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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Their unique dessert offering will be the Ice Cream Love Letter Waffle ($15) that pays homage to the beloved Chinese New Year snack. The densely chewy waffle comes with a double scoop of ice cream and a drizzle finish of maple syrup. Aside from that, there are also savoury sandos, croissants, cakes and freshly brewed coffee prepared with an all-manual Flair PRO 2 Espresso Maker.
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🍴 Oh My Cow!
📍 6 Raffles Blvd, #02-280 Marina Square, Singapore 039594

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The beverage selection is rather limited with just the JJ’s Wonderblend, Miracle Milo and Brown Sugar Hojicha Latte, including the regular Americano and Latte. Prices are affordable considering it’s located in Marina Bay Sands, and a good spot to rest your legs before you continue your shopping spree.
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🍴 Miracle Coffee x SweetSpot
📍 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

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The brunch menu that is available until 3pm features two new items, one of them being the Chicken and Sourdough Waffle ($19) that has buffalo mozzarella cheese melted on the waffle itself. This dish is served with a Sriracha cream that is served by the side and topped with roasted watermelon and pickled cucumber that helps to add a touch of sweetness, smokiness, and tanginess to the overall flavour.

Available from 11am, the lunch menu has a good variety of dishes from mains to sharing plates. The Kale & Strawberry Salad ($22) was the standout for me, and it has a caramelised goat cheese at the middle to give it a nice smoky and creamy touch while the other accompanying ingredients of almond, tahini, pomegranate, chickpeas, sundried figs and honey emulsion all played a part in balancing the flavours and texture, making this salad a must-try in my recommendations. The other main that we have gotten is the Crab Dashi Linguine ($24) that screams ‘seafoody’ and umami. The eggless linguine is joined by the generous serving of crab meat cooked in a dashi cream and added with pickled kombu in ponzu, edamame, sesame seeds and lemon breadcrumbs. Perhaps a little more lemon zest might help to cut through the richness of this dish, but otherwise this is a hearty and moreish pasta dish.

Lastly, the Granny’s Apple Tart ($12) with vanilla ice cream ($4) was the perfect ending of the meal as the tart is made with an oat crumble with a frangipane crème and apple cubes spiced with cinnamon and cooked in a miso caramel sauce. The addition of the vanilla ice cream rounds off this dessert perfectly.
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🍴 East Coast Commune
📍 1000 East Coast Parkway, #01-03, Singapore 449876

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The cosy little space in Berthold Delikatessen with a range of bakes like almond croissant and a good cup of coffee is the perfect combination to hide away from the busy streets outside.
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🍴 Berthold Delikatessen
📍 13 Stamford Road, The Capitol Kempinski, #01-84, Singapore 178905

There will be a total of four new 3D entremets and they will be available from 13 October with the Acorn ($13) being our favourite for what’s within that is a blend of chocolate mousse, yuzu crémeux, almond dacquoise, almond walnut praline and salted caramel mousse encased in a 70% dark chocolate shell. The other three are the Mushroom ($9), Cocoa Ananas ($10) and Summer Cheese ($10).

Perhaps what was the more exciting addition into the menu for me was the Mixed Berries & Coconut ($7) croissant. The coconut pastry cream, mixed berry compote and fresh berries were a perfect match of flavours, finished with the crispy exterior that has been glazed with white chocolate and topped with red velvet crumble.

For Christmas this year, there’s the Alice’s Chocolate Log Cake ($85), constructed with a chocolate flourless sponge layered with chocolate mud biscuit, exotic fruit crémeux, caramelised banana and hazelnut praline crunch. What’s a Christmas celebration without the meats? The US Angus Roast Beef ($180 for 1kg) and Kurobuta (Bone-in) Roast Pork ($180 for 1.5kg) share the headlines with the accompanying Roasted Season Vegetables & Potato Gratin ($39).
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✨ Alice Boulangerie
📍 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, Unit 01-05/11, Singapore 078877
🌐 https://aliceboulangerie.cococart.co/
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We were there to try out their brunch menu and had the Fourth of July Cheese Burger ($26) and Tiger Prawn Capellini ($28).

The former was a classic American style cheese burger made with a USDA beef patty sandwiched between house made brioche buns with accompanying ingredients such as streaky bacon and chipotle coleslaw to cut through the richness, and a side of fries and salad. Unfortunately, the beef patty was overdone that day which resulted in a dry texture but it was just a minor setback from an otherwise comforting burger. The latter was an angle hair pasta cooked in a secret prawn stock with additions of prawn head oil to create an umami and slurp-worthy pasta dish. Tiger prawns were huge and the dish came with cherry tomatoes to add a touch of sweetness and herbs for the freshness.

Desserts were the Yuzu Tart ($13), a refreshing and boozy bake with yuzu gin compote and cream, Champagne Ispahan ($16) with a lychee raspberry compote and champagne jelly made from Moët & Chandon, and the soon-to-be-discontinued Strawberry Cheese Croissant ($7.50) made with Japanese ichigo strawberries.
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✨ Alice Boulangerie
📍 12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village, Unit 01-05/11, Singapore 078877
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Essentially it is a rolled croissant with a crispy texture and a flavoured filling. The 4 flavours available now are the Pistachio Praline, Genmaicha, Milo and a savoury Cacio e Pepe. My overall verdict are that these are interestingly shaped but taste and texture wise, nothing different from a regular stuffed croissant. Do let the staff know if you do not want them heated up when you dine in as they will reheat it by default and the filling might ooze out onto the plate.
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✨ Keong Saik Bakery
📍 33 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089140
🍴 [Self-Funded]

Additionally, this place has a section for turntables and vinyls to cater to the music in you. As I was there in the day, I got the traditional kaya butter toast with soft boiled eggs and coffee set ($5.50). There’s nothing to fault the soft boiled eggs as they are made to the right doneness and nanyang pulled coffee is aromatic with the right bitter notes. The kaya butter toast was outstanding as the bread has the QQ texture while the kaya jam was mildly sweet, complemented by the thick slab of butter.
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✨ Shun Cheng Traditional Coffee & Bar
📍 30 Temple Street, Unit 01-01, Singapore 058575
🍴 [Self-Funded]

It is the 17th anniversary of Toast Box, and the coffee chain is celebrating this milestone with anniversary specials that will be available from 15 September to 31 October. The two limited-time items are the Dry Laksa and refreshing Butterfly Pea Lemonade and will be available at all outlets islandwide for dine-in, takeaway and delivery.

The Dry Laksa has an option of the noodle choice from bee hoon and noodles or mee tai bak, served with sweet prawns, fish cakes, beancurd puffs, soft boiled egg, and bean sprouts. The Butterfly Pea Lemonade is a thirst quencher especially during hot days. There will be a bundle set of a Dry Laksa and Butterfly Pea Lemonade complete with a teacake at $9.80 (U.P.) in store or 2 sets with teacakes at $17 (U.P. $19.60) at all outlets except Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.
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✨ Toast Box
🌐 https://www.toastbox.com.sg/
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Smile Dessert is literally a whimsical playground for the young and young-at-heart with the ball pit, neon signs and trendy desserts. From the Dragon Fruit Tea ($7.90) to Mixed Fruit Tea ($7.90), they have a good selection of beverages to go alongside their menu of plated desserts such as the cloud-like Tiramisu soufflé ($15.90) and Korean-inspired bingsu in Thai Style Snow Ice ($16.90).
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✨ Smile Dessert
📍 1 Selegie Road, GR.iD, Unit B1-12, Singapore 188306
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I fondly remember when Clinton St. first opened in our sunny shores, it was all the hype for a long period of time, and you can see photos of their Blueberry Pancakes circulating around social media. I have eaten it several times, and I can attest that it was truly one of the better pancakes in Singapore.

Fast forward 7 years later, the restaurant will be shutting down its operations in Singapore and I made my way there for one final hurrah for the Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter ($21) and Chicken & Waffles ($22) for a sweet savoury brunch. The iconic pancakes came in a stack of three, thick and hearty, with a generous topping of the blueberries sauce with the warm maple butter by the side. As for the savoury dish, the buttermilk fried chicken is drizzled with a honey-tabasco sauce over a vanilla butter waffle, and the same versatile warm maple butter by the side. You will be missed, especially the blueberry pancakes.
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✨ Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant
📍 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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Famed for their orh nee tarts, you can expect a variety of taro-related bakes like the Taro Mochi Swiss Roll ($5.50), which contains a chewy mochi filling that adds to the overall bite. What’s good is that the swiss roll is not cloyingly sweet, which will pair well with coffee or tea.

We also tried the Taromisu ($6.50) and Taro Burnt Cheesecake ($8), the former a representation of the tiramisu with layers of cream, taro and sponge while the latter will appeal to the cheese lovers but the taro has been overpowered by the strong flavours of the cheese.
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✨ Whisking Bakes
📍 466 Crawford Lane, Unit 01-08, Singapore 190465
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