The moment I set my eyes on the Napoleon a few years ago, Rive Gauche (pronounced as ‘Reeve Go-sshh’ in French) has become my go-to patisserie for this French classic mille-feuille pastry. It has never failed me to date whenever I need that occasional sweet treat to reward myself.
French puff pastry with soft, moist sponge cake, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. How delectable can this not be! It is a challenge to eat the Napoleon (without mess) because the pastry is not fork-friendly and the cream is easily displaced if you stick your fork down. Even if you pick up the whole thing with your hands to try and take a bite, it will be equally messy. So what I do is to start with the top half and then eat the bottom half. I love the layers in the Napoleon – the flaky pastry, soft sponge, light cream and the sour-sweet strawberries – all come together in one bite. The strawberries neutralise the sweetness with their slightly soury flavour, making this dessert not cloyingly sweet at all. I love!
The Guanaja (pronounced ‘Gwa-nah-ha’) is Rive Gauche’s signature creation. French top quality bitter sweet chocolate mousse with layers of chocolate sponge and crispy biscuits at the bottom. You will hear a crunch with every bite which is quite an unusual sensation when you’re actually indulging in a supposedly just soft and moist chocolatey cake. Again, this is also not overly sweet even though the chocolate is very rich. Chocolate lovers, you have to try this!
Rive Gauche Patisserie
Takashimaya Food Department #B207-9-2
391 Orchard Road
have you tried flor’s napolean? it will blow you away! 😀
yes I did, in fact I will be blogging about it soon 🙂 somehow there is something lacking in Flor’s version so I still very much prefer Rive Gauche’s 🙂
i don’t really fancy Flor, overhyped i think.
Great minds think alike, lol. The other day, I had some cakes from Four Leaves. I thought they were better (and much cheaper) than Flor’s!
4 leaves used to be my fav bakery when it was located near jln jintan. where are they now?
Lots of places! Check this out http://www.fourleaves.com.sg/contactus
Thanks for the link 😀
no probs, enjoy the cakes!
h, they go by different names! I guess Peck and St Leaven’s nearest for me.
Peck sells more upscale and rustic bread, don’t think they have the cakes. St Leaven’s might but again their breads are different in range compared to the standard 4 Leaves ones. See where you’re heading to for your next food trip, you might just come across a 4 Leaves bakery.
That Napoleon certainly does LOOK delicious! Ah, just love the sound of that: “French puff pastry…” xD
And it is delicious! :p You got to try it! 🙂