“A pâtisserie/cafe specialising in éclairs.”
L’ÉCLAIR is a patisserie that specializes in the wonders that is the éclair. The place is helmed by Sarah Tan & Michelle Looi, both who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, creating the name of “Sarah Michelle”. You may find their éclairs familiar, and that is because L’ÉCLAIR started out online quite a while ago under the name The Little Yellow Apron, which I previously did a short review on. (Yes, I’ve actually already tried their éclairs way back. I’m hipster like that.)
Inside the elegant patisserie.
Another view of the interior.
The counter area where the desserts reside.
The whole interior decor of the patisserie is extremely quaint & elegant, with a majority of white paired with accents of black & hints of gold. The design of the place is quite neoclassical intertwined with modern elements. My friend & I spotted one eye-catching aspect of the interior, which was the ceiling design. The whole look of the patisserie reminded me of Mad About Sucre in a way.
Éclairs galore! There are about 10 different flavours every day.
Chicken & Bacon Pies fresh out of the oven!
Just one of the pages of the menu over here at L’ÉCLAIR.
As mentioned earlier, L’ÉCLAIR specializes in the popular French dessert that is éclairs & éclairs only. (If you do not know what eclairs are, mercy have your soul. Or just read this – “An éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing.”)
They have a rotation of 10 different flavours of eclairs, with four of them permanent. They have since moved on to full sized eclairs; the mini variations that started it all seem to be the thing of the past. Of course, if you’re looking for something savoury, they do also offer a delectable homemade Chicken & Bacon Pie.
Prices at L’ÉCLAIR are geared towards the higher average, with each eclair costing about $7.50 to $8.50. On one hand, the prices sting my aching wallet, while the other part of me understands the face value for the quality & finesse that goes into each éclair. No GST or service fees though, thankfully.
Chicken & Bacon Pie ($12)
This is literally the BEST pie that I’ve had in my lifetime, I kid you not. Soft & flaky with a delicious buttery crust, the insides are filled with a mixture of chicken, bacon & mushroom bits. The pie is also served with a house salad. (For those health conscious folks to kid themselves into eating “healthy”.)
Here’s a little peak inside the delectable pie! Highly recommended.
Of course, I’m torn between my love for the pie & the horrendous pricing. 12 bucks… for a pie. You can probably hear my wallet screaming from where you are. (It’s still a damn good pie nonetheless. See? I’m torn.)
Photogenic. Pretty. Gorgeous. Colourful. Delicious. Any other adjectives out there?
Being the mental foodie I am, my friend &… *scratch that*, I ordered six éclairs to be shared between my friend & I. (Hello, Such A Fatty calling.)
The other four flavours that were left were Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Banana & Walnut. I do regret not ordering the Earl Grey, as it’s the only other flavour that I have not tried.
Vanilla & Pecans ($8)
We’ll start it off with these two lovely éclairs. The Pistachio was a new flavour that I didn’t try before. Both my friend & I really liked it; it had a slight salty & sweet combination. Pistachios are also my favourite nut, so it was a winner in my book.
I’ve had the Vanilla & Pecans before and it was still as good this time, with a generous filling of vanilla bean cream & delicious caramelized pecans on top.
Lemon Meringue ($7.50, I think?)
Mango Passionfruit ($8)
Ah, Lemon Meringue. It’s essentially one of my all-time favourite flavours. I even had a phase a while back where I constantly bought & ate Lemon Meringue tarts from one of the nearby bakeries. (What a fattening phase in my life.) The lemon custard was delightful with just a slight sour kick to get you going. The meringue on top was perfection.
The Mango Passionfruit is actually one of their new flavours as well, though after tasting it, I thought that it tasted really familiar. I whipped out my phone & took a gander at my old image of the mini éclairs I’ve had & realized why. They previously had a Passionfruit flavour, but this time it’s mixed with mango. It was also pretty good, especially since I’m not a huge fan of passionfruit.
The Ispahan is not only the most pricey éclair on the menu, but it is also my ultimate favourite out of all the éclairs here. The Ispahan is actually a combination of rose, lychee & raspberry and it all works wonderfully. The pink petal on top not only adds to the photogenic quality of the éclair, but it is also edible! (If you don’t know by now, quite a few flowers are actually edible.)
Up next is the ever-popular Matcha. Previously, they experimented with the Matcha éclair & at one point it resembled the Pistachio éclair. This is definitely a must-have for all Matcha lovers out there. The matcha cream oozes out after you take a bite; which isn’t overly sweet & just a tad bitter, in a good way.
Here’s a look inside the Lemon Meringue éclair.
This image is all you get. I’m not gonna be one of those people that dissects every single dessert to take a photo of what it looks like inside. Please, just please.
Seriously, these éclairs look so stunning & photogenic that you can pose them however you like & it will still look fantastic.
Sidenote: Perhaps someone should ask Irene Ang from the clicknetwork to do a Food Porn episode here. This is literally food porn. (Language!)
Here’s yet another image. I can’t help it. I pretty much spent about half an hour taking photos instead of eating. Just ask my friend. Who had to sit there. And wait. And wait. And wait. Oh well, he’s used to it.
Vive la France! (Because éclairs are French… No?)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I’m definitely a fan of L’ÉCLAIR’s éclairs, I was back when they first started & I still am now. Their unique take on the French éclair & the variation in flavours is quite fantastic; you probably won’t see them anywhere else. I do hope that they could bring back the mini versions of the éclairs, perhaps as a sampler platter or something, so that you could easily try EVERY flavour there is in one sitting. While six of their flavours are on rotation, I also hope that they’ll bring back their Kaya & Gula Melaka flavours soon, which could potentially be quite popular for the local populace & their palates. (They were so so good that I can’t EVEN. Yay to stereotypical references!)
190 Clemenceau Avenue #01-28, Singapore 239924
(Nearest train station: Dhoby Ghaut)
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm