A new bakery cafe has opened in Joo Chiat. Pastry Chef Maxine Ngooi’s popular online bakery now has a brick & mortar presence as Tigerlily Patisserie cafe in the space that was previously home to Gobi Desserts in Joo Chiat Road.
Tigerlily Patisserie Cafe
The Michelin-starred pedigree of Maxine Ngooi’s culinary journey involved celebrated restaurants Les Amis, Tarte by Cheryl Koh, Joel Robuchon Restaurant and Vianney Massot. According to an 8days article “the Ebb & Flow group, which used to own Vianney Massot invited her to start an online bakery” and the rest as they said is history. The popular pastries in the Tigerlily online store’s bake boxes can now be enjoyed in a pleasant cafe.
The new Tigerlily Patisserie is in a convenient location along Joo Chiat Road. There are road side parking lots right outside the bakery cafe and a big public car park just across the road.
Tigerlily Patisserie Cafe has a modern cafe decor. It is compact and can feel a bit congested when it fills up, especially when they is a long queue at the counter.
Tigerlily Patisserie Menu
Chef Maxine’s signature sweet, the Beehive, and Chocolate Hazelnut Tart are in the display cabinet to tempt you, along with other sweet and savoury pastries. You can also buy freshly baked bread at Tigerlily Patisserie.
It being a cafe, coffee and all day breakfast and brunch items are on the menu. Below is a picture of the Tigerlily Patisserie Cafe Menu.
Brunch at Tigerlily Joo Chiat
We visited the new bakery cafe in Joo Chiat for brunch. We ordered the Peach Bircher Muesli ($8), Big Brekkie ($18) and coffee ($5). Order and payment were made at the cashier’s counter. The food and beverages were served to the table.
The Peach Bircher Muesli looked like a healthy delicious breakfast dish and it was delectable. The simple combination of oat flakes soaked with peach juice and green apples, topped with chia seeds, flax seeds and berries, was delightful. It had nice flavours and textures. The Peach Bircher Muesli was perfect comfort food for the morning – a healthy refreshing and satisfying dish.
The menu of Tigerlily may seem limited but the Big Brekkie on the menu gives you plenty of options. The build your own breakfast dish allows you to choose the type of bread you want, the spread (mushroom, caramelised onions, kombu butter or hummus), how you want your eggs, the vegetables and the meat (spiced chicken, house-cured salmon or fried bacon).
We opted for the scrambled eggs, vine cherry tomatoes, fried bacon and mushroom spread and had no regret. Every item was what you would expect in a good brunch cafe – perfectly prepared and tasty. The portion size was quite generous. It was an enjoyable dish and maybe the best value dish available in the bakery cafe – considering that a single piece of the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart would cost $15.
The coffee was pretty good – smooth and just mildly acidic.
Another Hot Spot in Joo Chiat
Joo Chiat now has cafes and bakeries that are right up there with places like Tiong Bahru and Lavender. Bakeries like Petit Pain and Kamone and specialty coffee shops such CMCR, Homeground and King’s Cart have made the food scene in the Peranakan district hip and interesting. No round-up of the trendy joints in Joo Chiat can now be complete without mentioning Tigerlily Patisserie Cafe. It has become a new hot spot in Joo Chiat. It is a great new option for breakfast and brunch; and it is a must go to place if you fancy beautifully crafted sweet & savoury pastries.
The Straits Times reported that pastry chef Maxine Ngooi, who grew up eating the pastries of the iconic Chin Mee Chin in Katong, is working with the existing owners of the old school confectionery to reopen the new Chin Mee Chin. We can’t wait for the opening.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
350 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 8887 0988
Tue – Sun: 9 am – 6 pm
Closed on Monday
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