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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11:00am - 07:00pm

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11:00am - 07:00pm

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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


Milo-coffee ganache in espresso tart shell.

Strong coffee taste with no hint of Milo at all which I like because Milo usually taste like cheapo chocolate. Really liked the rich coffee ganache and it’s one of the cheaper, under $10 tarts here.

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Had been making more recent visits to Tarte by Cheryl Koh these days, thanks to a friend who actually can’t seem to have enough of their tarts (I swear he probably craves for one on a daily basis) — and that’s how I checked out the third iteration of Tarte by Cheryl Koh that now occupies an even larger dine-in space at the second floor of Shaw Centre.

If I left my friend to order whatever he fancies, this would be the exact tart that he would order (because he orders only what he likes 🤣) — one may argue about the simplicity of the fruit tart over their other more intricate creations; the Caramel Cashew Tart being one great example where more is being done in terms of execution and visual appeal, but it is also how this simplicity is being so well-executed here that draws most here. The Strawberry Tart defines finesse here — the strawberries used here are not too tart; just carries the right level of zing, all that whilst being fresh so it’s a joy that they are very generous with them here at Tarte by Cheryl Koh so that each morsel of the tart can be enjoyed with a bit of that premium strawberry that they use. If anything, the pastry cream beneath also comes well-executed — carrying a light hint of vanilla fragrance (yes, you can see speckles of the vanilla beans here), the cream is also pretty smooth yet luscious; a consistent texture without being overly dense or sinful, but yet binds the crust and the fruits so well. Then, there is the stellar crust at the bottom — shattering neatly as one attempts to break it with a fork, the crust never turns into a crumbly mess; holds up the heft of whatever that is above well whilst being almost cookie-like.

Tarte by Cheryl Koh has come a long way; lesser of a focus under the Les Amis Group when they had first started out being a takeaway space at Bar au Vin (dine-in also allowed in the bar), to its subsequent expansion to a proper space around sister brands Lemak Boys, Tenjin, Lino Pasta & Pizza Bar and Jinjo, to its current space just in front of the escalator at level two or as Shaw Centre, Tarte by Cheryl Koh has come a long way, and an established name for premium tarts in Singapore. There’s no doubt that Tarte by Cheryl Koh had also since garnered a following — be it simple fruit tarts focusing on the freshness and quality of the produce that they source, when it comes to the execution of local flavours such as the Pandan Coconut Tart and Milo Coffee Tart, or the sexier Caramel Cashew Tart that showcases their skill and execution; and its this consistency that probably brought them this far, which is why us, as consumers of this day and age, are a lucky bunch indeed.