The Place East Coast is getting exciting with many new cafes recently. Located at Joo Chiat Road is Tigerlily Patisserie, which started as an online patisserie last year. The Executive Pastry Chef is Maxine Ngooi, whom has a pretty impressive culinary credentials with previous stints from the likes of Michelin-starred Les Amis and the now-defunct Vianney Massot.
The space of Tigerlily Patisserie is decked in dark green hues and neutral tones, with limited dine-in capacity due to social distancing. It was packed on a weekend I visited, and be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes for your order.
The Food There is a brunch menu which I don’t think is the main highlight here. Instead, most people are here for the pastries on display at the counter, myself included. Do note that the tarts get sell out fast, and you may not get your desired option.
I had a mix of the savoury and sweet pastries. The Kouign Amann (S$4.50) is one of the cheapest pastries, and while I had high hopes for it, it wasn’t as satisfying as what I had from Le Matin Patisserie.
The Garlic Herb and Cream Cheese Babka (S$8) is one of the signature items and true enough, you get a nice cream cheese flavour though I wish it is a little warmer.
For novelty’s sake, I decided to have the Asparagus & Leek Tart (S$7) which looks interesting. Who else puts vegetables in full glory on a tart? It scores on the concepts mainly.
The Pain Au Chocolat (S$4.50) is not too bad if you are looking for something basic.
For sweets, I didn’t manage to try the Pistachio Tart as it wasn’t available. Instead, I went for the last Chitose Strawberry & Elderflower Tart (S$11) and the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart (S$15).
I definitely prefer the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart in terms of flavour.
Drinks wise, we had the Hot Black (S$5) and Hot White (S$5), pretty decent coffee.
Rants Some teething issues which I thought could be better managed. I did ask the staff during my order if the Pistachio Tart is available, and was told it was not. However, the same staff told the customer right behind me that she could wait for it as it would be out in 10 minutes. There is definitely a much better way to manage expectations of diners.
It also wasn’t that clear when I entered to queue in line first, or grab a table first. Get a table yourself first, then join the combined queue regardless of whether you are dining in or taking out.
Will I Return Again? Tigerlily Patisserie is a great addition to Joo Chiat, which joins the ranks of popular establishments like Da Dong Prawn Noodles and Petit Pain. Expect to pay higher than average prices for tarts, crazy queues and one aspect which could be better, the service.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
350 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 8887 0988
Tuesday to Sunday: 9am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays
Ranted by The Ranter