I mean, seriously, it’s so annoying that cakes and pastries are priced more and more exorbitantly these days. Yes, yes I know the ingredients are of quality and the amount of effort in making these good looking and tasting goodies are immense.
But don’t we all have times where we miss the good old days when the only cakes we get were from Bengawan Solo and the only ice cream cakes came from Swensens? Affordably priced. Not too fancy. But lots of contentment in the belly. I love that kind of feeling where both my pockets and belly feel good at the same time, and this recent hidden gem uncovered, Dino Cake House and Cafe met every single one of that critieria.
THANKS CHELTTON TAN FOR THE RECOMMENDATION!
I would have NEVER discovered this hidden gem because
1. Upper Thomson is way too inconvenient for me to get there
2. It’s tucked away from the main road and hidden behind a construction site. NO WAY AM I GOING TO JUST FIND IT.
3. The exterior is a bit… Hmm.
See what I mean! I’m glad that we passed by this place while we made our way to Thomson Plaza, and Cheltton actually have had cakes from Dino before! So he went like “OMG THE DURIAN CAKE HERE IS VERY NICE, YOU WANT TO TRY?”. And this review was born.
Okay actually I didn’t even intend to blog about this, hence the lack of interior shots. But the first mouthful of THAT durian cake changed my mind.
Dino serves up a wide variety of cakes at very, very affordable prices. Think $2.50 blackforest cakes, brownies and tiramisus. The list goes on, and you can actually find them here!
What impressed me most was when I first forked into the cake… I let out the loudest gasp ever.
This was probably one of the softest cakes I’ve ever stuck my fork into, and look at the amounts of durian within! Wow. After having a first bite, I decided to buy 2 of them back home for my family to try them. They liked it, of course. However, I thought that by placing the cakes overnight, the flavors of the durian were less distinct, and it was slightly less satisfying as I remembered. Lesson learnt, JUST HAVE YOUR CAKES THERE AT DINO!
I was also recommended the Coconut Delight ($1.80).
Look at the generous amounts of coconut shavings and steamed coconut on the top of the sponge cake! A bite of this would fill your entire mouth with the fragrance of coconut. Absolutely delightful and how aptly named. A little too much cream for my diet though. Hahahaha!
Having just these 2 cakes from Dino’s had gotten me really interested in how their other cakes would fare. To be frank, these tasted great for their price, but it isn’t like mindblowing! Nonetheless it definitely did bring back that kind of contentment when you feel happy from wallet to belly.
A little inaccessible but definitely worth a try if you’re in the area. Hey, they have another outlet at Bukit Timah Plaza too!
For more affordable eats, check out my post here!
How to get there?
257 Upper Thomson Road
(Opens Daily 9.00am – 9.00pm)
1 Jalan Anak Bukit
Bukit Timah Plaza #B1-K70
(Weekdays 10.00am – 8.30pm)
(Weekends 9.00am – 8.30pm)