Friday, June 5, 2009

Pistachio Cake

Pistachio is a favourite nut of mine and I know of a couple of friends who likes the by-products of Pistachio. When it comes to ice-cream, Tom's palette has something really solid to satisfy for these Pistachio fanatics but talking about cakes, it is really tricky to incorporate Pistachio into cakes.

Most of the time, the strength of Pistachio in cakes is very subtle and it is the accompanying flavour that stands out from the rest. In case you are wondering what I am trying to drive at, here are my past encounters of Pistachio-based cakes,

Hilton's Pistachio Strawberry

Strawberry Pistachio

CentrePs' Pisa


BakerZin's Fraisier


Nectarie's Pistachio White Chocolate

Pistachio White Chocolate

and so far, the impression of each was either passable or forgotten.

Pistachio Cake

The version Hotel Regent has is a combination of mousse and cake. The pistachio mousse has a strong after-taste of almond, making it pretty similar to the Chinese dessert, 杏仁糊 (almond paste). The first bite is impressive but the presence of coconut milk makes it extremely rich to consume the entire cake. In fact, as more bites were taken, the taste inclined towards a Nonya Kueh.

The sponge is like walnut cakes due to the addition of nuts but the fragrance of pistachio is not there and can be easily mistaken as a walnut cake. This is one cake which I don't know whether I have enjoyed it but is definitely one which I will not pick it up on my second visit.

The macaron is good though, though lack the crispy shell, the fragrance of it is worth a mention.

The Regent Singapore - A Four Seasons Hotel
One Cuscaden Road
Singapore 249715
Tel: 6720 8000

Operating hours - 9am to 9pm (daily)


Hazel said...

Oh I just have pistachio ice cream during the breakfast buffet in conrad hotel. It is not bad, but my mum comments that it tastes more like pesticide, which led me to avoid having multiple serving of it.

Oh ya is sorbet usually to taste sour? :)

Fen said...

U wouldn't want to miss out Tom's Palette Pistachio ice cream... Those are solid stuff...

Conrad hotel, is it Oscar's? Really good spread over there.

Sorbet is made of juices and sugar so it is not surprise that they are sour...

Hazel said...

I usually dislike having breakfast buffet in hotels, coz I am not an early bird. But, the breakfast served in oscar is pretty good. They have dim sum, asian foods, breads, fruit juice bars & even good ice cream (w/ waffle) stations!!!

I have posted my photos in tripadvisor under the nick of "cocoa_tree". Do take a look & consider conrad hotel for your vcation & business trips in the future. :P

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