Donuts @ Raffles City BasementSingapore has long been swept with a donut craze..we've progressed from brand to brand, in the All american's favourite snack first foray into sunny Singapore it was Dunkin' Donuts (I still remember it at Far East Plaza!)..things kind of died down with bakeries like Swiss Bake/Q Bread/BreadTalk/Bengawan Solo offering the sweet dessert dusted with icing sugar..then there was Pop-Doh! at Takashimaya (The Japanese version which I don't hugely fancy...okay, just the packaging) and somewhere in 2006/7 I vaguely remember Donut Factory creating a huge craze (it's Dec 2006 according to its webbie), people were creating waves and history by queuing up to 2 hours for these prized fried bread with icing. It was almost like the "Hello Kitty" of the 21st century. Nearly everyone emerged from the queue with that victorious smirk and never just one box. (I pride my sis buying just ONE donut when she queued for it then. And I didn't get a bite of Donut Factory till MUCH later..tsk) Copycats sprouted all over. Ok, not copycats...but like-minded companies to the tune of Munchy Donuts (Now Donut Empire), Little Red Dot (At Jurong Point), E-Donuts (At Le Meridien tha imo didn't quite take off), Chewy Junior (one of the interesting 'donuts' that keeps shrinking)..and nearly every bakery including neighbourhood ones included donuts in every conceivable colour and flavour.
I usually get my fix of donuts in Bkk/M'sia...having my all time favourite Dunkin' Donuts! =P And thankfully for me, J&Co won my heart. Totally.
Now it's the reign of J&Co, very unfortunately having Donut Factory bear the brunt of the switch in popularity stakes. Once belonging to the "Ace of Donuts" where no-queues at Donut Factory was an unheard and unseen phenomenon. I guess that's the fate of two rival companies situated in the same building. Should Krispy Kreme/Dunkin' Donuts decide to setfoot on our shores...trust them to garner all if not most of the support...leaving all of the above wondering "what happened?"
Without further ado...the showdown of the donuts at Raffles City!
No queues today. At all. The worker was sweeping the area at an ungodly hour of past 12..tried Peanut Butter Glaze a while ago..well it's a glazed donut with creamy peanut butter filling. It's alright...delicious...overdosage of sugar. But that's what donuts are about! Bread's normal...was already sinking by the time I sunk my teeth into it.
New items are mini donuts. Cute!
$11/box of 12
Now..for J&Co...I succumbed to getting a box (finally!) after all these while. :P
Chocolate Caviar (I think...)
JCrown Alcapone (White belgian chocolate)
The JCrowns taste uncannily like Mister Donut, not as chewy though.
Why Nut? (White Chocolate topping with peanut butter filling)
The ultimate decadence. It used to be Green Putting from Munchy Donuts (Green Tea topping with custard) till they decided to
Sugar glazed with blueberry
$7/box of 6 assorted
New items are savoury. Hmm...donuts should be sweet imo.
As the war continues, the consumer always wins. :)
Raffles City Basement (Near Shokudo)
Raffles City Basement (Near Aerin's)