A dessert-drink hybrid, milkshakes are the kind of sweet stuff you seek out when you’re having the worst day and in need of sugary comfort ASAP. Sure, the over-the-top trend came and went a couple years ago — but before you turn your back on these frozen treats, hear us out.
With news of NYC burger and crazy shake joint Black Tap opening at Marina Bay Sands this year, we figured it’s time to get back into the milkshake game. So check out these six spots that whip up such a freakishly indulgent drink, they bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard.
The always-popular brunch spot may be known for its hearty breakfast eats like maple butter pancakes, brioche French toast, and fried chicken on waffles, but to leave without a swig of its shakes ($10) would be akin to dropping a perfectly poached egg on the floor.
Standard options include vanilla or chocolate, but the menu also offers flavors like chocolate peanut butter, banana, blueberry, and salted caramel. Oh, and here’s the best bit – you can toss in a shot of bourbon for an extra $5 if you desperately need your spirits lifted.
31 Purvis St, 6684-4845. Mon-Thurs 8:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-6pm.
Cool down on sunny days with one of the riverside restaurant’s five monster milkshakes ($16), each an Instagram-worthy drink of its own. For fruity flavors, try Raspberry Rhapsody and Passion of the Fruit, or get Mango Unchained for a tropical mix of vanilla ice cream, mango purée, and drizzles of caramel sauce, completed with a glob of mango pudding balancing atop a Stroop waffle.
Laying it on thick, Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a peanut butter and banana shake topped with a banana, chocolate bar, and an actual PBJ sandwich, while Mint Condition is what bittersweet dreams are made of, loaded to the brim with a brownie and digestive biscuit.
Yep, these are definitely desserts masking as drinks.
#01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, 6235-1225. Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 10:30am-midnight.
Keeping the milkshake game going strong all these years, Singapore’s OG doesn’t disappoint with its creamy concoctions that range from regular classics to OTT overload. For $14, you can sip on good old chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, or try coffee, mocha, coffee avocado, and cookies and cream shakes.
But shell out an extra $2, and you’ll be rewarded with extravagance in the form of shakes like Fairy Pebbles (with Fruity Pebbles cereal, red velvet cake, gem biscuits, and cotton candy), Nutella Banana (a mix of sugar biscuits, chocolate cake, banana, pretzels, and Nutella), or Milo Dinosaur (topped with Milo, chocolate cake, and more Milo).
If none of that strikes your fancy, the menu’s also got prettily decorated “lux shakes” for $16 a pop, in flavors such as Unicorn (with a red velvet cupcake base), Mermaid (with a cotton candy base), Galaxy (with a chocolate salted caramel base), and Cookie Monster (with a blue cookies and cream base).
#01-20/21 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, 6887-4117. Sun-Thurs 10:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-9:30pm.
Perhaps you swing by this chain café on occasion for a nibble of cake or a sip of coffee, but check it out – The House of Robert Timms also builds a mean OTT milkshake ($16 each) with options such as Cocoa Carousel, Vanilla Bonbon, Strawberry Whoopee, and Banana Popcorn. Naturally, they’re all piled high with biscuits, cookies, candies, and all sorts of sugary confections.
Two locations, including #01-02/03 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd, 6735-9201. Sun-Thurs 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-1am.
To accompany your gratifyingly greasy meal of American diner staples like cheesesteak sliders, chicken and waffles, corn dogs, and tater tots, find your favorite flavor among the milkshake options on OverEasy’s menu.
You can’t go wrong with timeless blends ($12 each) such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and Oreo – but if you’re hankering for something different, order the Berry Bonanza ($13) with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, marshmallows, and chocolate, or add a tinge of savory to your sweet mix with Smokey The Bear ($13), a potion of bananas, house-smoked maple syrup, and candied bacon. Alternatively, non-dairy drinkers can try the Bananarama ($10) with rock melon, banana, and shaved walnuts.
Two locations, including #01-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Rd, 6684-1453. Mon 5pm-11pm, Tue-Thurs noon-3pm, 5pm-midnight, Fri noon-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-11pm.
For an indulgent brunch, pair your all-day breakfast dish with a rich milkshake ($12 each) at Wild Honey, in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel, and macadamia. But if you’re feeling a tad adventurous, order the Banoffee Brûlée ($12), a banana and caramel mash-up with a splash of cinnamon, vanilla, and honey, topped with swirls of meringue that are torched just before serving.
Two locations, including #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, 6235-3900. Sun-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm.