Works of art From Les Amis Pastry chef, Tarte by cheryl koh is the manifestation of a seasoned patissier’s soul.
Les Amis — le creme de la creme of Singapore’s food scene, with three Michelin stars. At the heart of its pastry creations is Cheryl Koh, crowned Asia’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016.
I might not be bougie enough to dine at Les Amis, but Tarte by Cheryl Koh is her endearing alter ego made more accessible to the masses. As pastry should be, like in Paris itself.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh’s creations are inherently elegant
Starting with a classic and my initial introduction to Tarte by Cheryl Koh — the pandan coconut tart ($8). Tarte’s underlying principle is elegance and letting the ingredients speak for themselves, and it shows.
The classic pairing of pandan and coconut was pushed to its zenith with a deftly negotiated breadth of fragrance and sweetness. The naturally complementary nature of the two ingredients shone with a simple and balanced richness on the palate. A buttery and flawlessly-textured tart base then bolstered the flavours further.
Adorned with beautifully charred meringue, the lemon meringue tart ($8) was deceptively spirited. The lemon filling delivered a zesty punch, and its viscosity mingled with the fluffy meringue and tart quite harmoniously. Its sourness might prove too feisty for some even but I really enjoyed it.
The baked cheese tart ($8) was also quite charming. Once a hot local trend, cheese tarts are now relegated to scant outlets of copycats. it’s interesting to see a luxe take on it. I enjoyed the mildly sweet cheese and also the starkly superior tart base. However, with little improvements besides craftsmanship, it’s hard to justify the price.
Finally, the dark chocolate tart ($10) was a tart worthy of my namesake. Indulgence in spades as the rich milk chocolate smoothly layered over caramel and macadamia.
Tastefully rich but not overly extravagant, in line with the understated elegance that pervaded all the creations at Tarte by Cheryl Koh.
Simple classic Virtuosity Reigns
If you want simple tarts assembled with virtuosity, Tarte by Cheryl Koh provides elegance without superfluous embellishments for the sake of standing out.
In romance, sometimes a solid dependable choice is as attractive as a quirky fun one — and tarts are quite the romantic creations.
Tarte by Cheryl Koh
- Address: Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, #02 – 12, Singapore 228208
- Getting There: Approx. 10 mins walk from Orchard MRT
- Hours: (Daily) 11am-6pm
- Price Range: Approximately $10-$30 per pax