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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Afternoon Tea at Tarte by Cheryl Koh @ Caveau Bar

1 Scotts Road #01-12 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Tel: 6737 2622

Most of you should be very familiar with the row of Les Amis restaurants and dining concepts lining the quaint street corner of Shaw Centre, Orchard.  The newest addition is a retail concept featuring fresh and tantalising tarts by Chef Cheryl Koh - a much anticipated treat for dessert lovers, like myself.

Tarte by Cheryl Koh has an elegant and minimalist appeal, very much like the humble Chef Cheryl herself. The staff were very friendly and greeted everyone who popped in. The tarts come in many different flavours - from fruity flavours to earl grey tea to chocolate, etc, so one is spoilt for choices when it comes to the selection process.

The small tarts (8cm) go from SGD$8.00 to SGD$9.00 each; whereas the big ones (16cm) cost between SGD$30.00 to SGD$34.00 each.

There are also these darling little Carolines (SGD$2.60 a piece / SGD$18.00 for box of 8), consisting of multi-flavoured mini eclairs, namely chocolate, lemon, chestnut, vanilla, earl grey, caramel, hazelnut and pistachio.  They would look really pretty as gifts as well.

Patrons can either order and go (takeaway), or have their tarts served at the next door Caveau Bar to sit in comfort of the cosy, artistic and sophisticated ambience and enjoy their tarts in cool comfort, over a coffee or beer.

The Earl Grey Tart (SGD$8.00) was highly recommended by the staff themselves, so I opted for it over the Dark Chocolate Tart that I'd initially wanted to try.

Anyway, the tart had a good buttery crust and light crunch, emsconcing a thick and luscious pool of earl grey curd - moistened to a texture more like paste. The first contact of the earl grey curd upon the palate was magic - it was like time stood still - everything else didn't make sense except for the very salient earl grey fragrance and taste. To say I was trapped in its beautiful flavour and texture, was a gross misunderstatement.

The Cherry Tart (SGD$9.00) was rich with promise, thrusting their plump, ripe, outer and inter beauty boldly on light cream.   The crust was firm and had a good buttery crunch as well, but the fresh, plump, juicy cherries were the main foci here. Every bite was sweet, with just the slightest hints of tartness; the juice filling the mouth deliciously, sealing it for quiet enjoyment. There is nothing like a good crust base and fresh, sweet fruits to steal one's heart like this darling here, and I can easily imagine myself savouring the large (16cm) Cherry Tart all by myself....

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