We headed over to House for drinks and dessert after dinner at Don Quijote. I find myself frequenting House for post-meal hang-outs, as it's wonderful for chilling. The tranquil, spacious gastro-pub is open till late and serves up scrumptious sweets and small bites.
This was Lips' recommendation, Chocolate Toffee Cake ($12), a decadent confection of fluffy chocolate sponge cake with chocolate toffee fudge and blackberries. The burnt sugar edge of the toffee lent a smoky fragrance, whilst the tart blackberries cut through the richness of the chocolate, so this didn't feel too heavy.
It's even better when the Warm Chocolate Toffee Cake ($14) is paired with vanilla ice-cream. The juxtaposition of hot and cold was as classic as peas and carrots.
The Guiltless Chocolate Affair ($14), a flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice-cream, was a lot more indulgent than you'd expect of something purportedly "guiltless". Sumptuous.
Because there's always space for the munchies, the Calamari ($16) and whitebait and shrimp, lightly battered and fried to a yummy crunch, was paired with a chilled tar tar sauce.
We also got a Grape Boost Herbal Tea ($8 per pot), a mix of rooibus, honeybush, peach, marigold, osmanthus, jasmine petals draped in grapeseed. This was so comforting, fruity and light. No sugar was required to sweeten this lovely tea.
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