Karafuru Desserts has ended operations on 18th April.

Looks like Éclairs which were once considered IN late last year, are losing the HIP factor. Also, competition from similar cafes might have caused a split in the market share.

Not an uncommon story that we have heard. Is Singapore ready for a specialised dessert cafe? Looks like maybe not, maybe not yet.

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Karafuru, it is the katakana for ‘colourful’. You will be welcomed by clean white interior instead when you step into this Japanese inspired café. The colourful elements lie in the rows and rows of intricate éclairs beneath the display counter.

The last time I got this excited in such a Japanese-sort of way was when Kki and Tart Blanc opened. Although they are all vastly different in offerings, they are similar in this aspect – they seek perfection in what they serve.

I need to mention an encounter before review proper.

Many years ago, I ate a slice of birthday cake at a friend’s party and thought it was life-changing. He said it was by a young home-baker, and I went to track this person down to bake my birthday cake the next year. And he did.

A young talented baker. Michael Liu was still in the army then, and he went on to be behind Windowsill’s pies and FIX Café’s cake.

But it was only after I entered Karafuru then I realised I was the “matchmaker” who recommended him as a pastry chef to the owner Joseph a year or two ago.

Karafuru’s offerings include éclairs and gourmet yogurt parfaits, re-imagined by traditional Japanese flavours. Thus compared to French éclairs which we are more familiar with, these are light in taste and smaller than their counterpart.

My friend (a girl) and I liked different flavours, though the Yuzu ($6) was our common choice.

Her favourite was the Ume Shiso ($7), with umeboshi crème filling topped with a layer of shiso leaf, spotted with three minute droplets of dew on it. There were intricacies in this piece, alcoholic with a touch of choya, though not traditionally a mass favourite.

It is almost expected I would fancy the Matcha Azuki ($6) – light matcha crème on one side, glossy red bean paste on the other. If you are expecting some kind of tea bitterness in cream, there was hardly. I figure they wanted to be subtle.

My suggestion would be to take bites slowly to appreciate the detailed taste, as apparent in the Sakura Rose ($6) with hints of floral notes.

Although they are dainty in size, one to two should suffice in keeping one satisfied.

The Hanami Yogurt Parfait ($16) is presented on an elegant white plate with sakura soufflé, vanilla pudding, Japanese dango balls (yeah to these) and inhouse-made butter sakura langue de chat. The entirety inspired by spring times in Japan.

The yogurt soft serve was milky, smooth and light, but I thought it should be a notch less watery. My advice is go easy on the sauce, as it would override some of the elements which are delightful on their own.

While Karafuru is still ironing out opening teething issues, we are only expecting it to get better. It will become the to-go-to cafe to experience delicate Japanese-style desserts.

Karafuru Desserts [Closed]
8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320 (North Bridge Road, near Hyde & Co)
Tel: +65 62941 4430
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm, last order 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Other Related Entries
Kki (SOTA)
Tart Blanc (Millenia Walk)
Curious Palette (Prinsep Street)
L’Eclair (Clemenceau Ave)
Asanoya Bakery (Queen Street)

57 COMMENTS

  1. I would love to try the matcha azuki éclair. I love green tea and the combination of red bean seems heavenly. Matcha has this diffused aroma and fluffy texture which goes well with most of the desserts!
    aesthetically, it looks dainty and I would love to try it!

  2. My favourite would be the Yuzu one and not just me but my mom love it so Yuzu flavour basically anything Yuzu is her favourite. Would be awesome to taste this Yuzu flavoured Éclairs with her 🙂

  3. My favourite would be the Matchazuke parfait. Being a fan of matcha, no doubt this would be my favourite flavor, with the generous portion of matcha sauce served for me to spam onto my dessert platter! I like how each element of the parfait goes well with one another, from the matcha soufflé, vanilla pudding to the dango balls and lastly, the tart and icy yogurt softserve. The matcha soufflé is soft and spongy, reminding me of the popular castella cake from japan. Vanilla pudding tasted akin to a pana cotta, milky, creamy, with the fragrance of vanilla essence. I adore the yogurt softserve the most, which is tart and refreshing, helping to alleviate the sweetness from its other counterparts and a good relief to the sinful indulgence. Though desserts are meant for sharing, I can have a parfait and an éclair for a meal- which was what I did during my last solo visit! xD

  4. I love their specialises in exquisitely assembled eclairs. It’s like a piece of arts just looking at the colourful display line up at the counter.

    I admire their technique and preparation for every plate of soft serve yogurt parfaits. The miscellaneous sides desserts that are unique to that platter and make every photo shot look yummy!

    I love to try all their many many different flavours eclairs and yogurt parfaits.

  5. HANAMI YOGURT PARFAIT- The yogurt was so refreshing & light! Great to cool us on hot weathers in Singapore.

    The pudding was so milky & smooth too! It just slipped through my tongue & into the throat.

    I hope I could win this and try out their Eclairs. By looking at your pictures, they looked so exquisite & yummy.

  6. My favourite will be the Hanami Yoghurt Parfait! Looks creamy and deliciously refreshing! An excellent time to eat during the warm weather Singapore weather! Hopefully I can win and try out their wonderful food and review them too! =)

  7. Matcha Azuki – because usually the matcha has a slight bitter taste combine with sweet green bean is so heavenly… These two can never go wrong together 🙂

  8. My favourite would be the Ume Shiso. I like the taste of something sour (but not TOO sour) to go with the sweet, I think it gives a nice contrast of flavours.

  9. Mmmm the Hanami Yogurt Parfait sounds like a dream! ♡♡♡ Subtle scents of Spring Sakura Soufflé coupled with creamy vanilla pudding, intercepted by chewy o dango balls make a perfect treat for a stressed out girl. Would love to try this out with my fave girlfriend and bond over the beautifully made desserts! (And go Instagram crazy, of course! Hehe…)

  10. I definitely like the Hanami Yogurt Parfait as I love the way it combines well with the sakura soufflé, vanilla pudding, Japanese dango balls and butter sakura langue de chat! A must try in my books!

  11. Hanami Yogurt Parfait because vanilla pudding and yogurt soft serve seem so perfectly match and the colours also look appealing to me!!! The dessert is just so photogenic!!

  12. I like Matcha Azuki because there’s combination of matcha with azuki fillings. I’m a great fan of Azuki beans and matcha. Best of both worlds!

  13. The Hanami Yogurt Parfait simply looks irresistible. Combination of sakura soufflé, vanilla pudding, Japanese dango balls and butter sakura langue de chat sounds delicious & heavenly. Everything presented as treating a Princess & love to go with my Daughter, who always wish to be a princess.. A princess in the Dessert land ..

    Txs for awesome giveaway..

  14. My favourite is matcha azuki eclairs because I love all things matcha and will always choose matcha as long as it’s on the dessert menu 🙂

  15. I would love to try the Hanami yogurt parfait as it looks absolutely heavenly. The yogurt soft serve looks extremely creamy and feels like it would be a treat for my taste buds. The vanilla pudding and dango balls are both my favourite foods and they look tantalising as well. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! 🙂

  16. Never knew eclairs could be so gorgeous looking. It is amazing how Karafuru Desserts has transformed a plain chocolate eclair into so many interesting variants. I’ve been wanting to try them!!

    Being a huge fan of Yuzu, I would love to try the yuzu eclair with a light tinge of citrus note! With a unique blend of white miso soufflé, soymilk pudding and more Japanese-inspired ingredients, the Daizu Parfait definitely sounds like one interesting dessert not to be missed!

    Honestly speaking, eclairs has been my favorite dessert since young. I’m always ecstatic when I find eclairs in buffets (CHIONG AH!) Sadly, I’ve only had chocolate-flavoured eclairs. Really hoping to win this giveaway to savour the different unique variants of eclairs and parfaits! Thank you for bringing in such an awesome giveaway!

  17. Firstly, I love the simple and bubbly presentation of all the eclairs!! Very pretty and fresh llooking! i would really love to try the blackforest !! Chocolates are a must for me and i always feel the need to order it no matter what other flavors. Additionally, i have a streak of adventurer and would love to taste the unique marc de champagne or fruit passion flavors!

  18. Undeniably it would be the Matcha Azuki Éclair. Being a matcha lover, the three drops of matcha and smooth velvety red bean just makes me crave the ‘al dente’ combination. Thanks Daniel for hosting this giveaway!

  19. My favourite will be the Black Forest eclair because I love the combination of chocolate with berries, and I heard that there’s a hint of alcohol within the cream too! Can’t wait to try!

  20. I would really like to try the Gianduja flavor! I LOVE hazelnut and milk choco, this would be a perfect combination.
    PICK ME:D
    Thanks!

  21. Matcha Azuki is definitely the best!!! Being an avid fan of matcha, I have tried all sorts of matcha desserts in Singapore and I can’t wait to have the eclair set too!! I really love the taste of the japanese dessert whereby the taste are not too strong and the combination is just nice!

  22. YUZU CHA PARFAIT is the item I wanted to try most.

    Most of us know that Japanese desserts always surrounds ingredients like Matcha, Vanilla & Yuzu. It’s what they specialises in. So I hope I can win this and try out Karafuru YUZU infused soufflé cake with the yogurt soft serve, to personally taste the touch of Japan.

  23. Ume Shiso flavour because i love the thick cream topping with alcoholic taste because its rather different from outside Éclair ! one bite of it in my mouth enough to make my taste bud melts ! hope to win the tea time set and indulge in these sweet treats with my love ! … 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 … 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  24. Congrats to Natalie (nataliewong1234), ashmika jain, Norine (Inhonore), Jacqueline (jcjysummershine), Yee Gee Tien on winning an Éclair AND Parfait Teatime Set Worth $38 from Karafuru Desserts.

    Please email DanielFoodDiary@gmail.com with your contact details, and Karafuru Desserts will contact you on how to collect your prize! Enjoy your treats!

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