Katong is one of those areas which is full of gems, some old and charming, some new and quirky. My ‘Katong-boy’ friend Paul wanted to introduce me this “country-looking cosy little cake shop” in which he raved about how pretty the cakes looked.
Sure enough, once I walked pass dainty looking confectionary with country-green and dark pink walls, I immediately knew this was it. Pavé reminds me of one of those little pastry shops in Bangkok, and I meant it in a good way.
Pavé (pronounced “Pa-Vey”) which means pavement, is a quaint cafe located along East Coast Road serving a variety of cakes and bite sized chocolate. A rather homely feeling. On the shelves are jars home-made ginger jams and almond butter, and chocolate covered with gold flakes called The Bankers Bar.
Although the shop is French-sounding, they really choose strange names for their cakes. One may have expected a Le Chocolat Tarte, but instead we have a sea-salted caramel dark chocolate tart called “This is New” ($7.90).
We were superficial and ordered the prettiest looking items – the Apple Tart 50 ($8.50) and Wow! Ichigo 100% ($8.50).
The Apple Tart 50 looks like a piece of art itself – a towering dessert with slices of caramelised apples stacked on top of one another, with vanilla custard cream right in the middle. This is joyful to eat. Delicate, not too sweet, with the apple having a sour-sweet bite.
The Wow! Ichigo 100% ($8.50) feels like a non-potent tiramisu, with soft sponge, strawberries and vanilla cream in a square cup. This is lovely both in and out, with the fillings being really fluffy in a slightly Japanese pastry-like fashion.
The chef’s wacky and creative style is said to be reflected in their creations. The chocolates (especially the Mediterranean and Rose) are God-sent. Pure indulgence, and I got myself choco-coma after two bites of those tiny decadence.
Note: Pavé has decided to close down. “Thank you for following us on our journey into the food world. We have decided to stop operations at our East Coast outlet and embark on a new journey. You can continue to shop for chocolates online at www.pavechocolates.com Pavé chocolate products are now available at Marina Square – a little artisan shop called URSS Chocolatier (#02-261).”
Pavé Chocolates & Confections
93 East Coast Road, Singapore (near 112 Katong Mall), Tel: +65 6342 0677
Opening Hours: Tue: 2.30pm – 10.30pm, Wed–Sun: 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Mon)