Waku Ghin is affordable afterall!..... erm..... I mean, their pastries haha!
Recently ranked 6th on Asia's Best Restaurant 2016 list, Waku Ghin by celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda is undoubtedly one of the top dining destinations in Singapore. A meal at the award-winning modern Japanese establishment doesn't come cheap though (i.e. by my standards). Its 10-course degustation menu is priced at $400++ per person.
Patisserie Platine by Waku Ghin offers a glimpse into the culinary success of the restaurant, with a lineup of exclusive dessert selection available for takeaway and dine-in at RISE lounge located at the lobby of Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Apparently, the concept came about after the desserts were well-received at the annual Epicurean Market.
Patisserie Platine is conceived to be another platform to showcase the creativity and passion of Waku Ghin's talented pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Yasushi Ishino who has over 15 years of experience in the art of pastry.
The delicately designed pastries lined up in the display counter were such an enticing sight! Reasonably priced between $10++ to $12++, it was easy to fall into the temptation of ordering more than usual.
My dining partner had the better sense to stop my sacchariferous lust, restricting ourselves to only three pastries (also considering the fact that this was our pre-dinner desserts lol!).
Our favorite was unanimously the Ghin Cheese Cake ($12)!
If it looked good, it tasted even better. Flavors worked harmoniously well, with the cheese subtle in a pleasing way and complemented with zesty tinges from the lemon curd center. Its snow-like coat of sugar dusting was none at all cloying. Texture was marvelously ethereal, a nod to the light-handedness that Japanese desserts are known for.
The "feather" is actually made of white chocolate. Such wondrous intricacy!
In comparison, the vibrantly-colored Coconut Mousse with Mango & Passion Fruit ($10) seemed less intriguing, but was still an incredible treat that surpassed the typical fruity confections.
As much as we were excited over the sight of Matcha Opera ($10), having a soft spot for the bitter-sweetness of green tea, the layered cake came across as being underwhelming in most parts. The coffee butter cream and espresso almond sponge components were a tad strong in flavor, throwing off the overall balance by much.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the non-claustrophobic atrium space and relaxing ambience of the RISE lounge, one can't helped but felt that this is more of a pit-stop to rest the foot or convenient meeting spot for hotel guests.
Desserts seemed to be merely an afterthought. So sad, IKR.
Difficulty in getting attention from the service staff, and having our water taking what-felt-like-forever to come didn't leave any good impression either.
Hope to see a more exclusive set-up for Patisserie Platine in the near future. That, will then do full justice to the loveliness of their desserts.
Patisserie Platine By Waku Ghin
Address: Marina Bay Sands, Rise Lounge, Hotel Lobby Tower 1, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Contact: +65 6688 5568
Opening Hours: Available from 11am Daily
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.