LUNA Patisserie is known for the selection of pretty, quality cakes from Orh Nee (best-selling), Matcha White Chocolate, Vanilla Cheddar Cheese (office crowd favourite), Dark Chocolate Speculoos, Yuzu Cheesecake, Mango Passionfruit, to Carrot Cream Cheese.
Not to be confused with Lunar Coffee Brewers located at OUE Downtown Gallery few streets away, LUNA Patisserie is the newest addition to the hip Amoy Street.
It is interesting to know that LUNA is right smacked in the middle of several cycling studios and F45 training Centre, offering cheat meals and sweet indulgence to the gym-goers.
Indeed, the surrounding area of Telok Ayer and Stanley Street is known to be lined with several cafes, such as Common Man Stan, Sarnies, Upside Down Coffee , Dapper Coffee, Free The Robot, Moonstone, Pantler and more.
Some people exercise to eat, and I (unfortunately) happen to be one of them.
A 30-seater space is available next door, decked in gold finishing which eludes a sense of elegance.
Stepping into LUNA, I was greeted with an entire row of pastries on the counter, ranging from Croissants, Madelines, Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownie, to Matcha Chocolate Chip Scones.
Do not give the Almond Chocolate Croissant with crisp outer layer and smooth chocolate fillings a miss.
A separate display shelf presents their current line-up cakes (a total of 10 currently) such as Solero Apple ($8.50), Strawberry Swissroll ($8), Yuzu Cheesecake ($8), Mango Passionfruit ($8), Orh Nee ($7), Dark Chocolate Speculoos ($8), Vanilla Cheddar Cheese ($7.50), and a Hazelnut Caramel Mousse called “LUNA” ($8.50) which is named after their shop.
Matcha White Chocolate ($7)
As a matchaholic, the Matcha White Chocolate stood out among all other cakes with its intense shade of green. It did not disappoint.
Coming with alternating layers of matcha chiffon sponge and matcha white chocolate ganache, the texture was moist and not too dense.
The top layer was coated with droplets of matcha white chocolate cream generously sprinkled with matcha powder to give provide a more pronounced vegetal notes – though I can imagine not all would appreciate that.
One suggestion is to eat all the layers in one bite, as the chiffon cake is on the sweeter side, which can be balanced off by the bitterness from the matcha powder on the top layer.
Orh Nee ($8)
The Orh Nee was my favourite of the selection, made of pumpkin sponge layered with a mixture of yam and ginkgo paste.
The surprise came from the textural contrast in the yam and ginkgo paste, a mixture of smooth and velvety puree and bite-sized chunks of yam.
The Orh Nee is then topped with whipped cream frosting and dollops of yam cream with a touch of desiccated coconut that enhanced its sweetness.
The overall combination is well-balanced without overly sweet, yet packed with different textures.
Unlike the Chinese-style Orh Nee that we are familiar with, shallot oil or lard is not used in this version.
#Healthy but not really heathy because desserts do have proportionally high amount of calories.
Carrot Cream Cheese ($8)
If rustic Carrot Cake is your thing, then you would like to spiced version, with varying textures coming from the crunchy pecans, walnuts, contrasted with the layer of rich vanilla cream cheese.
Nothing too fanciful, just wonderfully moist.
Yuzu Cheesecake ($8)
A cheesecake with rich texture, with a touch of tangy citrusy flavour, and made more elegant with the addition of edible flower. I thought that the yuzu flavour could be more pronounced, but l enjoyed that it was not too sweet.
Would be quite a thing to name this cake after the patisserie. This contains Valrhona Caranoa 55% dark chocolate mousse that would please chocolate-lovers.
Beneath the beautiful glaze is actually a surprise, of buttermilk chocolate sponge with crispy hazelnut feuilletine and caramel hazelnut.
To complement the pastries, espresso-based drinks such as Long Black ($5), White ($5.50), Mocha ($6.50) and flavoured lattes: Roasted Almond/ Hazelnut/ Caramel are available in both hot and iced versions.
A custom blend from a local roastery is used (no further information is revealed) and single shot is used for each cup of coffee.
My cup of Flat White ($5.50) was lacking in terms of caffeine kick and was a tad diluted, overpowered by the sweetness from the milk.
Perhaps a double shot or ristretto shot is required to increase the flavours of the cup of coffee.
For non-coffee drinkers, interesting options such as Lemongrass ($5.50), Aged Ginger ($5.50), Osmanthus Oolong ($5.50) are available.
From their extensive line-up of small, dainty and pretty pastries without busting their daily calories intake to the elegant gold finishing in their furniture, LUNA quickly became a popular afternoon cake spot for the office crowd in the vicinity.
There were those who came to ”dabao” whole cakes or slices after their meal at Amoy Street Food Centre.
You can now have your favourite LUNA cakes delivered to your doorstep at this link: https://www.luna.sg/order with its islandwide delivery.
There is a minimum order of $24 for all delivery. A delivery fees of $7 applies for all orders.