Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dazzling Café

A queue started at 8.30am even though Dazzling Café was supposed to start operating from noon. As the only tenant opened on the first floor of Capitol Piazza, there were hoardings all around as its neighbours were still undergoing construction/renovation works. Yes, this is the hype of the Taiwanese café known for its instagram-worthy thick toast. With no intention of sniffling glue and eating dust, I waited 'til this month to finally drop by. It was for lunch on a weekday and we could be seated immediately. Ordered a main course each as well as an appetiser and two desserts for sharing. Pleasantly surprised that most of the dishes were better than expected  could neither rave about nor fault The Usuals (poached eggs, cream spinach and parma ham on brioche toast with hollandaise and micro herbs) and the recommended Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce.

Scallop and Crabmeat Spaghetti Aglio Olio was good though it paled in comparison to the flavourful Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle, also a chef's recommendation, and The Pulled Porky. The latter consisted of shredded BBQ pulled pork with balsamic onion sitting atop toasted brioche, topped with soft poached eggs and hollandaise sauce that I requested to be served separately. Found it a pity that the pork soaked the toast 'til soggy as having a lettuce to separate the two would have allowed the brioche to stay crispy longer. We loved the Mentaiko Fries, a drizzle of hard-to-go-wrong-mentaiko-sauce over French fries that remained crisp even towards the end of our meal. Chose to have our Chocolate & Banana Honey Toast crispy (that is, crispier than the normal which is crispy). While it was too hard for some of us, I thought it was perfect. Outside of the mochi-stuffed waffles with vanilla ice-cream was crisp, while the insides were too chewy for my liking.

Update: The restaurant has moved to Orchard Gateway.

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