Karafuru Desserts

November 05, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Karafuru Desserts - Closed
8 Jalan Klapa

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Pretty Looking Modern Japanese French Desserts

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 5
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $13 per person.


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Opening their doors in August 2015, Karafuru Desserts is among the most trendy new dessert cafes in Singapore at the moment, for 2015. Karafuru Desserts specialises in French style desserts, namely parfaits and eclairs, made with Japanese ingredients and flavours. Their incredibly photogenic and pretty plated desserts have been flooding social media sites since they opened!

Ambience at Karafuru Desserts calls to mind the Japanese minimalist zen. A large, spacious interior, with straight lines and white walls with minimal patterns. A high ceiling and low warm lighting casts a welcoming feel, a clean, neat, inviting atmosphere. Rows upon rows of neatly arranged eclairs, bursting with colour, draw the eye to the dessert display. Bowls of water, decorated with flowers, sit in the middle of tables, a completely tranquil feel despite the noisy crowd.

Service at Karafuru Desserts is completely self-service, with ordering, payment, and collection done over the counter. At least staff are friendly and engaging, they're knowledgable enough to accurately describe the desserts available, and make astute recommendations. Beyond this, there's very little else that's memorable about the service.

Food at Karafuru Desserts is all about desserts, either parfaits or eclairs. These French style desserts are made with Japanese ingredients, creative and beautifully designed, very photogenic. But I tend to find it only decent in taste, not terrible, but not memorable either. Portions are designed for individuals, but can also be shared. Prices are rather high for these desserts, budget about SGD $6 per eclair, and about SGD $15 per parfait.


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The minimalist interior is tranquil zen when there's nobody around, but because the place is rather trendy now, expect the atmosphere to be noisy and buzzing. I like that the menu has descriptions of the ingredients within each dessert.

Karafuru Desserts Exterior


Karafuru Desserts Interior


Karafuru Desserts Menu


Eclair Display


Wooden Utensils



Their Yoghurt Parfait Set (SGD $20) includes a choice of 1 parfait, as well as a choice of 1 tea. We got the Yoghurt Parfait Hanami Set (SGD $20), along with a Soba Seed Tea. I find this set to be slightly more value for money.

Yoghurt Parfait Hanami Set (SGD $20)



The Soba Seed Tea, also known as Buckwheat Tea, has a light toasted / roasted grain flavour, a slight gentle sweetness, with a mild leaf green colour hue. It's touted for its nutritious health benefits, being high in vitamin B, magnesium, fiber, and anti-oxidents such as rutin.

Soba Seed Tea 01


Soba Seed Tea 02



The Yoghurt Parfait Hanami features a surprsingly soft and moist sakura / cherry blossom souffle, a millky smooth vanilla pudding on a sweet crisp wafer, tart and sharp red fruit coulis (strawberry, raspberry), a cereal crunch, sakura / cherry blossom syrup, sliced strawberry and raspberry, a hanami dango / sweet glutinous rice dumpling balls with 3 flavours (plain, strawberry, green tea), and a sakura / cherry blossom flavoured langue de chat / cat tongue cookie. Despite the sakura / cherry blossom syrup having a medicinal taste, the overall dessert was above average.

Yoghurt Parfait Hanami 01


Yoghurt Parfait Hanami 02



The Eclair Plate / Plated Eclair look incredibly pretty and inviting, a burst of colours on the plate. Beautiful presentation.

Eclair Plate 01


Eclair Plate 02


Eclair Plate 03



The alcohol infused Eclair Black Forest (SGD $7) features a soft, chewy choux pastry shell stuffed and layered with kirschwasser creme (a cherry fruit brandy cream) in a vibrant purple colour hue, topped with chocolate coated wild cherries, sliced raspberries, and a rich, luscious, dark chocolate cream. It really does taste like the German black forest cake, hitting all the right notes. Good!

Eclair Black Forest 01


Eclair Black Forest 02



The pretty Eclair Sakura Rose (SGD $6) features a soft, chewy choux pastry shell stuffed and layered with a sakura / cherry blossom and rose cream, topped with marzipan crystals, and edible flower petals. Very pretty, but the intense flavour hits the palate, coating it with sweetness, followed by a short, tart, sour aftertaste. I find it to be below average in taste, and I suspect not everyone will like it due to the sharp contrast of flavours.

Eclair Sakura Rose 01


Eclair Sakura Rose 02



The coffee flavoured Eclair Cafe Au Lait (SGD $6) features a soft, chewy choux pastry shell stuffed and layered with a smooth milk coffee cream, topped with marzipan crystals, and crunchy dark chocolate sables. You get the rich, roasted aroma of coffee in this dessert, followed by the bitter sweet flavour of chocolate. Quite good!

Eclair Cafe Au Lait 01


Eclair Cafe Au Lait 02



The attractive Eclair Matcha Azuki (SGD $6) features a soft, chewy choux pastry shell, stuffed with a grainy matcha / green tea paste, and layered with a smooth matcha / green tea cream on one end, with an earthy azuki / red bean cream at the other end. Absolutely loved the combination of flavours in this. Highly recommended!

Eclair Matcha Azuki 01


Eclair Matcha Azuki 02



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