Fans of Japanese-style cakes and pastries should be familiar with FLOR Patisserie Café which has two branches at Duxton Hill and Siglap Drive.
It has recently opened its 3rd outlet with a slightly different concept, FLOR Capitol at Capitol Piazza.
For those who hasn’t been to the mall in a while, it is currently undergoing a major revamp and it will be quite interesting to see what shops will take space here.
As “Flor” is a Portuguese word for “flower”, you would see traces of flowers whether in their cake presentation or in the décor of this new café.
I must say it is quite inviting with its open space and natural daylight, somewhere you can enjoy some serenity near the busy City Hall. (No free wifi yet, though.)
Good to mention that this is a locally-grown brand, and cakes are made without artificial colourings or chemical agents.
Their confections feature largely fresh fruits, and are lighter in flavour than conventional French pastries.
Besides their perennial favourites Berry Berries (FLOR’s signature strawberry shortcake), Waguri Millefeuile and Napoleon, they also serve up seasonal cakes which change every two months or so.
Something to note: This is the first FLOR Patisserie Café to feature freshly made desserts, and some of the recommended include the Signature Roll ($6 for slice, $22.45 for whole), Tiramisu in a Glass ($12), Warm Blueberry Pie with ice cream ($12), and Gula Melaka Crème Caramel ($10).
The one thing to get is the Gula Melaka Brown Sugar Roll Cake ($6) in which you can enjoy the interplay of play of two complex sugars in a single cake. And thankfully light and not too sweet as well.
In terms of texture, the sponge layer was fluffy and soft, while the cream inside was smooth and not too heavy. All in all, a delicious soft roll cake.
The new item here are called “CUPS” ($12 each), made-to-order and are named Red, Green and Chocolate (could have a more fanciful name, I thought).
The Red contained a mixture of watermelon, blueberry, almond granola, milk pudding and fresh cream.
Generally cup desserts somehow don’t appeal to me (as much as cakes), but I appreciated the different types of texture in a single mouthful, where you can get wobbly pudding, some crunch from the granola, and parts of refreshing cubed watermelon.
Another good-looker to get would be the Matcha Chiffon ($12) with homemade azuki bean paste and fresh cream. It is light enough, though I generally found the cakes here to lean towards the expensive side.
Coffee wise, FLOR Capitol is using OKADA Coffee from Kobe, Japan.
OKADA Coffee is a small, boutique Japanese roaster that specialises in coffee blends that pairs with food. A recommendation would be to choose the cake first, after which the staff can adcise which coffee blend would best complement the cake.
13 Stamford Road, #01-11, Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT Station)
Tel: +65 6977 7202
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)