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Ami Patisserie: New French-Japanese Dessert Cafe In Orchard With Limited Pastries Daily

19th January 2024

Ami Patisserie is a new French-Japanese pastry cafe in Orchard

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This one goes out to anyone who wants a treat that’s worth every cent:Ā Ami Patisserie, Orchard Road‘s newest and hottest opening which has set many hearts aflutter, mine included. Bookings for their chef’s table omakase experience are booked out till March, at last count, and reservations for the 12 seats in the main dining area are also pretty much all taken.

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Ami Patisserie might ring a bell for you, and you’d be right, because they’ve been around as an online business since the time of the pandemic, up till this week, when the doors to their physical shop space opened to the public. Helming Ami Patisserie is Chef Makoto Arami, who at just 34 years of age has already racked up an impressive truckload of experience.

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His own family in Japan has a wagashi, or Japanese confectionery, business dating back to 1935, where he started helping out from the age of four. Post-training at prestigious culinary institutions, he honed his craft at two Michelin-starred Beige Alain Ducasse and Ryuzu, and was part of the opening team for Dominique Ansel Tokyo.

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If you’re up for a splurge, the six-course Chef’s Table Discovery Experience is priced at $118++, and you’ll be seated in a most exclusive private room, served by Chef Makoto himself. The omakase menu is ever-changing, with both sweet and savoury courses centred around Chef’s exquisite pastries, featuring each season’s best produce.

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The pastries at Ami Patisserie have all been specially created to stand up to Singapore’s humidity, and every batch is tweaked to complement the specific quality of vegetables and premium Japanese fruit used. AĀ Seasonal Vegetable Tarte (from $15++) that you might expect is one topped with a thick slice of binchotan-grilled Awajishima onion from Awaji island in Japan, and black truffle.

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Beneath you’ll find a centre of aromatic mushroom, cauliflower and truffle quiche in layers of Chef Makoto’s signature crisp filo pastry, specially treated so they don’t get soggy.

ami patisserie - ham and cheese croissant

Viennoisserie-wise, you could always have a Croissant ($5.80++) with a cup of coffee, or go forĀ Ham & Cheese Croissant ($8.40++), generously rolled with Gruyere and smoked ham.

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If you ask me, theĀ Burrata Cheese & Parma Ham Croissant ($14++)Ā is where the money’s at, with a classic combination of peppery rocket leaves, cheese and olive oil, dressed with black pepper and a mustard spread.

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His choux are also incredibly sought after, starring a super thin, crisp puff piped full. Choose from a basic Tahitian Vanilla Choux ($11++), its vanilla custard centre spiked with Indonesian vanilla bean cram and Jamaican rum, or Smoked Caramel Coffee Choux ($11++), which spotlights a cream infused with their house-roasted blend.

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As with the seasonal vegetable tart, you get aĀ Seasonal Fruits TarteĀ (from $18++), currently topped with Amaou berries.

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If you love the chestnut dessert, you must try the Kuri Mont Blanc ($20++);Ā the Japanese chestnut puree is uber smooth and subtly fragrant.

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It’s juxtaposed with a crisp base, and paired with a quenelle of Nikka whisky ice cream churned in-house.

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There are two parfaits on the menu: aĀ Seasonal Strawberry Parfait ($35++), andĀ Musk Melon Parfait ($38++).

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You’ll be spoiled for other parfaits after thisā€”there’s so much Shizuoka melon in this glass, with Cointreau, Daiyama shochu jelly, and just the right touch of fromage blanc, AKA a creamy white cheese.

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Finally, theĀ Almond Pain Perdu ($18.50++) might feel like too much of a splurge forĀ  such a small portion of French toast, but it’s worth it. The brioche that makes up this French toast is baked at Ami Patisserie with Japanese flour, eggs and milk, and French butter, before it’s transformed into this dessert.

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Each bite is best described as having the crackling top of a creme brulee and its flavour in a poof of creamy, custardy air. Then you have a Cognac orange sauce, whipped vanilla bean cream, and house-churned vanilla bean ice cream.

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Choose between the house-roasted AMI House Blend or premium single origin beans for your coffee, prepared with Hokkaido Yotsuba milk when you orderĀ Flat White ($9.80++),Ā Cappuccino ($9.80++), or aĀ Valrhona Chocolate ($9.80++).

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Set between Newton MRT Station and Orchard MRT Station, the building is designed to resemble a Kyoto-style machiya, which is a traditional wooden townhouse, with a window-lined facade facing a private garden. The 12 seats in the main dining area are pretty much fully committed most days for now, but you can still try to walk in to takeaway pastries. However, they’re all made in very limited quantities daily, so it’s best that you order them ahead of dropping by!

Another new Japanese-style cafe that recently opened in Orchard is Ingen Kyoto, by the same peeps that brought us Hvala. There’s also Ralph’s Coffee by Ralph Lauren, which you can find on the first floor of Shaw Centre.

Address: 27 Scotts Road, Singapore 228222
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 6pm
Tel: 8907 6146
Ami Patisserie is not a halal-certified eatery

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Photos taken by Daryl Lim and Michelle P, edited by Casandra Nicholas.
This was a media tasting and drop from Ami Patisserie.

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