You read that right, a minimalist-white café in the wild wild West. Am kidding about the “wild” part.
Lee’s Confectionery has recently attracted a lot of attention on social media, and it certainly has grabbed mine with its visually satisfying in-house made pastries.
As a Westie myself, I am excited because recently we have been seeing more cafes opening at West Coast and Jurong, such as Pobo Gelato.
Located near Chinese Garden MRT, the confectionery serves roughly 6 to 7 different types of tarts, with some varieties available on a rotational basis.
This is a one-man-show operation.
The owner-baker Lee Yin Quan holds a Diploma in Intensive Professional Program in French Pastry from one of Europe’s most prestigious culinary institute, Ferrandi Paris.
He also had internships with Michelin Star chef, Jean-François Piège and Pastry Chef Nina Métayer and Jean-François Perret of Hôtel Ritz Paris.
Gosh. This is probably one of the best lime tarts I had so far, the Tart ($10) managed to achieve that balance of flavours.
Some lime tarts can end up tasting either too sour or muted, but this had just the right amount of tang, with a citrus burst of flavours.
Also, can we talk about the plating?
Most average cake cafes in Singapore merely serves their bakes on a plate, and that’s about it.
Lee makes that effort in the presentation, and it changes up the entire dining experience.
I loved how detailed the owner is, making sure everything looked perfect before serving it.
Nothing more attractive than someone’s dedication to a craft.
The Puff ($10) is probably one of the more local flavoured pastries here.
It is a take at our Kaya Toast, and I have to say, I didn’t expect Earl Grey to work that well with the local coconuty-kaya.
The puff was crispy, with a slightly burnt aftertaste, and even though it took me awhile, there was that alluring tinge of both earl grey and kaya aroma.
The best-seller here is the Dale ($10), which includes matcha included 4 ways – in a sponge, as crumble, matcha mousse, passionfruit compote with seeds on a tart sprinkled with… matcha powder.
A refined and polished version with multiple different textures.
Soft sponge cake, crispy crumble, creamy mousse, crunchy passionfruit seeds and sturdy tart base.
As Lee’s Confectionery a small neighbourhood café, there are only about 14 seats, packed even though I was there on a late weekday afternoon.
The pastries are also available in Medium and Large sizes, but you’ll have to order 1 day in advance.
A very nice minimalist café located in the West, with quality pastries.
There are people who come all the way here to try their pastries and not regretted it.
They have takeaway options available as well, so if you can’t get a seat, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home (fancy plating not included though)
343 Jurong East Street 31, #01-59, Singapore 600343
Tel: +65 9183 8447
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Mon, Thurs – Sun), Closed Tues, Wed
* Written by DFD’s Café Correspondent @__sy_g. Songyu is a food and travel blogger whose hobby is uncovering hidden hipster cafes. Additional text and photos from * Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.