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Where to get a fancy eclair in Singapore

The choux tube is the new dessert medium for wacky flavour combinations. Natasha Hong picks out three hot-right-now eclair shops you need to visit

Tarte by Cheryl Koh
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Tarte by Cheryl Koh

We've seen tons of Instagram love for Cheryl Koh's pretty tarts, but not many seem to know about her carolines – that's what they call mini-eclairs – yet. 

The eight simply decorated flavours here – vanilla, pistachio, coffee, dark chocolate, lemon, caramel, hazelnut and chestnut – are sold in a pre-packed box of eight ($18) if you're having it to-go. You can't order individual fingers ($2.50) unless you're chowing down in the shop or popping bites with sips of wine next door at Caveau Wine Bar. 

Like her tarts, the flavour options will change with what's seasonally available, so go soon if you like anything lathered with salted caramel – her version is probably one of the best we've tasted in town.

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Orchard
Karafuru Desserts
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Karafuru Desserts

This brand new Kampong Glam sweet spot specialises in weaving in a Japanese point of view to their dessert parfait plates and cream-filled rolls. 

For a prime example of just how well the thinking works, order their umeboshi-loaded eclair ($7) wrapped with a shiso leaf, which packs whispers of alcohol in its richly jammy cream – it's surprisingly not too sweet. Other pricey pastries come in flavours like ichigo yoghurt with pistachio cookies ($6), yuzu with ginger sablés, matcha with azuki beans ($6) and champagne creme with raspberries, wild cherries and dark chocolate ($7).

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Bugis
L'ÉCLAIR
Photo: Chen Jieming
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L'ÉCLAIR

After strolling through Paris' knobbled streets, presumably with eclairs in hand, Le Cordon Bleu graduates Sarah Tan and Michelle Looi put their skills and fond food memories together to set up a shop dedicated to the pastry. 

L'ECLAIR calls its creations 'twenty-first century eclairs' ($7.50-$8.50), each artfully decorated with toppings like caramelised popcorn, rose petals and torched meringue. Ten different flavours are made available daily, and crowd favourites here include Taihitian vanilla with crunchy caramelised pecans, rose cream with lychees and fresh raspberries, and salted caramel.

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Dhoby Ghaut

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