During summers, you crave cool and refreshing drinks. If that craving is satisfied with a feel-good ingredient combination like dates and coffee, it gives you an upbeat mood. The best part is that you can spin off a milkshake in less than 15 mins, and it does not feel like a lot of work. During one of my visits to Mustafa, I stopped at the dates section and was amazed at the variety they had in stock. I decided instantly that I wanted to use them in some form of drink or dessert. For this Dates and Coffee milkshake, I have used Khudary dates from Mustafa. They ended up being a perfect pick for this aromatic and amazingly refreshing drink.
Recipe Details :
Serves: 2 pax
Time: 15 mins
- 12 de-seeded dates (6 dates per glass)
- 1.5 tsp instant coffee powder
- 6 cardamom pods
- 4 ice cubes
- 330 ml milk
Dates and coffee milkshake
- Split the cardamom pods and powder the seeds using a mortar and pestle. Freshly pounded cardamom is better since that imparts a pleasant aroma in the drink.
- Put the cardamom seeds, de-seeded dates, coffee powder, milk and ice cubes into the blender and blend it till the dates and ice have broken down into a smooth drinkable texture. The blending process should take maximum 2 minutes.
Dates and coffee milkshake
- Serve immediately. This drink can also be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. In that case, before serving, stir the drink well to redistribute the dates.
- For those who don’t like caffeine, you can substitute coffee powder with hot chocolate powder. I have tried a version of this drink using Hershey’s Hot Chocolate and its equally amazing and refreshing.
- You can also soak your dates in warm milk before you put them in the blender for 10-15 mins. This is an optional step in case you want a very soft texture.
Think of a conveniently located cafe with a nice bustling feel to it. Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar situated conveniently above Outram Park MRT fits that description perfectly. Whether it be a weekend brunch or a dinner, this cafe has it all in terms of food and drinks. It has an NYC style industrial chic decor filled with warm lights. If you are looking to chill with some laid back and casual vibes, then this cafe fits the bill.
If you are used to authentic Western food, then you will immediately assess that the menu had it all. Personally, I was happy to see a vegetarian burger that was not a Portobello Burger. There were a variety of options in drinks, starters, desserts and milkshakes, so in that sense you will be spoiled for choice.
I am always happy if a cafe tries to offer a non-mushroom burger in their menu and hence I ordered the ‘Deep Fried Vegetarian Burger’ which was a neatly stacked layer of vegetables, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It contained red bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and lettuce and was served along with a bunch of french fries. The burger was quite delicious but it was a bit crumbly, so you have to be a bit careful while biting to it – otherwise it can get messy.
The other main for the night was the Roasted Veggie Aglio Olio. I was happy to see that this was a more substantial plate of pasta as it incorporated vegetables. Normally, this pasta features only mushrooms. The vegetables were well roasted and seasoned. Overall, a good dish.
Vegetarian burger at $16
Since Singapore is pretty humid, its important to nail summertime desserts. And the ‘Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake’ totally lives up to expectations. The evening light cannot do justice to the picture. It’s not loaded with ice and actually malted well to create real volume, this milkshake is totally recommended.
Roasted veggie Aglio Olio at $15
For the variety in the menu, for casual vibes and attentive staff, Roosevelt is worth a visit for basic Western comfort food done well.
Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake at $8
| In a Nutshell
|| Deelightful Rating
|Cuisine Type: Western
|Nearest MRT: Outram Park (Exit H)
|Address: 331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residences, Singapore 088764
|Timings: Mon-Thu: 8.30am – 10pm ; Fri-Sat: 8.30am – midnight ; Sun: 8am – 10pm