*Updated on 28 Jan’21* – 99 Old Trees has moved to new location with cafe concept at Outram Park. Click here for the new address.
Durian season is back again and estimated to take place from 6 June to 31 August 2019. 99 Old Trees located within a walking distance from Farrer Park MRT Station is a trusted retailer of quality durians. They get their durians from Fook Gor Durian Farm and for more information, you can click here.
Being a durian lover, I immediately said YES to the media invite to check out SukaWa – ‘Omakase’ style durian experience with 99 Old Trees. This first-of-its-kind ‘omakase’ style experience is ideal for durian lovers and people who seek to understand or being adventurous to find out more about durians. SukaWa refers to ‘as I like it’ in Hokkien if you are wondering where this phrase comes from.
SukaWa is limited to 2 sessions per week. Each session lasted for 45minutes to an hour with a maximum 8 pax.
So, what to expect from SukaWa?
Customers will try at least 6 types of durians and savour unlimited portions of Mao Shan Wang or D24 durians (subject to availability) and complete with desserts and homemade drinks.
The session is priced at S$48.00 per pax for a limited introductory period until 20 June 2019. Thereafter, it will be priced at S$60.00 per pax.
Note: The S$48.00 per pax session fully sold out as of now.
Next round of SukaWa sessions will be held from 30 July til 15 August 2019, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00PM.
Enough said. Let me share with you my durian omakase experience that night.
Kelvin, the director of 99 Old Trees started off with A Sweet Beginning. A durian mousse made with D24 durian puree. This dessert was created by his friend who is a former Ritz Carlton chef. And of course homemade drinks are served throughout the session.
Next, we have the menu listed the durian varieties that we are going to try that day. Each of us get to sample 6 different types of durians throughout the session. Each serving is just like chef serving omakase sushi style, where Kelvin will explain the characteristic of the durians whenever he served.
First, we had the D1 from Tangkak. It has the pale yellow colour with milky taste and bittersweet taste. Then, D101 durian where the flesh usually firm and tends to be sweet. It is said best used for commercial supply and part of kueh ingredients’ supply.
I also tried the D17 Durian that has a tinge of alcoholic taste, soft and creamy with bitterness in it. It is one of my favourite durian in my list. Tekka Durian is served on that day too. Kelvin shared that not everyone enjoys Tekka durian. The appealing looked pale and first taste is rather bland. The texture is rather fibery and grainy, which is not smooth like other durian. It has the unique characteristic that not everyone will enjoy it.
After introducing all 6 types of durians, you can start your unlimited Mao Shan Wang or D24 durian servings. However, by the time I reach the 6th piece of durian, I am quite full. So, pace yourself if you are here for the unlimited servings for Mao Shan Wang / D24 durians.
Oh ya… Bruno Mars lookalike Chee Kang might be serving you on that day. We were served with coconut water at the end of the session. So, gather your friends to book a session to eat you way through the durian season.
99 Old Trees
Address: 46 Owen Road #01-277
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30AM – 11:00PM