A recent spate of dental problems, culminating in a root canal on Saturday morning, has understandably curbed my enthusiasm for trying out new restaurants. After all, I wouldn't want my enjoyment of a potentially great find of 2010 to be dampened by an inability to chew.We did fulfil a long-awaited must-try though - Patisserie Glace, at Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar (another doomed to desertion mall).
Their opening hours are highly inconvenient, closing at 7 pm on weekdays so we can't go after work, and there isn't much in the area to entice to drive all the way in on a weekend. Still, doing some research on Japanese Strawberry Shortcake recipes has whet my appetite for Japanese desserts in general, so on Sunday we had lunch at Maxwell, then made our way to Icon.
Be warned – this place is purely a shopfront; there’s no space to sit and eat the pastries, maybe with a cup of coffee. Which is quite a pity, because we were prepared to have a leisurely dessert there, sitting there sampling their cakes and pastries.
We tried their Strawberry Souffle cheese cake, and the Maison, so named because it’s shaped like a house. The Strawberry Souffle was a super light cheese cake with fresh strawberries – right up my alley but I wasn’t blown away. A chose the Maison, which has 4 different types of sponge cake and 4 types of cream – green tea, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. I think that ended up being a bit too complicated as a result.
They also have Rin Rin ice cream cheese tarts which we couldn’t resist. These cheese tarts on a cookie base can keep a little longer since they can be stored in the freezer. We tried 4 flavours – original, earl grey, organic green tea and caramel. I think my favourite was the original, followed by the caramel.
The desserts here are good, but somehow I think the ones at Tampopo Deli are better. Plus the inconvenient opening hours and location of Patisserie Glace really don’t do it any favours.
It’s not bad, but whether it’s worth a special trip down; I don’t know.
12 Gopeng Street
#01-33/34 Icon Village
Mon-Fri: 11 am – 7 pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 11 am – 6 pm