Friday, April 10, 2009

No. 13. Passionfruit Meringue from The Patissier

A patisserie hidden in the heart of Ann Siang Road, the Patissier is one cakery which is most mentioned in media when one asked for recommendation for cakes. Apart from being good, most felt that it is expensive for its serving but no one can deny the fact that the ingredients used are prenium. Also, each pieces of creation seems to be an artpiece on its own, delicate and pretty.

The Patissier

Entering the shop gives a feel of a Malay shophouse due to the choice of colours and the wooden signboard on its main entrance. Though the shop space is not small, there is not seating for dine-in. Those who has visited this place will know about their fast-selling cakes and reservation is a must. Although all the cakes are available in sliced, the variety for each day is limited and dependent on the chef. In short, doesn't mean you have made a reservation, you will get the cake you want. At least for us, Empress Dowanger, Cupid, Destiny and White Symphony were not available last Saturday.

Interior of the Patissier

The niche of the Patissier is the incorporation of creativity into tradition. An improvisation to many time-honored techniques passed down by French Patissiers craft a taste which is not extreme but yet exotic.

Cakes display

When you have decided to pay the Patissier a visit, one should not miss their signature, Passionfruit Meringue ($6.00+); a flavourful meringue sponge cake filled with passion fruit mousse, fresh mangoes and strawberries.

Passionfruit Meringue

Also featured in the Sunday Times 50 yummiest cake, this cake didn't disappoint us the second time. This is very refreshing with fresh slices of mangoes and strawberries. Although the mousse is supposed to be a tangy passionfruit mousse, the mangoes tend to overshadow it. Doesn't matter which fruit it is, in short, we love it and would recommend to readers who wants an alternative to chocolate cakes.

Passionfruit Meringue

That is not all, the texture of crispy meringue has a melt-in-the-mouth effect and the mousse softens part of it to provide a springy effect. This is something one will not find in other meringues equivalence such as macarons, making it unique and a reason to make a trip to the Patissier to pick up.

As expected we don't just stopped at one cake on each dessert spree, here are the rest of the cakes we have tried on the same visit,
Strawberry shortcake ($6.00+)
Tiramisu ($6.50+)
Chocolate Fudge ($6.50+)
Double chocolate pralines ($6.50+)
Cocoa Napoleon ($6.50+)

Here is the cake catalog of the Patissier 2009, we thought this might be useful for readers to know what they offer.

Dark chocolate series
Dark chocolate and white chocolate series
Fruit category
Cheese category
Special category

The Patissier
18 Ann Siang Road #01-01
Singapore 069698
Tel: 6220 5565

Operating hours - 10:30am to 7pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on weekends and public holidays.

4 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-01
Singapore 238955
Tel: 6737 3369

Operating hours - 10:30am to 7pm (Mon to Fri)
10:30am to 5pm (Sat and Sun)
Closed on public holidays.

Both outlets will be closed on 10th April 2009 (Good Friday) and 29th April 2009 while the Mohamed Sultan branch will resume operations on 30th April 2009 due to renovation, so collection on weekend will be between 11am to 4.30pm.


ice said...

The cakes are pricey considering the size and their not-so-intricate creations.

Why does the passionfruit meringue look watery?

Fen said...

Yea, given most of the online reviews claiming their cakes to be good and pricey, I can't deny it. These 6 cakes cost more than 40 bucks and were so petite. Their whole cakes are way more expensive than some of the cakes available at hotels. Despite the price, they are still so popular...

Hmm... some of the creations might be common but their passionfruit meringue is worth mentioning, I haven't come across a second equivalence.

The watery portion was not seen in my previous entry, probably hidden beneath the presence of the foil. Although it is watery on the base, the top meringue sheets are still dry and crisp. We chilled the cakes the moment we are back home so the cake was already like this before the photoshoot. Oh, they do provide ice packs, so they were kept cold during our journey home.

.elaine. said...
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.elaine. said...

i love their passionfruit meringue! one of my family's favourites for birthday cakes.

seeing your photos is making me crave for it again =D

Fen said...

Yea, was surprised how meringue can be... Had a bad impression of meringue when I had those hard and sweet ones from Canele...

If not for the 50 yummiest article, I wouldn't have thought of going to the Patissier... The opening hours are pretty odd for working people...

Glad I stir your cravings... I am tempted by your taiyaki too...

Anonymous said...

i tried their mango mousse? cant really remember and the one u mentioned passionfruit.

passionfruit is nicer.... but i do find it not worth the price tag. i have tried hotel cakes before and well, some of the hotel cakes are much nicer then theirs. But for pricing, i am not sure because I didnt pay for them.

yes their opening hrs are really very 'unfriendly'

Fen said...

It is very difficult to place orders for the Patissier's sliced cakes and their whole cakes are just too expensive...

I have not tried their mango mousse but passionfruit meringue did impress me...

U r right about hotel cakes, taste good and some hotels provides good discounts after a certain timing...

As for unfriendly timings of the Patissier, not as bad as Lana's. I haven't come across a second bakery with such weird opening hours.

Fen said...

Ordered this cake for my colleague's birthday and almost everybody comes with a common consensus.

This cake is expensive but it wow-ed... In fact, this cake leave such a good impression till some actually asked me for the address of The Patissier.

A 1-kg equivalence cake cost $70+ ($74.90 nett) and since this is below 2kg, delivery is charged at $16.05. Note that advanced payment via credit card is required when ordering cakes from The Patissier.

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