This article will also appear in the September issue of Tribune, supplementary publication of NTU Student Union
School has barely started after a prolonged holiday but the workload is piling up already. Amidst all the deadlines to meet and presentations to make, a favourite way to keep myself sane is to spend a quiet afternoon with tea and cakes. Yes, mugger me still bring lecture notes along to read, but at least they seemed to make more sense after a sugar rush!
Located at Duxton Hill, Flor Patisserie specialized in French pastries with a Japanese touch. Helmed by Chef Yamashita, who was previously at Patisserie Glace, the little bakery mainly has customers doing takeaways, though there are several tables and a bar top counter available if you can’t wait to get home to savour the cakes! Service was sincerely friendly, as staffs made prompt recommendations when asked. I also overheard them chatting enthusiastically in Japanese with their other customers!
As with all things Japanese, aesthetic presentation plays a very important role as my Napoleon ($6.20) was looking oh-so-pretty with its different layers. In between flaky pastry skin, the sponge cake and whipped cream were light and airy, while a thin spread of sweet custard was nicely balanced with a tinge of sourness from the strawberry. Tempted to have seconds!
I tried their new creation of Mont Blanc ($6.30), which uses French chestnut cream as topping on a sponge cake. Again, it went easy on the palate with the little chocolate balls adding an interesting crunch, though I wished the cream could be a little richer in flavour and with more chunks of chestnuts!
They also have a small drink list available, as I chose a Hot Strawberry Tea ($4.00) to go with my cakes. Served with a mini butter cookie, the natural fragrance was a nice change from the usual teabags.
Though the location might be slightly inconvenient for non-drivers, Flor Patisserie is one of those little places with a cheerful atmosphere that will easily make an afternoon fly by, indulging in tasty little sweets and girly Japanese pop songs in the background. With so many other attractive choices (Mango Pie, anyone?), return trips are in the making already!
#01-01, 2 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089588
Tel: 6223 8628
Monday to Saturday: 11am- 7pm
Sunday: 11am- 6pm
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