Sunday, January 26, 2014

tart blanc

Being a dessert fanatic, I've long heard about tart blanc ever since its opening and have been wanting to try them but always to no avail. But! Managed to try them in Dec last year. 

Their shop space is really really small I think enough space for about 8 people? The tarts on display look super super yummy though and I seriously wanted to try all of them! And what makes this tart store stand out is the creative & unique mix of flavours that escapes from the norm. The tarts a tad expensive imo.

White clean design

This till the end of the tart display counter is literally the width of the shop

Pistachio Chocolate Tart

 This was silky dark chocolate with a crispy layer in between! My fav kind of chocolate cake in tart form! The crust was good and well honestly the pistachio taste isnt thaaaat strong you can't really taste it! But it adds a nice crunch. I really liked this one! I'm sorry my memory is failing me and I cant really remember details about this except 'was great! 4.3/5

Rum & Eve Tart

So this was a rum & raisin tart with pineapple as the base and honestly, we both loved this unique take on a tart! The flavours surprisingly went really well together and the rum isnt too strong till its bitter. The plump juicy raisins were a joy to eat. Pineapple base wasnt too overpowering as well and everything complemented each other perfectly! 4.4/5

Lemon Blackberry Tart

Now I remmeber very clearly in the description that this has lemon curd BUT this curd was not a curd at all. It was more like frosting or something because it definitely was not of a flowy consistency and was paste-y. This was unremarkable in both our opinions because honestly the lemon wasnt that tart, blackberry jam didnt come through at all. This was recommended to us as a popular fav/signature dish well I guess this just goes to show how everyone's palate is different! 3/5

In general, their tart shells are not too hard that its too difficult to cut but neither is it too crumbly that it just crumbles when you cut it. Tart shells are generally good and fragrant.

Note: they do have seasonal tarts so do look out for them! Super innovative as well :)

We need more local talent like that and not just those who follow the norm/what's popular!

They do serve some sandwiches/light bites!

tart blanc
Millenia Walk #01-102
Mon-Sunday 10am-10pm

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Cafe: Stirling Highway

Chanced upon this new cafe while on Instagram & the cakes looked great haha and it was near school! So I decided to drag the boy there on 3rd Jan!

They have all day brunch and desserts! Whats not to like! Their menu is shown on the website and here's the direct link to the menu.

Prawn Pesto
with sautéed prawns tossed in a homemade basil spinach pesto

I don't know how they cooked this exactly because the spaghetti looked a bit charred at some parts and it was like dry so I'm guessing they kinda fried it a bit? The pesto was q yummy no like strong shouting components to it (e.g. strong mint taste) and coated the pasta well. Prawns were crunchy and was a nice accompaniment to the pasta! My only gripe is that its a tad dry. Portions could also be a bit bigger for the price imo.

Pulled Pork Pancakes
Pulled pork in between 3 layers of buttermilk pancakes w Jack Daniel's infused maple syrup

Now this sounded too interesting to not order! It came sizzling hot, smokin', butter melting all. 

We were very excited to try this but sadly the pulled pork was WAY too salty!! Another table who ordered the same dish almost completely left out the pork and gave feedback that its too salty. The pancakes were alright, not as fluffy as I would've liked, a bit dense for me but still q good! Maple syrup had hints of Jack Daniel's but was really watery. The other sauce was kinda like BBQ sauce which was okay. But the salt level needs to go downnnn for the pork!

Dessert platter
Raspberry white choc cupcake | chocolate cake | earl grey choc tart

Their desserts!!! These were the real stars I felt. There was also passionfruit, and fruit tarts available. Cakes wise, lemon curd cake, flour less chocolate, sticky date (in the form of cake), and the chocolate cake above in the photo. Cupcakes wise that day was the above + PBJ + cookies & cream and I can't rmb what else. So we had trouble deciding what to get and yay to dessert platter! Where you can choose 1 cupcake, 1 cake and 1 tart! Separately, cakes costs abt $5, tarts $6.50, cupcakes I'm not too sure. So this platter is DEFINITELY worth it!

Raspberry white choc cupcake - The boy ate this himself. He is not a fan of cup cake but the white chocolate drew him to it. Not a usual cupcake with whipped cream, this one is topped with genuine white chocolate. He felt that the cupcake was a well complemented with the sweetness of the white chocolate while the raspberry makes it less sweet. White chocolate can be a little too creamy sometimes but this was just right. 

Chocolate cake - I don't really know what's the name of this cake but I loved it! I could tell that there was a crispy praline layer to this cake and knew that I wanted to order it and was glad I did! The chocolate cake + mousse layer in between was just nice in terms of sweetness! Not too dark, nor too sweet :) Loved it! And the crunchy layer just brings chocolate cakes to a whole new level :) really really enjoyed this cake!

Earl Grey Chocolate Tart - The guy there said they infused the earl grey tea themselves into the ganache. (I was craving for chocolate that day hence 2 chocolatey items chosen!) This was awesome as well but overshadowed a little by the choc cake! The ganache had a aromatic earl grey smell + you can taste it slightly. The tart was q good, not too crumbly nor too hard! All in all, a good tart :)

Mmmmm wonderful yummy cake :)

Stirling Highway
5 Ridgewood CLose Unit #G1, Ridgewood Condominium
Do note that they're NOT located in the condominium! After you pass by the condo on your left, continue walking all the way to the dead end and there should be a gate slightly to your left, walk through that gate and you'll see the cafe with its logo!
Singapore 276696

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Cafe: Hatter Street Cafe

Read about this cafe and how the chef here trained at Bo Innovation so decided to try it since its near the boy's house! We went to this cafe after our lunch + 4 tarts (which will be blogged about later) hence we couldn't really eat much except the waffle! 

The man gave us an introduction to the "story" behind the cakes and the smoked macau pudding had the most interesting story imo. The cakes sounded good but honestly looking at the price and how small  + thin a piece is, I didn't really feel like trying it anymore. Although in all honesty, it could've been great. 

The brownie (dark choc btw) looked SUPERB w its crackly crust and we wanted to do a takeaway but were advised against it 'cos they'd heat it up (so that its yummier!) and its topped w an ice cream when we eat it in house. I guess if we bring it home, it wouldnt be the same experience. So we didn't takeaway. A reason to return!

The cafe itself is quite small. With approx 12-ish seats?

Cute wall decal used as the menu

with vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce

You can also choose to have it w pandan ice cream & gula melaka sauce. If you're expecting crispy outside, fluffy inside, this is not it. This is crispy all the way! Which does have its own merits. The batter was fragrant but I'm more a fluffy inside crispy outside, thick belgium waffle, kinda girl. But this was q enjoyable too esp the crispiness! Didn't try the sauce cos am not a fan. Ice cream was good and went well w the waffles. I had to eat the waffle w the ice cream else it'd be a tad dry to eat. At 8bux, I don't think I'll be having it again only because its not my kind of waffles (as I've stated). 3.6/5

Service there is q good and friendly. More cafes should open in the heartlands! Will probably try more stuff soon and give a review! (after my exams that is haha, 21 jan onwards!)

Hatter Street Cafe
212 Hougang Street 21 #01-333 (same row as Nakhon Thai)
Tue-Sun 1pm-10pm

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