[SG] Pantler | calories worthy sweet treats!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As food lovers, we continue to benefit from the increasing number of F&B establishments that are popping up at all corners of Singapore. In particular, we are huge fans of desserts and having recently visited Henri Charpentier, we heard about another new dessert hideout tucked along Telok Ayer Street.

Walking along the quiet street on a hot weekday afternoon, it was almost like spotting an oasis when we found the cosy-looking dessert parlour that had an inconspicuous looking store front. As we stepped in, we were warmly greeted and were drawn almost immediately to the array of sweet treats before us!

We later learnt the two pastry chefs behind the lovely dessert parlour used to work at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joel Robuchon Singapore.

Faced with the many beautifully constructed pastries and desserts, we were spoilt for choice indeed. After much deliberation, we gave up and asked for recommendations only to be given more options to ponder!

Bartelett Pear Tart Slice | S$6.80/-

When we were introduced to the range of tarts, my eyes locked in on the pear tart which coincidentally was the house's best selling tart. The neatly sliced poached pears were slightly torched for an added layer of caramelisation on the surface which made it all the more appetising!

The texture of the poached pear was just the way it should be, soft yet firm to the slice of the dessert fork. Resting on a buttery rich shortcrust pastry that was slightly flaky, it bordered between a flaky pastry crust and that of a conventional crumble, which suited my palate very well.

While the lady remarked that the poached pear was a little bland in taste, I enjoyed that it was only mildly saccharine and not overwhelmingly sweet.

Choux Creme | S$5.50/-

The last cream puff standing. We were told that this is a must-try and since it was daily sell-out item, there was no reason to say no. Quite frankly, my initial thoughts were that it was quite pricey at $5.50 for its size but curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see how special it was compared to its relative peers such as Beard Papa, etc.

I gingerly pry open the gorgeous layer of golden-brown crust, revealing a luscious pool of vanilla creme on the inside. The crispy crust was baked to perfection and there was almost nothing to criticise about the richness and creaminess of that sinful creme. Freshly made in house daily, you would notice the quality ingredients of vanilla pods being used with the tiny dots that littered the otherwise velvety creme.

Give me another choux creme I say, 'you already took the last one' was their response unfortunately.

Ricotta Cheese Tart Slice | S$8.50/-

Craving for some cheesecake, we decided that the ricotta cheese tart would fit the bill since their baked cheesecake was not yet ready. The freshness and softness of the ricotta cheese was undeniably good. If you enjoy a rich and creamy slice of dessert, this would surely appeal to your palate though the richness of the tart stopped short of satiating one's appetite.

In terms of texture, the melt-in-your-mouth ricotta cheese beautifully contrasted the pastry tart that complemented with a lovely crumble but more importantly, the buttery flavours from the tart isolated the ricotta cheese and cut through the lightly sweet flavours pleasantly.

Pate De Fruits | 3 for S$3.50/-

Growing up munching jelly babies and fruity sweets not only left me with a tummy but also make me want to try every other new renditions. When I learnt about their in-house, the brightly hued chewy treats which the French confiseurs always proudly exhibit in their confectioneries caught my attention.

As the saying goes, there is always stomach space for desserts. Despite a hearty lunch and the desserts, we decided to try the green apple, blackcurrant and passionfruit. It almost made me feel like a child once again when I chew the sugar coated sweet packed with natural fruit flavours which worked surprisingly well. If you are concerned about it tasting artificial, we are on the same page but those fears are definitely unwarranted.

Apart from the tarts and cakes that we tried, there were other bakes such as madeleines, financiers and croissants. We also noticed the pound cakes which looked very tempting but due to waistline consideration and our already exploding tummies, we had to pass and leave it for a separate occasion.

The prices quoted are nett, inclusive of GST and there was no service charge though you are expected to self-collect the cakes and pastries. Like most cafes, there is a free-flow of iced water, perfect for the hot Singapore weather, which you could help yourself to near the cash point. While they also have some outdoor seating, we chose to hide in the comfort of the air-conditioner!

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and we are definitely looking forward to a return visit soon to try out the other sweet treats!

Overall Verdict: 8.0/10

198, Telok Ayer Street
Singapore 068637
Tel: (+65) 6221 6223

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