UPDATE (28/02/2016): All the available branches have closed down.
When I walked past Tai-Parfait's kiosk at Plaza Singapura, I was immediately reminded of the amazing taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped cake) from Kogane Taiyaki (黄金鯛焼き) I had in Kyoto, Japan on the last day of 2013. My mouth was pretty itchy, so I decided to drag my friends to try one or two from Tai-Parfait, hoping to relive that magical moment on New Year's Eve.
Banana Cheese Cream Crunch Taiyaki (Custard Filling) S$5.00
The first thing I noticed was the fact that the cake base wasn't crispy on the outside, even though it was delightfully airy and moist. Even though it was a minus point, the combination of banana, cream cheese and velvety custard filling was close to being sensational. Did I tell you before that I like anything and everything with banana? :D
Kinako Brown Sugar with Vanilla Ice Cream Taiyaki (Chocolate Filling) S$4.50
Another flavour that I got to try the other day was the vanilla ice cream with brown sugar sauce that was pretty aromatic. The chocolate filling was warm and sweet enough for my palate. I couldn't help but imagine the poor sea bream being stuffed in the mouth with ice cream. Haha... :P
Iced Matcha Latte S$5.20
One of us decided to try the cold drink of green tea ice cream blended with milk and ice. While the level of sweetness was just right, I was hoping to have less crushed ice in order for the green tea aroma to be brought out better.
With three branches operating in the country at the point of writing, I guess I know where to get a fixed of taiyaki parfait. Pika's advice: The most expensive taiyaki flavour priced at S$6.80 - Vanilla Soft Ice Cream with Honey Comb - seems to be quite a big hit. You may want to give it a try.
68 Orchard Road
#B2-49 Plaza Singapura
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,