Monday, January 27, 2014

Lunar New Year Flavours at Tart Blanc

Joining the likes of Commune Cafe and Patisserie G at the fashionable Millenia Walk is Tart Blanc, a pristine all-white cafe serving up a range of fancy tarts and premium teas from Tea Forte. 

One visiting customer exclaimed that the facade resembles
a Crabtree and Evelyn retail shop.
Pretty Lunar New Year themed window display.
Despite the clinical all-white theme, it's rather cosy in here with the cafe
bathed in warm lights from the hanging paper lanterns.
Love the minimalist design of the takeaway boxes.
Try their range of handmade goodies starting at an affordable
$6.80 per tin. We like the fragrant black & white sesame thins
and the delectable sweet & salty paddy oats cookies.
This space is prolly tended by a meticulous housekeeper;
everything's all neatly stacked and spotlessly clean.
Consider having brunch here with savouries like pitas
and sandwiches. We were eyeing the Pulled Pork Pita
($8.50) but were too stuffed from lunch.
Colourful tarts in neat rows. We hear the Banana Chocolate Silk Tart's popular
but decided to go for some flavours that are in vogue this Lunar New Year
Rum & Eve Tart ($7.50). Frangipane with pineapple marmalade,
diced pineapples, a layer of chocolate silk and topped with
a rum & raisin mousse. Would have preferred it packed with
a stronger punch of rum & raisin. Very subtle flavours at
play here.
Cross section after the ravage.
Blood Orange Matcha Tart ($7.50). Matcha streusel,
Jivara cremeux, blood orange mousse and glaze.
The lion found the flavour too mild and tame but his
companion thought that it was refreshingly light and not
too sweet. The matcha streusel crumbly base was 
a little too hard of a partner for the soft mousse though.
Like a pacman after the carnage.
Light coffee with a tint of floral notes.
Not really the lion's urm cup of coffee.
Wah... ... everything's so understated here huh... ...
Self-blended beans.
Tea ware's so elegant. Honey rooibos ($4.60) was the
lioness' choice.
Tea forte's signature silken pyramid tea bags are not used
here. Loose tea leaves are placed instead in a lovely
ceramic infuser, over which hot water is poured.
How modish!
After steeping, place infuser on an accompanying ceramic
tea tray. At such a price point, this is one of the more
impressively bang-for-buck tea experience in town.

Minimalist Interior.
Millenia Walk is home to a couple of home-grown
independent cafes now.

Although the tarts are admittedly, not as refined as the bakes at Patisserie G, they are still noteworthy and prices here are kept relatively friendly. Don't forget to give Tart Blanc's refreshing tea cocktails a try as well. They make great coolers for a hot spell.

Tart Blanc
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-102 Millenia Walk
Singapore 039596

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