, Chocolates, Desserts

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