A visit to Singapore for most Jakartans, especially for us twenty somethings has become something that is quite common nowadays. It seems like there’s nothing new and exciting to be encountered in that tiny dot on the world wide globe. Singapore has been considered as just another city that you could easily visit during a long weekend, when you have nowhere else to go. Sadly, it became a little bit like Bandung. You would expectantly bump into another Indonesian tourist during a holiday. It became just another option.
As I’ve mentioned in my last post about our Singapore trip in July, a trip to Singapore might be boring as I have tried almost everything that the city could offer. Yet, at that moment, I really needed a getaway, and Singapore was the closest that I could afford.
Unwilling to make this trip a typical visit to Singapore with Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade on the list, I started to ask around in the hope of finding something new to explore in the Merlion city.
The first one that most of my friends instantaneously suggested was Awfully Chocolate. The store was not a new kid on the block. As a matter of fact, they opened their first store in 1998 and is now available in several cities in Asia. Surprisingly, they actually has a franchised store here in Jakarta, but several people claimed that the original one serves far better products.
Out of curiosity, we paid a visit to its store at Holland Village, which is the newest outlet opened this year. And, it is also the first store that has a restaurant concept. As entrancing as it was, we didn’t try their menu and chose to go with their famous selection of sweet tooth galore! It was almost midnight, and we felt slightly guilty for taking so much calorie intake. In our defense, it was a holiday.
Our highlights were the Hei Ice Cream, Iced Salted Caramel, Choco Mille Crepe and Hot Choco with Dark Choco Truffle. Did you see too many “chocos” in one sentence?
As someone who is not a big fan of chocolate, I was honestly hooked on the first sight to this choco galore store. I shall give it 9/10 for a glimpse of heaven that I tasted in every single bite and sip of their products.
Enough with the chocolate. Let’s move to the “king of fruits”, durian. This particular fruit, although not originally from Singapore, has become quite the city’s signature. Esplanade is the architectural proof. Oddly enough, this city is also famous for its durians stalls that you could easily find anywhere.
Eating durian was not on our itinerary, but lucky us, one of our friends decided to take us to Ah Di Durian at Dempsey. We got to try their most wanted item, the Mao Shan Wang, which tasted quite bittersweet. Just like Awfully Chocolate, it left me with a happy yet guilty feeling. The first bite triggered this selfish part of me that immediately want to finish the whole thing alone. Thank God for self-control, I managed to stop myself from doing such greedy action. Another 9/10 for Ah Di Durian!
After having our tummy indulged with such tasteful fruit, we decided to stroll around Dempsey area. The place was full with restaurants, concept stores and bars. Photo opp was a must, at least for me, who was in an #ootd-ready mode.
Other than those two, we also had a few tasty encounters that are worth-mentioning here: Scissors Cut Curry Rice at Jl Besar (we dropped by twice for a lunch, and ordered 3 portions of rice to be shared); Salted Egg Dough Bomb at Brother Bird, Bali Lane; Operation Dagger at Ann Siang Hill (it’s a hidden bar at the basement of an empty store, the drinks were extraordinarily refreshing!).
Hmm.. writing all of these has sparked a sudden craving to eat something sweet. Any idea?
Write to you later,