Review: Non Entree Desserts Cafe at 204 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218451

One of the most creative desserts cafe I have been to in recent memory in Singapore, Non Entree Desserts on Rangoon Road (nearest MRT Farrer Park) definitely proved that if you have a good product, people will come. The small-ish but vibrant cafe was rather crowded on a Saturday afternoon as I went. We had marked Non Entree Desserts as the cafe to visit after a friend saw its desserts on Instagram due to their impressive nature.

I was tempted to get an ice cream, but none of the flavours appealed to me then. They were rather exotic with hints of local influences, like Lime Mascarpone, Gula Melaka, Pistachio, Peanut Butter and Black Sesame.

Here's the menu for reference! The waffles did not hit the $10 mark yet, thank goodness for that. Their creative desserts range from $12.90 to $16.90. All good, but service was rather spotty (and their WIFI did not work) with us seating ourselves, ordering at the counter and then having to find a menu when I wanted to see what else we can order. They were probably too busy. It's ok, we will just help ourselves.

We had 3 desserts between the 3 of us -- the Rubber Ducky (S$12.90) kicked it off! Isn't it cute??? Turns out it is basically a mango sago type dish - the duck is a mango sorbet that sits on creme fraiche pudding, sago pearls, mango puree and surrounded by lemongrass "bubbles". This was probably the crowd favourite among 3 of us because it looked cute but tasted familiar. It wasn't too strong nor sweet - balanced just right! 4/5

The next one was a request by another friend, J. The Cherry Up (S$13.90) is basically looks like a giant glossy cherry on a dark plate with some soil and flowers beside. Loads of oohs and aahs.

What it really is is dark chocolate cherry with kirsch and mascarpone foam, earl grey jelly, chocolate soil, marinated cherry compote, flour-less sponge and spicy cherry sorbet. 

I really couldn't tell these ingredients apart except maybe tasting the earl grey in the jelly cubes that was inside the giant cherry, when it was cracked open. The spicy cherry sorbet was rather tangy and I liked how thin the chocolate crust was, but somehow it underwhelmed me when put together (or broken apart, really) with too many gimmicks. 2/5

What we were really there to have when we marched in was this - the Matcha Avalanche (S$13.90)! It is a special item that is not on the menu, which only has the Chocolate Avalanche. According to their Facebook, it is made of warm matcha green tea lava with azuki beans flowing onto smokey roasted green tea gelato, crunchy almond nougatine and chocolate soil.

I really liked this - not really because of the gimmicky drop of the lava cake's contents onto the green tea gelato below, but because I could taste the matcha yet it wasn't overly cloying or sweet. The azuki beans also added a nice chew, along with the crunchy honeycomb wafer. 4/5

And here's a video of the action

Had a great time with these 2 buddies at Non Entree Desserts, photographing and eating the duck, the cherry and the avalanche!

Non Entree Desserts is a great place to check out if you are sick of having waffles, sundaes and coffee only. The creativity and attention to detail, as well as Instagram moments warrant a try. However I doubt its somewhere people will visit regularly - desserts while creative, can also be on the pricier, gimmicky side.

Non Entree Desserts
204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451
+65 98786543
Tuesdays to Fridays 2pm to 10pm, Saturdays-Sundays 12pm to 10pm
Closed on Mondays

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