Dazzling Café is a popular café in Taiwan which opened its first outlet in Singapore earlier this year. Although the space isn’t large and tables are rather cramped together, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the pretty, whimsical décor of the place.
Service was polite and efficient. The waitresses are cute, all dressed up in milk maid uniforms. Adorable plastic tableware is provided for kids.
We tried 2 beverages Iced Pomelo Tea with Peach ($6) and Earl Grey French Blue ($8). The former was nice, the latter, very average.
The Scallops and Crab Meat Spaghetti Aglio Olio ($18.90) is pasta worth pining for. Al dente stand of spaghetti is tossed in olive oil, succulent crab meat and red capsicum, then adorned with plump scallops. The chopped fried garlic added even more depth and texture to the dish.
I’ve read a couple of positive reviews for the Pan-seared Duck Breast Spaghetti in Orange Mustard Sauce ($24.90), felt it was unique and hence wanted to try it. While orange marries well with duck, I can’t say that it goes well with pasta. The cream based sauce leaned more towards sweet rather than savory. I like my pastas savory.
Dazzling Café is well known for its visually stunning shibuya toasts and when they arrived on our table, I can’t help but snap away.
Recently launched in September, the Chocolate Lava Crispy Toast ($14.90) is a plate of sinful calories. It’s essentially fried toast with a chocolate lava core, topped with Haagen Daz Chocolate ice cream. It didn’t flow. At all. Other Lava crispy toast options include Cheese Lava Crispy Toast ($13.90) and Peanut Butter Lava Crispy Toast ($13.90)
A flavor exclusive to Singapore, the Mango and Coconut Gelato Honey Toast ($18.90) is a thick toast hollowed out and filled with toasted cubes. A scoop of coconut gelato with sexy drizzle of mango sauce complete it. After giving you a moment to take the mandatory pictures, the server will proceed to dissect the sweet treat. It’s a pity to destroy the presentation of the dessert, but that’s the only way to get to the cubes of your choice of soft, normal or crispy cubes of carbs.
Clocked in a blanket of cream and matcha sauce, the Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast ($19.90) is another recommended item. The green tea ice cream was rich and packed with the bittersweet fragrance of matcha. I enjoyed it, but felt it could have been better with lesser cream (can be too rich for some people) and more Azuki beans.
The Strawberry Ice Cream Waffle ($14.90), served with whipped cream, fresh strawberry silvers strawberry ice cream, condensed milk, honey and strawberry sauce, was a letdown. The waffle texture was too dense.
Needless to say, when we left, our insulin levels were bouncing with delight. Even Baby B approves!
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