Open for business: Pantler, Prive at Chijimes, 3 Petits Croissants, Les Patisseries


Two pastry chefs who used to work at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joel Robuchon Singapore have teamed up to open Pantler, a patisserie in Telok Ayer Street.

Writer-turned-baker Matthias Phua and chef Tomoharu Morita named their shop after an English term used to describe a servant or officer in charge of the bread and the pantry in a grand family home.

Signature items include a lush ricotta cheese tart ($8.50, right), pound cakes ($3 a slice, $22 for a whole cake) and delicate pate de fruits ($3.50 for three). The breads, pastries and cakes are made with Japanese flour and French butter.

Where: 198 Telok Ayer Street

Open: 8.30am to 8.30pm (weekday), 10.30am to 5.30pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday

Info: Call 6221-6223 or go to


Prive's second outlet finds a home at the refurbished Chijmes. Favourites from its Marina at Keppel Bay outlet include Eggs Royale ($16), smoked duck and orange salad ($18) and sticky date toffee pudding ($12).

New offerings include coconut waffles ($13) and spicy spaghetti arrabbiata with pan-roasted slipper lobster ($25). The menu also features a selection of Asian dishes, such as miso cod burger ($26) and Vietnamese beef noodle soup ($13). Tipples include cocktails, wines and beers.

Where: Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, 01-35

Open: 11.30am to midnight (Monday to Thursday), 11.30 to 1am (Friday), 10 to 1am (Saturday, eve of and public holiday), 10am to midnight (Sunday)

Info: Call 6776-0777 or go to


Head to casual French bakery 3 Petits Croissants for fresh artisan bakes made with French butter and flour. The month-old, 70-seat cafe features a variety of pastries such as ham and cheese croissant ($3.90), brioche bun ($1.50), financiers ($1.90) and quiche ($3.90).

Do not miss the Nutella swirl ($4.50), a chocolate bun with a toasted hazelnut topping - it is perfect with coffee or tea.

Where: School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Road, 01-01/02

Open: 8am to 9pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday

Info: 3-Petits-Croissants/519864814786521


The cafe scene in Toa Payoh continues to grow with the latest addition of Les Patisseries. Main dishes here include truffle baked mushroom pasta ($9.90), club sandwich ($11.90) and smoked salmon avocado set ($10.90).

Or skip straight to dessert, such as L'Rocky ($7) with chocolate mousse; Dulcey Hazelnut Tart ($7) with caramel hazelnut; and Tarte Au Citron ($6).

Waffle fans can opt for Horffles ($8.90 with two scoops of ice cream), waffles and a sauce made with Horlicks; and Belgium chocolate ($8.90 with two scoops of ice cream). Coffee, tea, milkshakes and smoothies are also available.

Where: Block 186 Toa Payoh Central, 01-428

Open: 10am to 10pm daily


This article was first published on Oct 19, 2014.
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