L’Atelier Tiramisu which started as a café selling just tiramisu, has just expanded with more a larger seating capacity and selection of cakes.
They are still sticking to their guts, selling just tiramisu. Seems a little risky. But when owner Judith feels that her product got what it takes, you know that her tiramisu probably is a cake above the rest.
L’Atelier Tiramisu can be a little hard to find, well hidden at the corner of the basement of Clarke Quay Central. It is at the furthest end. Although it is also an “L’Atelier” and in that dark black and red, this café has nothing to do with Joël Robuchon’s restaurant of a similar name.
Judith learnt her tiramisu-making skills in France, not Italy as some would assume. She met her husband in Paris, stayed there for a few years, and learnt the ropes.
This was a recipe handed down by the family for generations, but she modified it with additional flavours.
After the update, there are quite a number of flavours – classic, lychee, dark cherry, matcha, crème brulee and pistachio. A slice is at $7.20 ($7.50 for the premium ). Yes, can be considered pricey for some.
I was full of anticipation, and was not disappointed at all. Few cakes can impress me taste-wise, while a lot can by its aesthetics.
Truth-to-told, I am not that a fan of tiramisu. But one spoonful, one spoonful of that very moist cake sponge, creamy mascarpone and a slight explosion of Liberty’s expresso and liqueur with Marsala wine got me almost in cloud nine.
It could be the proportion of the liqueur that hooked me. No, I think it is the moisture, one of the few times I had such wet-tasting tiramisu that actually stays upright.
The Dark Cherry is my next favourite, like you can really bite the sweet cherries within. I didn’t try the lychee, but the girls seem to enjoy it. Matcha was a little clash-y for me. Then again, I am picky over matcha items.
I am happy for L’Atelier’s Tiramisu, a specialty shop that chooses to do one item and do it really well. To be honest, I wasn’t sure during their initial days if they could last due to the tough competition, but they managed to ride the tides.
The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-09 Singapore 059817 (Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 9389 8582
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 1:00pm – 8pm (Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun)