After a number of café openings at the Alexandra and Redhill areas, there is finally a new hipster café at Queenstown – one that specialises in croissants, toasties, and cronuts. (Also read: 10 Best QUEENSTOWN Cafes)
Queenstown which is recognisable with the blue-coloured MRT station has a few known cafes in the area, including Tiong Hoe, Creatr., and Sin and Savage Bakehouse. However, these are at the Stirling Road side and require a long walk over if you do not drive.
DILLYDELI (quite a cute name) is found at 53B Strathmore Avenue – also better known as “Forfar Heights”, which is of a 5 minutes’ walk from the Queenstown MRT station.
The name is a play on the familiar colloquial term “Dilly Dally”, that often has a less than positive connotation for taking your own sweet time.
The owners hope to provide an alternative experience and space that allows individuals to slow down their pace for their good. Hopefully the service is not dilly dally too. lol
The focus here is on Toasties ($4.80 – $6.80), with options of fillings including brie, ham, dried cranberry; blue cheese crispy bacon, fuji apple; cheddar, spam, button mushroom; and ricotta, tomato and sweet basil.
Take note that the Toasties are assembled and heated up only upon order, and require about 5 to 10 minutes’ wait.
There were also choices of Chicken and Brie Croissant ($6.80), Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Croissant ($7.80), Caprese Croissant ($6.80), Buffalo Chicken and Brie Cheese Bun ($7.80), Truffle Portobello Bun ($8.80), and Ultimate BLT Bun ($8.80).
I thought that the Chicken and Brie Croissant ($6.80) was pretty-decent, working like a sandwich using crispy croissant.
The chicken chunks and soft cow’s milk cheese were a complementary pair, with a lightly creamy, mild and satisfying taste.
I was quite curious about their Cronut ($4.80) which resembles a doughnut and made from croissant-like dough, with options of Apple Pecan Pie, Sea Salt Caramel, Milo Dinosaur, Key Lime Pie, Coffee & Biscoff, and Nutella.
My heart was screaming “Nutella” but I went with their recommendation of Apple Pecan Pie.
This worked well in terms of the crispy, flaky texture – we know that it is hard to maintain there in Singapore’s humid conditions. I wished there was some form of light custard or something to better balance out the tanginess of the apples.
Wanting to order my usual Iced Americano, I realised it was not offered on the menu. But there are still the hot coffee choices of Latte, Long Black and Cappuccino.
Instead, the café serves up a whole range of Cold Pressed Juices, Imperfect Teas and Imperfect Cold Brews from Juicy Folks – a local company that works with ex-offenders.
This is a small step in their efforts to support local enterprises.
I found the Traditional Roasted Cold Brew Coffee rather refreshing, soothing and fragrant, though I wished there was a no-sugar option (as I have been cutting sugar off my coffee for health reasons).
53B Strathmore Avenue, #01-01, Singapore 144053
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues