Chef Icon Bakery

Chocolate Trovana I stumbled upon this bakery through an advertisement I saw on facebook. Chef Icon Bakery prides itself in being a nature bakery – they use no artificial ingredients or artificial fats. Seems like a perfect place to shop for a birthday cake for my daughter.

I went there in the afternoon with my husband to shop for a birthday cake and was promptly recommended their signature Chocolate Trovana. The signature cake comes in sizes of 500g, 1kg and 2kg and prior ordering is required. Looking at the array of cakes, we decided to stop for tea too.

Chef Francis was very friendly and recommended that we tried one of his cheesecakes if we liked cheesecakes. He promised that his cheesecakes were very different, and different they were. Even the cookies for the oreo cheesecake base were baked in the shop. His reason? Commercial oreo cookies contained preservatives. Such dedication to his nature baking concept indeed!

We finally decided to try the mango cheesecake and we were definitely not disappointed. The cheesecake was very light, unlike other baked cheesecakes that I’ve tried. Despite it’s lightness, the cake definitely did not lose its flavour. The mango fragrance permeated the cake; every bite was a delight. We were so busy eating the cake that we forgot to take a nice photo of it! Alas, there’s always a chance for visit two.

Now, back to the Chocolate Trovana cake we ordered. The verdict is found below.

chef_icon2 The layers of chocolate mousse and chocolate cake together with the rich chocolate ganache formed a heavenly combination. The cake was velvety smooth and very rich in chocolate flavour. Thankful that I only bought the 500g cake as a small slice goes a long way. This cake is highly recommended. Possibly the best chocolate cake I’ve tasted in a long while.

So where can you find Chef Icon?

Chef Icon Bakery
5 Kampong Bahru Rd
Singapore 169341
Phone: +65 9337 3900Mon – Sat: 8am to 8pm

What’s your beef?

Thanks to a Groupon voucher, hubby and I had the opportunity to try out this beef buffet at a half of its actual cost. This beef ala-carte buffet serves up five different types of beef – Wagyu, Prime Rib, Ribeye, T-bone steak as well as stewed beef cheek. The steak is cooked to your preferred doneness and served up with three sauces and a small variety of side dishes. Sauces available are red wine sauce, mushroom sauce and creamy blue cheese sauce. Side dishes available are creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, Barossa salad as well as roasted tomatoes.

Hubby and I enjoyed the steaks – they were done nicely and to the degree of doneness (medium) we requested for. I’ve had bad experiences with places that overcook the steaks and it is nice to find a place that does not. I enjoyed the ribeye steak while hubby preferred the wagyu and T-bone. We both agreed that the beef cheek was stewed perfectly – tender and chock full of flavour.

All the sauces complemented the beef very well; there is something for everyone. For side dishes, I enjoyed the creamed spinach (though not the clump of baked cheese on top), the mash potatoes and the mushrooms. The other two side dishes were rather forgettable.

I would recommend this buffet for serious beef lovers with a large appetite.  I could hardly finish the second round of steak, though my hubby managed three rounds. If you are a small eater like me, this may not be worth your money especially at the full buffet price, $43.90++. Service wise, the branch at Holland Village has a huge room for improvement. Despite a reservation, I had to wait at the entrance of the restaurant for more than 10 minutes, carrying a baby, while waitresses walked up to the counter to collect things but totally ignored me!

“What’s your beef” buffet
Wed and Sundays, 6 – 10pm
22 Lorong Mambong (Holland Village)
8 Raffles Avenue #01-11 (Esplanade)