Moved to SOTA (School of the Arts) at Dhoby Ghaut.
Was looking for The Patissier. Can you imagine a gay man lost at a gay territory? Please revoke my Gay License. Thanks. So I stumbled upon K Ki and remembering that my cyber BFF, The Endangered Sartorialist, blogging about it, I entered. The shop space houses two shops: a cake shop on one side, very Japanese, very white with wooden birch chairs enough for 10 patrons at most. The only side is a hoarder’s paradise, stacked with paraphernalia of nostalgic things: polaroid cameras, sharpeners and magazines. Who will buy? Can earn money meh?
I whispered to Mr NGFL (because the shop was so quiet, no music), “Do you think the decor is very pretentious?”
He said, “But you’re pretentious what.”
“True lah…but I try not to be, I try to be down-to-earth.”
Mr NGFL had the Kinabaru (pictured above, $8), alternate layers of coconut and passionfruit mousse, giving it a zesty, refreshing and light taste. “Exactly what I wanted,” Mr NGFL sighed in contentment.
The Antoinette ($8) is the shape of my emo tear. Sob sob. I didn’t expect to finish the cake and in fact, I was resisting the cake because I’m a grumpy old man who delights in giving bad reviews to places that people praise highly. But there are no other words to describe the cake except “sublime” and “ethereal.” The white chocolate mousse was as light as air; it was like I was eating gossamer. I expected intense, excessive sweetness, yet it wasn’t. It was a subtle sweetness, a sweetness that comes as an aftertaste. And surprise! at the center of the teardrop hides a sweet heart of mango mousse. At the top are some ginger bits. Mango, white chocolate and ginger make such strange bedfellows yet they compliment each other perfectly; the milkiness of the white chocolate; the tanginess of the mango, and the sharp spiciness of the ginger – perfection. This has to be the best cake I’ve ever eaten in Singapore. I want to return to eat all their 8 or 10 types of cakes.
Mr NGFL: I think the baker’s cute.
Wise Guy: He’s wearing a mask! You can’t even see his face! Wait, don’t distract me. I am thinking of the questions to ask him. I’m sure the cakes are made of fresh cream because they are so light [most bakeries use cream cheese because it has a longer shelf life]. I will ask him that [yes, the cakes are made of fresh cream].. and what other questions?
Mr NGFL: Ask for his “shoe size”?
So yes, that is our extent of review on service these days: cute or not. But when I asked the baker questions, he was very helpful and cheerful. I said to the waiter, “Oh my friend has a question to ask you..” and Mr NGFL blushed like the sunset!!!
Overall, BEST CAKES EVER. Cute service. Only slightly pretentious place. Our only complaint is that the cakes are so small and costly. No GST, but there is service tax, coming up to $18 for two cakes. But I think it’s more worth it than at Antoinette.
K Ki Sweets
7 Ann Siang Hill
T: 6225 6650
Closed on Monday.
Rating: 3.935/5 stars