Tarte by Cheryl Koh (Shaw Centre)

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One of life’s greatest gastronomic indulgences can be found at Tarte by Cheryl Koh, a spin-off by the Les Amis Group with Les Amis restaurant’s pastry chef Cheryl Koh, which opened in April 2015. In a span of a year, chef Cheryl was awarded ‘Asia’s Best Pastry Chef’ in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2016. Emerging from a tiny den along the quaint corner street of the Shaw Centre, this retail concept is as straightforward as its moniker – selling artisanal tarts and other confectionaries baked from scratch all day with only the best available ingredients sourced from around the world that are rare to find in Singapore. Talking about her inspiration behind Tarte, she says, “I want guests to enjoy the tarts as I would serve them at Les Amis restaurant: freshly made with good ingredients and best fruits of the season. I aim to make the best version of the simplest desserts. I focus mainly on tarts because of the great combination of pastry, flavours, colours and textures.” In 2018, Tarte by Cheryl Koh expanded its operations to include a cosy dining area. This allows the team to push the envelope when it comes to crafting guest’s dining experience. With an expanded menu list, coffee and tea is no longer an afterthought. Instead, it plays a vital supporting role in elevating the experience and taste profiles of the desserts.

1 Scotts Road
#02-05 Shaw Centre
Singapore 228208

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It is the season for Shine Muscat Grapes, and Tarte by Cheryl Koh had recently revamped their menu to showcase the seasonal produce — apart from the return of the Shine Muscat Tart, they have also released a plated dessert featuring the said produce as well.

Described to be “Korean Shine Muscat in different textures with Yuja-grape sorbet”, the Shine Muscat Grapes dessert is nothing short of dreamy. The dessert comes layered with a jelly made from Shine Muscat Grapes at the bottom, whilst layered out with sliced Shine Muscat Grapes before being topped with the Yuja-grape sorbet. Digging into the dessert, the Yuja-grape sorbet carries a soft sweetness evident of the grapes, but also a slight tang from the infusion of Yuja (i.e. Yuzu). Beneath, the sliced grapes gives a slight juicy crunch, but it is the Shine Muscat Grapes jelly at the bottom gives the dessert much of its oomph — that champagne-like feeling with its sweetness and wobbly, melt-in-the-mouth texture. To give the dessert more textural contrast, they have also seemingly added popping candy — the popping sounds from the dessert pretty much gave it away whilst it was being served on the table. Overall, a pretty interesting dessert that showcases a single produce executed in different forms; a textural affair to be had surrounding the Shine Muscat Grapes that are now in season.

Have always said how Tarte by Cheryl Koh isn’t only all about tarts — and they have done it here again with the Shine Muscat Grapes Dessert; an item which we thought was not only good to have as a dessert, but one that would also suit as a palate cleanser between the various tarts and desserts if one were to go for multiple items at one go here. An item to perhaps give a go if Shine Muscat Grapes are your sort of thing; till the season lasts!


We were actually on the way to Tarte by Cheryl Koh just when the news for the return of Phase 2 with no dine-in was first published on the various news sites — and since it was le favourite place of a certain friend that I was with that day, we decided to go all out on orders here; two pax to two tarts, two plates desserts and two drinks.

The tarts at Tarte by Cheryl Koh are often talked about but the plated desserts section hidden in their menu is also worth a mention — the same menu also features some sandwiches for those who are feeling peckish; yes, Tarte by Cheryl Koh is a one-stop shop from savouries to sweets these days.

Given how Tarte by Cheryl Koh is a brand under the Les Amis Group, and how Cheryl Koh is the current head pastry chef of Les Amis Restaurant, it’s a little difficult to give the Grand Marnier Soufflé a miss — after all one of Les Amis Restaurant’s famed desserts would be their different variants of the soufflé (also an item we missed during our visit to Les Amis Restaurant for the Le Menu Été Dégustation, which didn’t include the soufflé by default) featuring seasonal produce. The one served in the menu of Tarte by Cheryl Koh stays true to their concept - featuring an orange marmalade alongside Grand Marnier and Creme Anglaise. Unlike another rendition of an alcoholic soufflé which we previously had at now-defunct Soufflé, the Grand Marnier is beautifully infused in the batter with this one — that warm, airy and fluffy soufflé is perfect here in terms of texture, while the Creme Anglaise (poured in by the staff for theatrical factor), essentially light custard, gives the soufflé a complimenting richness whilst provides a light touch of sweetness. The orange marmalade is a classic combination to the Grand Marnier — zingy, yet with a bitter undertone for a slight flavour contrast that matches that of all the other components.

Can’t really make comparisons between this and the soufflé from Les Amis Restaurant — but this is one soufflé that is pretty well done and worth its price at $18 before prevailing charges. Tarte by Cheryl Koh isn’t all about tarts — and their plated desserts do deserve a mention too.


The hazelnut tart was pretty good, similar to a ferrero richer. Just slightly too sweet for my dining partner. Strawberry tiramisu was not bad, but we found it too pricey. The star for this was the strawberry milk where soymilk is used. There’s a lovely floral tea flavour infused into their strawberry sauce.

Helmed by an award-winning pastry chef, this hidden gem in Shaw Towers is perfect for an afternoon tea sesh. Their wide variety of buttery and crumbly tarts go for $10 a pop, and they're worth every penny. Try every flavour, or whatever suits your palate — they're all delicious!
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If my regular haunt is Brawn & Brains, then Tarte by Cheryl Koh bears the same resemblance to a friend who will never skip on an opportunity to be there’s so have me go along for the visit — probably also having a personal goal of trying every single tart that they have on the menu for that same little achievement in the heart that one gets when they score a reward for clearing a mission on an online game; you probably get my drift here.

Not sure if anyone is aware that Tarte by Cheryl Koh actually has two strawberry tarts on its menu — there is one that is prominently display at the counter as one walks up the escalators at Shaw Centre; the Strawberry Tart, but there is also the Jukhyang Strawberry and Yuja Tart that appears on the dine-in menu which is only available at their Shaw Centre outlet which turns out to be of a plated dessert as opposed the former.

Using the very same Jukhyang strawberries from Korea that they are featuring in their limited-time only Premium Korean Strawberry Afternoon Tea menu, the Jukhyang Strawberry and Yuja Tart comes with a light citrus yuja cream beneath the strawberries within the tart — a slight variation from the standard pastry cream that is used on the usual Strawberry Tart. This version even comes served with a light strawberry coulis on the side — poured in by the servers for a theatrical experience as it arrives at the table.

Whilst both the Jukhyang Strawberry and Yuja Tart and the Strawberry Tart do sound rather similar on paper, its clear that the Jukhyang Strawberry and Yuja Tart is the more premium offering of the two — the strawberries do come pretty sweet and soft to the bite, but the main difference lies with the lightness of the Yuja cream; almost akin to that of an Yuzu-infused pastry cream that attempts to cut through and refreshes the tastebuds from the sweetness of the strawberries — the strawberry coulis adding a slight zing that brings the two elements together, which brings across an even lighter, but more refreshing flavour profile as compared to the usual Strawberry Tart that they have to offer. All that comes with Tarte by Cheryl Koh’s perfect tart base that comes off neatly without crumbling into a mess when one slices through the tart; we were even pretty impressed with how sturdy the tart base was considering we had allowed it to soak up the strawberry coulis for a while — still maintained that usual firmness that holds the tart up altogether.

Tarte by Cheryl Koh had recently revamped its menu to include other plated desserts such as a Thin Crispy Apple Tart (another dessert here that I absolutely adore), and Vanilla-Chocolate Profiteroles. Those looking for something more substantial will also be glad to hear how the Quiches do come with a bowl of salad by the side, and that they do offer simple sandwiches as well. Looking forward to more of their seasonal offerings and plated desserts in time to come!

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This is a tea session you would not want to miss. And only THREE more weeks left~

Known for their delectable tarts, I’ve been waiting for Tarte to bring back their afternoon tea set. So was thrilled to hear about their collaboration with @brandfitsg for this exclusive Premium Korean Strawberry Afternoon Tea.

Expect mouth-watering savouries such as Egg Mimosa Croissant Sandwich and Mushroom Tartlet before diving into beautifully crafted viennoiserie and desserts. Adorned with premium Korean strawberries (Jukhyang and MerryQueen), it’s a berry great way to welcome Springtime!

Afternoon Tea Hours (Daily till 25 April 2021):
First session, 1pm - 3pm
Second session, 3pm - 5pm

$60++ per person with a choice of coffee or tea