Another latest addition to Suntec City comes a 36-seater dessert café that has just opened as recent as September. All Things N’ice (read: all things ‘n’ ice) is a new café by the BreadTalk Group. With a concept of indoor garden in mind, the café is furnished with tiles in natural finishes of green and brown. It offers a thoughtfully-crafted menu which includes both hot and cold specialty desserts, of which some of them are handmade from scratch. They boast premium ingredients that are specially sourced, selected and imported here.
What do I mean by thoughtfully-crafted menu? The manager did let us in on their behind-the-scene constant efforts to serve their customers as best as they can. Researches of local and the Asia region’s preference for the level of sweetness were carried out and their findings concluded that men tend to prefer their food to be slightly more intense in flavour than the ladies. So if they see a good looking man such as yourself getting a dessert at their stall, they may take the liberty to serve your order a little sweeter. Of course, if you prefer your dessert to be otherwise, you can always let them know and they will serve your order accordingly.
Yam in a Husk ($4.20) :: A Teochew dessert served in a young coconut husk. Some days, it is a just little fun to eat a familiar dessert such as the yam paste with steamed ginko nuts right out of a coconut husk. Just so you know, other than looking pretty, the husk helps give an extra aroma and richness to this traditional dessert. You get a bonus out of it too, the coconut flesh.
Signature Chendol ($3.20) :: A signature dish at All Things N’ice. Chendol, red beans, white sago, attap chee, shaved ice and silvers of jackfruit. You read that right! Adding a twist to this household name dessert is some jackfruit. Drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup and coconut milk, the jackfruit helps to keep every mouthful of this number fresh.
Taro Balls with Red Bean ($3.50) :: I’ll admit, before this I have yet to taste taro balls in a dessert so I was quite intrigued by this one. They come in nice bite-size and goes well with the red beans and grass jelly. I find myself finishing up the taro balls with still a bit of the red beans and grass jelly to go; a very humble yet delightful cold dessert.
Signature Cheng Tng ($2.80) :: My go-to comfort dessert. You can have it cold or hot, how many other desserts out there offer such dexterity? Maybe you will find that the price is a few cents higher than what you are used to, but not if you know that there are more than 10 ingredients in this version! The dried longans are premium goods imported from Taiwan; some of the other ingredients include dried persimmon, candied winter melon, red dates, ginko nuts, white sago, taro and sweet potato balls. So yes, this is not your diluted nonsensical version some stalls try to sell you. This is the real deal. People with a sweet tooth like me will enjoy the crunchy candied winter melon. Just writing about it now makes me want to have more of this.
What makes it worthy to drop by when you’re in the area is that most of the desserts are generally well-executed. Another reason to dine here is they actually allow outside food to be brought in here. Diners can order the desserts from the café and enjoy them at Food Republic and vice-versa. Can’t find a table decorated with those Parisian-looking café chairs? Pop on over to the shared dinning area just next to it for more seatings. Dessert to go along with your lunch? Psst! Pick the Cheng Tng!
—> Note #1: All prices stated are nett. GST is already included, and there is no service charge.
Words and Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-165/166, Suntec City Mall
Telephone: 6338 2848
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm (Mon – Sun)