Kurisumasu Taco at Tigerlily Patisserie review

Here’s where you can get one of the best croissants and cakes in Singapore.

Joo Chiat isn’t shy of cafes and bakeries, and Tigerlily Patisserie stands out with its gorgeous entremets.

Tigerlily Patisserie was founded by Maxine Ngooi, who trained under several Michelin-starred restaurants.

The best of the best 

There are no entremets in Singapore like Tigerlily’s.

Among the many choices, the Kurisumasu Taco ($12) was a feast for both the eyes and palate. Five types of Japanese flavours were moulded into a Mexican classic — the taco.

Kurisumasu Taco — white sesame mousse, genmaicha and umeshu jelly heart, matcha frills, shiso leaves, sesame seeds

It’s hard to pinpoint a prominent flavour. At times, the roasted rice undertones of the genmaicha and umeshu jelly shone through. Strangely, the tang of the plum wine was well repressed. Other times, I picked up the familiar grassy notes of the matcha, and the nutty, astringent flavours of white sesame. 

For a less mind-boggling dessert, opt for the simple Pistachio Marimo ($12). Pistachio praline, pistachio mousse… Frangipane was also present, but all it did was accentuate the nuttiness of the pistachio element.

Here comes my personal favourite — Pink Guava & Pear ($12). Forget mixed berries. This is the best fruit combination ever. The two fruits are transformed into pink guava cream and jelly, cubed fresh pears, and elderflower liqueur pear mousse. It’s fruity, light, and one portion is simply not enough.

The cake is Terrazzo-inspired, just like the tables

The Beehive is Tigerlily’s signature entremet — The Beehive ($15). You’d expect a beehive-looking dessert to have a prominent honey flavour. But this was lemon meringue tart in a different form. It comprises a jelly made of lemon, thyme and lychee, lemon sponge, honey parfait and yuzu mousse. This honey was lacking, and like I said, it tasted like lemon meringue.

Visit the cafe early as most entremets sell out after lunch!

We’ve tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant ($6.5) and Almond Croissant ($5.5) on a separate occasion. While those were great, they simply can’t compare to the entremets.

Savoury pastries

Savoury pastries such as the Devil Curry Chicken Pie, Truffle Mushroom & Pancetta Quiche and Blue Cheese & Walnut Tart are also on Tigerlily Patisserie’s menu.

From my experience, savoury pastries tend to have a more intense flavour. But the Mushroom Wreath ($8) had a gentle earthy aroma.

The Christmas decor-inspired pastry features portobello and Swiss brown mushrooms, baked in garlic butter and parsley. For a deeper and nuttier flavour, the pastry is then topped with crushed chestnuts and hazelnuts.

Tigerlily Patisserie

Location: 350 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427598
Tel: +65 8887 0988
Opening hours: 
Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm

*This article is written in partnership with Tigerlily Patisserie, but all opinions are of my own

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