It was three days before Good Friday, and what is more apt than a visit to Shrove Tuesday? After all, Shrove Tuesday is all about having good food before Lent during the period of Easter, which makes for a visit as appropriate as it sounds.
Located in the neighbourhoods, this place keeps things simple where they had decided to keep themselves off the hipster vibes of cafes of the late. Instead, it is cheery with its bright orange walls, joyous with its happy-looking decorations and even to the extent of cutesy. The menu largely focuses on cakes and other bakes, as well as their specialty which are waffles, coffee and tea.
While waiting for the friend to arrive, I got the Brownie. Unconventionally decorated with sugar flowers and chocolate mousse, it contains three layers of chocolatey goodness. Under the layer of mousse contains a fudgey layer of thick, gooey chocolate. It enhanced the taste of the brownie, which was slightly less dominating in taste and was moist enough for a brownie not being too wet nor too dry.
(Macarons – Green Apple & Cinammon + Chocolate & Pistachio)
Apart from the Brownie, other small bites included Macarons, which were all chewy and had nice feet with them. The fillings were generally flavourful and not cloying sweet, though the Chocolate & Pistachio was a more sweet-salty combination which was a wee bit heavy compared to the Green Apple & Cinnamon, which was a classic combination with the spice rather evident. These are great for a tea time treat, especially for sweet tooths eager to succumb to their Macaron cravings.
(Waffles with Cheesecake Gelato)
Waffles is one of the specialties of Shrove Tuesday, and it was done in its own unique way. Airy, fluffy and light, it also has a crispy texture which was great. They used yeast in their recipe, which made it taste rather bread-like somehow, but also helped in the overall fluffiness of the waffle as claimed by the staff. My dining partner ordered a scoop of Cheesecake gelato to compliment the waffle, which we found to be rich in the taste of mascarpone cheese, but can get quite jelat if being eaten alone. Eat it by dabbing some over the waffle; it helps in achieving a less sickening flavour as well as a luxurious combination to the waffle.
The Flat White here was surprisingly good. Shrove Tuesday serves up Agust Natura Equa organic coffee that origins from Italy, which was rather smokey and nutty. Coupling with the milkiness and creaminess, it was really comforting on a rainy afternoon.
Despite its name, Shrove Tuesday is a place that does not have religion influences. The items are rather affordable as there is hardly anything that costs above $10. We also loved the vibe here; it feels like a cafe filled with happiness and all things cheery and joyful; definitely a place that looks great for family outings with children as well with its cutesy cues. One thing we did noticed however; it seemed like their hot food menu seemed to be crossed out since Day One in its business, and it seems like they have opened for a quite a period of time. Not sure what happened in between, but we are definitely eager to see how their brunch menu works; after all we would not mind the convenience of having brunch right in a estate smacked in the centre of Singapore.
Blk 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh