Last Updated: February 23, 2019
There is always space for dessert. Especially when those desserts are from A Summer In Paris.
Located on the first floor of VivoCity, this dessert parlour is as pretty as the cakes it peddles. The baby pink and Tiffany blue walls, coupled with the multi-coloured fabric flowers blooming from the ceiling, exude a Parisienne chic.
Together with marble counter-tops and gold-accented furniture, A Summer In Paris is an Instagrammer’s paradise.
I couldn’t help but smile gleefully to myself as I surveyed the kaleidoscopic range of pastries lined up in neat rows behind the glass display. Full disclosure: I have a huge sweet tooth. Each pastry looked exquisite and almost too pretty to eat.
A Summer In Paris is helmed by Chef Yann Brys, who was awarded the highly-coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Just to give you an idea of how prestigious this award is, only a mere 200 have been given the title since the 1920s.
Having won all these accolades, there is already some pomp surrounding these delicate creations. With a dessert fork in hand, I was ready to indulge in these desserts and the inevitable sugar high.
The sugar trail begins ironically with an apple, one of the healthiest things you can eat. Affectionately called Pompom (S$9.30), this hyper-realistic apple is one of the best sellers at A Summer in Paris.
The ‘apple’ looked glossy and shiny, very much like a Granny Smith apple you’d find in a supermarket. Filled with green apple cream and jelly with a citrus shortbread bottom, I couldn’t wait to try it.
The green apple cream was unbelievably light and refreshing, with the acidity from the green apple cutting through the richness of the cream. Right at the core, we have a pistachio tea cake.
Dense and rich, this layer provided a good contrast to the airiness of the other elements. Additionally, the citrus shortbread had a good bite and texture, which rounded out the entire pastry.
Citrusy and light, I see why this cake is a hit amongst Singaporeans.
Up next, we have this pink beauty, the Tourbillon Fruit’Thé’ (S$9.30). ‘Tourbillon’ refers to those neat, elegant swirls on top of this pink delight created by Chef Brys in 2009. This particular method of piping is now used in patisseries worldwide.
Similar to the PomPom, this pastry had clean and light flavours but with a berry and floral slant. The Tourbillon Fruit’Thé is made up of a fragrant citrus shortbread, jasmine tea sponge and a raspberry and grapefruit compote.
The pastry is then surrounded by a light jasmine tea mousse and lychee crémeux.
I got soft floral notes from the pillowy jasmine tea sponge and a nice tartness from the raspberry and grapefruit compote. Each mouthful was a melodious mix of flavours and textures, from sweet to citrusy to acidic. The creaminess from the jasmine mousse also went well with the flaky, buttery citrus shortbread.
I can just imagine long afternoons sipping tea and nibbling on this sweet treat!
This next one is a staple you’d find in most patisseries, the Tourbillion Lemon Tart (S$8.80). This is one of my personal favourites, and I always order one if I see it on the menu.
To many, the lemon tart is perhaps too basic a dessert, but I beg to differ. Deceptively simple, the lemon tart, at least for me, is the true test of any patisserie.
In true French fashion, the Lemon Tart from A Summer in Paris is a sweet darling, to say the least. It featured the same perfect tourbillion meringue swirls, and topped with a couple drops of lemon oil and zest. Its sides were also torched to a lovely golden brown.
Instead of just using lemons, A Summer in Paris has incorporated yuzu into the curd and meringue. Yuzu has a much more muted citrusy note compared to the ordinary lemon, but yuzu is also more fragrant.
This added a dainty floral note throughout the tart, which was different and refreshing.
Another little twist to the traditional lemon tart is the inclusion of an aromatic coconut soft sponge. Most lemon tarts would often just consist of the lemon curd and tart. I love anything coconut-flavoured, but I feared that it would overpower the lemons.
Well, my fears were unwarranted. Not only was the coconut sponge light as air, but those intense coconut-ty notes were also nicely toned down. The bright and zesty lemon flavours shone through and surpassed my expectations, so it’s a huge win in my book.
No dessert review is complete without assessing the chocolate section. The Choco’Dough (S$8.80) is great for you chocoholics out there.
Shaped like a chocolate doughnut, this indulgent treat has a crunchy almond and milk chocolate bottom and an almond tea cake centre, all covered with milk chocolate mousse. The chocolate is further elevated by a lick of orange and mandarin marmalade. This has to be the ultimate milk chocolate treat.
The Choco’Dough was certainly decadent and sweet. I wish I could appreciate it a little more but I’m more of a dark chocolate gal, so this was my least favourite of the bunch. Still, this would make an excellent dessert nonetheless.
When at a French patisserie, I think I should mention the most quintessential French dessert of them all: the macaron. As a macaron aficionado, I was intrigued when I saw what A Summer in Paris had to offer.
Presenting: the Zanzibar (S$3 for one, S$11 for three), which came with a sprinkling of gold leaves.
This looks nothing like your normal macaron. Instead of two macaron shells, we had little chocolate macaron shells adorning a mound of dark chocolate ganache.
Luscious and smooth, the dark chocolate ganache was infused with ginger which accentuated the richness and bitterness of the chocolate. In contrast, the macaron shell still had a bit of crispy texture to them. It was quite an interesting interpretation of the macaron, appearance-wise.
With such skill and expertise used to produce these exquisite creations, the pastries’ prices do run a little higher than usual. I’d say they are worth it and if you are feeling fancy, this is the place to be.
A Summer In Paris ticks all the French dessert boxes, and even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, I think you will still be able to enjoy the desserts.
Expected Damage: S$10 – S$20 per pax
Price: $ $
Our Rating: 5 / 5
A Summer In Paris
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-13, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-13, VivoCity, Singapore 098585