How many ice cream and waffles cafes do Singapore need?
A few more, it seems.
OCD Café is not exactly an unfamiliar name for those around Ang Mo Kio. However, the ice cream has moved from the North to the Jalan Besar enclave as its lease at the previous outlet has ended.
However, the new space is not near the Chye Seng Huat (and gang) vicinity, but nearer Jalan Besar MRT station, a short walk from Berseh Food Centre and supper goers’ favourite Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant.
Waffles after Mee Sua Kueh and Xiao Long Bao, perhaps?
While the café has a catchy name, it has nothing to do with “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” (I think real OCD people would find some of the décor not too orderly here), but Obsessive Chocolat Desire – for the love of both chocolates and ice cream.
The space has a primary baby blue accent; walk to the back you would find an outdoor courtyard – this part is non-airconditioned though.
Some fairy lights should do the trick.
While the pricing has gone up a little, it is still wallet-friendly considering there is no categorisation into normal and premium flavours like many other ice cream parlours.
Ice cream is priced at $4 for a single scoop, $7 for double scoops, additional $1 for cone and $4 for a normal or roasted black sesame or earl grey with almond banana waffle.
16 flavours are available at any one time ranging from their signature chocolate flavours (as their name implies) to classic ones such as Vanilla Chips and Pistachio.
The other rotating flavours include Brown Butter Blueberry, Hazelnut Rocher, Lychee Raspberry, Salted Caramel, Melon Milk, Bubblegum, Lavender Hojicha to an intriguing Jeju.
The highlight is definitely their five choices of chocolate ice cream from different origins: Madagascar 33% Milk, Ecuador 40% Milk, Belgium Dark 60%, and Africa 85% Dark.
The percentage refers to the amount of cacao in a chocolate bar.
Both milk and dark chocolate are made similarly from cocoa solids/ cocoa liquor except that the former contains less cocoa but with milk products within.
The Africa 85% Dark had a stickier texture that is similar to a gelato, and was strong, robust, and chocolatey all at the same time without any lingering bitterness.
I was recommended the Buttery Biscoff to pair even though my heart went for the more citrusy Jeju; in retrospective Chocolate + Orange is not uncommon (like chocolate-orange Jaffa) and can help balance out the richness.
The Roasted Sesame Waffle had a lovely crispy outer layer, though could be considered dense for some – balancing it out with a lighter ice cream should help.
For deep-fried nibbles, available are Lollipop Chicken ($10), Fries with signature dip ($5) and popcorn ($5).
The Lollipop Chicken is prepared wherein the meat is cut loose from the bone end and pushed down creating a lollipop appearance. Not bad, though the fries were way to the salty side.
The tricky thing about OCD Café is that it needs to find new footing again in an unfamiliar neighbourhood after building base at AMK.
It has warmth and sincerity, but perhaps lack a certain ‘sleekness’ and need to create some edgy ice cream flavours to appeal to the youngish-hip café hoppers in the vicinity.
Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe
114 Jalan Besar Singapore 208834
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)