Ma Maison, known for their Japanese-Western cuisine, Tonkatsu and pretty Japanese fruit tarts has re-opened its café concept at Mandarin Gallery.

For those of you who remember, Café Ma Maison used to exist at Liang Court’s basement. The new space at Orchard Road replaces where gorgeous pastry shop Antoinette used to be.

“Ma Maison” is a French word which represents “my home”, to imply that it is a place to celebrate special moments with loved ones in a cosy home-like environment.

While many new cafes are going for the minimalist, contemporary, or industrial look, Café Ma Maison opts for the rather old-school Japanese-Western type of décor.

This momentarily brings me back to Japan, especially when there were a few Japanese ladies around doing their tea-time chatting.

Also included is a small savoury items menu, with Omu-Katsu ($20.80) of Omu-Rice with Pork Cutlet, Truffle-Flavoured Katsu Sandwich ($14.80), and Mentaiko Spaghetti ($18.30).

Other than a seasonal Assorted Fruits-Sando, there are two styles of cakes served – Special Cakes and Fruit Tarts.

In terms of “Special Cakes”, there is an attractive display of Classic Strawberry Shortcake ($7.80), Chocolate Walnut ($7.80), Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake ($7.80), Earl Grey Tea ($7.80), Fresh Fruit Shortcake ($8.80), and Japanese Matcha Mousse & Red Bean ($8.80).

While my heart told me to go for a Strawberry Shortcake, I thought it has become quite a regular offering in Singapore’s cafes and so opted for a more uncommon and colourful Fresh Fruit Shortcake.

They do take pride in serving, with a drizzling of chocolate sauce at the bottom, and cake evenly sliced in shape – not easy when you are cutting a soft-textured cake with fresh cream.

I loved the array of fruits of grapes, blueberries, kiwi, strawberries and oranges, in between moist yet flurry sponge. But my favourite part was still the light, airy cream.

If you are heading for the tarts, available are Strawberry ($9.50), Blueberry ($8.80), Mixed Fruit ($8.80), Grape ($6.80), Banana Caramel ($6.80), Mont Blanc ($9.50) and Lemon Cream ($6.80).

I still think that Mont Blanc is one of the more under-rated styles of cakes available here, and this tart version did not disappoint with its creamy sweetened chestnut purée.

The base could have been a tad more buttery, but it wasn’t a big deal for me.

The other good-looker was the Lemon Cream ($6.80). If you are expecting something really citrusy and tangy, the lemon taste within was quite delicate or muted – depending how you see it. Nope, you won’t get that ’sour’ face after taking a bite.

The base was mille feuille-style, which I did not fancy as it lost the crispiness, perhaps also because I bought this in the evening.

Cafe Ma Maison
333A Orchard Road #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6235 6411
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

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