Official Website: http://www.grinaffair.com/
Address: 3 Everton Park, #01-77A Singapore
Tel: +65 8282 7375
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm – 8pm, Closed on Sun
Budget: $5.50-$6 for jar cakes
Recommendations: Honey Lavender, Lychee Passionfruit
Grin Affair is a quaint little café that is snugly situated at a HDB void deck, just a few minutes away from Outram Park MRT Station (NEL exit). Decided to drop by on a weekday afternoon since we happened to be in the area.
We were greeted by the homely and cute decor upon entering. However, due to the limited seats available inside the small cafe, we figured that it was more of a takeaway place than a chill-out place. Nevertheless, since it was empty when we arrived, we decided to sit down to enjoy our dessert.
The café has a rather unique concept as it only specialises in one type of dessert: jar cakes. Apart from conventional flavours like dark chocolate and strawberry, they also have interesting flavours like marron (chestnut), honey lavender and kiwi cheesecake. Both SG Boy and I were eyeing the Matcha & Azuki cake from the menu, but unfortunately it wasn’t available that day. :( Hence, we settled for the Honey Lavender Cake.
The Honey Lavender Cake ($5.50) comprised honey lavender mousse sandwiched between two layers of vanilla sponge cake, with a handful of blueberries embedded within the mousse layer. Although the mousse layer was rather thick, it tasted light and wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. The subtle lavender flavour went really well with the vanilla cake layers, and we enjoyed every mouthful of it. Moreover, because the cake was served chilled, we felt that it was the perfect dessert for the warm weather.
We also ordered the Apple Brew ($3), which happened to be the only drink on their menu. Just like the cake, the drink was also served in a jar. It was naturally sweetened with apple, honey plum and apricot kernel without any sugar (I checked before ordering), and tasted really refreshing! Perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. :D
To show their support for the environment, carriers are only provided for takeaways of 4 or more bottles. In addition, a ticket is issued for every jar returned, which can then be used to redeem freebies (if you hit a certain amount). Eco-friendliness ftw! :D
We left shortly after finishing our dessert because we found the place a little too quiet for comfort (perhaps because it was a weekday afternoon). Nevertheless, we feel that the cafe’s novel concept definitely justifies a visit, especially if you’re in need of some chilled dessert to counter the heat here!
PS. I packed another two jars of cake home for my family & my mum enjoyed the Lychee Passionfruit one so much that she devoured everything all by herself within a few minutes. ;)