The first thing you need to know about Le Matin Patisserie, a new online bakery, is that its pastry boxes are highly coveted. Only 30 are available every day, and delivery slots till June 7 have already been snapped up.
The next thing you ought to know is the name behind this venture – Mohamed Al-Matin. This Singaporean baker first trained at the Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie in Sydney before honing his craft at some of the best restaurants in the world. His colourful resume includes the now-defunct Restaurant Andre in Singapore, and most recently, Rene Redzepi's Noma in Denmark. Now, Al-Matin is back on our sunny island and ready to introduce us to his sweet creations.
Not only is Le Matin a play on the baker's name, it also refers to 'the morning' in French – the best time to savour a warm bun or pastry with your choice of coffee, tea or plain milk. His current line-up features five exquisite bakes: pistachio escargot made with rose-scented cranberries; smoked cruffin where the cream is infused with charcoal then smoked with applewood; flaky kouign aman; a galette made with 48-hours fermented plum jam; and canele perfumed with vanilla, lemon, and cardamon.
We managed to get our hands on some during his first pop-up at Maxi Coffee Bar before the circuit breaker. The buttery kouign aman is definitely a winner – dense and buttery without being excessively sweet. We also thoroughly enjoyed the savoury seaweed tart with a molten caramel centre, a combination of flavours you won't find at other local bakeries and a taste of the creativity Le Matin brings to the table.
HOW TO ORDER While Le Matin has yet to find a permanent home, you can try a selection of bakes by placing your order at lematinpatisserie.com. Each box ($49, includes delivery) comes with one of each pastry, just note that no customisation is allowed.