Nectarie le’Dessert Patisserie: My date with nectarie

It wasn’t merely a coincidence when the seven of us stepped into Nectarie Patisserie, fate has brought us together. The group of us; all dessert enthusiast, were looking for more after our previous encounter. Our eyes literally light up at the mention of desserts, our saliva flows at the thought of desserts, and our imagination run wild at the sight of desserts.

Just like the number 7, while some sees it as their lucky charm, others dismissed it as pure speculation. Things could gone either way, and our adventure was just the same. Some people could have feel that the place was great with its nice ambience and pretty cakes, while others might have given their verdict that it was crap and terribly expensive for the petite slice of cake. But for us, the company’s was all that matter, even though the cake didn’t exactly deliver, to our lofty expectations.

We were supposed to be in Seventh Heaven, but that failed to materialise, & we found ourselves in Nectarie instead. While the core of us were the original members behind this, we found new friends who shared our common interest.

Choices. Often people had to make their decision in an instant flash. Inside and outside. We were torn between both sides, until reality stuck. The sun had decided for us.

The inside was a long narrow streak, quite unlike what you’ll normally see. The use of mirror and glass to elongate the place, plus the tall table and chairs were clever, and necessary.

We started with the Pistachio white chocolate ($7.50) eagerly, egged on by one of us who was a fan of pistachio. For the pistachio purist, this was unacceptable. The taste of the nut wasn’t strong enough, and the whole cake was sweet. However for the neutralist, the cake was not bad. The green layer did taste more like kaya than pistachio, but the cake was very smooth, i like the thin layer of raspberry jam which contributed to the sweetness of the cake. Althought some might have felt the cake was too sweet, but personally i like the overall subtle taste.

We favoured the Parfait of dark & white chocolate ($7) over its chocolate cousin, the double chocolate mudcake. There was dark chocolate, white chocolate, and the rather chewy layer. Everything seemed perfect, chocolate with chocolate is after all a fail-proof option. But somehow, the whole dessert couldn’t click, something was amiss.

Whether the Granny smith apple crumble ($6) was created by the granny or not, we do not know. But what we know was the crumble skin was crispy and flaky. Served warm, this dish wouldn’t disappoint you. The only gripe, the apple fillings were too little compared to the thick crumble skin.

I have been told that the Caramelized bananas with chocolate ($7.50) here is good. In fact, it ranked among the top 50 cakes by Sunday Times. Undoubtedly the best cake Nectarie has to offer, the banana and white chocolate mousse was velvety and rich. But that wasn’t the best part, eaten together with the crunchy base, the taste was divine. And all of us unanimously agreed it was the star.

If the caramelized banana with chocolate was the best, then the Dark chocolate Opera ($6) would definitely be on the other end of the score sheet, the worst. Even before we got started on this, our dessert enthusiasts already noticed the cake was too dry. Indeed, the texture and taste was almost dehydrated. Disappointing.

We can’t possibly neglect the unique combination of chocolate and coconut in the form of the Chocolate terrine with coconut mousse ($6). I’ve no idea what’s a terrine, my best bet would be chocolate layers. The whole cake was on the sweet side, just like how desserts are supposed to be. The chocolate actually covered the taste of the coconut, so the others were actually eating them layer by layer to discover the coconut mousse.

I have a love-hate relationship with the Tiramisu ($7). I adored them, and they are definitely listed as one of my favourite desserts. Thus I’m always easily satisfied by the simplest and often i ain’t a good judge between an excellent tiramisu and the normal one.

Nectarie’s rendition was unusual for the fact they didn’t have the the typical layers found in others. The sugar & coffee icing were very beautiful indeed. The finger biscuits soaked in kahlua and espresso were right in the middle of the mascarpone cheese. I thought they were too soggy, a fairly average one, just as we suspected.

Total bill was $73 for 7 people, 7 slices of cakes, & 7 beverages. The promotion of 50% off per slice of cake with each drink meant that we need to get 7 beverages to enjoy the discount for our 7 cakes. This is only applicable during weekdays 1-3pm. With most the drinks fairly expensive, it made it seems like we were still paying for the cake, only that it came with a “free” drink.

I’ve noticed one thing, most of the cakes are decorated with raspberry dips on the white plate which made the whole dessert looked pretty. But while it’s nice as a decoration, to have it on every plate of dessert is a tad too much. Simple is beautiful. Yes?

Nectarie Patisserie actually wasn’t that bad, their desserts were generally okay, but for the prices you are just expecting something more, and they failed to come up with that x factor. The ambience is nice. Check. The cakes are pretty. Check. But somehow the taste failed to surprise us. I ain’t sure whether i’ll go back again, but for you people who hasn’t been there, this might just be one cool place to check it out, once.

Nectarie Patisserie
3C River Valley road
#01-05 The Cannery, Clark Quay
Tel: 6305 7628

Check out the rest of the dessert enthusiast entries:
Fen @ sgcake.com
Evan @ bossacafez
Sihan @ Fundamentally-flawed
Vicki @ herlittleblackdress

Until our next dessert enthusiast outing.. Seventh Heaven & choupinette’s calling!

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2nd? haha! nice pics brad, think all of u took the pics of tiramisu well, only mine was overexposed *BOOHOO*

anyway it was great meeting up again, it was so so so fun =)

btw why u put my link there? i haven’t update anything, and won’t be until a couple of days later haha.

huh? u put my link up too? oh gosh.. pressurizing me huh. hehe. ANyway, the outing was great! MORE PLEASE.. hehe.. if my wallet allows me of course!

eeeeeehhhh… i love pretty cakes. i cannot resist them even after reading bad reviews. i have to taste them myself! kwakwa.

Wow, your writing is such a beautiful re-enact of what happened last afternoon. Your pictures sure look great and it is always nice to go for food or dessert hunt together as we will end up taking pictures of different angles.

Looking forward to the next outing and I am sure no matter where it is going to be, nothing beats a fantastic company with a common interest…

Let us know when u will be free once u have your schedule and will for sure mark our calendars…

Btw, are we meeting on the 16th Dec? For some big and obvious reasons, dinner sounds good if you are available since the others are pretty flexible…

that chinese looking ball thing on top of dark chocolate opera looks exactly like the decoration on the hilton’s hazelnut royaltine! i wanna join you all for choupinette too

Wow! So near near my work place, never ask me along. *walks to pantry and eats her cake from Awfully Choc*

I agree that their desserts looks nice but doesn’t taste as good especially for the price one is paying – probably one is only paying for their decor.

But what’s worse is their service staff. I been there three times after dinner and it was bad every single time! I am so glad your friends and you didn’t have to go through it since it wasn’t mention in your post. :)

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vicki: yay! first. haha. yeah the pistachio cake got a very pleasant colour combination. yep choupinette is calling! hahahaha

evan: yeah a lot of my photos also overexposed. gosh. luckily i took alot. ha! sure thing, our dessert enthusiast outing is damn fun! one day we will explore all the dessert place. ha! i put yr link so that u will update faster. lol!

sihan: haha! yes are you going to write a post on it? u didn’t even take photos! never mind, you can take a few here, a few there, we got four dslr photos for you to choose from. haha! yes definitely will have more, besides the dessert enthusiast outing, there’s still our westie outing. all right la, we spend only ten bucks each, very affordable when we go in a big group and can try so many cakes : )

layla: yes dear, you need to try them for yourselve to find out. taste is subjective!

fen: hahaha just my simple english. lol! ya agreed, four dslr all took different type and angle photos of the same food. so nice. ya i’m definitely looking forward to the next one, its always so fun. haha. even if the place not good, i’m sure we will have a great time discussing and scolding the place not nice. lol! some big & obvious reaons, what what? haha. later sinny is going to repeat again. lol!

julie: hahaha what a pity you couldn’t join us for this one. but never mind, i will ask you along for choupinette! : )

didally: haha yeah the cakes are all very pretty, but the taste wise can be better

foodie queen: yeah during office hours. so funny everybody could make it on a tue afternoon

lotsofcravings: cos we got 7 people, so one order one slice and everybody share. they got 11 cakes, we tried 7. haha

matilda: hahaha! i don’t have your contact number how to ask you? lol! wow, your pantry so cool got awfully choc cakes!

camemberu: yeah the cakes are kind of tiny. some sort like canele those type

HFB: hmm.. we didn’t really experience much bad services, we went during afternoon, there wasn’t any other customers, so literally we have the whole place to ourselves.

your blog certainly makes me drool ! i was looking for food blogs and came across this .

i frequent obolo too ! thou i missed the event cuz i found this blog too late , but i dont mind joining another dessert event , just that is it ok to join u guys alone =x

and also , how about getting a cbox at your blog ? it makes chatting easier & people who frequent this blog can interact more too !

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Well, I guess I have met another lady__chef online here. I pride myself as ladyhomechef & here you are, ladyironchef, interesting, isn’t it? May be the ‘iron’ means you are more capable of photo-shooting and food-hunting & ‘home’ means that I am more capable of cooking @ home. These 2 domains don’t really cross over or may be slightly?

Well, I am not sure.

Anyway, you have a nice blog here! Good effort!

May be, next time I should join your food outing to find out you guys & have a good chat with ladyironchef. =)

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Choupinette is good! ambience and food PERFECT. (: I heard their macaroons are good too but I haven’t try before.

ladyhomechef: hello its nice knowing you too. yeah sure do join us for our future outings : )

fen: hahaha i can’t wait too. Personally i can meet everyweek for outings, but then if we everyweek meet you all won’t feel too much? lol

sihan: great write-up! choupinette’s calling!!

josephine: you been there already?!? haha. right, we are going to go there soon : )

yes! my first visit was 2-3 years ago? lol. i did revisit for a nice dinner or sunday brunch something like that. it’s def a nice french restaurant. the owner is really friendly as well. but she’s always out of town so you may not chance upon her. (: a def must-visit place. heehe!

I went there today, at 7.30pm. The caramerlized banana and the mudcake are very nice! The cappucino is nice too! I also ordered the Matcha Sweet Potato. The colour is green. When I took mu first bite, I thought I was eating mash potato. Although the appearance is nice, I can’t taste any green tea at all. I ate it all because it’s the most expensive ($7.50). There were 2 waitresses when I was there. One of them was very friendly and polite. She was quite cute and has long hair. She gives very good service. She is the one who is not the thin one (sorry I don’t know your name! If you are reading this, I like your service). Overall, I will return again to try the other cakes.

josephine: lol! so long ago!

ivan: haha glad you like the caramerlised banana. that’s the one all of us agreed was the best among the 7 cakes we had. When we went the staff was pretty nice too, but then i heard rumours that their services were bad, maybe it’s because they are very busy during night so sometimes become a little frustrated.

Has the place moved or they just closed down? The address on the their website is still at Clark Quay but I just cannot find it anymore…

i was there earlier tonight; the cakes were disappointing (we had not ordered the caramelised banana though), waffle fared slightly better, but service was atrocious.

the serving lady was snobby and kept insinuating her displeasure when serving our group of 10 and kept pressuring us to place more orders (she took a few persons’ orders when others were still deciding what to have). it was as if we could not afford the place.i have not felt offended in such a long time. :(

other than that, my friend who is baking enthusiast asked the counter personnel what was in a certain chocolate cake and was told flatly “dark chocolate”. how informative.

wont be going back! :/ it spoiled our otherwise lovely evening.

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