Walking Around Ann Siang after a Dirt Cake at Vanilla

Vanilla Bar and Cafe

26th June 2010. Written by Xin Li.

Finally to the final stop of our third MOOSE GatheringVanilla Bar and Café. Like what Harris and BellaV had described in their blogs, this place was really fragrant. The moment we enter, we could smell the sweet delicate vanilla in the café.

The décor was simple and contemporary with a touch of creativity. The menus reminded me of sketchbooks and the place was really relaxing and cosy. It would be a great place to chill out during the late afternoons or mornings for their all-day breakfast.

The service was good, friendly and attentive. Drinks were refilled without prompting.

Vanilla Bar and Cafe

We ordered the Vanilla Dirt Cake (8.50+ SGD), we had been eyeing this “Vanilla Pudding with Oreo and a tinge of cream cheese” for a long time. Liang Wei and I were intrigued by the dirt cake because of the way it was presented.

Vanilla Bar and Cafe

When it was first served, Yew Ann didn’t notice it was our order, he was wondering why the waiter placed a flower pot in the middle of the table. This pretty pot of flower is actually a delightful dessert for cookies and cream lovers. On the top was cookie soil, the bottom was layers of creamy vanilla pudding with a hint of cream cheese flavour, while a bit icy, the balance was there, not being too creamy like 15 Minutes’.

Vanilla Bar and Cafe - Dirt Cake

In between these layers of vanilla pudding were layers of crushed oreo cookies that provided a crunch to this dessert. The whole experience feels like one having an enjoyable moment with their oreo cookies. Nice dessert, my only feedback was icy texture, probably because it was served straight out of the fridge.

Our total bill was 9.35 SGD after 10% Service Charge, not sign of GST in the receipt.

Vanilla Bar and Cafe

Amoy Street

After spending some time in Vanilla Bar and Café, we took a walk down Amoy Street, where we saw the ACS House, where the Anglo Chinese School first started in 1886. Liang Wei was quite disturbed by how it was now taken over by a nightclub called the Empress. We climbed up to Ann Siang Hill (via Ann Siang Hill Park) but too bad Kki was closed.

Amoy Street - ACS House

Ann Siang Road - The Screening Room

Ann Siang Road - The Screening Room

We explored The Screening Room, a pink and white coloured shophouse which housed a theatre+restaurant+rooftop bar entertainment and dining complex which used to be the Damenlou Hotel (大门楼旅店) until 2007 when the Screening Room took over the building.

Ann Siang Road - The Screening Room's La Terraza

Their rooftop bar, La Terraza (the Terrace) looks like a nice place to have a drink or light snacks at night with views of the city, Ann Siang Hill and Chinatown. Apparently, the rooftop bar was one of the best alfresco bars in Singapore by TimeOut Singapore and even Tatler.

View from the Screening Room's La Terraza

Club Street - Books Actually

Further down Club Street, we dropped by this stationary and book store called Books Actually. They have quite a few pretty vintage maps on their walls. Old typewriters lined the stairwell to the 2nd floor. The 2nd storey sells trinkets and stuff like those nostalgic flag erasers and old envelopes and I like how they used wine boxes to display them.

Club Street - Books Actually

Like some of the boutique stores around the area, their stuff doesn’t come cheap, think of Kinokuniya prices (or perhaps a little higher). Nonetheless, I find this place quite charming with the nostalgic and quaint atmosphere with a touch of modern artistry.

Club Street - Books Actually

Ann Siang Road


10 comments:

  1. my date was impressed by the dirt cake! :P same reaction as yew ann LOL.

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  2. I almost wanted to order the dirt cake when I was there the last time. But I always have the tendency to choose molten chocolate cake over pudding. haha. But nice presentation though

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  3. you guys have little mascots to carry around too! haha :) i think i'd have to overcome a certain psychological barrier before eating the dirt cake!

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  4. to liang wei: haha!

    to BellaV: heh yep the presentation is unique we were quite full by the time we reached Vanilla, if not I would have ordered a molten chocolate cake too!

    to Foodoshoot: yep only bring them out when we have a group gathering. Don't have to worry, its edible ;)

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  5. I love your whole tour of the area :) the dirt cake looks awesome hahaha too realistic!

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  6. the molten chocolate cake wasn't too impressive though. haha. Not so much of the chocolate lava flowing out. But I like the french vanilla ice-cream accompanied the molten chocolate cake :)

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  7. Oh that dirt cake?!! How on earth did I miss it on my last visit?

    Anyway, I was at Ann Siang yesterday for a photo exhibition at SHOTS espresso bar, Birds and Co. was closed by the time I reached there. :(

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  8. Everyone's interested in the dirt cake. Me too LOL. (:

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  9. to dot.: thanks! =) it is something I like to do. yep, it caught my attention when I first saw it on facebook. A flower pot???

    to BellaV: hmmm vanilla ice cream, that is good enough for me especially if it is good ice cream ;)

    to Amasou Umasou: haha don't worry ;) there is always another chance to visit Vanilla for Dirt Cake and Birds and Co. after that (or vice versa)

    to ice: haha Vanilla Bar and Cafe did a good job with their interesting presentation

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  10. lol coincidentally some of my friends created a candy flower pot similar to the one featured here using crushed oreos, gummy worms, and a flower lollipop :P

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