Benjamin Browns – These Dessert Milkshakes Will Shake Things Up


The buzzword in food trend is “Instagram worthy” or “Instagrammable”. Waffles, rainbow cakes and flowing lava cakes all have their moment of glories. The next to step into the picture is the oh-so-familiar milkshake, but with a dessert twist.

Foodies went in high demand for Pâtissez’s café in Australia for their “Freakshow” – milkshakes topped with cakes, cream, Nutella, sauces and cookeis in the most exaggerated OTT manner possible. Get them on social media (Pinterest them, Snapchat a video) and ta-dah, a high demand is formed.

In Singapore, Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery had food instagrammers and followers going on a slight frenzy with their aptly named “Over The Top” Shakes.

They come in flavours of Coffee Avocado, Nutella Banana, Old School Vanilla and Caramel Crunch. A portion is at $16 (without taxes). Not cheap though, considering the type of ingredients that go in.

My cup of Nutella Banana came overflowing with a brownie here, two wafer sticks there, some pretzel cookies stuck to the side with Nutella, some others with sprinkles and cream.

What every other table is doing: Take a hundred photos before consumption.

Half of my ingredients dropped on the table while I took my first suck, I mean sip of the shake.

The shake was rich, but fortunately not so sweet to send drinkers on a saccharine coma. But I would encourage 2-3 people to share if you still bother about your waistline. (It’s tough to Shake it off, shake it off.)

The cup was aesthetically every Instagrammer’s dream come true. The post that could launch a hundred (or thousand) likes. (Note: Pinky Candy Floss Old School milkshake was sold out by late noon when we arrived. Ah, the power of social media.)

I wished they had better quality ingredients though. The Strawberry Cheesecake flavour contained a strawberry, quarter of a cheesecake, and two pieces of digestive biscuits. $16.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery also offer a 3-course Omakase breakfast ($24) which included Pumpkin Soup (good, I liked this), Foie Gras Scrambled Eggs (not creamy enough) and Pancakes (not fluffy though).

Like a beauty pageant, looks do manner in the food world now. Milkshakes will bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard.

Benjamin Browns Bistro & Bakery
Forum Galleria, #01-20/21, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884 (10 min walk on Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 9pm (Sun)

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* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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3 Responses to “Benjamin Browns – These Dessert Milkshakes Will Shake Things Up”

  1. Honest Thoughts
    August 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi there,
    I just happen to be passing by and I’m not a fan of your blog but noticed that your photos are all retouched to focus exclusively on the food (that is, pure white background). I think you need to stop doing that…it makes the food look very clinical and unappetizing. It’s so stark that something seems. Even though the background might distract the eyes from the food, it is sometimes a good complement. Forcibly taking it our just destroys the composition. Few cents.

    • admin
      August 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Honest Thoughts, thank you for sharing. I do agree with you removing the background does make the food look unnatural. There are multiple reasons for me to do so – more focus on the food, an uncluttered look, more consistency, to differentiate, plus a touch of OCD. Hard to have best of both worlds sometimes.

  2. Rinah
    October 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi is this place halal?

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