There are more than a fair few bakeries and cafes in Singapore, but few of them can compete with Ciel Patisserie. The word “ciel” means “heaven” in French, and the meeting of their founder, Chara Lum and the culinary traditions of France are certainly a match made in heaven. She studied at the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and graduated at the tender age of 20, before returning to her homeland to open Ciel Patisserie. They’ve outlets in Hougang and Bukit Merah, and if you go to Hougang Avenue – between Serangoon and Kovan on the MTR – you’ll be met by a huge range of French favourites fresh from the oven. Savoury options include quiches of ham, onions and mushrooms but their sweets are the star of the show: from fruit tarts to lemon meringues, from gluten-free gateaux to cheesecake, shortcake, birthday cakes and, well pretty much any cake you can think of. Take a seat in their cafe to eat to your heart’s content at Ciel in Hougang. Do book ahead, however, as they do get crowded.
Desserts were great, we went at 615pm on a weekday and it wasn't too crowded. Had the BLANC, MON CHERI and a quiche. Nice place for pre dinner desserts.
Loved the strawberry shortcake. Not overly sweet and made with a nice, light cream.