It’s the rainy season in the end of November and everyone’s hoping to find a cozy café to chill at and hang out with their friends and family. If you could relate to that, you’re just in time, because the eLifestyleWorld team has just the right answer to your needs!
Nearest MRT Station: Serangoon
Tucked away at the second level of a row of shophouses in the heart of Serangoon is a hidden gem called Dessert Bowl. This small little dessert café is definitely not a surprise to residents staying in the vicinity of Serangoon Gardens, known for offering mouthwatering food dishes such as the famous Chomp Chomp Hawker Centre. Dessert Bowl is one of the most popular shops within the Serangoon Gardens neighbourhood to head to for a good bowl of dessert.
Upon entrance, the strong durian scent that filled the entire shop greeted us. The interior layout is simple and nothing fanciful, apart from various furniture displays and signboards. The seats in sight are mostly basic wooden stools and tables, along with a few comfortable sofas.
However, always keep it in the back of your minds that this popular dessert shophouse can be rather packed during peak periods such as the evenings. Be prepared to wait in a line of queue because there are limited seats available.
The menu is nothing too extravagant either, but just a plain flipbook with simple images. Dessert Bowl offers a huge range of cold dishes, along with assorted dishes such as fruits, hot desserts, crepes and drinks.
Aiyu Mango ($4.2)
Aiyu Mango is the third most highly recommended dessert at the café. The watery mango paste contained a tinge of sweetness and filled with soft, chewy jellies that you can slowly savour in your mouths.
Durian Mousse ($5.0)
The top best-seller dessert that got everyone raving about Dessert Bowl most has got to be their popular Durian Mousse. Don’t be too taken aback by their slightly pricier tag, because it’s worth every single cent for a dessert containing real durian. Scoop it together with the thick, pungent durian flavoured paste for a strong durian texture. A must-try for durian lovers!
Strawberry de crème ($3.8)
I was extremely pleased to find one of my favourite desserts in the menu. The strawberries topped off are tiny yet plentiful and sweet, as compared to many sour ones that I’ve ever tasted in the past. Crack through the layer of crisp, lightly caramelized top to reveal soft crème drizzled over strawberry jam and fruits.
Fruity Mango Pudding ($4.3)
Loved how sweet the kiwi fruits were, as compared to the bitter flavour I expected from what a typical kiwi fruit might have tasted like. For customers who aren’t looking for hot dessert plates, give this bowl of assorted fruits with chilled mango pudding a try!
Glutinous Rice ($3.2)
This bowl of glutinous rice might look appealing to the eyes, but it tasted somewhat mediocre. However, I enjoyed how the layer of milk sweetened the glutinous rice after a well mixture of the syrup and rice paste.
Durian Crepe ($5.5)
It was a pity that the crepe was not served toasty hot and not as tasty as the usual fresh crepes. It’s also slightly smaller than the average palm size. Durian lovers could also give this a try, but it most certainly paled in comparison to the famous Durian Mousse.
Here is my overall rating of the café.
Would I visit the café again? If I happen to be around the vicinity of Serangoon Gardens and craved a bowl of cold dessert during non-peak hours, I most probably would. However, the thought of returning during the peak hours, and the fact that I’m not a huge fan of durians, doesn’t make me yearn to head back. I did, however, really liked their chewy mango fruits!
For more information on Dessert Bowl, check out their Facebook page here or contact them at +65 62851278. Stay tuned to our next café-hopping stop as we head to one of our favourite cupcake shops in Singapore!
eLifestyle Food Blogger (Cheow Yi)