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Singapore Sweet Spot: 2am Dessert Bar

Imagine taking 2 of life’s greatest pleasures and then opening a trendy premises in which to enjoy them well into the early hours of the morning. That’s what 2am:dessertbar founder Janice Wong did.

After studying the art of dessert-making on 3 different continents (including at Le Cordon Bleu Paris) award-winning chef Janice Wong bought her skills back to Singapore and opened 2am:dessertbar.

Edible art - Shades Of Purple at 2am:dessertbar

Edible art – Shades Of Purple at 2am:dessertbar

Janice’s creations cannot merely be called desserts though. Dreamed up from her incredible artistic mind they are delectable treats like nothing you have tasted before. Sweet is mixed with savoury, Asian mixed with Western, and each creation is served up looking like it belongs in an art gallery.

Janice has a unique approach to creating her desserts – she makes them with no prior references. To get into the zone she once blindfolded herself to see what she could create without her usual visual process. The results of these blind experiments are desserts like the Cassis Plum – a cassis bomb, elderflower yoghurt foam, plum liqueur and bamboo shoot. As the name suggests the delicate purple bomb explodes upon contact with the spoon and literally melts down the throat, until the bamboo shoot adds a sour aftershock.

The Cassis Plum - cassis bomb, elderflower yoghurt foam & bamboo shoot

Explosive! The Cassis Plum – cassis bomb, elderflower yoghurt foam & bamboo shoot

The menu also features spicy Chilli Chocolate (which packs an enjoyable kick) and Pandan Kaya (popular local flavours) crumbles, with a recommended wine pairing for each dessert. The barmen are just as busy concocting unique sweet cocktails as Janice and the team. As a confessed chocoholic I was immediately drawn to the (potent) chocolate martini, which was aptly served on the chocolate painted table, also created by Janice.

Packs a punch! Chilli Chocolate with wheat toast ice cream, honey & peanut butter

Packs a punch! Chilli Chocolate with wheat toast ice cream, honey & peanut butter

2am:dessert bar has recently introduced a high tea set for 2 ($45) which includes unexpected delights such as smoked popcorn root beer cake, truffle bars, chocolate bon bons, praline chocolate Pop Rocks cake and kaya pandan choux. (There is also an all-day savoury menu if the sweets get too much – something that has never happened to me!)

Chocoholics heaven - a chocolate martini on a chocolate painted table

Chocoholics heaven – a chocolate martini on a chocolate painted table

Not surprisingly, 2am:dessertbar draws a crowd of stylish sweet-toothed patrons. Every Manhattan-esque booth was filled on the night of our visit with groups sharing bowls of churros and chocolate pralines.

Enjoying cocktails & desserts with Cathrine from Rock Paper Dresses and PR Manager Emma (photo thanks to hannalicious.devote.se)

Enjoying cocktails & desserts with Cathrine from Rock Paper Dresses and PR Manager Emma (photo thanks to hannalicious.devote.se)

This Winter you can find more of Janice’s sweet treats at the Supertree Grove in Gardens By The Bay. 2am:dessertbar will be hosting a pop up shop selling Janice’s new retail line of sweets and confections that will range from edible marshmallow and chocolate paintings, to cakepops and lollipops. Yum.

2am:dessertbar is open until 2am (obviously!) Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on a Monday. You can find it (and you really should!) at 21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore.

For more drool-worthy information visit www.2amdessertbar.com.

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Travel blogger and freelancer writer who loves boutique hotels and brunching. I've been blogging for 10 years, visited 60+ countries and called London, Sydney, Melbourne and (oh so briefly) New York home at various points during the last decade. Now travelling with a baby and trying to make it as stylish and stress-free as can be!

4 Comments

  • Helen F
    November 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This place looks amazing! I have always wanted to go to Singapore- now I do even more. Yum! Wonder if they want to open a UK branch in Nottingham?!

    Reply
    • Jayne Gorman
      November 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      That would be awesome haha. I’m surprised there are not more places that combine the two treats – it’s genius really!

      Reply
  • Lizzy
    November 19, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Sounds and looks amazing!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    Reply
    • Jayne Gorman
      November 20, 2014 at 6:07 am

      It really was Lizzy 🙂 Hope you get the chance to try it!

      Reply

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