A 5-10 mins’ walk away from the bustling East Coast Road, you now know there is more than meepok associated with Jalan Tua Kong.
“Les Mains” translates to ‘The Hands’, which resonates with their beliefs of having ‘all hands on deck’, working closely as a unit and being a team player.
They also hope that everything that goes through the counter to the customer is handmade from scratch. All their bakes are made in-house, including components from the tart shells to the chocolate decoration.
Primarily a takeaway shop, note that pastries, cakes and coffee are served in disposables, though there are two tables with seats to take a short break there.
There is a small selection of Honey Madeleines ($2.90 for 3 pcs), Matcha Madeleines ($2.90 for 3 pcs), Chocolate Pound Cake ($3.90), and Mushrooms, Truffle and Oregano Quiche ($8.90).
The signature are their Tarts, which includes the recommended Whisky Chocolate Tarte ($10.90), Chocolate Raspberry Tarte ($11.90), Fruit Tarte ($10.90), and Lemon Meringue Tarte ($8.90).
Unfortunately, none of their tarts were available when I visited, and was informed they would only be ready at 12pm or so.
(Slightly disappointing from a customers’ point of view, so a lesson learnt is probably to always keep supplies constant and social media feeds updated – not easy, I understand.)
Other recommended petit gateau and choux pastries are the Strawberries and Cream ($7.90), Chocolate Banana ($9.90), and Pecan Vanilla Choux ($8.90). Slightly on the pricier side.
The only available cake was Strawberries and Cream ($7.90), comprising of vanilla sponge, vanilla chantilly cream, and fresh strawberries.
Considerably delightful with light and airy sponge, this was a not-bad rendition though perhaps still lacking of the special X-factor (whether taste or presentation) that would differentiate this from other similar cakes out there.
Coffee was good, and could possibly give some of their Siglap café neighbours a run for their money.
Using an Allpress Espresso blend from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Sumatra, the medium-dark roast with chocolate and nutty notes was well-balanced complete with a pretty latte art.
Also available are Cold Brews bottled with customised Les Mains glass bottle.
Fun-fact: there are 2 Electric Vehicle charging points that belong to Les Mains Patisserie located in front of the shop.
Les Mains Patisserie
47 Jalan Tua Kong, Singapore 457247
Opening Hour: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sat), 8am – 12pm (Sun), Closed Wed