[Updated May 2019] A Summer In Paris has announced its closure at VivoCity, its last day on the 12th of May.
To thank their customers, they are offering a 30% discount for their cakes on the last day.
This comes as a sudden as the bakery cafe has been enjoying positive reviews, and has supplied cakes to other cafes as well.
It seems like they will be finding another location to move to. Look out here for details.
(Below is a review of the cafe written in December 2018.)
Don’t get me wrong.
There were some pretty good cake shops introduced in Singapore during the last few years, but few went in the direction of “French Haute-Pattiserie”.
A Summer in Paris is launched at Vivocity, in collaboration with the famous Pastry Chef Yann Brys, awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (MOF).
Held once every 4 years, this is France’s highest accolade awarded for expertise and excellence, considered the “holy grail” to be achieved by French pastry chefs.
I read that a French chef hopes for two things, Michelin stars and the MOF.
Only about 200 chefs have been honoured with the title since the competition’s debut during the 1920s. That is how precious the award is.
To find the café, it is located at Level 1 near the drop-off point (Giant Supermarket) at Vivocity.
Loved the interior decorated in colourful pastels, contemporary chic, matched with poster-sized graphics featuring their desserts.
This is where the tai-tais (wannabes) could spend a lazy afternoon, though there are only about 20 seats around.
Some of the recommended items include the Tourbillion Lemon Tart ($8.80) of coconut soft sponge, lemon marmalade, yuzu and lemon curd, yuzu light meringue; Choco’ Dough ($8.80) of almond and milk chocolate crunchy, dulcey cremeux, almond teacake, orange and mandarin marmalade, milk chocolate mousse; and Exotique ($9.30) included with corn flakes crunchy, vanilla teacake, exotic fruits compote, exotic fruits cream and ganache.
When the Tourbillion Fruit’ The ($9.30) was sold out during my first visit, I made it a point to get it without hesitation the next time I went back.
It was an elegant, pretty-in-pink good looker, made of citrus shortbread, jasmine tea sponge, raspberry and grapefruit compote, jasmine tea mousse and lychee cremeux.
Perhaps falling in love with this cake would be fairly easy. Just look at how delicate it looks.
The slightly-tart flavour of the raspberry and grapefruit stood out the most, but the rest of the other components helped balance it out.
I would give my vote to the Pompom ($9.30), striking in appearance looking like a green apple.
On its base is a crumbly citrus shortbread, with the soft green apple cream and jelly adding some subtle sourness which blended well with the sweetness.
The texture itself was very delightful as well.
A Summer in Paris does not disappoint. While prices are on the pricier end, they have the goods with cakes that want to make you fall in love again.
A Summer in Paris
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-13 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront Station)
Tel: +65 98138575
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)