“Get ready for a Dazzling experience.”
Dazzling Cafe is the latest trend to hit Singapore, with their photogenic Shibuya Honey Toasts that seem to dazzle many. Dazzling Cafe is originally from Taiwan and while there’s about nine branches there, their opening over here in Singapore marks their first flagship store in Southeast Asia.
Dazzling Cafe inside Capitol Piazza.
“Interior” of the cafe.
The whole design of Dazzling Cafe seems quite Neoclassical with a mixture of pastel cyan & white. These elements kinda reminded me of Antoinette; both retained similar styles in terms of decor. One thing that caught my attention were the seats of the cafe, with a few special ones that have rabbit ears on the back; very Alice In Wonderland-like. I did feel that the ceiling design on the first level was quite odd & it seemed to clash with the whole Neoclassical theme. (Looks more outer space-ish.)
The cafe is actually located behind the Capitol Building, in the Capitol Piazza; a newly revamped locale for eateries & restaurants alike. Dazzling is housed in one of the sections of the piazza, with additional seating on the balcony above.
Queue? What queue? While Dazzling Cafe has only been opened for about a month, there have been horror stories about their queue. (Ah, the local Singaporean mentality strikes again!) Fortunately for me, I made the decision to head there on a weekday mid-afternoon & found no queue whatsoever.
The “Dazzling” menu for Honey Toast. The menu for each toast is standalone, hence I didn’t take them all.
Food menu for Dazzling Cafe.
By now, you’ve probably seen the countless images of Honey Toasts from Dazzling Cafe spam your Instagram feed. It’s basically the latest, craziest, yada-yada trend since Llaollao. There’s about nine different types of Honey Toasts offered here, from Classic to Matcha. Of course, aside from all these “dazzling” desserts, Dazzling Cafe also offers a variety of pastas. They even have an exclusive pasta for Singapore, the “Spicy Seafood Tomyam Spaghetti”.
The one unfortunate, unfortunate fact about Dazzling Cafe is their prices. Mains are all mostly around the 20 dollar mark. The worst offender of all? The prices for their Honey Toasts; each costing about 18 bucks or so. (Did you just hear your wallet cry out in pain? I did.) Of course, with an establishment like this & given their locale, GST & service fees are obviously included as well.
Rose Latte w/ Alcohol ($8)
While I was quite weary of the prices over here at Dazzling, my eyes caught this on the menu. I decided to ask the staff for any drink recommendations & when she mentioned this, I was sold.
First off, love the cup it was in. Fancy. The latte tasted great as well, with a very strong hint of rose. It was a tad too overly sweet though & I couldn’t really taste any alcohol in it. Was it Rose Liqueur? Perhaps.
Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce ($18.90)
Having previously had the orgasmic (Yes I said it.) Mentaiko Pasta over at Five & Dime, I implored my friend to give this a try, hoping it would be as good.
The Mentaiko Spaghetti over here, while not as fantastic as the one over at Five; was still quite delicious in its own right. My friend thought it was great as well.
Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle ($24.90)
Initially, there was a slight hiccup regarding the risotto. The spaghetti variation was served instead, which made me confused. Of course the matter was taken care of quickly after I notified the staff & the host came by to apologize for the mistake. (Kudos to service.)
It was somewhat amusing, as after the risotto was served, my friend & I mentioned to each other that the pasta variation actually looked better in terms of presentation. While the aesthetic of the dish left much to be desired, the taste of the risotto was quite fantastic; a nice hint of truffle. I did feel that it was a tad too moist though. My friend commented that he liked the risotto over at Concetto better; though that’s the only other risotto that he had in his lifetime.
Valrhona Chocolate Waffle with Bailey’s Ice-cream ($12.90 + additional $2.50)
Apart from their range of Honey Toasts, Dazzling Cafe also offers waffles! What I like about the waffles over here is how the shape resembles a flower of sorts, an intriguing shape that makes it easier to cut for sharing.
The waffle also comes in two choices, Normal or Crispy, the latter probably means it’s left to cook longer to achieve the crisp texture. My friend & I went for the crispy option, though after I was done with all my photography, the waffle apparently returned to it’s “normal” more cakey state.
The waffles tasted pretty good, though I’ve definitely had better elsewhere, among the horde of cafes in Singapore that offer them. Bailey’s ice-cream? Always an awesome additional. I like liquor in food but not liquor itself. Irony.
There is also an option to add a topping of Mochi on the waffles for an additional $2, but they were out of Mochi that day. A pity, I was quite intrigued.
Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast ($19.90)
Say hello to my little friend, the Matcha Honey Toast! This dessert has been spamming my Instagram feed & haunting me.
The thick toast is topped out with dollops of whipped cream, Matcha sauce & Matcha ice-cream. Definitely a sight for sore eyes. I really liked the taste of the entire dessert, each cubed toast was smeared with butter & the combination of flavours with the cream & Matcha ice-cream was simply divine. One thing I noticed were the Azuki beans, or lack thereof; it was so little, that I had forgotten it was in the dessert. My friend also commented that the whipped cream was way way way too much & it got overwhelming after a while, to which I agree.
The staff will actually offer to serve the dessert to you. Taking cubes of toast & smearing cream on it to serve. (Perhaps better in bigger groups or if you’re impressing your girlfriend/client. I’ll rather “destroy” it myself.)
Unfortunately yes, I’m still recovering from paying over 19 bucks for TOAST. That’s one fancy toast eh. I sarcastically joked to my friend, “Look at all these dummies paying so much for BREAD. And we’re one of them now. Bugger.”
Illustration of Dazzling Cafe. Based off the owner perhaps?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The one that is clear about Dazzling Cafe is that they have gotten their whole aesthetic down, both in terms of decor & food presentation. It’s perhaps the most obvious reason on their current popularity. While I do like their gorgeous Honey Toasts, I really can’t look past the premium prices. Definitely worth a try once, but I’m guessing once the rest of the cafes/restaurants open in Capitol Piazza, Dazzling Cafe may not be so dazzling anymore. (And the next trend will takeover soon enough.)
DAZZLING CAFE 蜜糖吐司專賣店
15 Stamford Road, #01-85, Singapore 178906
(Nearest train station: Cityhall)
Contact: 6384 3310
Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm