Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Indulgence at Katong Mall
We made a lovely discovery in the neighbourhood recently. The florist facing the Cold Storage checkout at Katong Mall is gone. In its place is a dark corner of "Indulgence" - luring one and all with liege waffles, macarons, chocolatey treats and creamy confections. That's great because desserts are infinitely more useful to me than the blooming genitals of plants (that's what flowers really are, if you think about it).
Anyway, the guys at Indulgence aim to let us enjoy quality European desserts without its associated hefty price tag. It's a small selection currently, but they do certain things quite well.
We tried a strawberry panna cotta (S$5.90) right there. This "cooked cream" is a milky gelatin pudding that is rich, thick and firm but does not taste heavy. We liked it a lot. I shall try the one with passionfruit topping next time.
We also tried the lychee tiramisu, which looks so similar, I'm not posting photos of it. Unfortunately, that one was overly sweet for us. It tasted nothing like a traditional tiramisu (but we already got the hint from its appearance). The bits of lychee fruit at the bottom was the only refreshing factor.
These meringues are so pretty, they look almost alive.
This is my first time seeing "guimauve" in Singapore. A kind of French marshmallow, available here in lavender, lemon and rose flavours (S$2.50 each). They intrigued me but I'm not a big fan of marshmallow, so I didn't try these.
What a promise! Nothing short of "Valhrona" (Valrhona? I can never spell this myself) for the chocolate used here (must be why their chocolate tarts sell out so fast). The chef is apparently trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in France.
We packed home a profiterole (S$2.50 each). It's filled with dense chocolate mousse, and drizzled with dark chocolate on top. Quite the treat but I think it was a bit too "jelak" for me.
The vanilla crème brûlée (S$5.90) is a recommended item, and is indeed awesome. The fragrance of real vanilla deeply infuses the . Here, naked pots await their final caramelized sugar topping, which are only done upon order, as the crinkly sugar will liquefy in three hours time (or less). Don't wait too long to eat it, but I doubt anyone will.
There are only two counter seats next to the display case, so most people take away the goodies - they come in very nice boxes too. Prices here are quite reasonable for the quality. I think we overindulged a little that day, but we'll likely be back for more.
INDULGENCE (most of the website is still under construction)
112 East Coast Road
#01-33 Katong Mall
Open daily 10am - 9pm (may be open a little later, like 11am on weekdays)
P.S. Right now there's a 1-for-1 offer on selected items between 7-9pm! Not valid for delivery.