A curious palate brought me to Curious Palette a while back. 😛 Forgive me, I could not stop myself from using that pun hahaha. Coming back to the main blog post.. I had not gone out for quite a while with C due to her commitments, so this was supposed to be a long overdue cafe date.
We took a short stroll from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, and found the cafe quite easily. The cafe was at the end of a row of shophouses along Prinsep Street (beside Hark Music), and was right in front of the overhead bridge that provided a sheltered link to PoMo mall.
The entrance was rather nondescript, and if you happened to be staring intently at your phone, well.. you might just walk right past it! As you can tell from the picture below, only the chalkboard with the cafe’s name gave it away as the entrance to the cafe.
Unlike some other cafes, Curious Palette did not feel the least bit cramped, and it was comfortable to move around. Note: I was trying to be artistic by capturing C’s right shoulder, but I think I kinda failed.. ):
The interior was bright and airy, thanks in no small part to the numerous skylights that dotted the roof of the cafe. The hanging plants gave the whole place a very homely vibe as well.
Just look at all those scrumptious-looking cakes! Looking at the cakes made us want to gobble them all up!
To start things off, we ordered a flat white & a cafe latte. In my opinion, the flat white was of a much smoother blend than other flat whites. It was also not too acidic, which I prefer, and there was only a slight bitter aftertaste. The cafe latte (looks about the same presentation-wise, so no picture here) was decent, and not too bitter, which suited C just fine. (:
We were served the sweet stuff first, but we were so hungry that we tucked into them almost immediately (once pictures were taken :p)!
The earl grey lavender cake was tasty, and had a very subtle earl grey flavour. As I bit into the soft and fluffy cake (+1 point for being soft and fluffy), light, flowery notes filled my mouth, and it was pretty good.
The thai milk tea loaf was warmed up and served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. It packed quite a strong thai milk tea punch, and I loved that the loaf was moist and light to bite into. The Oreo crumbs on the side provided a great pairing to the ice cream and the warm loaf. I wish the serving was bigger though! It was over too soon. 😦
The truffle fries were served next, and my.. was the bowl of truffle fries huge! The Parmesan shavings could have been finer, and the truffle taste stronger, but all in all it was pretty good for the price. Unfortunately, this kinda made me crave for PS Cafe’s truffle fries, my personal gold standard for truffle fries.
Served last were the berry ricota hotcakes. When we placed our order for this, the waiter informed us that it would be a 25min wait, and he was not joking. The cafe was not even 30% filled btw..
But wow. That was my first thought when I saw the hotcakes. When I took my first bite of it, I already wanted more. The crust was deliciously flaky and the inside was just sooo moist and fluffy. It was huge though, make no mistake about it. The berries were quite sweet as well, a big plus. A must try, and definitely a must share! 😉
A great cafe to chill out at, and I especially liked the skylights that made the whole place feel so airy and relaxing. It would be pretty cool at night too, if only we had clearer skies in Singapore (to see the twinkling stars)! The coffee was quite good, and the food here (especially the sweet stuff like the cakes) was yummy too. Do order the hotcakes to share though, as they were rather huge! If I were to have them on my own I think that I would have no space left in my tummy for cakes or fries. I cannot wait to come back and try their other cakes! 😀
#01-35 Tanglin Mall, 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667 (Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut)
Open 9am-10pm (Sun – Thu), 9am-12mn (Fri & Sat), closed on Tue
Check out their website here.