Once in a eclipse, I mean blue moon, we see a Korean bingsu café opening in Singapore. Not.
Korean bingsu cafes started budding in every corner of Singapore, just like our budding love story seen in Korean dramas. (Read: Best Korean Bingsu In Singapore)
Located diagonally across famous Rochor Beancurd right next to Thai restaurant Sixty6, the interior was industrial-like, sleek and chic. Gravel flooring, wooden crates transformed into table and lots of pillows for a cosy afternoon.
The menu, with prices of Bingsu in increasing order, came in 3 forms: The normal sweet bingsu, Yogurt Bingsu with fruit toppings and Signature Bingsu that came with whole fruits carved out for toppings.
Eclipse’s Normal Bingsu and Yogurt Bingsu were available in 2 sizes: the regular ($6.90 – $9.90) available in takeaway cups and large ($10.90 – $15.90) in a dine-in bowl.
The presentation of the Strawberry Yogurt Bingsu ($9.90 for regular/ $15.90 for large) which was different from the typical Korean bingsu with a heap of shaved ice or a cup of milk for the usual ‘pouring shot’.
Topped with strawberries, raspberries, dried cranberries, berries coulis and whipped cream on the top of the finely shaved, fluffy shaved milk.
If Eclipse were to appear earlier in the year (pun unintended) when the Korean bingsu craze just started, this quality of the shaved milk could be a mark above the rest.
But now, many Korean cafes have simply caught up in both aesthetics and taste.
The shaved milk might be soft, fluffy and fine, but could be comparatively flat on its own. Berries added a sour-tangy touch, but for the bingsu to work better, the overall taste should be more layered.
We generally preferred the Green Tea Bingsu ($7.90 for regular, $12.90 for large) with a coop of green tea ice cream, azuki red beans and condensed milk, yet not overly sweet.
The idea of a takeaway cup for convenience is fine, though practically, something could be do with the cup opening sizes for easier scooping.
Customers seem to arrive for a dessert treat after lunch, and we then wonder what happens to the rest of the day.
The bingsu and coffee based cafe seem to be targeting the students in the vicinity, but there is already an influx of more than 10 cafes at Selegie.
To be honest, while a small handful is enjoying brisk business, many are facing tough challenges with the competition.
Eclipse Bingsu and Coffee
1A Short Street #01-02, Singapore 188210
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Find him on instagram at @stormscape.