Chef Icon Nature Bakery: Au Naturel

Chef Icon Nature Bakery, a little café at Kampong Bahru Road, is best known for their unbelievably good cheesecakes, as well as a chocolate cake that is the fruit of six hours’ labour.

Interior

In fact, they’re so good that when UrbanWire visited on a quiet afternoon, those famous cakes were sold out.

However, before we crumpled upon the weight of our disappointment, the other items in the menu caught our attention: Latte ($3.90), Hot Lava Chocolate ($4.50) and their Tiramisu ($6.80).

We were told that what makes their Latte different is that the milk is heated up to only 65 degrees, far cooler than the scorching boil we have gotten used to, in order to make it smoother.

Latte

While some people may complain about the drink cooling down too fast, the result is nevertheless a velvety drink that goes down easily, making it easy for you to appreciate the bitter tones of the coffee.

The foam is also done superbly; the sugar takes delightfully long to sink into the drink itself, so thick and solid is it.

The Lava Hot Chocolate is another triumph. Instead of using coca powder, Chef Icon Nature Bakery uses a bar of chocolate.

HotChocolate

It makes for a comforting drink, warm and satisfying with the same smoothness that the Latte had. It’s the sort of hot chocolate that makes you wish there was snow in Singapore, just so you can enjoy this to its absolute fullest.

Finally, there’s the Tiramisu.

Tiramisu

For those of you used to coffee, alcohol, sponge fingers or coca powder in this dessert, you’ll be surprised. This particular version doesn’t have any of the aforementioned.

However, there are handmade Italian cookie crumbs, sandy and chocolaty, top-grade mascarpone (think ricotta) and melted Belgium chocolate.

We know there will be those who argue that this isn’t true tiramisu, but with the first taste, the creaminess of the cheese light on your tongue, the crumbs providing the perfect counter-texture, you don’t really care.

Also, it’s not just Western desserts that Chef Icon Nature Icon excels at. They also produce their own kaya (coconut egg jam) and peanut butter, which are flavourful without being overly sweet. At only $2.50 a bottle, it’s value for money.

PeanutButterKaya

Address: 5 Kampong Bahru Road
Telephone No.: 9337 3900
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 8.30 am to 8pm
Rating: ★★★★✩

About Amanda Foo

Amanda has chosen to hide behind written "unencumbered numbered words" (Jason Mraz, of whom she is a fan) due to her unsuccessful attempts to attain proper enunciation. Also, Jason Mraz can be very odd sometimes, which is something that Amanda identifies with easily. Amanda is also desperately in love with the food blog, smitten kitchen, because that’s the sort of life she hopes to have someday: a small kitchen in a bustling city filled to the brim with unforgettable food. She hopes that by being the Food editor of Trimedia Publishing, she is taking at least one small step towards her dream. She also loves the movie Inglourious Basterds. This is because the scene in which Lt. Aldo Raine casually carves the swastika into the forehead Col. Hans Landa and the fold of skin is arching up away from his skull is nauseating, demented and a work of genius.
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