Friday, December 12, 2014

O' Coffee Club Festive Goodies and Dine-in 2014

Get ready for a sugar-fueled festive season with the array of sweet treats at O'Coffee Club. Before the wave of artisan coffee culture invaded our shores, it might be the place to go for coffee lovers but it was my sweet sanctuary for some indulgent mud pies. This season, the usual chocolate Mudpie undergoes a festive makeover to assume a refreshingly light character with strawberry sorbet, honey parfait ice cream and almond nibs, mint flavored Italian meringue called Jolly Mud Pie ($12.20++). 

Jolly Mud Pie ($12.20++). 
The Joy ($9++) also marks another joyous but short-lived moment where the Grand Marnier Parfait, raspberry sorbet, barely supported by an almond nibs base, disintegrates rapidly under the heat. It's delicate and fruity, though the Grand Marnier was drowned by the sugar. 

One of the three new Yule log cakes dished out this year is the White Lychee Christmas ($58.85 nett/approx. 1kg) , an orange flavored traditional Swiss roll swirled with sweet raspberry jam and a rose essence cream at the centre. It sounded like an inspiration from Pierre Herme's Ispahan but did not quite captivate the senses, with a too-buttery lychee emulsion frosting and timid floral notes. Stick to the classical Chocolate Wonderland ($53.50 nett/approx. 1kg) for a more playful textural contrast between the crunchy praline and savoury dense cream cheese body. 
Instead of the triple Christmas Edition macarons that crack like egg shells, the assorted butter cookies may work better as gifts. There are the rustic Oat & Raisins ($13.50/jar) and vanilla-coco hybrid Checkerboard Cookies($18/jar) but the cream of the crop is none other than the humble Sables ($17.80/jar) cookiesDelicately light and buttery, they are irrevocably the best discovered gems at Coffee Club.
Another of my personal favourite is the Christmas stollen (approx $14 nett/400g), a light buttery dough underneath a lovely brown crust, that sported just the right amount of plump golden sultanas and mixed fruits without being overwhelming.

The Praline box ($24/12) makes great gift options too. Containing four assorted flavours of Earl Grey Raspberry, Grand Marnier Sesame, Baileys and Crispy Chocolate Feuilletine, each bite-size pralines is encased in a thin chocolate shell brushed with a festive garnish.
O coffee club also offers a festive dine-in menu that are ideal for those looking to feast on a budget. The ala carte items feature Smoked Duck Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette ($12++), a heartwarming Turkey & Mushroom Roulade served with Cranberry Compote, butter carrots, asparagus ($18.90++) and Roasted Chicken & Mixed Mushroom Pasta tossed in truffle cream ($16++). In fact, there is also a catering menu from which you can order your favourite items for the Christmas home party. 
Festive sweets such as Yule log cakes, cookies, pralines, etc. are available for takeaway till 22 Dec, delivery and self collection till 31 Dec 

O' Coffee Club
Outlets at Raffles Place, Capital Square, The Central, Holland Village, etc.
For full outlet listings and festive brochure,

Special thanks to Mag, Sixthsense and O' Coffee Club 

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