Non-Entree Desserts – July 2018

After the wonderful meal at Bincho, the Missus and I adjoined to Non-Entree Desserts for some desserts.  I have always wanted to try this place after seeing it being featured in one of Mediacorp’s Channel 5 food program sometime ago.

We arrived sometime after 9.00 pm and the place was still crowded; but we managed to snag a table for 2. The crowd is mixed of families (with young kids), students, teens and young working adults.

This was what we had that day:

  • Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak
  • Waffle with scoop of Kaya flavor Gelato
Waffle with Scoop of Gelato

For those of you not familiar with Non-Entree Desserts, they are known for their “instagramable” desserts dishes named after local savory food – like Bak Chor Mee (minced pork noodle), Singapore Breakfast (kaya toast and soft boiled eggs) and Nasi Lemak (coconut flavor rice).  Despite the savory sounding names and look of the dishes, they are all desserts.  We ordered the Nasi Lemak and the Waffle with Kaya flavored Gelato to share.

The Kaya flavored Gelato was interesting – it has a strong Pandan leave taste and has small cubes of bread in the Gelato.  The Waffle was crispy on outside but fluffy inside.  It goes well with the Kaya flavored Gelato.  The Nasi Lemak is made up of Pandan Mousse and Gula Melaka sauce.  It does however, have some savory elements, like actual peanuts, Ikan Bilis and Chili jam.  So it has this salty-sweet taste.  The sweetness however, is mild and not overpowering.  For me, dessert has to be sweet, otherwise it is not a “dessert” in my mind. Sometimes adding a savory element may work (like salted caramel) but in this case, I find the Chili Jam, Peanuts and Ikan Bilis taste slightly overpowering compared to the sweet elements.  So as a dessert, this Nasi Lemak is not really for me; I much prefer the Waffle.  But definitely the Chef has put in much effort in making the dish look like the real Nasi Lemak.  We saw a service staff brought a bowl of Bak Chor Mee to the next table and it does really look like the real thing.  Maybe I need to try some more of the dessert dishes to have a more in depth and balanced opinion.  Perhaps next time I will try the Bak Chor Mee and Singapore Breakfast.

I think it is savy marketing that Non-Entree Desserts differentiate themselves from other dessert shops by having these savory sounding and looking dessert dishes and it definitely will draw the attention of the social media savvy crowd.


Address: 204 Rangoon Road, Hong Building, Singapore 218451

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

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