“A servant or officer in charge of the bread and the pantry.'”
Pantler is a Japanese-inspired dessert shop that’s located along Telok Ayer Street, just two shops down from My Awesome Cafe. Though the place only recently opened its doors, it has already garnered quite a popularity among cafehoppers & foodies alike. (My Instagram feed was bombarded with images from Pantler a while back.) The cafe offers bakes & pastries, which are made by Baker Matthias Phua and Chef Tomoharu Morita respectively. Both of them knew each other from their stint at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joel Robuchon Singapore.
Inside the cafe.
The name Pantler actually means – “A servant or officer in charge of the bread and the pantry.” Quite fitting for the cafe. For a minute there I actually got confused & mixed the name of the cafe up with “Panther”.
The interior of the cafe is very sleek & elegant, which at first made me feel quite odd when I first entered the place. (Like I was under-dressed or something like.) I really like the whole minimalistic approach to the decor here, including the different shades of grey used in the place. (I know what you’re thinking… get your head out of the gutter.)
Sponge cakes & Madeleines.
Croissants, croissants, pastries, pastries.
Look at all those desserts. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.
Drinks menu of Pantler.
The whole stretch of the cafe is filled with a row of counters with a wide array of desserts & pastries for you to choose from. I was definitely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices when I first walked it & had a hard time deciding what to try. (Everything looked so good!) From cakes to Madeleines to fruit jellies to croissants to pastries…; it’ll seriously make your head spin. (Not particularly in a bad way.) Each bake & pastry is carefully created with only the finest of ingredients. They also have a small menu for drinks, with coffee beans from Dutch Colony Coffee Co..
Cafe Latte ($5.80)
With a shot of Hazelnut ($$1)
With so many desserts to enjoy, you will definitely need something to wash it all down. I decided to give their latte a try… & shake things up with a shot o Hazelnut. The coffee was pretty alright, slightly too bitter for my liking. I could hardly taste the hazelnut shot as well. Perhaps more for coffee enthusiasts.
Bartlett Pear Tart ($6.80)
Bartlett Pear, Almond Cream, Pâte Sucrée, Rum
It was a toss-up between this Pear Tart & their Dark Cherry Tart. For some reason, the pear tart kind of resonated with me more, hence I went for it.
It was lovely, perfectly soft pastry crust. A good amount of pears on top the tart as well.
Pantler Roll Cake ($4.80)
I had no choice but to ask the staff for recommendations as there were just way too many items to choose from. The roll cake was one of the recommendations.
It was good, nice & fluffy with a nice complement of cream. I’m not particularly a fan of cakes like these but I found this to be pretty delicious.
Hazelnut Praline, Ganache
This was another recommendation from the staff and they were definitely on point for this dessert.
It was really really really fantastic. One bite & it’ll make you go “Aw Yiss!”. The soft hazelnut praline combined with the ganache on top a crunchy base… was pure Heaven. A must-try if you visit Pantler.
Ruby Tart ($7.50)
Pink Grapefruit, Almond Cream, Pâte Sucrée, Rum
This pretty number caught my eye from a distance & I knew I just had to give it a try.
My friend & I found the first bite to be odd, due to the sourness of the grapefruit. This had to take some getting used to, and it was only after I reached the center of the tart, which was sweeter, that it finally balanced the sourness. It’s a pretty unique tasting tart, definitely worth a try.
Mango Shortcake ($7.50)
Fresh Mango, Fresh Cream
My friend had a hankering for mango that day & just had to order this when he saw the words “Mango”. The cake was good, perfect cream to cake ratio. My friend loved it.
Cassis Mont Blanc ($8.50)
Being the crazy cafehopper that I am, I couldn’t bear to leave without trying more desserts.
The Mont Blanc has been quite prominently featured in countless Instagram posts & blogs, hence it was a no-brainer to give it a try.
It was pretty fantastic. Those other reviews don’t lie. Not to mention that it looks so fancy. An obvious Instagram favourite.
Banana Caramel Éclair ($8.50)
Chocolate Cream, Caramel Custard
Another dessert that caught my eye & was too unique to pass up.
I’m quite a fan of éclairs and have never seen one quite like this. (Not to mention that it was the last on display. Oh.. the typical local mentality! Pretty sure there were more in the kitchen. Hah.)
This was awesome. Delicious flavors of chocolate & caramel, intertwined with bananas inside. Another must-try at Pantler.
It’s Pantler. Not Panther.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
There is no doubt that the quality of desserts, bakes & pastries offered at Pantler are all top notched. The only regret I had was not trying their Choux Crème. (Hey, look at the amount of desserts I had in one seating. Give me a break.) I really like the atmosphere of the cafe as well, it’s a fantastic place to waste your afternoon away with a cup of coffee & 10 plates of desserts. (Wait.. what?) I’m definitely keen in heading back to try more of their items soon.
198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637
(Nearest train station: Telok Ayer)
Contact: 6221 6223
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sat: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm