Chef Cheryl Koh was once named “Asia’s Best Pastry Chef” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and that clearly gave a boost to her dessert-only shop “Tarte by Cheryl Koh”. (Chef Janice Wong previously won the same award for two consecutive years.)

Tarte by Cheryl Koh has recently opened a second store at Raffles City, about a 5 year gap from the first. (You can also find the tarts served at SOCIEATY (Farrer Park).)

Perhaps you do not know that Chef Cheryl also studied French in university, and once worked at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Lasserre in Paris. She is also currently the Pastry Chef of 3-Michelin starred Les Amis Restaurant in Singapore.

The café is located next to Tenjin at the basement of Raffles City, and attracted many curious onlookers. Seating capacity is limited to say about 2 tables.

And yes, ”$13 for a tart?”

My friends had a slight surprise, remembering that the tarts of a 8cm diameter used to cost about $10. Maybe they haven’t had it in a while.

Some of the available tarts were Strawberry ($13), Cherry ($13), Black Forest ($13), Apple Crumble ($11), Pear Bourdaloue ($11), Caramel Mixed Nuts ($11) and Ardeche Chestnut ($11).

Generally speaking, I prefer the fruit tarts here compared to the other variants. I often find them of good quality, not overly glazed so that you can still appreciate the natural sweetness of the fruits.

The Cherry Tart remained one of my favourites, and I loved the lovely blood-red colour and sour-sweet flavour and juiciness.

As for the tart base, it was buttery and classically French, simple and firm, did not leave crumbs over as I took bites into them. But I know of people who would prefer more ‘buttery-ness’.

The Strawberry ($13) with light vanilla cream is a good-to-order if you come across them – pretty-looking and not overly sweet.

For the festive special, I had the Caramel Mixed Nuts ($11), adorned with pistachio and hazelnut and coated in caramel with a layer of orange marmalade. It lacked of that nutty-crunch that I would have preferred.

Tarte by Cheryl Koh – Raffles City
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-46 Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)

Tarte by Cheryl Koh – Shaw Centre
Shaw Centre #02-12 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Roads Singapore 228208
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)

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