Food Journal #3 – The Häagen-Dazs Experience

Häagen-Dazs, a household ice cream brand, continues to impress and provide premium ice cream desserts to all ice cream enthusiasts. Tucked in a little corner of the nightlife of Clarke Quay, this Häagen-Dazs branch seems practically hidden from civilization.

Once entered, it is as though one has entered into ice-cream haven. The warm lighting, with the very jazzy choice of songs played in the store, together with the colorful display of the ice cream, excellent layout of the furnishing of the store and tables and chairs, all add up to give this Häagen-Dazs branch a very warm and cohesive atmosphere, allowing one to soak into it and just be away from the hustle and bustle of city life for awhile.

When it comes to ice cream for the choco lovers, the one dessert that won me over immediately was the Brownie Explosion. With a scoop of both Chocolate Midnight Cookies (subject to availability) and Cookies & Cream, surrounded by brownies, finished with a generous covering of chocolate sauce and hazelnut, this sinful display is simply pure indulgence, and is set to become a fave in the hearts of all choco lovers.

If there is a drink that satisfies all you berry lovers, it would be the Very Cool! Opps, I mean Berry Cool. With harmonious blend of strawberry flakes, raspberry sorbet and lemonade, completed with a vanilla ice cream on top, this fruity drink gives a very unique strawberry taste one can only fathom “How do they do it?”

Prices range (Ice cream alone)
a scoop of ice cream of your choice                    $8.90
2 scoops                                                              $11.90 
3 scoops                                                              $14.90 

Häagen-Dazs ice creams which I have tried and recommend
Häagen-Dazs Fondue                                        $43.90
Brownie Explosion                                             $18.90
Berry Cool                                                          $13.90
And many more for you to discover!

Apart from that, the customer service is also awesome as the store manager takes on the role of ‘butler’, serving the customers and attending to the customers needs, making customers feel like a VIP. Go on to the website and you can find an amazing array of ice creams and all the facts there is to it at the tip of your fingertips!

Despite strong competition from its rivals – Ben & Jerry, Swensens and Andersen’s of Denmark, Häagen-Dazs continues to stand firm on its word to provide a premium ice cream experience like no other.

So, next time you’re looking for a place to chill at Clarke Quay, check out Häagen-Dazs for a change!

Overall rating:


Yours Sincerely,
Reuel Eugene.

Store Details
3A River Valley Road #01-07
Merchants’ Court, Clarke Quay

12 pm – 12 am (Sun – Thurs)
12 pm – 1 am (Fri – Sat)

Häagen-Dazs official website (Singapore):
http://www.haagendazs.com.sg/

Food Journal #2 – Gloria Jean’s Coffees

I was in town for a while and decided to get some coffee. Having always gotten my coffee fix from either Starbucks or Coffeebean due to convenience (there seems to be either one of this two brands just round the corner!), I decided to walk a little further to Suntec Shopping mall to try other alternatives.

Gloria Jeans Coffee was the chosen destination, and due to the laziness of going over to the counter to check out the variety of coffee they offer, I decided to check out the website on my blackberry handheld. As the Caramel Nut Chiller was featured as one of two new drink sensations (that’s how they termed it), I decided to get that. Similar to Coffeebean, the counter staff asked me for my name, making the experience much more personal.

To my surprise, the staff told me that that drink is no longer on promotion when it was stated as otherwise on the website. But the staff was kind enough to offer to make that drink for me nevertheless and asked if I wanted whipped cream to go along. Upon getting my drink with a lethal dose of whipped cream, I took a sip from the drink only to find it rather bitter for a ‘Caramel’ drink. (I suspect they forgot to add the caramel on top of the whipped cream)

The Advertised vs The Actual

Though the espresso drink was rich in flavour, it wasn’t my cup of tea, or coffee in this case since I always have had a thing for sweet stuff and the caramel taste was nowhere to be found in the drink. Finally, I asked for more caramel as it just wasn’t sweet.

The staff handed me the caramel bottle. Even after adding more caramel, I thought that the espresso chiller totally masked the caramel. Also, the staff seemed to not heard my name clearly, as such she decided to just leave my name as ‘E’ on the receipt.

Moment of truth:
The ambience was very lukewarm, allowing one to just blend into the surrounding atmosphere amidst everything else that is happening outside the premise. Staff is friendly.

With that said, the staffs do not attempt to go the extra mile for customers in my opinion. The drink was unsatisfactory and website is not updated. It would definitely make the experience much memorable if the staff clarified the spelling of my name or if the other staff attempted to assist in adding the caramel to my drink.

It would be unfair to place my judgment on just one drink alone, hence my verdict for just this particular coffee experience alone – 2.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Bien manger, profiter de la vie
Reuel Eugene.

Store details
Suntec City Galleria
#01-051
3 Temasek Boulevard

7.30 am – 10 pm (Mon – Thurs)
7.30am -11pm (Fri & Sat)
9am -10pm (Sun)

Tel: 6337 7084

Food Journal #1 – Singapore’s very own Ya Kun Kaya Toast

“Wet and Runny, or Runny and Wet?”

This is familiar question or statement that will dwell in the minds of patrons when they visit Ya Kun Kaya Toast. Established in 1944 by a diligent young man simply known by his patrons as Ah Koon, Ya Kun Kaya Toast can be said to be one of the most, if not the most successful local franchise in S’pore, having 28 outlets in majors shopping malls in Singapore alone and also branching out overseas in Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam.

Rarely does any restaurants have both the young, the old, the Gen Ys and the Old-Gens patronizing. You can always count on Ya Kun to brew a fresh traditional cup or tea or coffee, add a thick-rich toast set (butter sugar, cheese, kaya, etc) toasted the old-fashioned way and two perfectly cracked open eggs.

But this is not all that they offer. I was at the Junction 8 branch and ordered their ice milk tea. And my, this simple beverage is a great way to beat the punishing heat! The milk tea is rich in flavour and the condensed milk is perfectly blended into the drink. The sweetness is also just right, sweet but not overly sweet.

So the next time you’re looking for beverage alternatives, don’t just consider Cupwalker and Sweettalk. Why not give Ya Kun a chance to impress you?

Downside? Most of Ya Kun’s staffs are aunties and may not be as friendly as the staff when compared to service staffs in other service industries. Hence, they may not be able to fully satisfy the ever service-demanding patrons. But hey, this is how typical coffeeshop employees operate right? It’s good to keep the taste and culture authentic!

Visit www.yakun.com for the full range of products that Ya Kun has to offer and the various Ya Kun outlets located islandwide. For all that Ya Kun has to offer, they deserve a good 4 out of 5 yummy bites.

 

Bien manger, profiter de la vie
Reuel Eugene.