Dazzling Cafe, Singapore

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This cafe’s soft opening on 18th April started with a long queue. I’m not sure about the first day but now they have a queue ticket system. A few days later, my friends and I thought the queue will continue but we were lucky we manage to get to a table on a Monday evening. (Note: For soft opening, they will be open at 11am – 8pm from18 April – 6 June).

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Most of the shops around this cafe are yet to open. So currently there is less light from the building but if you take the seats inside, it’s better.

Their signature design that would capture many photo takers is the rabbit ear chairs. Not all tables have that chair but you get it, you’re lucky. Otherwise like us, unfortunately not so lucky. Sorry no photo.

I knew about this cafe when I visited the shop in Taipei. Their main dishes are the desserts. So let’s start with them.

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Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast (S$19.90)

One of their top dessert (from Taiwan’s top list) is Honey Toast. You get to choose how your toast would be made; soft, regular or crispy. We chose crispy. The crispy toast is served on green tea purée topped with green tea ice cream and Azuki beans covered with a layer of cream and green tea drizzle while finished with a green tea macaron, green tea almond crisps and a few cranberries. Yes, you can see that I have repeated “green tea” multiple times. You will need to really love green tea to enjoy this dessert because its matcha taste is very strong. For me, I am overwhelmed by it. As for the toast, recommended to eat it while freshly made. It will gradually lose its crisp to the ice cream and air. What I like of this dessert is although it’s covered by a layer of cream, the cream does not leave an oily after taste.

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Valrhona Chocolate Waffle (S$12.90), additional Mochi topping (S$2.00) and Bailey’s or Chocolate ice cream (S$2.50)

I look forward to trying this waffle since I missed my chance when I was in Taipei. Flower waffle sandwiched with mochi, topped with cream, chocolate chips, Valrhona chocolate drizzle and Bailey’s ice cream. Accompanying at the side with maple syrup. Valrhona is a premium French chocolate brand, if you’re wondering what it is. It’s enjoying to munch with chewy mochi and Bailey’s ice cream. Its chocolate is not sweet if you have sweet tooth but I liked it. What I least expected but I don’t know if it’s meant to be that way is the waffle is not crispy and aromatic enough on its own. So I suggest that you should eat all ingredients together and it’s still an enjoyable dessert.

Okay, let’s come back to some of their appetizer and main dishes. It’s nothing too fancy but it serves rather good ingredients.

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Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce (S$18.90) – chef’s recommendation

It’s a simple dish of spaghetti with cod roe in white wine cream sauce topped with dried seaweed flakes. Although it does not have a lot of ingredients but it’s appetizing because of the cod roe’s crunch and cream sauce’s saltiness.

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Buffalo Wings (S$15.90)

Mmm… Spicy spiced wings. For my poor tolerance level for spiciness, it’s a little spicy but it’s pungent taste could satisfy my taste bud. It’s a try for me.

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle (S$24.90)

The only risotto on the menu but its name was quite attractive to lure us to try. As describe in the menu, mixed wild mushrooms, red onions, garlic, simmered in white wine reduction topped with fresh black truffle shavings, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Fragrantly cooked with pungent truffle and onion taste at every mouth.

Go for a try! or if you’re in Taipei, try it there too! ^_^

Overall rating : 6/10

Location:

Capitol Piazza
15, Stamford Road
#01-85, Galleria,
Singapore

Tel: +65 6384 3310

Operating hours (after official opening):
Monday – Thursday 11.00am – 12.00am
Friday – Saturday 11.00am – 3.00am
Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am

Dazzling Cafe 玳思琳蜜糖吐司, Taipei

Looking for a place to sit after a long walk at the Taipei underground, I walked around Taipei Main Station level 2 (where all restaurants and food courts are located) and stumbled upon this nice looking place. Who can resist delicious looking desserts?

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They serves sandwiches, panini, soup, salad, finger food, spaghetti, waffle, crepe, and honey toasts. As for drinks, they offer cocoa, coffee, classic tea, scented tea, special mixed tea, and slush. As its name in Chinese mentions about honey toast. So that’s what I’m going to try. Alternatively, you can try another special dessert, waffle with mochi inside. Something I didn’t have enough tummy space to try.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Honey Toast (TWD290)
You can choose how you would like your toast to be made, either soft, regular or crispy. I love crispy. What you see is not what you get with only crispy toast topped with vanilla ice cream, cream, strawberries, chocolate drizzle and some crushed almonds. Where’s the hazelnut?

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Wala! The toast is cut into small pieces with hazelnut chocolate inserted in the middle of each piece of toast. Putting some vanilla ice cream on each toast is delicious! Happiness to my mood, my mouth and my tummy.

I also ordered something special to drink.

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Festive Grape Tea with Cherry (TWD160 for hot, TWD140 for cold)
This tea comes with fresh slices of grapes, pineapples and apples. I don’t usually put sugar in my tea. So, I tried it without sugar. Wow! Too sour at the first sip but was ok after my mouth adapted the taste. Drinking the tea with some fruits to bite is rather nice.

My overall rating: 6.5/10

This cafe has many outlets not only in Taipei but also Hsinchu, Taichong, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. Dazzle yourself with more dessert at their website here (available in English and Chinese).

The outlet that I went was not listed on their website.

Dazzling Cafe Kiwi
Location: Breeze Centre, Taipei Main Station, West entrance 3, Level 2
Tel: +886-2-23881966

It’s recommended that you make reservation, especially you have a big group. If you walk in, they allow 90 minutes of dining if there are waiting reserved diners.

Summary of other outlets.

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