Posts Tagged ‘desserts’

Happy Birthday Baby Edward!

Edward doesn’t turn 1 until a week later, but because we’ll be in New Zealand, we decided to have his 1st birthday party earlier. There were so many things to get settled for the party such as deciding on the theme, venue, caterer, decorations, invites, etc. And add on spring cleaning, Chinese New Year visiting plus packing for New Zealand, it’s been one hectic January!

Happy 1st Birthday! (1)

Thank goodness everything fell in place for the party eventually and it was a blast! There was enough food for everyone (my perennial worry), the kids were suitably entertained at the water-play area, and conversation was flowing. I’d hate to have party where guests just come to eat, and then leave, so I made a conscious effort to try and speak to everyone! Hopefully everyone had fun!

One of the awesome bits about Edward’s birthday party was the dessert table catered from Lydia Low Desserts! I’d told her I wanted a seaside-themed dessert table and look what she pulled off. Even the backdrop, bunting, balloons and flowers were provided by her. I have to say everyone was impressed by the beautiful dessert table! I was totally mesmerised by the baby blue 2-tier black-forest drips cake! I felt quite reluctant to have to slice up the cake after only 1 short hour of admiring it!

Scroll down for more photos of Edward’s 1st birthday party!

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Janice Wong Restaurant at the National Museum–Exquisite plated desserts!

Attended the Margaret River Gourmet Escape pre-launch event held last week at the newly opened Janice Wong Singapore. Before I delve into the details of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape (happening on 18 – 22 November 2016, tickets available here), here’s a quick sneak peek into the fantastical desserts that Janice Wong has conjured up at her second outlet in Singapore, which she will also feature at the festival. Btw, the restaurant at the National Museum sees Janice Wong expanding her culinary repertoire by introducing mains to the menu. Yes, the menu offers savoury items, although it seems limited to noodles and xiao long baos mainly.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape - Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

Breakfast in Singapore (Pandan Kaya ice cream, pistachio crumble, cake, coconut textures) $19

This dessert had me nearly scraping a hole into the plate to reach the last tasty drop. The pandan kaya and coconutty flavours were really pronounced, and it was a nice way to enjoy “kaya toast” in an icy cold manner.

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Dazzling Cafe Singapore

Can you remember the most important things to you when you were 22? Probably thinking of what modules to take next in Uni, or how to tackle the upcoming exams? Well Serene Tan has done all that and started her own cafe in Singapore by the age of 22! Have you heard of the Dazzling Cafe brand from Taiwan, which is renown for its sky high honey toast? I am told it that you have to wait 5 hours just to snag a table at the cafe! Such a pity I never got to check it out when I was in Taiwan a couple of years ago.

The brand was launched in 2010 and has now expanded to 9 outlets all over Taiwan, in addition to 4 outlets in Shanghai, 1 outlet in Hong Kong, and now also available in Singapore! Savoury Creations, owned by Serene Tan plans to open a couple more outlets in Singapore featuring different concepts.

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Dazzling Cafe is currently in its soft launch stage so it is only open from 12 noon – 8pm. On the day that it opened, I heard that people were already lining up at 8am. Crazy or what? I was lucky enough to be able to check out the cafe sans the queue. Smile

I think it’s only obvious that we start with a review of the desserts first…. Dazzling Cafe serves the Shibuya style French toast that are all the rage these days. They have somehow come up with a technique to render the French toast at an amazingly even crispness. I don’t recall seeing it in the menu but apparently you can ask for the toast to be either normal, medium or crispy, depending on your personal preference, and whether the toppings are more moist or not. And apparently, there are FOUR generations of French toast!

Dazzling Cafe - Matcha with Azki Beans Honey Toast $19.90

[4th Generation French Toast] Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast $19.90

One of the more popular choices at Dazzling cafe despite the hefty nearly $20 price tag for toast, as it’s literally the tallest dessert here, and matcha anything always seems to up the interest factor. The toast was generously laden with thick cream, hiding some ice cream inside as well. The Matcha flavour is definitely distinct. While enjoyable, we all agreed that more ice cream and less cream might be a better combination. The azuki beans were kinda non existent too, or perhaps so in the portion that I took.

Dazzling Cafe - Valrhona Chocolate Waffle With Bailey's Ice Cream $12.90   $2.50  (1)

Valrhona Chocolate Waffle With Bailey’s Ice Cream $12.90 + $2.50

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Antoinette Restaurant – Not just for desserts

Inspired by the famous last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, and exuding the style and private ambience of Marie’s favorite hideaway chateau, the Petit Trianon in the gardens of Versailles, a visit to Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtissierie & Salon de Thé lets diners embrace the same French elegance. Antoinette Restaurant was conceived by Chef Pang Kok Keong, with the 1st outlet at 30 Penhas Road opened in June 2011,  a second at Mandarin Gallery opened 2 months later; and the third and largest at 3100 square feet, opened in 2012 at Palais Renaissance.

Many people think that Antoinette is just a place for desserts, cakes and sweet treats, and indeed, they do serve these (my favourite being the Nougatine crepe!), however, there’s a whole repertoire of French inspired main courses waiting to be sampled as well in their recently revamped menu. Now, you needn’t just come during tea time, or after dinner. Anytime of the day would be just as good! The following are some of the dishes I tried at Antoinette Restaurant a while back. Can’t wait to return again!

Antoinette Montage

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Brunch at Ku De Ta, Marina Bay Sands

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Are you looking for a brunch location with a difference? How about having brunch at one of the highest spots possible in Singapore, and having it in style? Ku De Ta’s modern Asian brunch moves away from conventional eggs, sausages and baked beans to feature an assortment of fresh sashimi and Asian breakfast favourites inspired by the Singaporean and Japanese palate.

I had the opportunity to partake in Ku De Ta’s gastronomic brunch a couple of weeks back. I have one word of advice, come HUNGRY. As it’s Asian styled, appetisers will be served sharing style. Portions below are for three pax.

Ku De Ta - Edamame with maldon salt

Edamame with Maldon salt

Healthy start to the brunch. And the Maldon salt, there is salt, and there is Maldon salt. These salt flakes are less bitter than the usual iodized granular types that we are so used to.

Ku De Ta - Oysters on Ice, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki (2)

Oysters on Ice, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Tataki

Sashimi and oysters to further whet the appetite. As you can probably tell from the photos, these were exceedingly fresh tasting and delicious with the condiments. The tuna tataki had onion ponzu and spring onions on top while the salmon sashimi had a shishito, mizuna and uni powder dressing.

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