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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Eden Cafe #2
54 Club Street
Today is Eden Café’s 1st anniversary celebration so Hui Yi and I went there to try their free-flow of sampler cakes. When we reached there, the small café was already fully packed. Luckily, we made a reservation and didn’t have to sit at the outdoor tables.
The Classic Pink Rose Tea ($6++) was recommended by the owner, Clement, who was sitting at the table next to us. I was asking the waiter about the difference between purple and pink rose tea and he appeared to be flummoxed. Clement overheard and very nicely told us that the pink one is actually sweeter and has a more intense flavor than the purple rose.
His recommendation proved to be a great choice. I like the subtle sweetness and fragrance of it and the pretty rose buds look so lovely.
The Flora Fruit and Veg Salad ($8.50++) looks so colourful and pretty, doesn’t it? There are very sweet and juicy strawberries and watermelon chunks; crisp greens; and fresh (I know, because I ate them) flower petals. I think the red ones are hibiscus petals but I’m not sure about the purple ones. Hui Yi doesn’t like the greens because they are bitter. On the contrary, I like them as I think the slightly bitter taste complemented the sweet yogurt dressing very well.
This may look disgustingly unappetising but it's really tasty! In fact, the dressing was so good that I asked for more.
The free sampler cakes are the tofu cheesecake (top left, clockwise), chocolate banana oreo soft cheesecake, hibiscus soft cheesecake and rose petal chocolate brownie. All of them are nice! For those who know that I don’t eat cheesecakes, this may come as a surprise. But let me stress that these cheesecakes don’t taste like the usual pungent cheesecakes elsewhere, which is exactly why I like them. Hui Yi likened the tofu cheesecake to an egg custard tart. I like the extreme softness of the hibiscus and oreo chessecakes and the brownie just looks so dainty and elegant with the petal sitting on top.
Initially, we didn’t get the balsamic mousse cake as I think the colour looks very unappetizing and strange. In the end, we still decided to try. I’ve already forgotten the taste of it so it’s probably nothing to rave about.
It turned out that it’s also Clement’s birthday celebration today and his pastry chef baked him a special birthday cake. He offered all the patrons a slice of his cake, which was such a nice gesture! This cake is really sinful and decadent. He even told us that the cake (3kg) is actually 75% chocolate in volume! I like that there are so many nuts studded in it. They give a nice crunch and texture to the smooth cake.
Service was excellent! The waiters were smiley and food was served promptly. Maybe it’s because the boss was in the house. Nevertheless, Clement was very approachable and friendly. Another co-owner even offered us some of his Chinese Pu Er tea which he said can help us to digest the cake.
He also told us that there’s a new outlet, Eden Sanctuary, at Rochester Park and urged us to try the new menu there. I will go there soon! Eden café proves to be a place where there’s great food and service. And it’s probably the only place where I will eat cheesecakes voluntarily.
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