Don't waste your calories on just any dessert, go for the best.
Just before you embark on your pre-holiday diet and exercise plan, let's go on one last sugar binge. But don't waste your calories on just any dessert, go for the best.
Here is our seven sinfully good suggestions.
1 GLORIOUS MILK SHAKES
The only appropriate response when confronted with an Over The Top shake ($16) at Benjamin Browns (#01-20, Forum The Shopping Mall, Tel: 6887-4117) is "Wah!".
I was told five scoops of vanilla ice cream go into each milk shake. It doesn't matter what flavours you order, it'll be pretty, sweet, and crazy. You'll get a sugar high just looking at it.
2 EXOTIC ECLAIRS
Karafuru Desserts (8, Jalan Klapa, Tel: 6291-4430) is one of the "It" food places at the moment. The name is a play on the word "colourful" and its all-white interior is the perfect backdrop for multiple Instagram angles of its multi-hued desserts.
The eclairs are especially photogenic and tasty too.
Try the umeshiso eclair ($7) with umeboshi creme and shiso leaf (left). It's a strange but enticing combination.
Some may balk at paying $7 (or $6 for non-alcoholic eclairs) for about 10cm of pleasure, but once you've tasted it, you'll think it's worth the indulgence.
3 MAD OVER MACARONS
The debonair chef Kenjiro 'Hatch' Hashida of Hashida Sushi Singapore has just opened Hashida Garo (#04-16, Mandarin Gallery, Tel: 6235-2283).
While savoury dishes are available, it's the desserts that are the scene-stealers.
His macarons ($3.50) are available in yuzu, matcha, hoji tea and black tea flavours.
But the Special Foie Gras Macaron ($12, above) deserves special mention for its full-flavoured boldness.
4 SINFUL TOAST
I've been obsessed with the Condensed Milk & Milo golden toast ($3.80, above) at Tuk Tuk Cha (#02-605A, Suntec City Tower 3) since I chanced upon this tiny Thai outlet a few months ago.
It's sinful for the diet but so tasty, and you've got to be ready for the sweetness that comes with it. It's worth the calories because the consolation is that the toast is crispy and has the right hint of butter.
You're unlikely to get a seat here, so order it to go, along with a Thai iced tea ($2.80).
5 BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY
Ciel Patisserie (#01-1444, Blk 124 Hougang Avenue 1, Tel: 6383-0803) has been a staple for dessert lovers in Hougang since 2012.
One of the reasons for its popularity must be its cake named Fuji ($5.20, above). It combines matcha and lychee, and it's a delightfully light, bitter, and sweet bite.
6 CHURROS WITH A TWIST
Churros Factory (five outlets in Singapore - Katong 112, West Coast Plaza, City Square Mall, Junction 10 and Westgate) has an interesting local twist to this Spanish dessert: The ondeh ondeh churros ($5 for three pieces). It has grated coconut on top, with a gula melaka dip.
Another new flavour is the sea salt caramel on charcoal, also at $5 for three pieces.
7 DURIAN DELIGHT
The trendy Tiramisu Hero Cafe (121 Tyrwhitt Road, Tel: 6292-5271) is offering a durian tiramisu ($9.50, above) with the fruit and mascarpone cheese and rich cream between layers of ladyfinger biscuits.
The cafe also serves the King of Fruits with Belgium waffles ($15). This features a heap of durian flesh on top, coupled with vanilla ice cream, Nutella drip, and Chantilly cream.