I remember writing about Pantler at Telok Ayer almost 7 years ago, and it is considered one of the survivors in the challenging café scene in Singapore.
“Pantler” is word used to define “a servant or officer in charge of the bread and the pantry in a great family”.
The new River Valley space is actually made up of two units, combined into one.
Half is the kitchen where all their products are made from scratch, and the other half is the retail and dining space.
The bigger kitchen is to accommodate producing over 20 varieties of cakes and pastries, and other baked and packaged items such as cookies, sweets, jams, and chocolate.
Design-wise, the interior changed to something more neutral, muted and considered – so that customers can place focus on their products instead.
You would notice there is not only an alfresco seating area outside, but a dining area at the back which includes a covered sitting space which evokes dining under the open sky with an artificial skylight.
Undecided at what to pick?
Signature products include the Yatsura ($9.50) featuring hazelnut praline and dark chocolate ganache, Chou a la Creme ($5.50), Pantler Cheesecake ($7.80), Dark Chocolate Delice ($8.80), and the Strawberry Shortcake ($9.50).
If you are looking out for the new stuff, they are the Raspberry Pistachio ($9.50), Russa ($9.50), Gianduja ($9.50) and Ivory ($9.50).
Pantler’s Head Chef is Tomoharu Morita, who was part of the award-winning pastry team at Grand Hyatt Tokyo for close to a decade. Chef Tomoharu was also part of the opening team for Joël Robuchon Singapore.
I decided to head for the classic Strawberry Shortcake ($9.50) which turned out to be light, fluffy, complete with fresh Isigny cream just slightly sweet for that extra touch of comfort.
If you have noted that the strawberries are different from the usual, these are actually Chitose strawberries what have that succulence and natural sweetness.
The Raspberry Pistachio ($9.50) would please those who love that gentle tanginess, with raspberry buttercream contrasted with the more muted layer of pistachio sponge.
There were two little surprises when I took a bite – there were traces of alcohol (though I would ascertain which because I don’t drink enough) and freeze-dried raspberry meringue that added a cooling ‘popping’ texture.
Don’t miss out on the Chou a la Crème ($5.50) made with fresh custard that is made by hand daily; and Pantler Cheesecake ($7.80) which is a creamy and crumbly cheesecake that tastes like a cross between a Japanese and New York cheesecake.
Lovely, bigger space which will be much welcomed by the surrounding River Valley community.
474 River Valley Road Singapore 248359
Tel: +65 6221 6223
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon