The dessert cafe appeared quite normal when viewed from the outside, but the interior gave off a completely different vibe.
Either way, if any restaurant owners happen to chance by this post, I would highly appreciate that napkins be given out during my stay. Just in case you failed to realize this, the plate that my dishes arrive on sometimes happen to appear on my table when dirty/sticky, and I'm not the type to stand by this without wiping it clean.
That aside, I found it interesting that they served water in mason jars instead of regular ol' plastic cups. (I had to ask for the straw, by the way.)
To be frank, I had wanted to go to Sweet Escape specifically for their Hotplate Waffles with Matcha Cream. I was only informed upon ordering that they had sold out of matcha for the day. The remaining choices were Chocolate and Vanilla. Both were pretty standard, so I just went with vanilla.
We ordered a Pomegranate Iced Tea, Hotplate Waffle with Homemade Earl Grey Ice Cream and Seasonal Fruit topped with Vanilla Sauce, and a Coconut Tart.
Perhaps we were just famished, but the waffle that emerged approximately ten minutes later was devoured almost instantly after photos had been taken. I admit that insufficient time had been given to properly savour the dessert, but it is highly likely that I will visit again just to try the version with Matcha Cream.
Backtracking slightly though, the concept behind the hotplate waffle was that the customers would pour their selected flavour of sauce over the waffle and watch it make its way to the hotplate and sizzle away. What I found to be even more interesting about this would be that waffle quarters resting directly on the plate would be warm, while the ice cream and sauce left at the very top would remain cool. The pineapple was an odd addition to the the dessert, but other than that, the waffle was definitely satisfactory.
We headed to the restaurant directly across from Sweet Escape in the same plaza for dinner.
The dishes arrived one by one, with the restaurant's Signature Roast Duck being third-last.
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I didn't read the Yelp reviews for this place until afterwards, but i later discovered them to be extremely accurate: wait times are long, service is atrocious, and selected items off the menu are great while others happen to be extraordinarily greasy.
I'm no Chinese food connoisseur, so I can't say much in terms of authenticity, but all the dishes were pretty average except for the Signature Roast Duck. As opposed to crispy, fried duck skin though, I would've preferred mine to be skinless and served on top of mixed greens instead.
To finish off the day, we headed to Chatime and Starbucks.