Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta 2015

I am always excited about the Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta and love especially their Durian Combo that they introduce at the start of the promotion. This year is no exception that I got myself  these amazing cakes and pastries and not forgetting to share it with family and friends this delight.

New Items

This year, Goodwood Park introduces two new items

Durian Carrot Walnut Cake

Durian Carrot Walnut
Durian Carrot Walnut

Spongy Soft Carrot walnut cake layer paired with creamy Durian Mousse.

Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll

Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll
Mini Durian Chocolate Wafer Roll

Dark Chocolate Wafer rolled with the famous Durian Mousse.

Back By Popular Demand

Durian Cappuccino Cake

Durian Cappuccino Cake
Durian Cappuccino Cake

The Durian and Coffe, nice combination. I could taste the distinct Durian and Coffee and yet it blended well.

Ever Popular 

Durian Mousse Cake

Durian Mousse Cake
Durian Mousse Cake

How could this ever be missing from the Combo? It is one of my evergreen favourite.

Durian Puff

Durian Puff
Durian Puff

And the Durian Puff too. Never a let down.

The combo is available till 30 April 2015. For the full list of items, click here.

And now, I begin to wonder, what about Salted Caramel and Durian.

 

Goodwood Park Durian Fiesta
22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 6737 7411

Other Location

Compass Point
Located on Level 1, in front of DMK
23 – 29 March 2015, 10am – 9pm

Lot One
Located on Level 1 Event Atrium
27 April – 3 May 2015, 10am – 9pm

Selfish Gene Patisserie At Craig Road Tanjong Pagar

Selfish Gene Patisserie is a brand created by folks of Selfish Gene Cafe and it is perched above Selfish Gene Cafe. The stairs leading to the Patisserie can be found on the right of the cafe.

With the word “Patisserie”, I thought they were offering cakes, I didn’t expect that they were serving plated desserts. Some have termed it as deconstructed dessert, but I still prefer the former name.

Menu
Menu

The cafe has a little Zen ambience, rather comforting and peaceful.

A total of 7 plated desserts were found on Selfish Gene Patisserie’s Menu. I was informed by the service crew that the lightest in taste was on top and it progresses to the strongest in flavour at the bottom. But I would prefer to describe it as the sourish are on top while the sweetest at the top. Beside the plated dessert, of course beverages are on the menu with tea, coffee and a few crafted beer as the highlight. The service crew has advised me that the desserts goes better with tea than coffee. So I heeded the advice on my first visit when I ordered the “Ginger”.

Ginger
Ginger

The “Ginger” consisted of a ginger cake, soft and moist with a subtle ginger fragrance. On the top was a well of toffee sauce and by the side was a scoop of homemade Caramel Ice Cream that paired nicely with the cake and were not overwhelming. The crumbles provided a crunchy texture to the dish. If you prefer more ginger flavour, munch the Ginger Soft Candy either together with the cake and ice cream or at the end (which was what I did). I am not a ginger fan but I find this dessert more than acceptable. But I believe, some may find this a little too sweet.

Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea

I paired the Ginger with a Oolong Tea. The Oolong Tea has a subtle sweetness that goes well with the dessert.

Soya
Soya

On my second visit, I was recommended the Soya as the service crew said that this is something unique. I was curious to find out what was the selling point.

In this creation, there were a Matcha Ice Cream, a Tofu Cheesecake with a dashes of Red Miso together with Red Beans, Mochi and Crumbles scattered around the cake and ice cream. The uniqueness is the briny Red Miso on the Cheesecake which is akin to Salted Gula Melaka or you may prefer Salted Caramel. You need to spread it across so that the Red Miso won’t dominate the taste. The red bean was only sweetish and with the crumbles and mochi, it went really well for the dessert. It would have been perfect if the Tofu Cheesecake is smoother and the Matcha Ice Cream has a stronger Green Tea flavour.

Lemon
Lemon

And on my third visit, I tried the Lemon. I was worried that it might be too sourish but it turned out perfect for me. The lemon curd went well with the cake and crumble. It resembled a Lemon Cake. The Toasted Marshmallow by the side provided some sweetness and different texture to the dish.

Coconut
Coconut

My forth visit was with a friend, so I managed to tried 2 more creation, the Coconut and the Chocolate. Among the 2, I prefer the latter.

The Coconut has a Coconut Panna Cotta and Red Bean Ice Cream as the main ingredients and together with Green Jelly, Toasted Coconut Grates and Gula Melaka. The Red Bean is a little too strong and it masked all the flavours. The Coconut Panna Cotta has a nice coconut aroma and it went very well with the Gula Melaka.

Chocolate
Chocolate

In the Chocolate, there was a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (make up of both dark and milk chocolate). As always, the pair, orange and chocolate were excellent partners.

I am left with 2 more and I complete the menu. I will update the post when I do.

Selfish Gene Patisserie
40 Craig Road Level 2 Singapore 089678
Tel: +65

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/selfishgenepatisserie

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Thursday 1800 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1200 to 1700, 1800 to 2200; Sunday 1200 to 1700; Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Getting There

By MRT: North East line or East-West line – Outram Park station; East-West line – Tanjong Pagar

By Bus:

– alight after Craig Road or before Wallich Road along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145

– alight before Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road 61, 166, 197

Rating: 8/10

Olivo Bistro & Bakery At Aperia Mall Kallang

Olivo Bistro & Bakery was rebranded from Ren Gastronome, previously located at Paya Lebar. Now it is at the Aperia Mall at Kallang, Level 2.

Interior
Interior

The interior design of the bistro resembles of the Mediterranean Style.

Menu in Tablet
Menu in Tablet

Olivo Bistro is pretty hi-tech. They provide a tablet at each table for diners to place their own order. They offer wide range of selection; pastas, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, soup, salad, dessert and etc. They serve a wide range of alcoholic drinks too.

Weekdays Promotion
Weekdays Promotion

If you are dinning during weekdays’ lunch, you may want to take note of the daily promotion. On each day, when you order food from the designated category, you are entitled to a free soup. But you need to remember to add it into your order. Once you select your food, you are directed to the next page, scroll down to look for “Promo Soup” and add it into your order. And once you are done, remember to proceed to order summary, to click “Confirm” so that your order is now on its way to the kitchen.

Besides the Weekdays’ lunch promo, there are also some other on-going promotions such as the Happy Hour promo and so on.

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup

My promo soup was the Tomato Soup. It was a creamy, smooth and tangy tomato soup.

Pesto Pasta
Pesto Pasta

Since I was there on a Thursday, promotion was for Pasta and Pizza, I ordered a Pesto Pasta with add-on Prawns. You can select from the list of add on. I find the dish, especially the prawns a little too salty. But what I like is the pine nuts that were added to the pasta. The nuts not only provided the crunch, the nuttiness blended very well with the pesto sauce.

Triple Chocolate Cake
Triple Chocolate Cake

I hardly end my meal without a dessert and I ordered the Triple Chocolate Cake. The three layers, top of white chocolate mousse, middle of bitter sweet chocolate mousse and bottom of dark crunch is certainly a rich cake. It is best to savour the three layers together.

Latte
Latte

Olivo Bistro didn’t have my favourite Cappuccino so I went for Latte. The coffee was a low acidity, medium to full body with nutty and chocolaty flavour.

The pricing at the Olivo Bistro was pretty reasonably with pretty decent food, coffee and desserts and the service was friendly and warm. I might pop by again to try other items.

Olivo Bistro & Bakery
8 Kallang Avenue #02- , Aperia Mall Singapore 339509
Tel: +65 6341 6933

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/OLIVO-Bistro-Bakery/968726263142649?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Daily 1030 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: East-West line – Lavender station

By Bus:
– alight before or after Kallang along Lavender Street 13, 61, 67, 107, 107M, 133, 145, 175, 961

– alight at Lavender station along Kallang Road (in front of V Hotel Lavender) – 2, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 80, 107,  107M, 133, 145, 175, 197

– alight at Lavender station, next to ICA – 2, 12, 33, 107, 107M, 133

Rating: 6.5/10

Mad About Sucre At Teo Hong Road Outram Park

After Les Delices, Mad About Sucre is also a French Patisserie is now open within the same vicinity, around Chinatown.

Mad About Sucre baking team is led by Chef Lena, a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, who specialises in lovely Fondant Cake.

Fondant Cake
Fondant Cake

I was honoured and thrilled to be invited for a cake tasting session of 5 cakes by Eric and it was so sweet of Eric to extend the invitation to my companions. I bought my Mom and Sis along who are also avid cake lovers like myself.

Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Mad About Sucre presented us with was a 5 course cake dessert feast. And naturally, we were served from the lightest in taste to the richest. We started with the Moulin Rouge, a burnt caramel with walnut parfait and some almond crunch in the centre, seated on a short bread pastry was amazing. It has a somewhat milky taste and the nuttiness gives a sweet finish. We were surprised by how light and lightly sweet this cake was though the ingredient is caramel. Our usual experience with caramel is SWEET but after indulging in this piece of delight, it has redefined caramel. It was absolutely awesome.

Coco Lemon Tart
Coco Lemon Tart

Next, the Coco Lemon Tart was served. The top is a Coconut mousse sprinkled with dropping sugar sat on a sweet Lemon Tart with a shortbread crust. My sister who doesn’t like the coconut refused to try the Coconut mousse but happily went on to the Lemon Tart. This is a pretty light and refreshing cake. If you don’t like sourish Lemon Tart, like my mom, this is perfect for you. My Mom loves it.

Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Our third course of the dessert feast was the Chocolate Raspberry Tart. One of our favourite after the Moulin Rouge. This tart uses the Mexican Chocolate which are found both in the ball and the tart with different percentage of chocolate, 41% versus 66%. In the centre of the ball is a raspberry jelly while in the tart is raspberry puree. The entire cake provide different texture and chocolate experience. And importantly, the sourish raspberry balances the bitter sweet chocolate resulting in a sweetish sourish chocolaty tart.

Passione
Passione

The Passione was served before another chocolate cake. The intention was to wash the palate. There are two layers, the Passionfruit mousse and the cheesecake on top of the coconut sable sponge and the shortbread tart base, topped with a gooseberry and a cocoa nibs cracker. This is a sweetish passionfruit with nice passionfruit fragrance. The mousse was certainly very smooth.

San Domingue
San Domingue

And our finale, presenting the San Domingue. This sphere-shaped cake uses 77% San Domingue Chocolate with a Rum box topped on the cake. Within the sphere, it consists of chocolate mouse and another sphere of vanilla mouse with banana. We were expecting it to be a strong and rich bittersweet chocolate as it uses 77% of chocolate but it was not. It was in fact a sweet fruity chocolate flavour. The key in enjoying this cake is that you need to first eat the Rum box and follow closely with the rest of the cake. The aroma of rum which lingers in the mouth, blended with the sweetish San Domingue chocolate and together with the banana brings you to the next level of experience. If you degust only the cake without the Rum box, you won’t experience this magic. Maybe it is a good idea for Mad About Sucre to have additional Rum Chocolate Box for consumers to add-on to the purchase.

You need to consume the cake with an open mind as you may not be expecting what you are going to experience. The ingredients that sounded rich may end up subtle while the opposite is true likewise.

We fall in love with the creations from Mad About Sucre and no doubt we will be going back for more and soon too.

Mad About Sucre
27 Teo Hong Road Singapore 088334
Tel: +65 6221 3969

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Mad-About-Sucre/1515959831984590?pnref=story

Opening Hours

Sunday 1200 to 1700; Tuesday – Thursday 1230 to 2230; Friday – Saturday 1230 – 2300; Closed on Monday

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8.5/10

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Les Delices At Kreta Ayer Road

Les Délices, a little gem, a French Patisserie has descended upon Chinatown. It came to me as a surprise, a good one, I wouldn’t have thought or rather imagine one to be in such a Chinese populated or cultural area. If my limited French did not fail me, délices has a meaning of delicious, delight. It is so apt for such a lovely, elegant cake shop.

On the display, there were 8 types of cakes and pastries. There were 3 Choux and the remaining were cakes; 2 Chocolate selection, 2 fruity cakes and a Cheesecake. Out of the 8, I bought 4 home to share.

Lemon Strawberry Rosette
Lemon Strawberry Rosette

First, we tried the Lemon Strawberry Rosette. Both Lemon and Strawberry are sourish fruit so you can imagine how sour can this cake be. So if you does not like sourish stuff, this is a “No! No!” for you. It garnered only 50% of likes in my family.

Choco Nana
Choco Nana

The Choco Nana, from the name it suggested two ingredients. The Choco refers to the Chocolate while Nana refers to the Banana. My sister didn’t degust this at all, as Banana is her enmity.

Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux
Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux

l got only a Choux. There were Matcha, Chocolate and Earl Grey Milk Tea Choux and I got the latter. The choux pastry was slightly chewy while the cream has a very nice fragrance of Earl Grey Tea. We enjoyed this pastry.

Popping Berry Cheesecake
Popping Berry Cheesecake

Lastly, the Popping Berry Cheesecake. It has a lightly cheese flavour and full of berries goodness. The uniqueness about this cake is the Popping Candy, sugar-like crystals, mixed in the biscuit base, popped in the mouth with a sizzling sensation. The entire cake tasted more of a sweet berry than cheese flavour.

Interior
Interior

Les Délices offers some dine-in option as well, not a lot and so there is a bare space.

Beverage Menu
Beverage Menu

And as such, they offer beverages. The Cold Brew is getting popular. First we have it for Coffee, now we are getting it for Tea and this is on their menu. I might try it when I dine-in the next time.

Personally, I find that Les Délices offers some of the prettiest and delish cake. We enjoyed the cakes and I am hoping to see more unique creation coming from them.

Les Délices
Block 333 Kreta Ayer Road #01-14 Singapore Singapore 080333
Tel: +65 6536 8087

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/lesdelicessg

Opening Hours

Sunday – Monday 1200 to 1700; Wednesday – Saturday 1200 to 2130; Closed on Tuesday

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Blk 333 along Kreta Ayer Road 80, 145

– alight at Maxwell Road Food Centre along South Bridge Road 80, 145

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8/10

Taste Better, Durian Puff and Durian Soft Serve At Vivo City

I spotted Taste Better when I was on my way to Giant Hypermart at Vivo City. I was lured by them as they were selling Durian Puff. I couldn’t resist the charm but to stop by to try their product. They were very generous, they gave one whole Durian Puff for customer to try. Wow!!

Vivocity Outlet
Vivocity Outlet

Taste Better is based out of Johor Bahru, Malaysia with outlets not only in their home country but also in China and Indonesia. Vivo City is their first outlet in Singapore. They have a number of products; One-bite Puffs, Soft Serves, Smoothies and Coffee & Tea. Currently, at their Vivo City outlet, there are only Durian Puffs and Durian Soft Serve.

Durian Puffs
Durian Puffs

It is called One-Bite Puff as they wanted consumer to have it in one mouth because if you don’t the Durian cream will ooze out and stain your entire lips, but it is too big for my mouth.The Durian cream is rather flavourful with a more liquid consistency and light in texture. The choux pastry is also fluffy and moist.  Taste Better is selling the Puff in a box of fours.

Durian Soft Serve
Durian Soft Serve

Currently, for their opening special, they are giving a free Durian Soft Serve with every 2 boxes of puff purchased. I couldn’t give this a missed to try the Soft Serve. Verdict? The soft serve isn’t very smooth in texture but still considerably decent and was with a good amount of Durian flavour. I did enjoy nevertheless.

Oh ya, I almost forgot to mention that they baked the pastry fresh daily at the kiosk.

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Taste Better
1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #B2-K07 Singapore 098585

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/tastebettersg

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line & Northeast Line, HarbourFront Station

By Bus:

– alight at or opposite Vivocity 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 197, 855, RWS8

Rating: 7/10

Cafes Opened Till Midnight and Beyond On Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

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Many a times, I have a hard time looking for a late night cafe, so I complied this list for sharing.

 

Central

Five and Dime Eatery
297 River Valley Rd, Singapore 238338
Tel: +65 9236 5002
Friday 1200 to 0000; Saturday 1000 to 0000;
Sunday 1000 to 2300

Golden Custard Molten Lava Cake
Five and Dime’s Fame Golden Custard Molten Lava Cake


Mr Bean Cafe
30 Selegie Road Singapore 188307
Tel: +65 6333 3100
24 hours

Udders @ Novena
155 Thomson Road, Singapore 307608
Tel: +65 6254 6629
Friday – Sunday & Eve of Public Holidays 1200 to 0100

Udders @ Upper Thomson
246D Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574370
Tel: +65 6452 0803
Friday – Sunday & Eve of Public Holidays 1200 to 0100;
Monday – Thursday 1200 to 0100

 

East

Second Storey Cafe
FB:
 https://www.facebook.com/secondstorey
19 East Coast Road, Second Storey Singapore 486471
Tel: +65 6346 0042
Friday 1000 to 0400; Saturday 0930 to 0400;
Sundays 0900 to 0200
Monday – Thursday 1000 to 0200

Udders @ Siglap
87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223
Tel: +65 6448 8732
Friday – Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays 1200 to 0100

 

North-East

Udders @ Serangoon Gardens
#01-11, MyVillage Mall, 1 Maju Ave Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6634 5839
Friday – Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays 1200 to 0000

Oblong.Ice.Cream @ Serangoon Garden
10 Maju Avenue Singapore 556689
Fridays – Saturdays 1200 to 0200;
Sundays 1200 to 0000

Mondays – Thursday 1200 – 0000

Ice Cube
11 Kensington Park Road Singapore 557263
Tel: +65 9780 5073 / 8112 4706
Friday – Saturday 1600 to 0200;
Sunday 1400 to 0100

Monday – Thursday 1600 to 0100

Ice Edge
2 Kovan Road Singapore 548008
Tel: +65 6858 5729
Friday – Sunday 1200 to 0000
Monday – Thursday 1200 to 0000
Cravings
http://www.cravings.com.sg
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6 Tebings Lane #01-05 Singapore 828835
Friday – Sunday 12600 to 0100
Wednesday – Thursday 1200 to 0100

 

South

Twenty Grammes
753 North Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 198721
Tel: +65 6717 1733
Friday – Saturday 1130 to 0100

The Alley Cafe
21 Keong Siak Street Singapore 089128
Tel: +65 6223 1334
Friday – Saturday 0900 to 0000

The Book Cafe
20 Martin Road 01-02 Seng Kee Building, Singapore 239070
Tel: +65 6887 5430
Friday – Saturday 0830 to 0030

 

West

PS. Cafe
28B Harding Road Singapore 249549
Tel: +65 9070 8782
Friday 1130 to 0200; Saturday 0930 to 0200; Sunday 1130 to 0000
Monday – Thursday 1130 to 0000

2am: dessertbar
21a Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733
Tel: +65 6291 9727
Saturday – Sunday 1100 to 0200;
Tuesday – Friday 1500 to 0200; Closed on Monday

Udders @ Bukit Timah
17 Lorong Kilat, #01-08 Kilat Court Singapore 598139
Tel: +65 6466 1055
Friday – Saturday & Eve of Public Holidays 1200 to 0000

The Udder Pancake
17 Lorong Kilat #01-09, Kilat Court Singapore 598139
Tel: +65 6466 1055
Friday 1200 to 0000; Saturday 0900 to 0000