We read about this cafe in Urban a few weeks ago, and happened to have some time to kill at Holland Village this afternoon. Unfortunately I’d forgotten both the name and exact address of the place, so we were wandering around the various blocks desperately trying to find it. We were almost ready to give up when we finally saw a cafe that looked a bit more posh than the surrounding shops. We walked in to see a blown-up version of the Urban article so we knew we were in the right place.
They sell 500g portions of their cakes for around $11, and they halve those portions into triangular slices for individual orders at around $5.80. We tried the classic Chocolate Fudge Cake, and I wanted the Strawberry Shortcake as well but they didn't have individual slices of that.
In my opinion, most places don’t serve their cakes at an optimum temperature. With the exception of mousse cakes or really light Chantilly cream cakes, most cakes benefit from being thawed at room temperature for at least 10 to 15 minutes before eating. That way, the cake has had a chance to regain its moistness, and the frosting reaches a nice creamy consistency.
This place is no different. The cake came straight from the fridge so it was a little hard and therefore, slightly dry. It got a bit better towards the end. I liked the fudge – it was slightly salty which was perfect for a lover of all things sweet-salty like me.
The good thing about the cafe is that for $3.80, you get free flow coffee. And not just a weak percolated brew either. They use a pretty decent coffee machine where you can select latte, cappuccino etc. I just hope this isn’t abused by customers who plonk themselves there all day with a book, and drink endless cups of coffee.
Not bad. Think it would be a nice place to chill over a cup of coffee and some cake.
Purple Rose Cafe
Block 42, Holland Drive
Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Public Holidays: 11 am to 3 pm