On that note, Caffebene Singapore has ended its operations at Vivocity. A reminder that continual exposure and marketing are needed to stay in the radar.
The next to come is Café de Paris at the basement 313@Somerset. I happened to visit during the soft launch phase, but the shop has delayed its official opening due to some undisclosed issues.
It is best known for its Instagram-worthy Sweet BonBon, a dessert drink combination in a large cup, piled with fruit fruits, cream and slushie.
However, the price screamed at me. $17.80 to $19.80 for a cup. WAH.
To be fair, the Mango and Strawberry cups are priced at 16,000 Korean Won, equivalent to SGD$19.40. But still.
The Sweet BonBon comes in flavours of Mango, Grape, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cherry, and Raspberry.
As fruits are seasonal, certain flavours are known to sell out fast, or not be offered during certain months of the year.
I had the Mango ($17.80) and Grape ($17.80). Both are assembled in-house, and these layered cups do need take time to build. So I would encourage customers to be patient as the wait could get long.
The staff would be cutting the fruits up fresh, though I was surprised/uncomfortable that the slushie part was scooped out from a plastic box, not freshly shaved or through any machinery.
If sweets are not your thing, or you have a low tolerance to sugar, then this is good for 2 to 3 to share.
The fresh and sweet fruits, especially the mangoes are the winning element to the Bon Bon. I was indifferent to the slushie component, which was probably too sweet.
The non-diary cream, said to be imported from Korea, was the weakest link. My friends commented it tasted ”cheap” and I concur.
Also, the proportion was such that there was too much cream, and too little liquid, making the entire combination quite cloying in the end. As though as we were having a cake with too much cream in a cup.
Hopefully, the local team can work out the operations before it officially opens, so that it won’t end up to be a try-once and that’s it product.
Cakes seem to be out-sourced from CIEL Pâtisserie from the looks of it.
Just wondering, would you pay $19.80 for a cup?
Café de Paris
313 Orchard Road #B1-37 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
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