Every Moment Is A Strawberry Moment (Dessert Cafe @ De Garden, Ipoh)October 26, 2010 | 10,986 views
Strawberry Strudel (RM29.90/USD9.70 for Whole, RM7.50/USD2.40 per slice)
Back in the end of May 2010, we went on an excursion to Cameron Highlands; and thus were duly introduced (albeit rather late) to Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe in the town of Brinchang. Cool breeze and crisp, fresh air marks a pleasant respite from the hectic/routine lifestyle on the lowlands; punctuated with a delightful array of strawberry desserts and beverages.
A spacious, bright and airy ambience with a chic finish; designed by one of the owner herself. Even the menu was designed in-house, further saving up on the operational cost.
Then they decided to branch out from their two outlets in Cameron Highlands, bringing the taste of their delectable desserts and signature creations (especially their commanding Strudels) down to Ipoh. A smart choice, considering the fact that back then, De Garden was devoid of a proper hangout spot for desserts and drinks, save for Pappa Rich.
An astonishing number of desserts (more than 20 types) dominate their menu, with emphasis on desserts made with fresh fruits (majority of them with strawberries; of course), chocolates (from their very own chocolate factory in Cameron Highlands named Avant), and various beverages including Illy coffee, fresh juices, milk shakes, and tea.
Strawberry Parfait (RM15.90/USD5.20), Fresh Strawberry Juice (RM8.90/USD2.90) and Fresh Strawberry Milkshake (RM10.90/USD3.50)
The Strawberry Parfait (parfait refers to a type of American dessert closely resembling a sundae) presented was a sight for sore eyes. Layers of fresh cream, chopped strawberries and lover’s fruits (buah cinta), with bits of crunchy chocolate in between, made up the tall ensemble served in a tall and transparent glass. This is one dessert highly suggested to be shared, so don’t go all out and order one each.
The milk shakes (strawberry, oreo, lover’s fruit, blueberry and vanilla) are all priced at RM10.90 each, a little steep maybe. But reasonable enough considering the fact that they really use fresh fruits for the respective shakes.
A Strawberry Mini Steamboat (chocolate fondue) @ RM17.90/USD5.80 for 2-3 pax.
The chocolate fondue; also known as Strawberry Mini Steamboat in the menu comes in two sizes. The Mini one for 2-3 pax, while the Maxi version for sharing amongst 5-6 diners.
Fresh strawberries, marshmallows, and cherry tomatoes were served together with a heated steel container filled with melted dark chocolate. Thankfully, the molten solution was not as diluted like some chocolate fountains in buffet restaurants.
Fresh Strawberry Salad (RM10.90/USD3.50)
Aside from bingeing on the sweets, they do offer a “Heartier Meal” section with limited savouries like spaghetti, fish & chips, sandwiches, and of course; fresh salads.
The Fresh Strawberry Salad arrived in an aesthetically-pleasant manner; brimming with fresh strawberries, raisins and cherry tomatoes, seated atop the bed of coleslaw in a bowl lined with the hydroponically grown butterhead lettuce from their farm. Sufficient for a light eater, or on days when you want to remove the guilt from over-indulging on the desserts.
Strawberry Chocolate Crepe (RM12.90/USD4.20) – Soft pancakes with slices of fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce surrounding the perimeters
Tiramisu Mousse with Ice Cream (RM12.90/USD4.20) – A custard-like texture infused with a caffeine kick from the sprinkled coffee powder, served with fresh strawberries, an unconventional decor of fresh gooseberry from their farm, and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Strawberry Ice Baby (RM11.90/USD3.80) – One of my personal favourite, you might have seen this from the Cameron Highland’s post before. Blended ice-cream, strawberries, ice and lots of sago pearls.
Blueberry Strudel (RM7.50/USD2.40) – Pastries layered with fresh cream, blueberry puree and custard
Of course, a visit to Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe without a taste of their famous Strudel is almost uncalled for. Imagine going to a ‘Nga Choy Kai’ outlet without trying the bean sprouts, and you get the idea.
Although they only offer two flavours; Strawberry and Blueberry for the time being, these pastries are hands down their top sellers. Come Christmas, they will be decorating the whole strudels (RM29.90 each) with the right ornaments; usually powdered with icing sugar if I am not mistaken; to create the snowy, Christmas-sy atmosphere.
You can have the strudels from the fridge, or warmed prior to serving if you’re taking them home. The strudels make great gifts, as they have their own tailor-made rectangular boxes with carrying handles. An alternative to the generic cakes, perhaps? (Although the cafe does bake their own cakes; including cheese cakes as well)
Aside from SSTC, Josephine and Italia Mia, I guess Strawberry Moment‘s the next place to serve Illy Coffee; a pleasantly aromatic flavour derived from the beans from Italy.
In case of an ‘overdose’ on strawberries-laden food and drinks, consider going for the Chocolate drinks made from their own brand of chocolates; Avant. Or wanna kick back, seated on the plush sofa in one corner with a magazine at hand, and a cup on the other?
Enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed Illy coffee; from Espresso, Cappucino to Latte and Mocha, and even Ice-Blended varieties. Or if you simply cannot imagine eating in a cafe specializing in strawberries yet sipping on coffee; you can have the best of both worlds. (Illy coffee priced from RM7.90 onwards)
A cup of Strawberry White Coffee (RM5.90) or Strawberry Cappucino (RM6.90). That might settle the initial hesitation.
Some of the selected products to be bought from the cafe. If you want the full range, you have to order from them, or hop over to their outlet in Brinchang.
Since I was told that the request for souvenirs/gifts from the customers are omnipresent, they have decided to pack various soft toys, wrapped chocolates and paraphernalia into small, cute bundles of gifts for various occasions. Or just something to present to your loved ones. You can also buy strawberry tea, coffee, and dried fruits from the display cabinet.
The cakes can be made-to-order, starting from RM60/USD20 per cake of about 1kg. Or just buy a Strudel instead, for a lighter dessert but more or less the same celebratory concept. Yes, you can ask for candles and a plastic knife (cutter?) would be provided too.
Choose to be seated inside the cafe, or enjoying your desserts al fresco.
Soon, they will be introducing various new items into their menu. Emphasis would be on the savoury dishes, as some customers (me included) felt that the selection can be improved to further expand the patronage from the lunch and dinner crowds.
STRAWBERRY MOMENT DESSERT CAFE (pork-free)
Lot GR-19,20, Ground Floor,
Persiaran Medan Ipoh,
Medan Ipoh, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-546 5595
URL : www.strawberrymoment.com
Google Map to Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe
*This cafe is situated next to Oh Sushi!, and opposite of Ding Fung Shabu-Shabu.