A Summer in Paris is a new cafe at Vivo City that specialises in delicious small desserts. Notwithstanding recent events, Paris is still a city that brings out good feelings. A cafe with a name like “A Summer in Paris” is a place that calls out to us. And we answered, even though we have had enough of hot weather.
A Summer in Paris cafe in Vivo City is a simple cafe. Some artificial flowers dangle from the ceiling but the rest of the place is quite spartan. The real beauties lie inside the display cases. There are not many varieties of cakes, but each of them looked perfect and tempting.
The man whose photo is displayed at the front of the store is famous Pastry Chef Yann Brys. He has been awarded “Meilleur Ouvrier de France -MOF ” in patisserie by his peers. The award is France’s highest accolade awarded for expertise and excellence. “A Summer in Paris aims to change the vision of the pastry world in Singapore by offering elegant French pastry”.
The pastries available on display looked so adorable that we were tempted to order a whole bunch of them. The only constraint was the prices – around $9 for the round tea cakes and $3 for each macaron. We controlled ourselves and selected the Pom Pom ($9.30) and Zanzibar macaron ($4 each).
While some cakes look fantastic by the vast amounts of decoration of fruits and trimmings, the ones at A Summer In Paris exude beauty by their simplicity and flawless finishes. The Pom Pom tea cake was perfectly round and gleaming. It looked beautiful and enticing without any extra artifacts. It is described as “citrus shortcake, green apple cream and jelly, pistachio tea cake”. What we can say is that it has wonderful layers of flavours contained in it. The texture was soft and creamy in some parts. It was very light as well. Each person can easily consume two of these in one go.
The Zanzibar macaron has apparently been awarded the best macaroon in Singapore. It is a tiny macaron not much large than the size of a 50 cent coin. It was delicately made, as if a dozen micro-macarons were stuck together to form a larger one. This cocoa macaroon is said to contain ginger infused dark chocolate ganache and ginger compote. All we can say it was a delicious bite-sized pastry. Light and delicious. But so tiny! One can eat ten of these in one sitting.
One lesson we learnt from visiting A Summer In Paris is that there is little risk of food waste when the product is small and delicious.