French pastries, anyone?
Les Patisseries is a cafe that’s situated in Toa Payoh Central. The place is one of the newest cafes to open this year, though also one of few that flew under the radar. The three owners of the cafe, Jeremiah, Louis and Kenny, graduated from culinary schools, At-Sunrise and Shatec. It’s nice to finally see a small influx of cafes in the Toa Payoh area. (Both Toa Payoh & nearby neighbourhoods seem to lack them for some reason.) Les Patisseries is known for their in-house pastries & desserts, along with a small selection of your usual brunch offerings.
Inside the small cafe.
A vintage-looking Parisian signboard.
The whole concept of Les Patisseries seems to revolve around France. Some hints of French design could be seen, with a few decor pertaining to Paris. I do feel that the whole French aesthetic just barely scratches the surface and it would have been nice if the place would have been designed to look like an all-out French cafe.
Just take their main signage above the entrance for example; it actually reminded me a lot of KOI. (The bubble tea franchise.) If it was designed to look like the Parisian signboard that was placed outside their cafe, it would have been quite fantastic & much more memorable. The whole cafe is also quite small, with a few seats inside, along with half their kitchen/bakery & a few more seats outside.
Some pastries & croissants.
Menu of Les Patisseries.
Of course, what Les Patisseries lack in aesthetic, they really make up for it with their food. Their pastries & desserts are all freshly baked & made in-house! This is basically one of the main draws of the place, considering the horde of cafes elsewhere that make use of suppliers. Their desserts include cakes, tarts macarons & brownies. Apart from from those, they also offer a small menu for brunch, pastas & truffle-related goodies.
The other great thing about Les Patisseries is that their prices are fairly low as well, with mains hovering around the 14 dollar mark & desserts around the 7 dollar mark. No GST or service fees either!
Green Tea Latte ($5.50)
After a long string of crappy Green Tea Lattes that I’ve had, I’m glad to report that the one at Les Patisseries was pretty good. I really liked the little cookie as a complement to the latte as well.
Strawberry Milkshake ($7.50)
My friend ordered this as he was trying to deviate from his usual choice of chocolate. He gave it a sip, looked at me & said – “Actually, I don’t really like strawberry.”
(*Commence face palm*)
Truffle Fries with Grated Cheese ($8.50)
Truffle fries have been done to death. Still, I couldn’t help myself but to order it as it was served on a black tile. (For photography sake!)
The truffle fries were good! The shoestring fries were crunchier than usual & they were pretty addictive. Great taste of truffle & the cheese blended perfectly. The price is also one of the fairly lower ones I’ve come across for Truffle Fries.
Egg Benedict ($11.90)
My friend decided to order the Egg Benedict, but when it came, he took one look at it & regretted his choice. (He did not like poached eggs, apparently that whole concept of Eggs Benedict is lost on him. Someone face palm me please.) I ended up trading mains with him.
The Eggs Benny here tasted quite good. The Hollandaise & poached eggs were perfect. I would have preferred if the bacon were cooked slightly longer, so that it’s much more crisp. All in all, it’s a pretty good Eggs Benny. (Not the best but not the worst.)
My friend ended up eating this. (Though he didn’t like the egg yolk on top… he gets that way about eggs. Nevertheless, I got tired of his egg nonsense and just stirred the entire dish before he could have one anything. HAH.)
Just like the Eggs Benny, their Carbonara was pretty good as well. Not the best I’ve had, but it was quite nice. I did thought that the sauce was a tad too thick. (Which could get even more thicker when you mix in the egg yolk.)
Now the thing to try at Les Patisseries would have to be their desserts, which also included their waffles. Lovers of Horlicks rejoice! This is the waffle for you.
The waffles is topped with Horlicks powder, Horlicks sauce & Horlicks ice-cream. (Horlicks galore.)
The waffles were pretty alright. I did like the uniqueness of the flavor of Horlicks with the waffle. The ice-cream was good as well. I did feel that the added Horlicks powder made the dish go slightly overboard and it could have gone without it. Of course, this is something you must try at Les Patisseries. It’s too interesting not to.
L’ Rocky ($7)
Yes. Desserts are the way to go at Les Patisseries! This was one of the “locked” choices between my friend & I. (Especially since my friend is a huge fan of all things chocolate.)
Here’s what it looks like inside.
It’s like a huge Ferrero Rocher but with chocolate mousse & soft sacher sponge inside. Simply delectable.
Dulcey Hazelnut Tart ($7)
Out of all the desserts that I’ve tried here, this ended up being my favourite. The dulcey hazelnut on top was smooth & sweet with a nice crunchy base that complemented the entire dessert. Recommended.
I’ve had & seen lots of Tiramisu but none that looked like this. It tasted as good as it looked! Perfect balance of ladyfingers & mascarpone cheese.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I’m quite glad that there’s finally more cafes opening up around the North area of Singapore. Les Patisseries is a fantastic addition to the Toa Payoh Central district & is not to be missed. Their pastries & desserts are definitely the main draws of the cafe, especially since they are made in-house by the owners themselves. I wouldn’t mind heading back to try their croissants, which have garnered positive reviews.
186 Toa Payoh Central #01-428, Singapore 310186
(Nearest train station: Toa Payoh)
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm