Food Review: Elijah Pies At Tanjong Pagar Plaza | First Dine-in Cafe Space By Established Online Dessert Brand
The Place The first physical cafe concept of Elijah Pies which started back in 2014, the established online pie brand opened a new cafe space at Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza. The cosy space sits under a HDB block and is just a few minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. It is not a huge space which accommodates about 20 pax, and you get cosy seating settings with predominantly cream-white cushion seats.
There are also a few seats by the counter where you get an upclose view of what goes on in the open kitchen.
The Food The dessert pies are the signature staple at Elijah Pies with a range of flavours from Nutella and Wild Berry Lavender to Pandan Coconut where prices start from S$7.70 per slice. The main difference between the online shop and the Tanjong Pagar outlet is that only whole pies are available online, whereas you get to enjoy it by slice in the new physical space.
Sweets aside, there are also savoury pies with flavours like the 4″ Black Truffle Mash Pie (S$12.90) and the Scallop Chowder Pie (S$14.90).
I started with the Scallop Chowder Pie which is filled with Hokkaido sashimi-grade scallops topped with a handcrafted puff pastry lattice. You get a good flavour of the chowder element, and that puff pastry is quite crispy and buttery.
The Black Truffle Mash Pie is loaded with parmesan cheese, portobello mushroom and hazelnuts along with mashed potato infused with black truffle. Overall, it is a relatively well-balanced pie where there is no one ingredient which is too overpowering. The pie texture here is less crispy than the Scallop Chowder Pie.
On to sweets, I managed to try the signature Wild Berry Lavender Pie (S$7.90) made with berries and fresh yogurt infused with a tinge of lavender. It is quite light flavour where the light purple colour in between the layers would likely appeal to lavender fans.
My preference leans towards the Pandan Coconut Pie (S$7.50) which I find it interesting since it is a less common pie flavour. The pandan-infused coconut custard and gula melaka pie is topped with toasted coconut flakes, and it is also quite light in flavour and not too sweet.
That said, I did not manage to try the bestseller, which is the Nutella Pie (S$7.50) this time round. Other flavours to expect include Honey Chrysanthemum Pie (S$7.90), Lime Thyme Pie (S$7.90), Matcha Latte Pie (S$7.90), and more.
In terms of beverages, there are coffee, tea, soda and nutty creations like the Vanilla Pistachio (S$8.90/cold) I had which is a rich blend of delicious pistachio nuts topped with vanilla foam cloud. For something more refreshing and lighter, go for the Grapefruit Elderflower (S$6.90) soda.
Rants Not a huge space, and there is a dining limit of an hour from what I understand.
Will I Return Again? Great addition to Tanjong Pagar which already has no lack of cafes, though this might just be the only pie-focused cafe in this area for now. I like the cosy and homely vibes which is a stark contrast to the busy Tanjong Pagar Road, and it is also great that there are a mix of savoury and sweet pies on the menu.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter