It all started with a small café in Canberra Australia, where the then newly-opened Pâtissez decided to do some shakes “so ridiculous and over the top that people just had to take a photo of it before they ate it.”
They got what they wanted. And these dessert drinks spread across social media like wild-fire, spawning off copycat versions.
Then some Singapore cafes also jumped onto the bandwagon very quickly.
Here are 5 places where you can get these Over The Top Milkshakes.
Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
Forum Galleria, #01-20/21, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 (10 min walk on Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)
Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery which had been quiet for a year or two sprung back into life with its introduction of Over The Top milkshakes the third quarter of this year. The shakes come in flavours of Coffee Avocado, Nutella Banana, Old School Vanilla and Caramel Crunch.
Price: $16 (without taxes)
Yes: The ‘pioneers’ and probably the first café to introduce these epic milkshakes to Singapore. They continue to re-invent themselves by having new creations that get more exciting. The Thai Milk Tea, Peanut Butter & Jelly and Tim Tams are some of the latest creations, certainly more epic than the original few to attract people to keep coming back.
No: Some of the ingredients used taste cheap (for its price). The Strawberry Cheesecake flavour contained a strawberry, quarter of a cheesecake, and two pieces of digestive biscuits. That was it for 16 bucks – some may feel ‘cheated’. (Read: Benjamin Browns Forum Galleria)
1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel Singapore 078867 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Sun, PH
(Cake Shakes only available on Mondays to Fridays from 5pm & Saturdays from 1:30pm)
Bakery café Cake Spade calls its over the top milk shakes ‘Cakeshakes™’, complete with the trademark. Offerings include Matcha Azuki, Mudslide and Vanilla shakes
Price: $16.90 (faints)
Yes: The prettiest and chio-est of the lot, most able to get attention on Instagram with tall candy flosses and rainbow-coloured sprinkles. Some of the components is good-tasting, such as the cake. Theirs also looks trickiest to assemble, and need some kind of skilled OTT-milk-shaker expert to put them all together. (Read: Cake Spade Tanjong Pagar)
No: The shake itself was thin, while the rest of the components might not have gelled together well.
The House Of Robert Timms
Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 238866
Tel: +65 6733 0609
Opening Hours: 11am – 1am
One of Australia’s oldest and most established gourmet coffee brand, and has introduced 5 flavours – Rocky Timm’s, Strawberry Whoopee, Vanilla Bonbon, Banana Popcorn, Cocoa Carousel
Yes: The thickest, richest and milkiest of them all. If you discount all the other ingredients, their milkshake (alone) taste the most decent. And if you need milkshakes late at night…
No: Loses out on the Instagram factor as the ingredients do not build up to be as tall. If you need something photogenic, go for the Vanilla Bonbon which has a glazed donut sitting on the opening.
The Lab SG
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, Singapore 199069
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10pm (Mon-Sat), 1pm – 9:30pm (Sun)
The Halal café is known for its concept and décor, like walking into an underground lab, with multiple metallic sewage pipes sprawling across the walls and huge jars of chemicals.
Yes: The most affordable of them all.
No: Limited flavours available – Nutella Brownie and Strawberry cheese milkshake. We wished they had got more experimental and stuck one of their signature syringes into the shakes.
24A Lorong Mambong Singapore 277683
Tel: +65 6467 7710
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Craft calls theirs the Wicked Milkshakes, having flavours of Ondeh Ondeh Gula Melaka, Banana Nutella, Salted Caramel Pop and Strawberry Red Velvet.
Yes: The Ondeh Ondeh Gula Melaka certainly sounds intriguing, with Gula Melaka milkshake, ondeh ondeh stack cake, waffle biscuits, homemade vanilla whipped cream and roasted coconut shavings. We are sold.
No: Are they too late in the game?