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HOUSE@Dempsey Launches New Dessert Menu

A dining experience at HOUSE is always a pretty affair. Subtle vintage touches, dainty crockery and the polished vibe makes one feel pampered and a tad luxurious just by walking through those floor-to-ceiling- glass doors. I have long been a fan of HOUSE’s Vintage Hi-Tea Party which is only available on Thursdays and Fridays for $30++. The gorgeous display of cakes and pastries in such an elegant fashion with scores of scrumptious treats to feast on like there is no tomorrow, it is little wonder why reservations are mandatory and the last minute ones do not stand a chance.

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But! For those of you cannot get off on the weekdays or find Dempsey a wee bit inconvenient to get to, I am super excited to share the good news that HOUSE has recently revamped its ala-carte dessert menu with 8 brand new offerings which you can enjoy everyday and even some at the Skinny Pizza branches. From good ol’ American pies to simple comfort fare of toasted brioche with salted caramel, this refreshed menu is not for the faint-hearted but so irresistible on the eyes that everyone will find it hard to say no.

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Starting with the cakes, the Lemon Curd Cheesecake $9.50 though appearing seemingly plain, was a delightful tangy surprise with its layer of thick velvety lemon curd beneath the surface. Smooth and creamy, with its sourish notes, the curd cut through the richness of the cheese so effortlessly. The Mango Coconut Passionfruit Cake $9.50 on the other hand, with its elaborate pipings of cream and lashings of coconut flakes was such a pretty picture but a clash of flavours within.

Mean Bean & Wicked Grind

Inspired by her two month long holiday in Europe, 23 year old Kimberley Yeo made her dream a reality when she opened Mean Bean & Wicked Grind at The Plaza last month. Selling primarily what she is most passionate about- coffee and dessert, this quirky and vintage-themed cafe features a selection of cakes and pastries from various bakeries, making it your one-stop shop for all things sweet. And being a perfectionist herself, you can be assured that Kimberley only puts quality delectables on display for sale all while keeping prices affordable- even if it means lowering her profit margin.

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Seeking to bring variety and diversity to the table, the assortment of desserts changes every week as Kimberley rotates her suppliers. To keep things exciting and interesting, the young owner shares that even she does not know what to expect till Monday morning. Regulars do keep close tabs on the cafe’s social media platforms though and are willing to come down specially just to buy their favourite baked goods when Kimberley posts up what is on sale for the week.

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And if you like the crockery that you are having your cake or ├ęclair from or even the light bulb hanging over your head, simply ask Kimberley for the price- they are all for sale. Every cake stand, fork, clock, plate to even the tea cups and saucers you see in the cafe have all been thoughtfully picked out by Kimberley herself. She does have an eye for pretty things, if I might add.

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Cupcakes here are $3.50 for the regular sized ones (flavours include Peanut Butter, Mocha Chocolate, Kaya, Pineapple Tart, Red Velvet and Salted Caramel). If you find the combinations familiar, this week’s cupcakes supplier is Kisses Bakery! Special mention goes to the festive Pineapple Tart flavour which paid a good tribute to my favourite CNY snack.

The Dispensary

The Tiong Bahru enclave welcomes a new quirky tenant which effortlessly blends the new and the old by reviving an abandoned Chinese medical hall and turning it into a Western cafe/bakery. All cakes and cupcakes are baked in-house with prices starting at $3 for the latter and $6 for a slice of cake.

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The Dispensary, located along Tiong Bahru road catches the eye with its bold Chinese characters, monochrome colors and oriental touches in architecture which the owners have insisted on preserving, to retain its authenticity. Medicine cabinets and a traditional Chinese weighing scale are some of the antique tools still used in the cafe and many, especially the older folk can relate and reminisce about the old times while enjoying a cup of house blend from Spinelli.

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12 flavors of cupcakes are available every day with the usual favorites of Death by Oreo, Lil’ Red (Red Velvet) and Lemon Meringue while new ones such as Kaya Cup, Lychee Indulgence and Violet Dream sure piqued our interests. While $3 may appear affordable for a cupcake, it is also worth noting that cupcakes here at The Dispensary are sized smaller than the regular ones from say Plain Vanilla.

Cake Spade @ 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel

Say ‘Cake Spade’ too quickly and people might assume you were referring to British fashion label ‘Kate Spade’ instead. But this misunderstanding is set to change in the near future as the cake shop’s name- Cake Spade eventually catches on with its signature cakes winning the hearts of many.

Opened by an enterprising young lady, online baker turned cake shop owner- Zenn Eng turned her hobby of baking into a business with this 300 ft small quaint space at level 1 of Orchid Hotel. We stumbled across this place one afternoon as we were on a search for a good dessert place along Tanjong Pagar and we were certainly in for a sweet treat.

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Zenn’s specialty is actually in her Tofu Cheesecakes which she sells whole, slices ($5.90) and in 3 different flavors- Strawberry, Mango and Peach. Alas, because of our lack of prior research, we missed out on ordering those cakes during our rather spontaneous visit.

Instead, we had a Lemon Tart $4.20 with a buttery crumbly crust and smooth thick lemon curd which flowed. The flavor was intense in this one and will definitely be favored by those who love a good zesty and citusy kick in their desserts.

Wimbly Lu Chocolate Cafe @ Jalan Riang

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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.

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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.

Check out 5 Best Places For Waffles In Singapore for more great waffles!

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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!