Expect fine and exquisite Japanese cake creations by Chef Masataka Yamashita. A nicely lit cakery store with wooden deco and furniture. Upon entering the store, get ready to be wowed by the beautiful display of cakes and pastries. I was so wowed over that I had problems picking what I wanted to get, cause I wanted all of them!! I ended up with 5 cakes on my first visit.
Trained in Tsuji Culinary Institute, a highly respected culinary institute in Osaka, Japan, Chef Yamashita has worked at various patisseries around Japan before starting his own in Nara, which became a huge success. Fast forward 8 years later, Chef Yamashita moved to Singapore where he took charge as the head chef and co-owner of Flor Patisserie. Chef Yamashita then decided to start his namesake cakery to offer a variety of his signature cakes and desserts. Both dine in and takeaways options are available at the cakery.
How can I not be excited to try his cakes!! :D
Being a huge fan of Japanese cakes and desserts, I was really delighted to visit the cakery. Just a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, its centralised location makes it a perfect place to meet both friends and acquaintances for a nice afternoon/early evening cake session. Can't make it during the weekdays? They are open on weekends too.
Quality is very important to Chef, who takes careful considerations to ensure the perfect balance in his creations, in taste, texture and the presentation.
I must say that Chef Yamashita's experience and love for beautiful yummy cakes, sweets and pastries really showed in his creations. In fact, even before I put this blog post together, I have already revisited the cakery to get more of his cakes!
The cakes were fine, elegant and bursting with flavours. I also loved how the cakes were not overly sweet and despite the use of cream, it felt light and delicate in taste.
Fallen in love with almost everything I tried. I recommend their Luna Wraps (sponge cake wraps), Ichigo (strawberry short cake), Pudding a La Mode (pudding and custard dessert) and Mount Fuji (chocolate and chestnut cake)! Read more below.
Handmade pudding with custard and fresh cream, topping with fresh fruits. This pudding was a winner! A fairly large serving but it was so delicious I ate it all up myself :P The caramelised pudding was really smooth and soft. Beneath that is the custard and fresh cream with some soft cake, paired that with the fresh fruits and you have a winner!
Luna Wraps $5.90
Verdict: highly recommended
Known to be the signature of Chef Yamashita, this is one item not to be missed. Luna Wraps come in assorted flavours. I tried both the Luna Wrap (Banana and Caramel) as well as the Luna Wrap (Matcha). Both of them were superb and worth every cent (and calories :P). My favorite would have to be that of Banana and Caramel.
Sandwich between soft and fluffy sponge cake is fresh banana, custard, cream and caramel sauce. The combination of flavours and textures really made the mark. Each flavour complementing each other yet at the same time distinct and full of character.
Filled with green tea cream and adzuki beans (red bean), the matcha flavour was quite good except that the chestnuts felt a tad hard, but I think it was meant to be so - for a juxtaposition of textures.Ringo Pie $7.00
Using imported apples from Japan, the base is a rich almond sponge cake. The texture was rather dense, true to its name, it resembled a tart/pie-like dessert. Comparatively to the other cakes, I wouldn'y say this was the best.
Ichigo $6.50 and Choco Ichigo $6.70
Japanese are well known for their delicious and light strawberry short cakes. I just had to order this to try Chef Yamashita's version of this popular dessert.
Ichigo was so delicious (my colleagues were literally 'fighting' to finish the cake). Two layers of soft sponge cake with fresh cream and sliced strawberries, this cake will gain lots of fans. The cake was fluffy and the cream was so light on the tongue, matching well with the tangy sweet taste of fresh strawberries.
For chocolate lovers, the Choco Ichigo is a good option. Don't judge that light brown color of the choco cream, the chocolate flavour was distinct, yet did not overpower the rest of the cake flavours.
Mt. Fuji $6.80
Mont blanc chestnut cream atop chocolate sponge and chestnuts, this elegant cake surprised me in taste. Bursting with chocolate flavours, this cake was made with the perfect amount of sweetness, so you could finish the whole cake easily. The chestnut mont blanc was smooth with a distinct chestnut flavour. The marriage of flavours worked well in this creation.
If you are a fan of yummy cakes, beautiful pastries and that delicate Japanese style sweets, you have got to visit Chef Yamashita cakery! This is definitely one of the top patisseries in Singapore.
Block 1, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-44, Singapore 082001
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 10am to 630pm | Sun 10am to 4pm
Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar MRT, exit A
Blog post disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I paid for all the cake purchases and all views expressed are my own.