Nestled among other amazing eateries like Sarnies, Gæst, and Market Grill is the fairly new boulangerie Pantler. Our little cosmopolitan island has seen its fair share of internationally renowned bakers who've shared their delicious creations with us. More impressive however are the homegrown local bakers who've stepped up to rival these big names, with no less inferior bakes.
Pantler is one such establishment. It is headed by Baker Matthias Phua and Chef Tomoharu Morita, who knew each other from working at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joel Robuchon Singapore. If their experiences are any indication of their capabilities, it would seem Pantler is headed straight for success.
Pantler boasts a variety of freshly baked viennoiseries, which can be enjoyed with a cuppa brewed with Dutch Colony's beans. I haven't tried any myself, but they do look very delicious. Since bakeries in the neighbourhood like Sophie haven't been up to standard, here's to hoping Pantler would be the place to get amazing morning viennoiseries in the CBD.
It was the sweets however that stole the light. Pantler offers a variety of sliced cakes and tarts; and if you loved their sweet treats whole cakes are also available for takeaway. We tried the Mango Passion Panna Cotta (S$5.50++) which was oddly served in a cheap plastic cup and looked purchased from a distributor. Texture-wise it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately it was not creamy enough to offset the tart fruits, and ended up being a tad too tangy for a panna cotta.
Bartlett Pear Tart Slice (S$6.80++)
This was a clear winner. Soft, cooked pears, beautifully layered over frangipane and a buttery crust. The fragrant frangipane was exceptionally delicious, being complementary to the pears and highlighting its natural earthy sweetness.
Banana Salted Caramel Eclair (S$8.50++)
It doesn't look like much, but Pantler's eclair is one of the best eclairs in Singapore. A perfect choux pastry that is crunchy on the outside, yet spongy and airy inside; light but decadent chocolate cream balanced with simple whipped cream; and the most stunning mashed banana puree that has salted caramel folded in. Rich, luscious, and refined.
2 hits amongst that huge a variety of treats may not be entirely representative; but given the superb execution, Pantler has gotten my full attention. It may just be my next favourite French bakery yet.
198 Telok Ayer Street