When Pablo Singapore opened in August 2017, the Straits Times reported a two-hour wait for cheese tarts. When we were shopping in Wisma Atria recently, we passed by Pablo and noticed that the spacious cafe was almost empty. We thought it was a good opportunity to have a coffee break and enjoy the popular Japanese cheese tarts with its famed gooey cheese filling.
Located in the concourse area of level 1 of Wisma Atrium, Pablo Cafe is a nicely decorated and pleasant space. As it is between the walkways and there is no wall or partition, it is a great place to sit and watch people ambling by. Of course, it also means that those walking by can see everything you are eating.
The signature item of Pablo Singapore is the cheese tart filled with custard-like cream cheese encased in a freshly baked crust. Pablo Singapore’s chefs were trained in Pablo Osaka outlet to ensure that the tarts in Singapore would be the of the same standard as the ones in Japan.
Pablo Singapore also offers tarts in a variety of flavours such as chocolate, cinnaapple and matcha green tea. The cafe also serves cheesecake, cheese soft-serve ice cream, cheese shakes as well as a fair range of hot and cold beverages.
Pablo Singapore is a self-service cafe. Orders and payments are made at the counter. We ordered a set of cheese tart slice with coffee ($9.90) and a set of mini cheese tart with coffee ($8.90).
The classic mini cheese tart was good. The shell was crispy. The cheese filling was smooth, soft and creamy. It was light and not greasy. Having tried it, we could understand why it would be popular.
The slice of freshly baked cheese tart had a light flaky crust. The cheese filling was soft and airy. It was less cheesy than the mini tart. The apricot glaze on top added flavour and sweetness to the cheese tart. Overall there was a nice combination of textures and flavours which made the tart enjoyable.
Pablo’s exclusive blend of coffee was fairly typical of coffee from Japanese speciality cafes – a nice, punchy brew leaning slightly on the sharp side.
Pablo Singapore caused quite a stir in Wisma Atria when it first opened. Now it could be a relaxing space to sit down and have a break in between shopping. We would not stand in line for the tarts but now that the hype is over, we would happily head to Pablo Singapore when we like to enjoy freshly-baked Japanese cheese tarts.
435 Orchard Road
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, #01-02/38
Tel: +65 68359269
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Nearby MRT Stations: Orchard
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