Obolo is a boutique dessert shop specialising in gourmet cheesecakes and patisseries. They started with an online presence, and now have a retail outlet at Joo Chiat. The decor is sleek and contemporary but the space is tiny, probably seating no more than 10 persons at a time. We picked two desserts and a macaron to try.
The Dome Exotique is essentially "mango mousse, crunchy almond nougatine, mango gelee and pineapple chiboust with rum on a pistachio biscuit base". However it looks and sounds better than it tastes. Too much of a sponge cake texture. Still enjoyable, and tastes better in larger bites. Truly a fru-fru and fruity dessert. S$6.20.
I had to choose the "Noisette" (which basically means made or flavoured with hazelnuts). The official description reads rather decadently - "dark chocolate mousse, caramelised toasted hazelnuts, crunchy praline feullitine, chocolate genoise enrobed in a shiny chocolate glaem" - I suppose they mean gleaming chocolate coat. S$6.50.
Fortunately, that a mouthful of a description also translates into a treat of deep, rich chocolate and hazelnut flavours. Because it's dense and intense, it's best savoured in small and langurous bites.
See how neatly they slice their cakes? There's a tip on their website that says to use a hot, thin-bladed knife. Aha...must try that out some time.
Oh, this was delicious. It makes you close your eyes and go "mmmmh..." and this coming from a person who doesn't even like macarons. Cocoa nibs adorn the top of this delicate confection. I think I need to come back for more of these. S$1.60 each.
Obolo also serves gourmet coffee and tea. There's currently a promotion - 80 cents for coffee/tea on weekdays with every purchase of a dessert or three macarons. See website for more details.
452 Joo Chiat Road
Weekdays from 12.30pm-9.30pm (Fridays til 10.00pm)
Weekends from 11.30am-10.00pm (Sundays til 9.30pm)
Closed Mondays and public holidays