The Malayan Council – Curated Homemade Cakes That Will Win Your Love
A friend of mine recently chanced upon The Malayan Council and raved about their Ondeh Ondeh cakes, as well as their fusion gourmet food. I am a sucker for cakes that pay tribute to local flavours, so TMC definitely tops my list of places to visit.
Founded in August 2015, The Malayan Council fuses traditional Malay food with modern gourmet food to reach out to both the old and the young. The dual-storey eatery has both an indoor, and alfresco seating area. The first floor conveys a slightly moody atmosphere, while the second floor is quite brightly lit. My first impression of the restaurant was highly positive. We were attended to by very hospitable staff.
Before we tucked into the highly anticipated desserts, we dived into a couple of main courses first. The King Prawn Aglio Oglio ($25) came with a portion of linguine, mussels, and fried king prawns. Apart from the strong presence of garlic in the noodles, there was a slight heat which I found pleasant. However, the noodles could have been been more al dente. I also thought the mussels were slightly overdone. The stars of the dish, the king prawns, were coated in a mild tasting batter which I thought could have been made more savoury with added spice.
The Angus Ribeye Masak Merah ($37) is TMC’s take on the traditional masak merah dish. It is an assembly of steak, mixed salad and truffle fries. The beef is slathered with this exceptional masak merah sauce which is sure to excite your tastebuds with its tangy and sweet notes. You know it’s good when you start dipping everything you are eating into it.
It’s time for cakes! All of TMC’s cakes are made in-house by their pastry chef. We ordered the Classic Ondeh Ondeh Cake ($8.50) which came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can look forward to an excellent medley of light coconut chantilly cream, moist and soft pandan sponge cake, gula melaka bits and coconut drizzle. This cake is really delicious!
Apart from local flavours, cakes inspired by flavours from our childhood are available as well. The Ovomaltine ($9.50) sees a chocolate sponge cake filled with chocolate ganache, spread with crunchy ovomaltine, and covered with more chocolate ganache and Milo sprinkles. It’s difficult not to fall in love with the crunchy and creamy layers.
TMC has really created a reason for us to return. Though I found the mains slightly underwhelming, their decadent cakes deserve a special mention. I did find the prices a bit exorbitant, but a percentage of their sales goes to Muhammadiyah Home Welfare.
The Malayan Council
Address: 22 Dunlop Street Singapore 209350
Phone: 9002 4414
Email Address: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays 11.30am to 11pm, Saturdays, Sundays and PH 11am to 11pm. Last order 10pm for all days.
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