- Add: 15-2 Jalan Riang, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6289 1489
- Opening Hours: Tue-Fri (1pm-1030pm), Sat-Sun (9am-11pm)
- Website: http://www.wimblylu.com
- Great for..: Whimsical feel, Molten Lava Cake, Great Service, Chocolates
I have a weakness for molten lava cakes. My first forage into the world of liquid chocolatey goodness was with Chili’s, the one along Washtenaw Ave (Ann Arbor, Michigan) to be exact. Since then, there has been no turning back. Molten lava cakes are a must to conclude any Western-style meal for me. I do get grumpy and disapproving of restaurants who don’t serve it. You have been warned..
There have been hits and misses back in Singapore. The caramel one served at &Made came close to Chili’s. It was definitely a tone-ed down version of Chili’s though, which was fine by me because the American ones were just too crazily sweet anyways.
Then came along Wimbly Lu.
Wimbly Lu is another one of DC’s hit recommendation (DC fyi, is a colleague of mine who is Singapore’s walking food databank ). It was a great way to wrap up a tough week at work. Ok, technically, we went on a Thursday but hey, Thursday is the new Friday right? (And actually, I retract that statement as I recall being kept awake by work till 630am the next morning.)
This whimsical little dining spot in the middle of a Serangoon housing estate was started by ex-TV producers Lim Wee Bin and Luciana Tan. It has been around since 2011. In the F&B world where there is a constant flux of new establishments pouring in en masse and others that fade away into oblivion, my visit last week to Wimbly Lu confirms that this place is definitely here to stay. Why? 2 years on and we still had to queue for more than 20 min before we got a table, on a Thursday night. Thats why!
Besides the awesome decor and layout of the place, which by the way, was really really pretty at night.. One thing that struck me most was the affordability of the desserts. With sky rocketing restaurant bills (there is a related article on Sunday Life! today), I was really impressed with the array of desserts we managed to order for under $25. The portions are smaller no doubt, when you compare it to places like P.S Cafe but it gives you the freedom of choice to not plonk down $13 on a piece of cake – which annoyingly, is turning into a norm these days.
Most importantly, these desserts are handmade (not outsource to a supplier) and the owners source for organic eggs from local producers. Thumbs up to local produce!
We ordered the following:
- Molten Lava Cake ($6)
- Salted Caramel Ice Cream ($3)
- Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream ($3)
- Root Beer Cake ($6)
- Chocolate Eclair ($3)
Unbelievable prices huh? And if you believe in the 一分钱，一分货 saying. Try Wimbly Lu’s desserts and you might start pondering on the validity of that phrase.
The must-try in that list for me was the molten lava cake. Served in a ramekin, you will be guaranteed that every single drop of molten chocolate will find its way into your belly instead of getting smeared all over the dessert plate.
The ice-creams were distinctively hand/home-made, they aren’t the best I have had but for $3 a scoop, it was a good complement to the desserts we ordered. The honey cinnamon one was unlike anything I have tasted before – in a good way of course.
Root beer cake was simply chocolate cake sensually placed in a martini glass that was half-filled with root beer. Remember to start from the bottom so that you get the bits of cake that are soaked in root beer.
The Chocolate Eclair wasn’t too impressive. The only part of it that I love was the solidified chocolate coating. The choux pastry was too hard (it didn’t taste freshly baked) and there was way too much fresh cream piped in there. But hey, some might like it that way.
I have heard loads about the waffles there. At $8.50/waffle, it must be one of the cheapest in town.
Wimbly Lu – definitely heading back for more.