Sweets @ L’ÉCLAIR

July 17, 2015 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

My girlfriend and I were in town settling some stuff (for our upcoming vacation) and had an empty slot for (early) dinner. That’s when I remember I wanted to check out L’ÉCLAIR after having read about them from The Sunday Times. And with that, my girlfriend and I were off.

L’ÉCLAIR is of walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. And they are located within Singapore Shopping Centre, the building beside Park Mall. And the main entrance to the eclair boutique is facing the main road. One won’t be able to access from within Singapore Shopping Centre. We did not know and entered Singapore Shopping Centre. And when we asked the security guard, he pointed us in the right direction and said “The one with the black glass.” And my silly girlfriend tried to enter through the shop’s back door which would have brought us straight to their kitchen. Haha.

And heeding my girlfriend’s advise to provide value added-ness to my review. Haha. A little background update… L’ÉCLAIR is opened by Le Cordon Bleu graduates Sarah Tan and Michelle Looi. And citing an interview with Shiok!, the name ‘L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle’ came about because the ladies wanted a simple and elegant name, yet one that would pay tribute to their time in Paris since France was the place that gave them the inspiration to start this. In fact, it was Michelle who suddenly said “Why don’t we just call it ‘L’ÉCLAIR’?” as it was simple and meaningful. ‘Sarah Michelle’ came about because the ladies saw many pastry shops in Paris were simply named after their founding chefs.

So yes, their eclair boutique was a move that came about after their online business and doing pop-up cafes. They have a rotation of 10 different flavours, of which 4 are permanent.

And from the display shelf, we ordered:-

1) Banana & walnut, $8 (above) – Light banana cream, banana caramel glaze, walnut streusel.

2) Tahitian vanilla & pecans, $8 (above) – Vanilla cream, white chocolate vanilla glaze, caramelised pecans.

3) Mango passionfruit, $8 (above) – Mango and passionfruit cream, dried mango bits.

4) 66% dark chocolate, $8 (above) – Mexique 66% dark chocolate cream, cocoa glaze, cocoa streusel.

5) Ispahan, $8.50 (above) – Light rose cream, lychees, fresh raspberries.

6) Chicken & bacon pie, $12 (above) – Served with house salad. The only savoury item on the menu, this was good!

Despite not being familiar with eclairs (since we don’t really eat these), we could tell taste that the eclairs were pretty good. My girlfriend and I were discussing about how straight forward eclairs are; One would need to nail the choux pastry before piping and glazing it with the various flavours. To which, we later concluded while it sounds straight forward, it really isn’t as a great eclair should be fresh, evenly tubular, hollow (before filling), crisp on the outside, heavy with filling and uniformly glazed. Yup, I got that from google-ing!

So while it sounds expensive to be paying at least $7.50 for each, it’s because L’ÉCLAIR uses high quality ingredients such as imported French butter, quality chocolate, etc. Will I recommend L’ÉCLAIR? I will if one is looking for quality eclair. But cause I am starting to watch my diet (oh yes, gotta be strict with my ‘eat clean’ diet), I probably wouldn’t. Unless I am craving for quality eclairs, of course. =)

190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore Shopping Centre, #01-28, Singapore
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Tues – Fri : 11:00 – 20:00
Ambience: 7
Sat : 11:00 – 21:00
Value: 6
Sun : 11:00 – 18:00
Service: 6
* Closed on Mon