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Kki @ Ann Siang Hill

08 February 2010


Everyone's been talking about this little gem tucked in Ann Siang Hill that it was only a matter of time before I made my first visit here, and since it has been appearing in many blogs recently I thought I would jump on the bandwagon as well and write my piece. Besides, with so many cakes going around the blogs now, I think it's a good idea to let our readers have a preview of just about all of the pretty cakes from K Ki.


Follow the directional signs to get you to K Ki! I think there's a certain charm to the signs and the way they're written, it's like looking for a little fantasy land of your own. There's so much anticipation with every step you take.


And there it is, my cosy sanctuary on a peaceful Sunday morning. Everyone loves the little red mailbox at the door, and K Ki owners Delphine and Kenneth tell me that even their bicycles have become exhibits too, with people gaily taking pictures with them.


K Ki shares the space with The Little Dröm Store, an artistic and dream-like shop that has an attractive range of vintage and quaint knick-knacks that are bound to grab your interest. A good place for a meaningful gift surely.


If there is one word that I have to describe K Ki, it's love. Love in the way that Delphine and Kenneth got together to set this place up, love in the way Kenneth puts his heart into the cakes (he started baking in his own backyard in Japan!), love in the way they meticulously display their cakes, love in the way the cakes look and taste, and love in the way they treat their customers. Riding on bicycles to "work" every morning and pinching the sweet creations from your hubs, it's a dream love story.


And I must add of course, that I love the company of my fellow friends that morning, with Enlin, Glenn, Zaylene and Kaelyn all ready to get a taste of K Ki. With us in one of the pictures above is Kenneth, who is photo-shy like Delphine but we managed to persuade him for just one shot.

Nespresso Coffee and Latte


Nothing like a rich cup of quality coffee to perk you up on a pleasant Sunday morning. People who like their coffee sweeter though would probably have to add more milk or sugar, but it suits just fine for me this way. At first I was concerned that the full flavour of the coffee would affect the taste of the cakes, but it turned out to be a good complement. And oh, delicious coconut sablé cookie to accompany the drink, which you could buy in the pack too!

Antoinette


The owner of The Little Dröm Store loves this cake so much that Delphine and Kenneth decided to name it after her. This is undoubtedly one of K Ki's bestsellers, and it's not hard to see why it is. Light and delicate white chocolate mousse wrapped around a sweet mango purée centre. This is a personal favourite.

Mona


The Mona also happens to be named after one of Delphine and Kenneth's friends, and here you've got a distinct banana flavour amidst milk chocolate mousse. I especially liked the macaron at the top, which was light and sweet, and which everyone was probably eyeing as well but was too polite to make a grab of it.

Mont Blanc


Another one of K Ki's bestsellers, the Mont Blanc is a chestnut-flavoured cake (see the brown swirls) with soft sponge and sweet cream underneath. Always thought Mont Blanc as the snow-capped French Alps, but hey I love this even more because I get to eat it. Yums.

Kinabaru


Coconut mousse, passionfruit crème and chocolate daquoise, this was another of the unanimous favourites of the morning. Kenneth was saying that since there's already a "Mont Blanc" why not one after Kota Kinabalu, but with a hint of something refreshing in "baru" (Malay word for "new"). Initially, I was having doubts about passionfruit crème after an unpleasant experience at Resorts World's Boulangerie, but K Ki has shown me that magic can be weaved with the right hands. While the coconut flavour could be just a little bit stronger, it still fits with the "light" theme of the cake and I like it a lot.

Strawberry Tart


I'm not the biggest fan of fruit tarts, but at least K Ki's Strawberry Tart base made from "French butter for [a] sable breton (French butter cookie)" with "a thin layer of almond frangipane"[*] was a simple delight to munch on.

Cafe Dumo


The name Cafe Dumo somehow reminded me about this adorable Japanese mascot Domo-kun, which happens to be of a similar brown shade as well. This cake is perfect for guys who want something of a stronger (maybe even manly?) flavour as it's a simply delicious mix of coffee and chocolate. Me loves this.


Lovely cakes, lovely service and lovely company. There's certainly a nice charm to this place and I'm missing K Ki already.

So, will I be returning to K Ki soon? Definitely.

Service
Excellent.

Price
$4.50 for a teapot of Gryphon chamomile tea
$4.00 for the Nespresso latte
$3.50 for the Nespresso regular coffee
$8.00 for the Antoinette
$8.00 for the Mona
$8.00 for the Kinabaru
$6.50 for the Strawberry Tart
$8.50 for the Mont Blanc
$7.50 for the Cafe Dumo

* Prices subject to 10% service charge.

Place
No.7 Ann Siang Hill

Additional Comments
1. At the moment there's only seating room for six (more room on the way), so either come early or be prepared to take-away.
2. Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 11am - 9:30pm
Thursday Close at 7pm
Saturday Close at 4pm
Closed on Mondays.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

34 Foodie Comments:

ice said...

I can feel love in your post. I'm so going back K ki... yes again...

February 8, 2010 at 2:49 PM
Angeline said...

Envyyyyy

February 8, 2010 at 2:49 PM
*Harris said...

Ice: As I said, if there's one word to describe it, love would be it :)

Angeline: If you don't have the time to go anytime soon, we could always drop by before ouam, since it's very close :)

February 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM
Angeline said...

Yea, hopefully I can squeeze out some time! Each individual cake seems like an artpiece. Too beautiful to be eaten!

February 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM
*Harris said...

you are right about that, and some of them look so dainty and delicate you don't wanna touch it. latte looks pretty too.

i think my pictures don't do enough justice to the beauty of the cakes! so we must go back again soon and witness it with our own eyes :)

February 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM
Fen said...

Arghh... an agony to read and see the pics when I am not near K ki at all... I am so tempted to lick my screen with all the coverage on K ki...

Chocolate banana... I am targeting Mona and that strawberry tart...

Harris, your pics are good... in fact, I regret so much for joining you guys... Hopefully will meet up in March...

February 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM
Glenn Lee said...
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*Harris said...

haha i actually laughed when you mentioned about licking your screen coz i could picture you doing it hahaha...

actually i thought the pictures were so so only, especially the antoinette which was hard to take. but thanks for the compliments!

wish you were there too!

February 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM
*Harris said...

Fen, Glenn spotted a typo haha:

"I regret so much for joining you guys" when I HOPE it is "I regret so much for NOT joining you guys" hahaha...

February 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM
sittingwishingeating said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy! :)
The cake looks really good!

February 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM
*Harris said...

i think you were the first one who discovered k ki reiz! i wanna try van bar and cafe soon............

February 8, 2010 at 5:53 PM
foodaholic said...

sighh sighhh siGHHHHHHH. I so wish I was there with you guys! I'm definitely going back again...lemme knw if you're around the area, I can forgo lunch for K Ki. *chuckles*

Strawberry Tart and Mont Blanc next! Wish me luck on those two.

oh yes, LOVE the antoinette to bits.

February 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM
*Harris said...

hey phoebe, wish you were there too! but you have tried everything already, other than the two you mentioned?

if i could suggest get either one and pair it with something else, since both the mont blanc and strawberry tart have similar bases...

February 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM
sarah | luvx3 said...

The strawberry tart looks really goood! I need to schedule another visit soon..

February 8, 2010 at 10:04 PM
*Harris said...

hello sarah! the strawberry tart is ice's (first person who commented here) favourite, you can see the link I added in that paragraph :)

all of us love k ki i see :)

February 8, 2010 at 10:11 PM
zay said...

nice bokeh there harris! lol. lovely write up too!

February 8, 2010 at 10:26 PM
*Harris said...

thank you zaylene :)

nice knowing you better on sunday! next time i will try that fish soup too, but without milk!

February 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM
Fen said...

Oops, my bad for the typo. Glad you didn't interpret it literally...

Not easy to get a good shot, considering Yuan spent quite some time on it too... It is an agony to see him take pictures while I am playing with my fork.

February 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM
*Harris said...

yuan's pictures, as always, are sublime. love them.

i thought you would be taking pictures at the same time? but he's sucha sweet bf, seeing him carry two camera bags the other time! :)

February 8, 2010 at 11:09 PM
Stargirl said...

yes yes i agree that k ki is all about love! the staff were so incredibly polite when i paid the shop a visit last week. i'm enamored with the lovely earthy flavor of the hazelnut sables (:

February 9, 2010 at 12:54 AM
*Harris said...

oh there's hazelnus sables as well? only saw the coconut ones. i will heed so many people's advice and get a pack of them soon :)

i saw you went sabar menanti recently, one of my fav nasi padang places!

February 9, 2010 at 12:59 AM
foodaholic said...

i've only tried the cheese souffle, antoinette and strawberry shortcake. :( noted ur advice on the tarts...probably will pair with the sables or sth. NOW, i need a foodie partner!

February 9, 2010 at 9:14 AM
Glenn Lee said...

Harris, your post has so many comments over 1 night! Wow!

And I think your pictures do pretty much justice to the cakes; unlike mine!

Fen, sorry I deleted my previous comment on the typo, cause after re-reading it, I thought it actually made sense. Like, I hate joining you guys because there's always so many food pictures etc. Whichever it was.

Yeah, Fen sweet fiance you have!

February 9, 2010 at 9:16 AM
*Harris said...

phoebe: the sables are similar to the base! haha try the kinabaru :)

glenn: yeah, but i know it's for the love of k ki more than anything else haha!

February 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM
sittingwishingeating said...

haha yeah but i'm too greedy when i'm there. i practically gobble the cakes up before i can take proper pictures of them! The only proper ones i have is from my iphone!

I'm left with the Pudding! And i'm almost done with all the cakes! :D~

February 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM
*Harris said...

hahahaha i saw your wall post on kki's fb group reiz! all i can say is: WELL DONE!

February 9, 2010 at 4:07 PM
coffeechee said...

wow Harris
very nice photo, make me feels like going to K Ki now!!!!

February 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM
*Harris said...

thank you :)

and yes, pls make a visit to k-ki soon, it's a really nice place!

February 13, 2010 at 4:19 PM
Stargirl said...

sabar menati definitely beats ordinary nasi padang places (: love how the arab st area has conserved its cultural feel too! anyway, happy CNY!

February 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM
*Harris said...

Happy Chinese New Year to All =)

February 14, 2010 at 11:14 PM
brad said...

kki is definitely the next place i will go for desserts. thanks for sharing :)

February 16, 2010 at 1:23 AM
*Harris said...

yes you should, share the love :)

different pple have their (different) personal favs at kki, so we'll see what yours will be!

February 16, 2010 at 2:08 AM
Camemberu said...

Whuaaah...zenbu de hontoh ni kawaii ne!! I'm not a dessert person but everything here looks good.

The knick knacks really radiate a feel of Japan. Ah I so miss the place...

February 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM
*Harris said...

Hello :)

Don't worry, even if you're not a dessert person, you might just like some of the cakes on offer because they're some of the lightest ones around :)

The little ones might enjoy it too? ;)

February 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM

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