Chef Yamashita @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza

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When I heard that Chef Masataka Yamashita, the former head chef of Flor Patisserie and Patisserie Glace had opened his own cakery a few months back, I just had to come by to check out his signature cakes and sweet treats.

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The moment I entered the shop, I was just wowed by the beautiful display of these delectable treats. It was a feast for the eyes!

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I was also warmly greeted by Tsunemi (Chef Yamashita’s wife) at the counter. She was so friendly and polite; service was just impeccable.

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I ordered the Pudding A La Mode ($7.20) because it just looked so bright, pretty and tempting. There was creme caramel pudding surrounded with 7 types of fruits (honeydew, raspberry, kiwi, strawberry, orange, grape and blueberry – what a variety, really!) and underneath was fresh cream, custard and sponge cake with mini crunchy chocolate malt balls. Overall, it was like an English trifle that looked dainty and cheerful. All the elements within this cup were a myriad of flavours and textures. Sweet, sour, tangy, creamy, moist, crunchy, juicy. There was so much going on in every mouthful that just made me hanker for more. This is a must try!

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I love chestnuts hence I’d never miss a Mont Blanc if it’s available in any patisserie. Over here, they had the Mt Fuji ($6.80), a chocolate sponge cake with fresh cream and chestnut chunks in between layers and then laced with chestnut cream (almost liked pureed chestnuts) on the outside.

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I was also pleasantly surprised to find puff pastry in the middle that reminded me of the mille-feuille. With the first mouthful, I could taste the bittersweet flavour of the chestnuts but as I continued eating it, it gradually became this fragrant sweetness that lingered on the tongue. The more I ate, the better it got. Overall, it wasn’t too sweet. Just delicate and delicious.

The last time when I tried Flor Patisserie when Chef Yamashita was still helming as head chef, I wasn’t exactly blown away by the selections I had tried then as I felt Rive Gauche and Patisserie Glace (which offered similar items) had set a high benchmark for me. This time, I was totally won over by these cakes. It was like eating a beam of sunshine with lots of happiness. Definitely will return to try their other signature cakes.

Do note there are very limited seating (2-3 tables) outside the shop as this is more of a takeaway outlet.

If you have had a hard day and need some cheering up, this is one good place to consider!

Chef Yamashita
Block 1, Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Singapore 082001
Tel: 6604 9709
Website: https://www.chefyamashita.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chefyamashita
Opening hours:
10.00am to 6.30pm (Mon-Sat)
10.00am to 4.00pm (Sun)


  • smurf says:

    Hi Geri. The cakes look gorgeous. You might also like to try the Japanese dessert salon named ‘henri charpentier’. It is at 9a Dempsey road. It just opened last week and heard that it is a very nice place, too. Enjoy the cafes, my friend.

    • Geri Tan says:

      Thanks Chitra. Oh yes, HC is on my list of patisseries to try because I’ve been seeing too many gorgeous pics of their cakes on instagram! Too tempting. Need to hit the gym this week and work harder first before I eat more desserts, lol. Hope you’re having a good day! 🙂

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