Looks like donuts are getting some fanfare in Singapore of late, with the opening of shops such as City Donut at Telok Ayer Arts Club, Korio at Far East Square, and Haritts Donuts at Havelock Road. Yup, not just the usual Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts.
There are also online donut retail shops such as Sourbombe Artisanal Bakery and Burnt Ends Bakery.
Just a stone’s throw away from Amoy Street Food Centre, Common Man Stan, LUNA Patisserie and NOA Singapore, this newest kid on the stretch City Donut seems to be getting attention so much so that their donuts are often sold out.
Unlike most donuts-specialty kiosks in Singapore, City Donut has a seating capacity of 40 pax and retain some of the layouts from the previous Telok Ayers Arts Club – which has an art gallery space.
The menu focuses only on donuts, with local flavours ranging from Original ($1.30), Coffee ($1.80), Pandan Kaya ($2.20), Pulut Hitam ($2.20), Milo Dinosaur ($2.20), Wholemeal Yogurt ($2.20), Pandan Ondeh Ondeh ($2.80), Orh Nee ($2.50) to Citrus Yuzu ($2.50).
Each donut is about the size of a palm.
As some flavours are more popular than the others, not all flavours are available at my time of visit.
Also as some donuts are displayed outside and not labelled, first-timer customers may get confused on the availability of certain flavours.
Their bestseller is the Pandan Ondeh Ondeh Donut ($2.80), not in the usual shape of a ring donut.
Instead, palm sugar or gula melaka is mixed with grated coconut to fill up the core of the Pandan Ondeh Ondeh Donut before sprinkling more desiccated coconut on the surface.
The green pandan infused ball-shaped donut was soft, fluffy and fragrant.
However, I personally felt that the Pandan Ondeh Onden Donut had a texture more similar to a bun, lacking that distinct character of a doughnut. Plus it is not deep-fried (but of course this is healthier).
While sounding carb-rich, my favourite happened to be the Orh Nee Donut ($2.50), generously piped with smooth and fragrant yam paste.
The yam paste was not as sweet, and complemented the soft and moderately fluffy texture.
For those who prefer a light and refreshing treat, the Citrus Yuzu donut ($2.50) comes with a sugar coating to balance with the sour punch from the citrus fruit.
The sweet treat has lemon infused, which explains those strong tangy-citrus notes.
So instead of a drink, our local Milo Dinosaur now comes in the form of a donut, piped with milo cream and dusted with more milo powder.
What works for City Donut is the various local-inspired fillings.
These donuts should get trendy for a while, especially with the OLs in the vicinity, but whether it will be long lasting enough will depend on its continual introduction of appealing flavours.
2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.