I’m back again. Always on a weekday late afternoon and somehow always mixing up the buses I could take to the cafe. Note to self: only Bus 53 turns into Lorong Ah Soo from the bus stop opposite Nex. Ciel has been around for two years now and it is still one of my top favourite cafes. It is still located beside some unassuming shops in a quiet neighbourhood selling the same tasting desserts since my first visit.
I don’t always bring a camera along whenever I come all the way down here from Tampines because I always order the same few desserts. Either the sea-salted shortbread base covered with a layer of dark chocolate ganache call Sel ($4.80) or their tangy Lemon Meringue Tart ($4.20). Order a cup of tea and I can sit here for a couple of hours with a friend. Tea at Ciel doesn’t cost more than ten bucks and I always have spare change for another order.
Some friends that I brought along loved their cakes while others just think they are passable. I suppose everything boils down to personal preference. This time, my new partner and I over ordered. Two person sharing four desserts. Talk about dieting eh? I only have myself to blame since I wanted another tart (to share and not solo one myself). I found another favourite this time: Chocolate Caramel Tart ($4.20) which wasn’t excessive or overwhelming with caramel taste.
Tea wise? I only stick to Sakura ($2.60) and nothing else.
To sum it all, Ciel is really affordable and that itself is comforting to know since there are so many brands out there that market themselves as a Parisian pastry shop. While other places will mark up their desserts far more pricier than hotels yet their standard and consistency often speaks otherwise, but the fact that they are still around and thriving reflects a lot in modern Singapore unforgivable F&B sector. I hope they expand the space to make it more roomy and don’t move out of the neighbourhood. Their location as well as dessert quality is to me, makes the pilgrimage worth.
There is a new ice cream parlour that opened next to Ciel on my recent visit. I think it’s call Lickers and I shall leave that place for another time.Ciel Patisserie
124 Hougang Ave 1, #01-1444
Tel:+65 6383 0803
Closed on Mondays