May 28, 2011

Baskin-Robbins @ Clementi Mall

Baskin Robbins- the world's largest ice cream speciality chain- reopened its first outlet in Singapore at The Clementi Mall last Sunday. Another outlet has since opened at Velocity@Novena Square.

Prices here are on par with fellow American ice cream parlor Ben and Jerry's, with prices starting at $4 for a junior scoop (2.5 oz) and $5 for a single scoop (4oz). I opted for a double scoop (two 2.5oz ) which was priced at $6.
Baskin Robbins
Being American-style ice cream, the flavors were on the sweet side. I foresee myself ordering Toasted Coconut Crunch (above) again the next time I drop by Baskin-Robbins. Smooth and creamy, the toasted coconut custard flavored ice cream was perfectly complemented by a swirl of sweet and buttery caramel and pralined cashews.

While Old Fashioned Butter Pecan (below) had a nice toffee flavor, it could have done with a smoother texture. More of those crunchy toasted pecans would also have been welcome!

The Clementi Mall

May 6, 2011

The Pancake War: Wild Honey

My still ongoing search for the best pancakes in Singapore would be incomplete without trying those at Wild Honey, an all-day breakfast joint located in the chi-chi Mandarin Gallery. With breakfast sets starting at $18++, dining at Wild Honey does not come cheap. Unfortunately, Wild Honey's pancakes proved to be both the priciest and the least inspiring ones I've had so far.
I've always favored thick pancakes, but nothing prepared me for the mighty filling, six-centimeter-tall stack that came along with the Canadian breakfast ($18++). Though soft and fluffy, the pancakes proved to be too heavy for my liking. There was nothing spectacular about the wild berry and hibiscus compote, and I was disappointed with the tough bacon as well.

Though the cozy vibe of Wild Honey is ideal for chilling out with friends, the layout of the cafe renders it difficult for some customers to catch the attention of the service staff. If you're actually still thinking of checking out the Canadian breakfast, do request for butter and a top-up to the meagre portion of maple syrup served when your food arrives. 

Nevertheless, I hope to be back at Wild Honey sometime for the popular Sweet Morning and Tunisan breakfast sets.

Wild Honey
Mandarin Gallery #03-02
Opening hours: 9am-10.30pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-10.30pm (Sat & Sun)

May 4, 2011

Awfully Chocolate II

After a healthy dinner of wholemeal rosemary chicken sandwiches at Cedele, my friends and I adjourned to Awfully Chocolate for awfully sinful desserts.
Best served warm, Awfully Chocolate's Super Stacked Chocolate Cake ($6.50 per 100g) features the company's signature All Chocolate cake smothered with six layers of fudge, each prepared from a different type of chocolate. My friend ordered this with a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream, and I regretted not following suit- the richness of the fudge layers was a little overwhelming when the cake was eaten on its own, but it made a great pair with the cold, creamy ice cream!
The Cold Poached Chocolate ($6.50 each) was equally indulgent. A liquid chocolate mix is poured into molds on a cold marble slab and left to solidify to form a circular base, with a texture akin to a rich chocolate mousse. The cold slab of chocolate is then topped with a generous drift of whipped cream lightly spiked with your choice of liqueur- flavors include Bailey's Irish Cream, butterscotch and Kahlua.

My friend and I shared a Cold Poached Chocolate with Kahlua cream, and while we both enjoyed it, we felt that the chocolate base was a tad too decadent for our palates. I guess this dessert is best suited for die-hard chocoholics!
#01-156 Vivocity
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily