When I think of “Themed Cafe”, two things come to mind – a gorgeous fairytale setting and “must be pricey!”.
Luckily for all us fairytale lovers, Blisshouse Themed Cafe is very much the former, and not so much the latter. Stepping into the Cafe is like stepping into a storybook. The wire-framed pumpkin carriages and lush indoor garden will make you feel a little like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland. Not to mention that this brilliant concept will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors away from the sweltering humidity of Singapore.
Cameras out, there’s so many instagram worthy moments here!
If their Wonderland-esque decor is not enough to convince you to visit, their beautifully presented food will definitely do the job. Trust me, writing this post had my stomach growling at the sight of the treats below!
First up: Appetizers!
Spicy Blue Mussels ($16)
The Spicy Blue Mussels seen above were as delicious as they looked. The spicy sauce brought out the flavour of the fresh mussels perfectly.
Now these humble Quesadillas may not look like much, but don’t judge a book by its cover (or a Quesadilla by its wrap). The burst of flavour from the jalapenos in the mayonnaise, the tender chicken, and the crispy thin oven-baked wrap not only refreshes your palette, but makes you want to go back for more.
While waiting for our mains to arrive, we had lots of fun with the pretty and vibrant drinks served!
Bliss’s Mint Chocolate Oreo Bless ($12)
Bliss’s Vanilla Rose Happiness ($12)
Bliss’s Yoghurt Orange Perfume ($12)
Bliss’s Yoghurt Strawberry Perfume ($12)
Lime Juice & Orange Juice
So pretty, right? The yoghurt mixes (orange & strawberry) were yummy, and whet our appetite for the food to come. A personal favourite was Bliss’s Yoghurt Orange Perfume as the sour combination was unique and tasty. While our SMUDGE taste tester was afraid of strawberry flavoured drinks tasting like cough syrup, Bliss’s Yoghurt Strawberry Perfume was given its stamp of approval for the authentic taste of real strawberries!
The other drinks were a hit with the SMUDGE taste testers as well. The delightful presentation and rose flavour of Bliss’s Vanilla Rose Happiness led us to feel like we were drinking straight from a rose garden, and the mint in Bliss’s Mint Chocolate Oreo Bless provided a novel and fresh taste to the typical chocolate oreo drinks. Even the boring old lime juice and orange juice tasted really refreshing and complemented the dishes to come!
Now on to the mains!
BBQ Pork Ribs ($19)
The favourite of Blisshouse Cafe’s owner, Ash, and very popular amongst the SMUDGE taste testers as well. The ribs were very tender, with the succulent meat practically falling off the bones. The BBQ sauce coating the ribs were of the perfect consistency as well, sweet and peppery, a wonderful complement to the mouthwatering-ly delicious ribs. The sides of salad and crispy, warm, potato wedges served completed the dish in a more than satisfying manner.
Look how succulent that meat is! Are you hungry yet?
Curried Red Snapper ($23)
Wow, that looked so picture perfect, we almost didn’t know how to start! The unique curry sauce – a blend of spicy Indian and tangy Japanese was a delightful surprise to our palettes. Buttery baked baby potatoes together with fresh red snapper in that unique sauce fused into a creamy delight in our mouths.
Roasted Basil Chicken Leg ($23)
The skin of the chicken was so crisp it reminded us of a duck confit. The combination of crispy skin, tender chicken, and creamy mashed potatoes worked delightfully together. We also enjoyed the sautéed vegetables that are seldom seen in main courses.
Just look at that tender chicken!
Soft Shell Crab Arabiatta ($20)
Another wonderful concoction by Blisshouse. The heat of the peppery tabasco together with the sweetness of the tangy tomato was a great hit with the SMUDGE taste testers. Not to mention the huge crispy soft shelled crab with its sweet meat hidden on the inside. Altogether a very filling dish that’s worth your money!
US Black Angus Beef ($38)
Just look at the colours on the dish! The medium rare beef chunks were cooked just the way we liked – tender and juicy. SMUDGE taste testers’ favourite part of the dish? The amazing truffle mash that tasted like heaven.
Tropicana Pizza ($17)
Generous servings of fresh ham and pineapple on top of a delightfully thin and crispy pizza. What more could you want in a pizza? This cheesy treat was perfect for sharing amongst four people (maybe even five).
Mmm, what a wonderful lunch that was…
Now that our main tummies are happy, it’s time to satisfy our dessert stomachs!
Vanilla Crème Brulee ($8)
Just look at the caramelized glaze on that Crème Brulee! With a crisp caramelized top and soft custardy insides, the Crème Brulee practically melted in our mouths. Sweet, eggy delight together with the tartness of fresh berries served on top. Yum-my!~
Melting Heart Chocolate Lava Cake ($15)
If heaven were edible, it would probably taste like this Melting Heart Chocolate Lava Cake. What makes Lava Cakes so perfectly delectable? Definitely the crispy fluffy outsides giving way to a centre of oozing chocolatey goodness. The rich dark chocolate flavour paired with the simple sweetness of vanilla ice cream will definitely hit the spot for any sweet tooth.
Pyramid of Love ($15)
Definitely a unique dessert belonging to Blisshouse! A pyramid of crispy toast drizzled with cinnamon sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream. The owner was inspired to create the dish after eating in a cafe in Taiwan. Stacking the toast up like this prevents it from getting soggy from the sweet sauce and ice cream, unlike the standard way of putting the toast in a box.
Desserts of the Day (Assorted Tarts) ($8)
Cute as a button, and delicious to boot! Mango, blueberries, and hazelnuts – all simple but great toppings for tarts. Before we knew it, these little treats disappeared in a blink of an eye.
A macro view of all the sweets we ate!
Do you believe me now when I say how droolworthy Blisshouse food is?
Looks expensive too, huh? Well, remember when I mentioned how Blisshouse was very fairytale-like, but not so pricey? It’s true! Lucky for us SMU students, Blisshouse Cafe is a Bizcom Partner! That means great discounts and value for money sets! Take a look below.
This weekday set lunch is normally for corporates, but now it’s also open for SMU students as well!
For only $9.90 (exclusive of Service Charge & GST), you can now get one of these delicious mains (normally worth at least $23) and a drink! So you can just head down after a tiring morning class for a booster before you go back to study again. This is available Mondays to Fridays, 12noon to 5pm.
But wait, there’s more! If you would rather widen your choices, SMU students get 15% off all items on the Ala Carte menu. Just present your Matriculation card for this great discount!
Bizcom recommends this place for its great dining experience (perfect for first dates too)! Girls will definitely be charmed by the lush green interior, and the quirky display items can be great conversation starters too.
Also, when there are no events, the private function room is open for all you selfie lovers to have fun with the luxurious sofas and vintage gramaphone!
So what are you waiting for? Head down to Blisshouse Themed Cafe at Central, Clarke Quay, #03-21 now! It’s just a 10 minute train/bus ride down from school!