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St Marc Café

A couple of months back, my father mentioned the opening of a new cafe at VivoCity. He’d heard about how good it was from his colleagues so he imparted the knowledge to me with much enthusiasm. I made sure to have it checked out during my next visit to VivoCity but I was not impressed by what I saw. There were quite a number of those fake plastic models of the ice creams and desserts they served, and this is something I do not associate with cafes serving good coffees and desserts! I must admit I had judged a book by its cover, but who doesn’t when choices are aplenty but money isn’t?

Then it so happened that my colleagues and I were at VivoCity after an event so we just stopped at St Marc Cafe for a quick break. I ordered a Royal Milk Tea without too much expectations. The drink turned out to be a pleasant surprise! The milk tea was unlike any other milk tea I have ever drunk in my life! It was very thick, had a bit of a caramel flavour and was just extremely delicious in taste. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it as I didn’t have my DSLR with me that day, but if you ever go to St Marc Cafe, you have to try the Royal Milk Tea! If I’m not wrong it costs $6!

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, I was kindly invited by Sixth Sense Communications to join in a media tour of the latest highlight at Marina Square : The Dining Edition. The Dining Edition is Marina Square’s new gourmet dining zone and was renovated to a tune of $15m. The 50,000 sq ft area boasts 16 exciting mid-to-upscale restaurants, bistros, café bakeries, patisseries and coffee joints and the eclectic mix is made up of both local and international brand names.

This was when I was reacquainted with St Marc Cafe again! We had the opportunity to try 2 of St Marc Cafe’s best loved items, the Choco Cro as well as the Little Fuji.

St Marc Cafe - Choco Cro

Choco Cro

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Ritz Carlton Summer Afternoon Tea 2013

I’ve been a fan of Ritz Carlton’s Afternoon Tea for the longest time and after my cousin asked me to recommend me great places to have afternoon tea in Singapore, I started to have cravings again. Yes I know the last time I had afternoon tea at Ritz Carlton was but a mere 6 months ago, but for an afternoon tea lover like me, that just feels like decades ago. Besides, back in December, it was the Winter afternoon tea menu that we tried. It’s Summer already for god’s sakes!

For the uninitiated, Ritz Carlton Singapore’s Chihuly Lounge changes their afternoon tea menu four times a year to suit the four seasons. It’s all about getting inspiration from the produce of the season as well as the weather of course. And what better way to celebrate summer than to have a Mediterranean theme for the Summer Afternoon Tea. (I have a good mind to ask Four Seasons Hotel if their afternoon tea is inspired after the four seasons as well, ha!)

The Mediterranean afternoon tea theme is best showcased by their desserts, so let me first tempt you with the dessert pictures. Don’t get me wrong though, I was a good girl and ate the savouries first before hitting the dessert table. Actually, I’m the sort who has to have the main course first before dessert. And I can’t just have desserts as the main meal. I’ll feel as if I haven’t had lunch/dinner, even if I’m busting from the cake I just consumed. Interestingly, as long as I’ve had the mains first, I can go on to dessert and back to savoury again, if we’re talking about a buffet setting. Smile

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Ivoire Mousse with Candied Orange (2)

Ivoire Mousse with Candied Orange

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Shell Shaped Macarons with Olive Butter (2)

Shell Shaped Macarons with Olive Butter

These were really delicious macarons! Light and airy meringue casings sandwiched together with an interesting olive butter. There was just a tad too much olive butter to my liking but otherwise, the macarons tasted fantastic. Neither were they overloaded with sugar, like how most macarons are. You know what’s the best part? You can eat 10 if you want to because it’s a buffet!! Probably the most value-for-money macarons ever!

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - Seaweed Cake

Seaweed Cake

I don’t usually eat cakes with fondant, but these were too good to resist. Aren’t they cute? I’ve yet to come across a seaweed cake before. This tasted like a somewhat heavier than usual sponge cake with seaweed flakes all over. Delicious!

Ritz Carlton Afternoon Tea - (38)m

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Dean and Deluca

Dean & Deluca, I finally made it there last week, after the maddening crowd had died down. Only waited 5 minutes for my seat, and by the time i finished, at least 1/4 of the seats were empty. This was 3.30pm btw.

I love looking at their display case. So many pretty cakes and breads calling out to me. I tried to remain very focussed, and ordered my chocolate croissant and latte. I’ve been consuming far too many chocolate croissants in the last 2 months, all in the name of research! I’m trying to find out where the best croissant can be found in Singapore. Truth be told, a lot of those I tried are all good. They are all different in their own way, some are very flaky, some are very butter, some are more dense yet somehow still good!

Dean & Deluca - Croissants

Nice shapely croissants. Did you know that a lot of the pastries sold at Dean & Deluca are not made in-house but sourced from other purveyors like Maison Kayser and Baker & Cook? It’s interesting that they do so, because most brands want to create their own in-house goods. That they don’t have their own products can be both a good and bad thing. The benefit is that you get to order products from a few bakeries and sample them all in one location. The bad thing is, freshness can be an issue especially if the deliveries are not done everyday.

Dean & Deluca - Cheddar Scallion Scone

It’s not often you find a scone with savoury ingredients in it. I only saw this after I’d ordered my croissant or else I would have ordered the cheddar scallion scone!

Dean & Deluca - Flat White

The flat white was so so only. Definitely not the 3rd wave coffee standard. And look at the latte art, or the non-existence of it. The croissant was not bad. It didn’t taste freshly made, and was a little stiff, but nevertheless it was still nice, in part thanks to the chocolate inside it.Dean & Deluca - Honey Bears!

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Tiong Bahru Bakery

Is now also open at Raffles City Shopping Mall. No need to brave the long queues in Tiong Bahru or a long walk from the Tiong Bahru MRT station. Now you can sample Tiong Bahru Bakery products in the air-conditioned comfort of the basement of Raffles City.

Actually, this visit to the Raffles City outlet was my 1st visit ever to Tiong Bahru Bakery. I was quite surprised to find the sit-down area practically empty when I was there around 7-9pm on a Sunday. A number of people were doing takeaways though. I’d heard mixed reviews about the place but most people seem to at least agree that their croissants are damn good. Read on and you’ll be able to find out if I agree. Meanwhile, check out the photos of the place. It’s sprawling! It’s in the basement, opposite Din Tai Fung, at the site that used to be Aerins.

BTW, did you know that Tiong Bahru Bakery is owned by Spa Esprit? They are the people behind House @ Dempsey and they also own/co-own many dining establishments like 40Hands, Open Door Policy and Skinny Pizza.

Tiong Bahru Bakery (7)

Tiong Bahru Bakery - Cakes and Pastries (3)

Tiong Bahru Bakery - Cakes and Pastries (8)

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Best Chocolate Croissants at Da Paolo Gastronomia!

Happy New Year to one and all! Hope you’ve been having a great time enjoying the 3 day long weekend!

On the 1st day of January 2012, I spent it at 112 Katong. I had lunch at Baci Italian Cafe, followed by sweet stuff at Da Paolo Gastronomia. Enroute from 1 outlet to the other, I toured all 5 floors of the building, which was very crowded with families keen to check out the new 112 Katong. Bumped into several strange people dressed in jester clothing who kept waving at me and wishing me Happy New Year. It was quite funny to see them going up the escalator in a straight file along with the other shoppers. Sorry no photo of that unfortunately.

Lunch at Baci Italian Cafe was a very forgettable affair. I will blog about it in the next post. What is more important is the fact that I believe I have found the best Chocolate Croissants that I have ever eaten in Singapore to date!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Chocolate Croissant (2)

Don’t be fooled by this rather plain looking Chocolate Croissant. Da Paolo’s Chocolate Croissant is bigger than any Chocolate Croissant I’ve seen. It is as long as the knife! It’s flaky on the outside, yet moist, rich, buttery and chewy on the inside. And let me tell you, this Chocolate Croissant is filled with a horizontal column of thick chocolate filling from end to end. No more searching for miserable chocolate chip bits in your croissant. Every mouthful of this Chocolate Croissant from Da Paolo delivers chocolate and croissant with every bite! If you ask me, eating this is even more comforting than eating a plain old chocolate cake. Really really really fantastic. It’s so substantial, the Partner and I went halves on this. I would almost recommend you not to have this on your own or you would not be able to eat dinner.

And the most incredible part is it costs only $3.20!!!!!!!

And I’ve tried the Chocolate Croissant at Maison Kayser, the renown French bakery that recently opened at Scotts Square. It’s nothing compared to Da Paolo’s Chocolate Croissant.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Chocolate Croissant (1)

There are some seats at the Da Paolo at 112 Katong. You have to make your orders at the counter, and get your own cutlery, but they will serve the food to you.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Dark Chocolate Mint Latte (3)

We also tried the Dark Chocolate Mint Latte for $6. Quite pricey considering the other drinks were cheaper. Whoa, at first sip, the mint flavour really hits you. It was like drinking liquid mint chocolates. I couldn’t even tell that it was a latte. It was rather sweet too and I found it amusing that the staff even gave us a sugar packet. As a chocolate drink, this was refreshingly different. I rather liked the mint flavour, and there wasn’t any bitter taste either, which is usually associated with dark chocolate. I wouldn’t order this if I needed a caffeine shot though.

Da Paolo Gastronomia Pastries!

After our snack, we went back out to take a picture of the pastry case, and the chocolate croissants were all sold out!

 

See my other posts on Da Paolo Gastronomia at https://365days2play.com/tag/da-paolo/

See my other posts on 112 Katong Mall at http://life.365days2play.com/2011/12/10/i12-katong/

 

Da Paolo Gastronomia

112 East Coast Road #B1-21

Singapore 428802

www.dapaolo.com.sg
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