First, the bad news. Henri Charpentier has closed their cafe in Dempsey. It was a beautiful place that served wonderful desserts. Henri Charpentier, which started as a dessert cafe in Kobe’s suburb of Ashiya, had opened had opened their first store in Singapore at Dempsey Hill. You can read about our visit to the Dempsey outlet here. Thankfully, we also have some good news. Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar is their new cafe at Tanjong Pagar Centre. It is a nice place but not are glamorous as the old one. The French-inspired Japanese patisserie also has a small outlet at Orchard Central.
Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar Centre has a few seating options. Bench seating with small individual tables, regular table seating or at the counter where diners can watch the chef in action. The last one is suitable when ordering their famous Crepe Suzette. In fact Henri Charpentier is named after the 19th century French chef who was often credited as the creator of this sweet dessert. The showcase was filled with very enticing desserts. Two of the cake items were bundled with a drink at the price of $10. The bundled items made economic sense and we tried both.
The Pudding Chox and the Shortcake were the bundled cake items that day. The Pudding was a refined version of the common cream puff. The pastry was soft. The cream light and creamy. The Shortcake which was individually sold for $7.5 each seemed like the better deal. It was the more beautiful and complex tasting cake. The fresh berries on top added to its looks and flavours. We had a combination of black coffee ($4.30 each) and latte. The coffee here is of a very high standard and smooth. Quite strong in taste but not bitter and did not have any sour taste.
Overall, Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar is a place that has good desserts and coffee despite the move into the CBD. The ambience is still pleasant but we do miss their more beautiful premises at Dempsey.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Henri Charpentier Tanjong Pagar
7 Wallich Street
B2-15 Tanjong Pagar Centre
Tel: +65 63868422
OPening Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Nearby MRT Station : Tanjong Pagar