Selfish Gene Patisserie is a brand created by folks of Selfish Gene Cafe and it is perched above Selfish Gene Cafe. The stairs leading to the Patisserie can be found on the right of the cafe.
With the word “Patisserie”, I thought they were offering cakes, I didn’t expect that they were serving plated desserts. Some have termed it as deconstructed dessert, but I still prefer the former name.
The cafe has a little Zen ambience, rather comforting and peaceful.
A total of 7 plated desserts were found on Selfish Gene Patisserie’s Menu. I was informed by the service crew that the lightest in taste was on top and it progresses to the strongest in flavour at the bottom. But I would prefer to describe it as the sourish are on top while the sweetest at the top. Beside the plated dessert, of course beverages are on the menu with tea, coffee and a few crafted beer as the highlight. The service crew has advised me that the desserts goes better with tea than coffee. So I heeded the advice on my first visit when I ordered the “Ginger”.
The “Ginger” consisted of a ginger cake, soft and moist with a subtle ginger fragrance. On the top was a well of toffee sauce and by the side was a scoop of homemade Caramel Ice Cream that paired nicely with the cake and were not overwhelming. The crumbles provided a crunchy texture to the dish. If you prefer more ginger flavour, munch the Ginger Soft Candy either together with the cake and ice cream or at the end (which was what I did). I am not a ginger fan but I find this dessert more than acceptable. But I believe, some may find this a little too sweet.
I paired the Ginger with a Oolong Tea. The Oolong Tea has a subtle sweetness that goes well with the dessert.
On my second visit, I was recommended the Soya as the service crew said that this is something unique. I was curious to find out what was the selling point.
In this creation, there were a Matcha Ice Cream, a Tofu Cheesecake with a dashes of Red Miso together with Red Beans, Mochi and Crumbles scattered around the cake and ice cream. The uniqueness is the briny Red Miso on the Cheesecake which is akin to Salted Gula Melaka or you may prefer Salted Caramel. You need to spread it across so that the Red Miso won’t dominate the taste. The red bean was only sweetish and with the crumbles and mochi, it went really well for the dessert. It would have been perfect if the Tofu Cheesecake is smoother and the Matcha Ice Cream has a stronger Green Tea flavour.
And on my third visit, I tried the Lemon. I was worried that it might be too sourish but it turned out perfect for me. The lemon curd went well with the cake and crumble. It resembled a Lemon Cake. The Toasted Marshmallow by the side provided some sweetness and different texture to the dish.
My forth visit was with a friend, so I managed to tried 2 more creation, the Coconut and the Chocolate. Among the 2, I prefer the latter.
The Coconut has a Coconut Panna Cotta and Red Bean Ice Cream as the main ingredients and together with Green Jelly, Toasted Coconut Grates and Gula Melaka. The Red Bean is a little too strong and it masked all the flavours. The Coconut Panna Cotta has a nice coconut aroma and it went very well with the Gula Melaka.
In the Chocolate, there was a Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (make up of both dark and milk chocolate). As always, the pair, orange and chocolate were excellent partners.
I am left with 2 more and I complete the menu. I will update the post when I do.
Selfish Gene Patisserie
40 Craig Road Level 2 Singapore 089678
Wednesday – Thursday 1800 to 2200; Friday – Saturday 1200 to 1700, 1800 to 2200; Sunday 1200 to 1700; Closed on Monday and Tuesday
By MRT: North East line or East-West line – Outram Park station; East-West line – Tanjong Pagar
– alight after Craig Road or before Wallich Road along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145
– alight before Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road 61, 166, 197