If you love Strawberries, How about some “Singberry”?October 13, 2010 | 8,003 views
A bowl of sweet and fresh strawberries from Seng Berry farm in Cameron Highlands; with optional dressing sauces (Thousand Island, syrup, etc). Small for RM8.90/USD2.90, Large for RM13.90/USD4.50
And this comfortable cafe that seats a crowd of 20 at most, in Ipoh Garden South has been around since November 2009. Talk about being right there in front of my eyes (read the Jalan Datoh’s upmarket Wanton Noodle post), yet I have circled this area countless times in search of new eateries.
Only to leave disappointed when they stopped at two. Relatively new outlets back then; Nam Chau (my personal favourite place for dry curry mee in Ipoh) opened a branch next to Jalan Datoh’s Noodle Stall. Maybe I have mistakenly thought Singberry was some music school (ironically, Odeliana upstairs is a montessori) or a boutique; since there are countless ones around the vicinity of Ipoh Garden South.
Okay, so what makes Singberry SPECIAL, and they were actually the pioneer cafe specializing in strawberry beverages (and to some extent; desserts), way before Strawberry Moment was launched at De Garden?
Singberry @ Ipoh Garden South – So now you know where to go for really fresh, plump and juicy strawberries from Cameron Highlands; at RM34 per kg.
Thanks to random whispers in the wind …… I discovered Singberry. Full on the thought that the place is a new cafe amidst the barrage of new eateries in Ipoh, I entered in a half-hearted manner. Low expectations; maybe at the prospect of seeing a never ending menu with fusion cheese-baked creations and fried pasta, and some strawberry desserts to justify the fame.
How wrong was I.
Strawberry Milkshake (RM9.90/USD3.20) sounds lovely and tagged with a dauntingly premier price, but damn the shake was one of the BEST i have had in ages!
They have survived for almost a year now. And still they do not have a menu! Only a piece of laminated one-piece list of various healthy beverages (refer to the picture below) separated into several categories : Detoxing (the ULTIMATE detoxifying concoction of strawberry, bitter gourd, cucumber, celery and green apple at RM8.90/USD2.90), Anti-Aging (Strawberry, Apple and Orange with various combination at RM8.90/USD2.90) Refreshing (Strawberry fibre juices and tea from RM4.50/USD1.50 onwards), Relaxing (Strawberry Smoothies at RM7.90/USD2.50 each), and the slightly indulgent Happy & Lovely (Milk shakes, baby!!! @ RM9.90/USD3.20 each)
See the menu and either you balk at the sight of all those scarily healthy drinks, or like Motormouth here … your eyes darted straight to the milk shakes section!
Various sandwiches with a mix of strawberries, cucumber and choice of ham/cheese, or egg.
How about the FOOD then? Only finger food available at the premise; Strawberry sandwiches, Fresh strawberries with dressings or without, homemade curry puffs and chicken pie, as well as cakes at the display counter in front of the shop.
What if you crave for a full course meal, or something more substantial?
A chicken pie not unlike Secret Recipe’s chicken cornish, with an easier to digest less-buttery pastry and fillings of chopped carrots, potatoes and chicken bits. (RM2.50 each, if I am not mistaken)
You CAN order from two restaurants on the outside. Yes, you can slurp on Jalan Datoh’s wanton mee from across the street, or you can have various rice or noodle dishes from Haw Ting Delicious at the other corner of the row with Nam Chau and Jalan Datoh Noodle Stall. No extra charges applicable.
The bowl of fresh strawberries went for RM13.90 for a large serving of halved strawberries, drizzled with syrup and interestingly topped with bits of preserved dried fruits; aka “Mo Far Kor”. A clever mix of sweet and savoury (the dried peels), you can opt to have your strawberries with a salad dressing, or served without any fancy dressing if desired.
The drinks are clearly their forte at Singberry (the name derived from their farm in Tringkap, Cameron Highlands named Seng Berry). The refreshing blend of strawberries, beet root and lemon (not in the menu) appeared in a blood red form, yet the zesty nuance from the squeezed lemon offset the sometimes overwhelming taste of the beet root.
Like a family running the cafe (I seriously think they are a family, but I forgot to poke my nose around), the staff at Singberry will attend to your every query with much pleasantry. And damn they are PROUD of their strawberries! And deservedly so ……
The freshly-plucked strawberries are carted almost daily from their farm in Tringkap, Cameron Highlands. And they pride on their plump, red, sweet and juicy strawberries. So much so that when the price of RM34/kg tag was uttered, and we seemed hesitant; the girl was quick to give us a reassuring smile and brought us to the counter for a look at their beautiful produce.
And yes, unlike the usually sour, small and too-commercialized strawberries in Cameron Highlands (since the better ones are exported, or sold in hypermarkets I was told) the ones at Singberry did scream for our attention and maybe an uncontrollable urge to pick one and put into the mouth. On the spot.
*Now, for that leap of faith for Motormouth ; A Detoxifying tonic of Strawberry+Celery+Bitter Gourd and the foulest of greens. Any takers?
SINGBERRY – Freshly-plucked Strawberries from Cameron Highlands
11, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 12, Ipoh Garden South,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 6016-561 1221/6019-512 1166
Business Hours : 10.30am – 7.30pm
Closed on Mondays.
GPS Coordinates : E101 7′ 10.8″ N4 36′ 28.0″
Google Map to Singberry