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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
No.7 Ann Siang Hill
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.