Category: East Coast

Ice Cream Chefs – ‘Fry’ Your Ice Cream

By , October 23, 2008

520 East Coast Road  #01-06 Ocean Park Tel: 6446 6355

Imagine having your Ice Cream made in front of your very eyes. And you can choose whatever you want in it. No kidding.

The one thing unique to this ice cream place at East Coast is the Chef’s Rock. Otherwise known as an ice-plate, this freezing cold sheet of metal allows you to mix and match any combination of munchies into a personalised treat. And the ‘chef’ will ‘fry’ your ice cream right there before you.

The Ambience
Ice Cream Chefs was started by 2 partners who loved desserts and would travel hours just to satisfy their sweet tooth. While they were in the United States, they chanced upon a popular ice cream parlour with such concept and thought that it would be a great idea if Singapore had one.

This concept was then started in Singapore, but with an extension of having the ice cream home-made freshly everyday and catering to the local tastebuds.

The shop is cutesy violet and small, and almost always crowded. The walls are plastered with printed photos and you may spot some celebrities’ leaving their mark in the pictures. (Like Island Creamery)

The Ice Cream
First pick your favours such as Beanie Vanilla, Milo Peng and Mocha Madness, with the top 3 most popular flavours being Chocolate & Hersheys, Durian Decadence and Kaya Lotee.

Then choose your mix-ins, from the usual Oreos, Kit Kat, M&Ms, Koko Crunch and different type of nuts to be blended together. I hear that the maximum mix-ins they ever had was 8!  And it had to be served on a bowl since it was hugh and overflowing.

Customers have brought their own items for mix ins! Like potato chips (surprisingly nice!??), gourmet chocolates and truffles (from overseas). One even brought in French fries (What was the person thinking?) But the parlour generally ONLY allow dry food.

There was also once where they were catering to a group on the mobile
unit and they requested to mixing in some bee hoon noodles and rice that they were having. (!) Fear Factor yah?

The conservative me had a Mrs. Smith with Banana Nut Crunch. The result was a smooth creamy rich ice cream with sweet/sour apples and a great chomp as your teeth sinks in to the crunchy bits.

It’s better than the usual, say cookies and cream because the its fresh and the fillings still retain the bite. (Not lao4 hong1 yet)

The Verdict
I am a converted fan. 3.50*

C Nai Hong Kong Cafe Xpress 师奶茶餐厅 (East Coast Parkway)

By , August 5, 2008

1000 East Coast Park Marine Cove S(449876) Tel: 64440123

“The one at East Coast. Daniel, you must go and TRY!”

When Melissa saw that I was writing on a whole series on Hong Kong cafes, she very excitedly told me to venture to the Far East. “The fried squid’s very good.  Number  430. So is the chicken in hot plate. That’s 403. Don’t get confused. Braised E-Fu Noodles too! 101.”

She’s that good that she remembers the number. I don’t know how she does that especially when the items on the menu are jumbled.

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The Cheesecake Cafe – A Slice of Heaven

By , June 4, 2008

685 East Coast Road S(459054 ) Tel: 64487725

With a tagline such as “A Slice of Heaven”, and rave recommendations from many, a trip down to this little cafe at Siglap is necessary for cheesecake lovers.

The Ambience
The Cheesecake Café has scored immediately in its unique take on interior décor, embracing a cherubic character different from other cafes. The Victorian theme was rather prominent, featuring replicates from the Italian Renaissance such as the Mona Lisa, angelic clay sculptures, lighted candles, and a little fountain amongst the yellow painted walls.

The Food
The selections include the specialty Peach Jelly Cheesecake, Rum and Raisins Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cheesecake and American Cheesecake, each costing about $6.90. If cheesecakes are not your cup of tea, you have a choice of Chocolate Truffle, Chocolate Banana and Tiramisu.

Friends have generally given varying positive comments, ranging from “to die for”, “unbelievable” to “a spiritual experience”. That could be a little exaggerating, but I thought that the cakes’ texture had a balance between heavy and light, and wasn’t overly diabetic.

In a recent visit, I tried the Strawberry Oreo Cheesecake which added a light gentle sweetness to an already familiar taste. The Chocolate Banana though, was slightly ‘jelat’ (rich) to my liking but would appeal to chocolate lovers.  Although it is probably mass-produced, you get the impression that each slice served to you was prepared lovingly just for you. (I did send a mail to ask about their cakes but didn’t get a reply. 🙁 )

The Service
The vibrant, attentive and youthful staff makes this place a great hang-out. One even kneed down to serve me a slice! Iced water is constantly re-filled with genuine smiles.

The Verdict
This slice of heaven comes with a price.  3.75*

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