26 Nov 2010

Plan B – Bangsar Village I – the menu, the food, the DESSERTS!

UPDATED Post here: A few more visits – Eggs Benjamin, Nasi Lemak, Pasta & Lamb meatballs! ;-)

Say helloooooo to Plan B!

Under the same management as Canoodling in BV II, ( I was informed by Aja, the Brand Comm Mgr that Canoodling has recently gone through a change of menu as well) Plan B looks set to be another iconic F & B outlet in Bangsar.

For a start, it certainly has all the makings of a successful one. Plan B offers a straightforward menu with firm favourites such as American breakfast sets, varieties of pasta, healthy salads & now, who wouldn’t fall in love with such desserts on display?

Left: Choc Banana Charlotte – RM11. Middle from back: Almond Toffee Bar – RM4. Caramel Bar – RM5. Rocky Road – RM4. Right: Mixed Berry Tart  -RM5.

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Left: The Macadamia Caramel Cheese Cake – RM13 looks positively wicked. Right: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting RM9.
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Lemon Tart – RM10.

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Left: The Strawberry Cheesecake is a temptress with bright strawberries toppings  & strawberry sauce skirting its sides – RM5. Right: Looking wickedly as decadent as its name is the Choc Truffle Torte – RM12.

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The waitress recommended the Raspberry & Lemon Cake with Meringue – RM9, but since I generally shy away from anything sour or desserts with meringue; I skipped this.

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Choc Raspberry Cake -RM11. Another saliva – inducing item. Thick chocolate sauce, moist chocolate cake..and I’m guessing that the raspberry sauce is encased within…

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These are some pretty colourful fondant cakes – RM9.

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Macadamia brownies – RM11; these looked very dense & rich …

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….and so does the chocolate and cookie bar -RM5. Dieters, do not step into Plan B. Else you would have to resort to YOUR Plan B – screw the diet! LOL.

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Tomato & Zuchini muffins – RM10. This is certainly something new! I packed one for take-away.

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It was big & heavy…

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…and absolutely delicious!!! If you love sun dried tomatoes, you’ll love this! And no worries, the muffin doesn’t taste have any raw-ish vegetables at all.

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An island at the side of the restaurant proudly displays the daily freshly baked croissants and danish pastries.

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Check out the puffy chocolate, almond & plain croissants. All reasonably priced from RM5-6 each. :good:

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I love anything bananas & this chunky loaf caught my eye.

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A thick cut from this wholesome Banana loaf is only RM9++. Looks can be deceiving yes; but I’m still willing to bet that this is good, based on the looks of it alone. Oh dear.. there are just too many desserts & I want to try them all!

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The orange flourless cake – RM9/slice is another cake that I’ve prioritised for my next visit. Thick cuts of oranges lined on the surface & the sunny orange shade makes me feel happy already! At the back of the Orange cake is the Red Velvet – RM9. A quick check revealed that the red shade is from colouring & not beetroot. Ah well…

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I still bought one home anyways. The Red Velvet by Plan B was tweaked slightly by having layers of rich chocolate in between the buttermilk sponge. While the cake sponge were rather plain when I ate it on its own (I wanted to taste the cake as it is cos it’s obvious that the thick layers of chocolate would overpower the buttermilk sponge, the very essense of a Red Velvet cake), it’s decent if you eat the cake as a whole, with chocolate layer, cream cheese frosting and all. However, I won’t order this again.

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Left: Carrot Cake. Right: Lamingtons – RM9.

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Chocolate lovers rejoice! Flourless + Fudge. I can just imagine how divinely chocolatey this is!

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Scones. Simple and satisfying if done right. Can these be better than the ones at The Haute Food Co in Plaza Damas? Only one way to find out.. oh my, as you can see, a re-visit with a bunch of sugar-lovers is in order!

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The interior of Plan B excludes a cafe-like atmosfera. Patrons includes white-collars workers, families, expats and students.  Well, this is Bangsar after all. Over my lunch, Plan B was buzzing with business & seems to be off to a good start. :yahoo:

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So what does Plan B offers, both food & drinks wise?

Breakfast & Brunch. Till 6pm.
I’ve found my weekend brekkie joint! Yes! ;-)
Just look at the eggs options alone – Eggs Benjamin, Eggs Benedict, poached eggs, Eggs Royale… Ooohhh

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There are add-on sides as well, if you wish. Avocado & Feta Mash sounds positively yummy no?

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Soups and Pies. My choice would be the Wagyu Beef Pie or Morrocan Lamb Pie.

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Burgers and Sandwiches – MY FAVOURITE!!  ;-)
I’m eyeing the house-made corn beef (for real?? Not canned ones??), Ox tongue, rare roast beef and duck confit sandwich.

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Salads for the health-conscious.

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I couldn’t resist ordering a salad & my choice was The Chopped Chic Salad, RM18++- Pungent blue cheese, crunchy romaine leaves, sweet PEARS, crispy turkey bacon, tomatoes, onions & cucumbers.
With such interesting mix of flavours due to the different ingredients thrown together, this hearty salad was delicious; as each element of the salad paired very well with one another.

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Some savouries displayed at the counters.

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For tea-time, other than the repertoire of desserts on display, Plan B has a “small bites” section & from 6pm onwards, the dinner menu (with rotating specials daily) tantalizes with the likes of Duck Confit, Spiced Lamb Rump and Slow cooked Wagyu Cheeks.

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For lunch, both the Asian dishes & Pasta menu offers a pretty decent selection. It took me 20mins to decide my order, and that was just for the salad. LOL.

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Drinks Menu.

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Plain water is provided for FREE in these bottles and the Butterscotch Milkshake, RM8++ is a steal; a superbly thick, sweet & rich concoction.

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Coffee & Tea, at only RM5 – RM7++.

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There is WINE & beers for the alcoholics ;-)

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I bumped to an old friend Jasmin & she kindly shared her Caramel Bar – RM5++ with me. The Caramel Bar was pure decadence; a thick layer of chocolate on top followed by gooey caramel coated nuts and ending with a hard chocolate base.

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Plan B is bought to you by BIG, a F & B group that is also the owner of For Goodness Sake & Canoodling in BV II, with Plan B being their newest baby. Another venture, T Forty Two (opening in Dec) will be taking over The Banquet in BV II. Plan B has a simple aim; which is to offer good, homely unpretentious food that is affordable with emphasis on quality ingredients in all their dishes.

Well, sounds like a delicious concept to me. I must say I’m really excited for the BIG group, and I really hope they keep it up!

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Updated 6th Dec 2010. Another review here – Eggs Benjamin, Nasi Lemak, Pasta & Lamb meatballs!
From the time of this post til today (7th Dec), there have been varying degrees of feedback from other foodies & friends. However, the general conclusion is; service is bad & their western repertoire fares better than their Asians.

Plan B,
Ground Floor, Bangsar Village I,
59000 Bangsar, KL.

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26 Nov 2010

Paranoidandroid says:

Yummy. Photos are superb. The price is reasonable too… Nom nom nom…

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Haha.. I guess I can’t go back to Phoot & Shoot anymore.. a GF2 is definitely in my budget now!
Yup, I do hope they will bring back the Delicious we know!

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26 Nov 2010

J the chocoholic says:

Salad then dessert is a balanced meal, right? :) :)
(Or maybe I just skip to dessert… *drool*)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hehe.. we should both go & just whack the desserts! So when??? B-)

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J the chocoholic Reply:

Oooh you r such a bad influence, but it’s ok. I still accept u as my friend :p

haha. So when r u free to go makan next week?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Next week arr.. thn must b days tht ur not goin to gym lor..

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26 Nov 2010

Lyrical Lemongrass says:

Congratulations to the BIG team. Looks like they’ve done a great job. I’ve also tried the revamped Canoodling….the food’s definitely improved!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

tht’s great Meena! cos me & Unka wasn’t too impressed with the food, & u knw he’s such a noodle fan. we must re-visit!

And yes to the BIG team! I’m lookin frwd to more BIG ideas & projects frm ‘em!

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26 Nov 2010

ai wei says:

i tot plan b is a plan or something. never know it is actually the name for that restaurant! i wan their desserts!!!!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

And you must try! it’s pretty good and the best part is, it’s got a so homely feel to it!

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27 Nov 2010

mimid3vils says:

quite extensive menu with wide variety of desserts, I like!

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Rebecca Reply:

Oh yes! Dont we all luvvvv desserts! :good:

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27 Nov 2010

Hanie Hidayah says:

OMG caramel! I like caramel! ARGGGHHHH and croissants AAHHH T_T

*bugs nasri to go*

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Rebecca Reply:

Wow! Finally something sweet tht u like! ;p
I’m sure Nasri has no problem visitin this plc! With his sweet tooth!

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29 Nov 2010

jason says:

Yay, can so drop by when I’m around the area!

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Go go go! ;-)

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30 Nov 2010

aimi says:

i this halal?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hi Aimi,
I dont think so, it’s pork- free but they do serve wine in glasses though..

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1 Dec 2010

augustdiners says:

did u try the egg benedicts there? let me know if it’s good, im so there! :d

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rebeccasaw Reply:

hey hey I’m goin to try the brekkie menus today! *fingers crossed that it’s gonna be gooood! * ;p

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3 Dec 2010

Chong says:

Finally, got to try this restaurant. Looked promising as it was packed during lunch hour. Brought my friend there to try and she loved the place. Gonna go back and try their breakfast / dinner menu.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Nice nice!
Yup, myself going to try the breakfast menu today! Yea!

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28 Dec 2010

Plan b. by BIG says:

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for the review! Love the feedback. It is always good to know what we are doing right (and wrong!). Your review has been very encouraging! Thank you!

You can keep up to date on all our developments via our FB page:
http://www.facebook.com/planb.big

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By BIG

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rebeccasaw Reply:

No prob! Keep it up. U guys really got to look into the service ;-)
Food can be improved as you get feedback. But hey, u guys knows best wht to do for your biz!

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6 Jan 2011

Plan b. by BIG says:

Hi Rebecca,

Just to update you: Plan b is now open from 8am every day! So do pop by if you are looking for good morning cuppa.

Plan b by BIG

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Wow!
TQ, perfect for morning brekkie ;-)

How is your dinner menu comin along?

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14 Jan 2011

Plan b. by BIG says:

Hi Rebecca,

The dinner menu is coming along.. Should be good to go in the second quarter of the year. We are very excited about it!

Plan b.
By BIG
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/planb.big

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rebeccasaw Reply:

2nd quarter? Ok then..

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14 Jan 2011

Plan b. by BIG says:

Hi Rebecca!

Sorry for the late reply! Service is one of the things we are really working on at the moment. We have a lot more floor staff now and things are really coming along.

Plan b.
By BIG
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/planb.big

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rebeccasaw Reply:

That’s good to hear!! I’m sure all your customers would appreciate it too ;-)

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6 Feb 2011

SY says:

To say that service at this place is bad really is quite an understatement. I do not think that it’s a matter of quantity of staff. It’s more of a matter of quality. Service I received on my first visit was slow and inattentive. However, I attributed the substandard service to the place being new and all. To forgive is divine, right? So, I gave this place a second chance because frankly speaking, the food is quite good. Well, I stood at the entrance for a good 5 minutes before anyone came to show me to a table. Same thing happened on my first visit. It’s been 3 months since my last visit, does anyone even care if there’s any improvement? Then the waiter who attended to me was rude. He was absolutely clueless as to what cakes the cafe was selling. I described to him which cake I wanted as I saw it at the display cabinet but there was no placard stating the name of the cake. He looked at me in disbelief giving me the impression as if I was illiterate and did not know how to read the name placard for the cake. He then proceeded to rudely tell me to walk to the cake display counter and show him which cake it was. All at the same time, he was getting annoyed at me. Huh? Well, isn’t it his job to find out which one I was talking about? I am not paying service charge for nothing, am I? Needless to say, I walked out and vowed never to return again. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. To the BIG group, please provide proper training to your staff and have a supervisor at hand to watch over them at all times! Horrible service really puts customers off regardless of how good the food is. Oh I just found out from the Facebook page the cake I asked for but did not get is called Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake. Nice!

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Rebecca Reply:

I’m really sorry to hear all this. I have informed a friend there. Hope they do buck up soon!

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16 Feb 2011

SH says:

Completely agree with SY. Here is my experience… Horrible service. Waiters are rude and obnoxious. On arriving at Plan B last night Feb 15, it took 30 mins for a cup of tea to be served. The tea in my opinion, should have come in a pot, but alas was served in a cup that was far too small. So small that the teabag took up half of the space in the cup and was too strong to drink. I was extremely displeased when I went to order some pastries from the counter, and when I said, “excuse me” to the waiter I was waved off with a grunt and scowl. He literally put his hand to my face and went about talking to his co-worker. If Plan B would like their restaurant to be in the least bit successful, it should concentrate on training their staff and not rely on their location or modern design to help them gain a following.
On a side note, there were so many items on the menu which was not available. They should learn to prepare if they are to open till late. Milkshakes are a complete disaster, I would much rather The Daily Grind. In fact, after swiftly exiting Plan B, our party headed to The Daily Grind for a classic example on what a good restaurant is.
I would not recommend going here ever again. Neither would I suggest this place to anyone. They need to buck up.

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Rebecca Reply:

Oh dear.. this is bad. I have forwarded your complain to my friend. I sure hope that proper staff training will be done ASAP!~

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27 Feb 2011

liwun says:

Yep, I agree that the service is horrible. I wanted to go there for tea today with my mom and two sisters. Waiter approached us after a few minutes at the entrance, asked “how many people?” I said “four” and he just walked off. I assumed he was going to seat us as he walked away. But ten minutes and nothing. Saw an empty table but no effort was made to clear it so we could sit ASAP. He walked around busying himself with other tables. Other waiters were around and they could see us standing there but none of them made any effort to make sure we were seated. So I had enough and took my family somewhere else. Not going to pay for people who have no interest in serving me. Granted the place was packed, so I understood and could really wait if they had made any indication of letting me know how long I would wait, and at least make the effort to let me know that the table will be ready soon.

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20 May 2011

majorsinbad says:

Mains (Pho and Carbonara) and coffee were disappointing…but the deserts were ok

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Okies, was your visit just recently?

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6 Jun 2011

mrhann says:

having dinner there tonight…such a cheeky weird restaurant name..but love the dishes and deco…love the carbonara and strawberry cheese cake…! planning to go again!
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rebeccasaw Reply:

Oh yay! a positive experience! great to know :)

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3 Jul 2011

Vanessa says:

I recently went to Plan B with a couple of my girlfriends and I have got to say that the service was wonderful. We were served by a lady waiter who was patient and cheerful towards us when we were undecided on what to order since there were so many lovely options.
The food was delightful too, I tried the Wild Mushroom Soup, the Carbonara, the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale. The soup came in a large bowl that was definately worth the money being spent. The Carbonara was really good with alot of flavour to it, in my opinion- way better than delicious’ Carbonara dish. And the breakfast was good too. I did not have a chance to try their deserts though it seems like they have a very wide selection.
Our glasses were never left empty for long as the waiters were constantly refilling our glasses with water.
I’m very satisfied with this restaurant and I think instead of going to delicious, Plan B would be my Plan A.
Pardon the cheesey-ness :)

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rebeccasaw Reply:

LOL! I’m so glad to hear that their service has improved tremendously! All this while I’ve been getting so many negative feedback on my blog!
Thank you VAnessa, for leaving your 2 cents’ worth!

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15 Sep 2011

Ms Lina says:

yeah why Plan B not opened in JB. It totally will be crowded of Jbrean if they opened it there. Yeah the dessert tht u posted it it really making me hungry tho..and the price is so cheap n its worth it.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Yea..I agree that Johor needs more “western/english cafes” like this! But I’m not sure it will do well tho….

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22 Nov 2011

Caca says:

may I know what time the breakfast starts? 8am or 11am?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Should be 8am . I havent tried going at such an early hour though!

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2 Jan 2012

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3 Jan 2012

Jessica Lew says:

Wow.. The desserts looks superb! And thanks for the pictures of the menu, it is really helpful.

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rebeccasaw Reply:

Hey Jessica!
Hehe, yups. Thought the menu would be helpful too! At least my readers and friends would have any idea of what to order prior to their visit! I hope you will like your visit there..

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10 Sep 2012

Joan says:

Those delicious dessert also serve after 6pm and onwards?

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rebeccasaw Reply:

yup yup! It’s all displayed at the counter and well, ends when it runs out? :)

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