(Dazzling Cafe had since ceased operations at Capitol Piazza; they do operate another outlet at Orchard Gateway; address of the Orchard Gateway outlet is listed at the end of the post.)
Originating from Taiwan, Dazzling Cafe is known for their sweets such as Shibuya Toasts which some even make it part of their itenary in ther travels just to check out.
Dazzling Cafe had recently landed in our shores, having the first franchised outlet set in the recently revamped Capitol Piazza. Despite the outlet size, there is ample space between seats without too much of a squeeze decked with chic furnishing throughout, as well as the addition of other ameninities including the VIP room, as well as second level seating that comes with a food service lift for more efficient service. While the menu of the Singapore outlet largely retains the items from the Taiwan menu, there are certain dishes that is specially created for the local menu that are only exclusively available in Singapore. Menu variety runs from a selection of soup and sides, mains such as risotto and pasta, while the dessert menu comes seperately with varieties of honey toast and waffles. Drinks include different brands of tea, coffee (some of which using the Throwback blend from Papa Pahelta) and some of their own unique mixes.
(Mentaiko Spaghetti with Cream Sauce)
For the mains, we decided to try their variations of pasta. Mentaiko Spaghetti with Cream Sauce was pretty impressive; cooked al-dente in cream sauce and Mentaiko served with roe and seaweed strips on the top. It was rather delightful, creamy and rich, with a burst of umami goodness coming from the roe and Mentaiko, though some might find this pretty heavy and jelak perhaps for an entire serving for one.
Scallop and Crabmeat Aglio Olio Pasta was yet another favourite. Again, cooked al-dente and tossed in olive oil, garlic and other condiments, the pasta was immensely flavourful yet not being greasy. Seafood was fresh, and most at the table actually preferred this over the Mentaiko Spaghetti with Cream Pasta for its lighter flavours which proved to be less overwhelming in comparison.
(Valrhona Chocolate Waffles)
Next to arrive was the Valrhona Chocolate Waffles, which can come in different variants ranging from customisation of ice-cream flavours (Chocolate or Bailey’s), option to add mochi and the intended texture (soft or crispy). We had ours with Bailey’s Ice-Cream and crispy, opting for mochi as well. The waffle was crisp on the exterior, fluffy inside; the option of adding mochi creates a more chewy batter at the edges whilst adding a sweet touch as well that was similar to nian gao, which is overall pretty unique. Ice-Cream was smooth, though honestly its hard to tell if it was exactly Bailey’s. Worth a try to see if it actually hits the tastebuds.
(Matcha with Azuki Honey Toast)
How could we have went to Dazzling Cafe without ordering any of their signature Shibuya Honey Toast? First of the lot to be served at the table was the Matcha with Azuki Honey Toast. Topped off with a scoop of ice-cream on the top, the dish had so much aesthetic appeal with the swirls of matcha over the ice-cream even when melting. In order to enjoy this dish as intended, the waitress would have to dissect the honey toast by putting down a layer of bread at the side, removing the ice-cream to the bread at the side, revealing the cubes of subtly sweet honey toast to be smothered with the matcha and ice-cream. Overall, we loved how the toast was lightly perfumed with a hint of honey, sweet yet crusty, as well as the Matcha which was sweet yet not lacking on its signature taste and the smooth ice-cream. In fact this was the favourite of the three honey toast we ordered.
(Classic Dazzling Toast)
We also had the Classic Dazzling Toast; the most basic variant that came with Arbuta, Vanilla Ice-Cream and Custard Cream at the side. For this toast, one of the sides would be sliced off to form a base for the ice-cream to sit on, revealing the cubes inside to smother. Overall this is much more plain than the Matcha variant, which is actually better if one were to intend to taste the true flavours of the Honey Toast as it is left pretty undisturbed. While the sides are all edible, we left much of it alone as the skin of the bread was a tad tough to chew.
(Party In Your Mouth Honey Toast)
Party In Your Mouth Honey Toast was not too different from the Classic Dazzling Toast in terms of presentation, and the method of dissection is rather similar. Coming with Strawberry Sauce and Vanilla Ice-Cream instead, we thought it was short of something to be a Party In Your Mouth as promised, but this classic combination is indeed a great pair that does not disappoint.
Perhaps everyone is having the same question in their head; is Dazzling Cafe worth a visit? I had never been to the one in Taiwan, but I have heard that the Shibuya Honey Toast here falls slightly short of the one from After You at Bangkok. Prices here are also slightly on the high side, possibly due to the rental of the building it is situated in. Food is however pretty worth a try, especially if you had not been to the Taiwan stores before, though again I would perhaps suggest trying it when the hype goes down and the queues shorter; it is also noteworthy that the savoury items were better than their sweets. If there is ever a chance of visiting Dazzling Cafe again, probably I would just do with one Shibuya Honey Toast for it felt like a repeat with different sauces …
Dazzling Cafe 蜜糖吐司專賣店 Singapore
15 Stamford Road
277 Orchard Road