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Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe located at a relatively obscure part off Upper Serangoon has been on the radar for quite some time now. But having lived in the West for most of my life, venturing to the North is hardly on the cards. So when a few of my friends and I had a sudden adventurous streak one day, we decided to explore this much raved about dessert cafe.
The place was not hard to find with the GPS and once we spotted the iconic red coloured Beetle parked outside the shophouse, we knew we were at the right place. The layout of the cafe bore a subtle semblance to Open Door Policy. We were greeted by the same dim and romantic setting upon walking in, while the courtyard had similar glass paneled ceilings allowing cheerful sunlight to pass through. Furniture were mismatched on purpose, with different types of chairs and tables pulled together quite easily by that rustic red-bricked wall. And because Valentines’ Day had just passed, there was still residue decor of streamers with hearts and ornaments hanging from the ceilings, giving a whimsical touch of fancy.
The menu here at Wimbly Lu, though not extensive, offers a decent variety of desserts such as cakes, truffles, waffles and ice-cream. There is a heavy emphasis on the sweets but savoury items such as Golden Fries, Cottage Pie and Hash browns are also available for a light snack.
For just $8.50, this Waffle with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream and Chocolate Sauce was superb. Light and fluffy with a crispy browned skin, this was faultless and easily one of the best waffles in town. The Salted Caramel ice-cream had a lovely balance of salty and sweet. You could almost feel that distinct flavour of the sea salt flakes on your tongue as well as the stickiness of the caramel all in a single taste. Unfortunately, our additional scoop of Honey and Cinnamon Ice-Cream did not have anything on that Salted Caramel Ice-cream and paled much in comparison.
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I was a little disappointed with the Eton Mess $6 which was just not as tied together and well combined as I had hoped. The cream and mixed berries sat as a separate entity from the meringue pieces instead of coming together as one dessert. I would not order this again.
The Root Beer Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream $6 however, was a surprising and unique number. Loved how the Vanilla ice-cream really brought out the root beer flavour and had me thinking of the A&W Root Beer Float!
Made this White Milk Tea Chiffon Cake with Kaya Swirls as part of my Get Out of the Box with Gold Kili/Frezfruta Lion City Blogger 14-Day Challenge. My second time making a chiffon cake and I loved how incredibly soft the inside was, with the crisp browned exterior for that lovely contrast. The Gold Kili Double Shot White Milk Tea powder had great flavour while the Frezfruta Kaya spread was a nice sticky, sweet touch. The cake was not too sweet either so you will not feel too lethargic and ‘heavy’ even after a huge slice!
AZUR IS GIVING POWER TO THE PEOPLE
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Signature Restaurant, Azur is giving fans an opportunity to vote for their favourite dishes which will be featured in the Azur buffet line-up from 2-11 November 2012. Executive Sous-Chef Alvin Leong and his team have put together eight special creations with two separate themes- Sinfully Rich and Absolutely Scrumptious consisting of four dishes each. And the winning theme will be decided by YOU when you visit their Facebook Page to “like” the photo of your favourite team of signatures from 15 – 28 October 2012. So scroll on down for a preview of the eight dishes and get voting for the team that gets your tastebuds ticking.
Team A: Sinfully Rich
Sea Salt Roasted Crispy Pork Belly with Peri Peri Sauce
A slight twist to an Asian delight, Chef Leong had cleverly rubbed some sea salt in the marinate before roasting that hulk of boneless pork belly, skin and all to a beautiful crispy golden brown and the appetizing crackling sound as he sliced it up into smaller pieces for service. A dip of Peri Peri sauce lent a hint of spice with its grounded peppers as well as a whole new dimension to this otherwise overused cut of meat in Chinese cuisine. I would however have appreciated a tad more sea salt in the salt-rub of the meat for a more decadent taste.
Summer Berries Sea Prawn with Minty Plum Sauce
Loved the presentation of this colourful and bright summery dish with the healthy use of berries for that added sweetness. This prawn was fried to perfection and had a very tasty sweet marinate probably contributed by the plum sauce used. Chef Leong says that this creation first came to mind when he participated in a cooking show catered for senior citizens as they tend to be more health conscious. So if grandpa and grandma approves, it’s definitely good to eat and good for the body.
It is yet another great find here at The Foothills where the recently opened The Fabulous Baker Boy (TFBB) sits in The Viridian Art House. A largely al-fresco space with rustic wooden crate-like furniture and brightly coloured cushions thrown on the random sofa chairs that generally make up the facade of this place, it’s comfort dining in your flip-flops and shorts with the beautiful breeze that blows through this totally chilled and laid back scene. Coupled with the open green spaces of grass and trees all around for kids to run about as you watch them from your seat, this place is also very family friendly.
A wide selection of various beautifully created layered cakes are on display every single day and you will definitely see The Fabulous Baker Boy himself, owner- Juwanda Hassim, working his magic at the semi open concept kitchen, cutting a cake he had just baked or preparing for his next baking project. A very passionate baker who first started his business from the kitchen of his home, he has certainly come a long way since then with this cafe right here.
Cake choices include the usual hot favourites of Red Velvet and Carrot Cake, and with more exotic flavours like Salted Caramel, Spiced Apple Cake or Green Tea Praline, it is almost assured that you will be spoilt for choice especially when everything looks so decadent, delicious and lush.
Coffee lovers too can look forward to a good brew here when the barista himself, Haryanto Soemito, owner of the now defunct Pause Cafe, is on site to work his Expobar Expresso machine and pour out a decent latte art for you.
Our Tiong Bahru food trail brought us to Drips Bakery Cafe after a rather satisfying lunch at PoTeaTo a few blocks away. A lovely walk through the old school houses that we passed by while taking the back alley lanes and short cuts for Tiong Poh Road made us feel as though we were not in modern cosmopolitan Singapore for a bit. Somehow, time seemed to slow down and with the beautiful windy breeze we had that day, it was as if we were back in the 1960s at that moment. I am really loving this indie heritage neighbourhood for all its charms and of course, their growing number of cafes, restaurants and bakeries.
Drips Bakery Cafe has been around for a while and needs no introduction. It is a quaint space with framed pictures hanging on their white washed walls, with a cosy lounge area and whimsical comfy lounge seats for you to kick back and while the afternoon away over a cuppa coffee or tea. As its name describes aptly, Drips sells a drip of everything- sandwiches, cakes, tarts, drinks and takeaways, an almost guarantee that everyone will find something they like right here.
The display counter of their mouthwatering and very visually appealing cakes and tarts first greet you when you walk through the glass doors of the cafe. It is difficult to make choices here because every single baked good is simply a work of art as pastry chef, Alfred Chan had cleverly played with the natural vibrant colours of fruits and condiments to create that final end product that is almost irresistible. So hold onto your purse strings tight! Or you will find yourself ordering everything…
The first we tried was the Cinnamon Pear Tart $7.50 that tasted as good as it looked, if not better. Chunky pear slices that were deliciously sweet, sprinkled with cinnamon spice sitting on a bed of custard and buttery crust. Loved how the overlaying gelatin seemed to tie everything together, allowing you to get a bit of pear, cinnamon and crust all in a single forkful. This was a good tart and must-try!
The Dark Chocolate Banana Tart $7.50 is one for the dark chocolate fans. While the chocolate was a little too strong and intense for me, the sweetness of the ripe sliced bananas balanced out the flavours, making it quite delightful. The dust of cocoa powder and icing sugar over the top was a lovely finish to the overall look of the tart.
I was very intrigued by the Cinnamon Egg Custard Tart $4.50 because of its over-browned top layer that had a bit of a crème brûlée-like consistency without the caramelization. I definitely eat with my eyes and so once I saw this, I knew this shortcrust pastry was coming to my table.