I’m not really a dessert person. Not that I don’t like it, I would just prefer savoury over sweetness. But when my girlfriend heard of this dessert buffet at Swensens having a 1-for-1 opening promotion, she thought it was too good an offer to resist!
It took a bit of effort to find this outlet because its not exactly inside Orchard Ion, but rather within the MRT station, taking up part of the old Popular bookstore space. And boy, there was a seriously long queue! Apparently many heard about the promotion and rushed for it during the weekend. After about a 30 minutes wait, we were shown inside to seats surrounding the centralised buffet area: ice cream, condiments, cakes and pastries counters. Sugar rush, here we go!
We started off with the cakes, having a slice of almost everything. There were some hits and misses: Mango peach tart was so-so, the peanut butter chocolate was too dried for my liking while the lemon cream one was slightly too sour (my girlfriend like it though), the pecan pie was quite good but I would prefer their range of cheesecake with the walnut one standing out. Done American style, it had a crusty base with bits of walnut hidden among the smooth cheese cream. There were also classic and strawberry versions which I would expect to be as good too!
On to the ice creams! There were so many selections available that we had to go through rounds of elimination to cut down to 5 for the 1st bowl. We had a black sesame one that was very true to its taste, a mango sorbet which was rather fruity, its must-order trademark sticky chewy chocolate , a very rich durian flavour one and the last being a mix of strawberry and something-which-I-forgot. We proceeded to mix and match with a dozen choices of toppings and settled for crushed pistachio, raisins and cornflakes. Icing nice!
They even had a design-your-own-sundae counter which you chose an ice cream base and mix in with your choices of ingredients. We created one with coffee and another one with classic vanilla which was somehow yellow and more rich and creamy than the usual white one. Both didn’t taste particularly outstanding but was still fun to do so!
Lastly, we dropped by the pastries counter that served freshly toasted waffles and pancakes, as well as pre-made croissants, raisin rolls and old-school colour bread that went well with your ice cream!
Total bill for two was $22.11 after taxes, very worth it with the 1-for-1 promotion. It lasts till the end of August, so you still got a week of chance! But I erm, went straight to Old Chang Kee after that for some good ol crab nuggets and gyozas. Too much sweetness to handle!