Sometimes my craving for sweets becomes so overpowering, my wife has to lock up the bags of sugar.

I’m not saying I’m a glutton or anything; in fact, it’s a rare day when I can indulge myself. When I do, I want something special, and have I got just the place to tell you about. Nectarie, in Clarke Quay, is no typical sweet shop.

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They have a wide variety of tantalising chocolates and cakes, freshly made in their kitchen using the finest ingredients. Cakes are thoughtfully served in bite-sizes so the weight-conscious can sample more than one of the 12 flavours on offer, without feeling like you’ve overdosed. Full cakes are also available for bookings made three days in advance.

If you’re not counting calories and want to give yourself a treat, dive into such elaborate desserts as the Griottine Tiramisu or Chocolate Terrine with Coconut Mousse, which will pamper taste buds with a variety of compotes and sauces to accentuate the flavour of the dessert.

They have great coffees and teas, and for those who fancy a light meal that’s healthier than sweets, they have an assortment of salads, sandwiches and soups like the Smoked Salmon and Egg Mayonnaise or Roast Beef with Caramelised Onions.

They have quiches so good it would make my French grandma weep, comprising wild mushroom, duck comfit with truffle or honey ham & cheese.

Of course, something so savoury has to be followed up by more sweets, so if you’re not in the mood for one of their unique ice-cream flavours, try a delightful waffle or strudel, with a variety of toppings for the waffles like the Sarawak Pineapple Chutney, sweet Caramelised Bananas or Red Wine Pear.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to strudels with fillings of Alphonso Mango with Tamarind, and Wild Strawberries and Balsamic Thyme in addition to the traditional Granny Smith Apple and Sultanas. With sweets so seductive, who needs sex?

Nectarie: Block 3C, The Cannery #01-05, River Valley Road, Clarke Quay,, +65 6305 6728, Hours: Sun to Thurs from 12pm – 11 pm, Friday & Sat from 12pm – 2am

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