Caffe Cova

Cova, which opened in 1817 beside the famous “La Scala” theatre, was founded by Antonio Cova, a soldier of Napoleon who first ‘campaigned’ as a pastry chef in the Galleria De Cristoforis.

Over the past 190 off years, Cova has built up a name for its authentic Italian culture , offering an espresso coffee or a tea savoured in the comfort of a neo-classical lounge in the mainstay of high-society life.

Outside of Italy, Cova can only be found in Japan and Hong Kong, so land ahoy! For Cova has finally opened on our shores. Choosing the ritzy Paragon Shopping centre where the likes of Prada, Gucci can be found, for the opening in Singapore certainly won’t go wrong for a premium brand like Cova.

Caffe Cova is spilt into a tea room and restaurant, with the open concept cafe having the space once taken by Dome, and the restaurant taking over the premise of Swarovski crystal shop.

The restaurant interior is done up splendidly, the lighting and the tone is set in majestic gold to reflect the ambience of the place. The serving waiters are dressed smartly, stepping inside the restaurant, think fashion and lifestyle.

They had quite a wide range of cakes available, but its not available on the menu because the cakes changes everyday. So you’ll need to go to the counter to order for it.

But, the big but, there’s only several cakes of the day, which you order in slices. The rest are all sold in whole, which makes it difficult if you want to try many different cakes, or unless you got a large group with you.

Prices in a posh restaurant like Cova is definitely not what you will describe as affordable. For their dinner menu, the mains are all in the 30 range.

For a swanky restaurant, you may ask 30 should seem rather reasonable, given there’s other places not in their league but charge around the same price. But Cova being famous for its coffee, cakes and pastries, i remain skeptical about paying 30 for their main course.

My secret food partner and I went for dinner, but we were after their cakes and pastries after all. So we didn’t ordered any main course, desserts are enough!

Unfortunately for us, Caffe Cova seems to be very popular during tea time, when we went during dinner time, quite a lot of their pastries are sold out, that includes their signature Sacher cake. And we went just one week into their opening.

Bigne Pistachio

Cova has sets for their mini pastries, with assortment of 4 petite ones going for 9 bucks. For such a miniature pastry at 2 bucks, it will make Bread Papa’s cream puff seems a very good deal.

The bigne Pistachio does not really have much of a pistachio taste. Period.

Mini Chocolate Raspberry Tart

The chocolate shavings on the mini chocolate raspberry tart is what caught my attention, its done very exquisitely and pretty to look at.

The raspberry in the middle is rather sourish, but i guess it gives a compliment in taste to the sweet chocolate. But i’ll rather the raspberry to be slightly sweeter to perfect the overall taste.

Mini Chocolate Gooseberry Tart

Chocolate toppings coupled with gooseberry in the middle to make up the tart. Personally i do felt that the mini chooclate gooseberry tart is my least-like among the 4 pastries.

The gooseberry is too sourish, and its not like the case of the raspberry. Not so sure whether thats how gooseberry should be, but i don’t like the mini chocolate gooseberry tart.

Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

The hazelnut tart is the best of the lot, with the other three being quite a letdown. I love hazelnut, eating nutella out of the container is a favourite pastime for me.

The mini chocolate hazelnut tart is gone in a mouthful, you wish there is more.

Assortment of cookies ($5.50 per 100 gram)

There’s quite a wide variety of cookies to choose from, but please don’t be mistaken by the picture, there’s more cookies from the 100gram than the seven shown in it.

Back to the point, the cookies are actually quite ordinary, like your normal butter cookies. I like the Krumiri (long banana shape-like), butter cookie with chocolate coating at the tip.

My partner preferred the star shape cookie with-a-hole-in-the-middle, which is covered with sugar.

The assortment of cookies at $5.50 per 100 gram isn’t very expensive, for a place like Cova where everything else is so expensive. But considering the fact that Famous Amos cookies are priced in the repotire of 4 plus, i do think buying famous amos is a better economic choice

Nevertheless, Cova cookies selections are placed in a nice bag, which makes a rather affordable and presentable gift for friends and family.

Gamberi ($14)

A refreshing combination of prawn and mayonnaise. The bread was a soft brioche so credits for that. But the Gamberi sandwich wasn’t even hot and toasted.

Furthermore, the sandwich portions were meagres given the price, the shrimps were crunchy but there’s only 3 tiny ones in the sandwich.

Total Bill is $32.50 for the pastries, cookies and sandwich. All in all, Cova is a good place for novelty, if u havent been to better italian sidewalk cafes, or even tried da paolo’s sweet little treats, its a nice place to experience the tai-tai lifestyle. Otherwise, i do find it quite a rip-off, which Cova rides on its brand name and not really worth it.

There are certainly other places for better cakes and pastries, but i guess going to Cova is more than just that, its the overall glamorous experience seating in Cova that really attracts people there. Maybe i will go back again for their Sacher cake.

Cova Paragon
290 Orchard Road #01-20A
Tel: 6733 0777

12 COMMENTS

oh gosh. no wonder i haven’t noticed this caffe cova before! i didn’t knoe it took over the place of dome. In fact, i used to patronise that place instead.

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll definitely go there during tea time to catch the cakes!

okie! see u this coming tues! thanks for inviting me. *smilez*

Too bad you weren’t able to try out the Sacher as I’m very curious about it. I know it’s different from the the original sachertorte but read that it still tastes very good.

Daphne: Cova is only opened about a month in Singapore : )

Sihan: hahaha! don’t get your hopes too high up first, but if u want to try the cakes, go during tea time. Yeah see you at tetsu!

alicia: ya we were feeling disappointed because we didn’t manage to try their sacher cake.

from the looks of it Covo should be tried at least once…hopefully I’ll make it in time for tea. great pics! I’ll drop you a word when I visit them. cheers!

i tried cova out at the tea lounge but i find it overpriced. not sure how would the main food section outside fare, it seems popular. anyways, im an regular reader of your blog, your reviews are really useful (:

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char: Yeah i guess at least once! haha! let me know when you visit : )

elaine: yay its somewhat overpriced i guess, but like i say try once for the tai-tai experience. lol! i am also quite skeptical about their main course.

wow! thanks for reading my blog, you never leave comment before! haha

I’ve finally tried it! the pistachio tartlet was to die for and the mocha bigne was really good too. a pity the coffees there are so overpriced and nothing spectacular.

The food there is great :D ‘ve tried all the pastries they were serving today. Not bad, especially the one with fruits. Just simply love it. :D

But one thing bad about them is the service. They say that someone will bring us the tray of pastries, but it was left the at the counter for 5 minutes? And noone served it to us. We wanted to take it by ourselves but they just said its ok someone will serve us. We spent a lot of time waiting. The waitress was quite rude too, she did not even bother to face us while asking us if we had placed our order yet. Very disappointing service for just a “high class” place. But thats just one waitress :D the other people who served us were fine, probably just some communication breakdown while serving people.

Another disappointing thing about the place is that, I found out that they overcharged us by 7 bucks. I actually went to count how much the total was. It was supposed to be around 42 bucks, but our bill came out to be $49.80. Argh just too sick of sitting there and waiting to be served. We waited so long just to get the receipt while it was just sitting at the counter table.

Poor service.

hello manda, thanks for leaving your comment. When i went during dinner, most of their signatures were sold out, so i didn’t get to try them. Ya i agreed with you on their services, definitely could be better. And i also had my bill overcharged. But the manager sort it out very quickly for me. So people going need to watch out for whether the bill is correct : )

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