Trailing (thanks to our exploding tummies) from Part I of the Tampines 1 Food Trail, this post will introduce places of interest for your second stomach – one that has been anonymously but ingeniously crafted, because it’s all so true. Similarly, it’ll be in order of merits.
(1) DeConti Caffè & Gelato
Reopened not long ago, I have actually not heard of DeConti Caffè & Gelato prior to this food trail. And thus coming into this and finding out that they serve some noteworthy desserts here was good knowledge gained. Evidently, the cafe serves Italian fare, focusing on desserts and beverages.
The star dish, that would actually make me go back for more (which is highly remarkable, since I don’t usually head back to the same place), is its signature Pistachio Coffee ($5). If I were to be there on my own, I would never have ordered it. From the sweet Pistachio cream, to the bitter Dark Chocolate, to the velvety milky froth, everything was executed perfectly, individually. Never mind that, because when you put your spoon through to the bottom of the cup and scoop up a mouthful (that is the right way to indulge in this hot beverage), you’d learn that the former doesn’t matter – the sweet, bitter, smooth and milky flavors counterpoise and complement each other so well I was in awe. A very different kind of coffee experience, not one you can get at your cafes.
While the rest of the items I tried did not necessarily excelled as well as the Pistachio Coffee, they were at least of average taste. Go around to the back of the counter and find some relatively more secluded seats to chill with your cuppa’. Expect some casual and fun service, too. Don’t be taken aback with the informality and liveliness.
(2) J.Co Donuts & Coffee
Call me a frog in the well, I haven’t tried Krispy Kreme donuts, so don’t ask.
Amongst other donuts, J.Co has always been one of my preferred brands, probably because of their array of selections, with light, airy and soft donut bodies and moist and overloaded toppings. It also has the Starbucks feel whilst dining in the cafe, serving pretty decent drinks too.
I know for one, that whenever I’m in J.Co, I’ll order the Coco Loco Donut ($1.70). It’s a must-order for all chocolate lovers. It has (Dark Belgium) chocolate on the outside, inside, and everywhere in and out of your mouth after a bite or two. Surprisingly, the sweetness was well-balanced and I didn’t feel that it was over the top.
I’d very much prefer their Iced Beverage to their Hot. Because face it, you’ve had too many awesome hot coffees nowadays that you tend to bitch about any cup that has the slightest miss. I like their Cafe Avocado Frappe ($5.50). It is made with avocado powder (it’d be much better if the avocado was stronger in flavor) and vanilla with a generous portion of chocolate syrup. Still, of course, chocolate has to be present! Yoghurt was reasonable. Though, actually, is my shoe whiter or the yoghurt? Kidding.
To me, froyo usually will not go too wrong. But what sets Yoguru apart is its resolve to remain true to yoghurt’s purpose – health. No preservatives, pre-made liquid mixtures or powders are used in the production, only completely natural materials. Further, its freshness is guaranteed, thanks to its daily and locally produced yoghurt.
Save for the original flavor, Yoguru also offers Mango, Blueberry and Strawberry flavors. If you’re not sure which rocks your boat, feel free to ask for a sample tasting, I’m certain they’ll be most happy to serve you. People behind the counter are just about the most bubbly and cheerful ones. So, for genuine healthy froyo, I can safely say that Yoguru is one of the options.
(4) Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert adopts a similar concept with just about any other chinese-focused desserts places. Desserts were all pretty decent, though really nothing in my opinion that leaves you wanting more. The closest to that has to be the Durian Sago ($5.90), where the flavor was powerful enough but not too overwhelming. If you’re craving for a durian dessert, I’m quite certain this can quench it.
While the Sheng Kee Mango Hor Fun ($5.90) was interesting, it was pretty ordinary to me. Lemongrass Jelly with Strawberry & Aloe Vera ($4.30) was surprisingly not too bad. Apparently it’s relatively higher in collagen, and if you’re not as much a sweet tooth, this would be apt. I quite like it (not because of the collagen) for its mildness in flavor, spiced up by chunks of chewy bites.
For a casual, quick dessert place, it’s passable.
(5) Dairy Queen
Think ice cream, with toppings like M&M / Oreo Crumbs, and think, being able to flip the cup over without having the contents pour out! It’s amusing, and it’s also how it’ll be served to you over the counter at Dairy Queen.
Notwithstanding that it’s ranked the last, it is in actual fact, not too far off from the rest. I mean, how bad can a dessert place be right. It’s just that, besides the A for Amusing Factor, the vanilla soft serve ice cream or toppings are nothing special. It’s merely a convenient (and of course fun) way of enjoying ice cream on the go.
Special gratitude to Sherie, the Tampines 1 Mall team and the AsiaMalls Management team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.