The 2-part (bi?) monthly food bloggers’ gathering took place at Marriott Hotel on Easter Day! It was either Marriott or L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel and we decided to just stay put after checking out the desserts at Marriott. The cakes look pretty decent and it’s somewhat reassuring that there’s a constant (really constant!) inflow of people streaming in to take away their cakes from the pastry counter at the lobby.
If you have been following this blog for awhile, you would know that I don’t post any personal pic of me or anyone else. But there’s always an exception cuz I really like how happy all of us look in this (self-timed!) photo, probably the after-effect of having too much sugar swimming in our systems haha.
Daniel from Memoirs of Food;
Fen & Yuan from Indulgence after Work-Out;
Harris from The Simplest Aphrodisiac; and
Phoebe from The Food Chapter.
Ok, pretty/handsome faces aside, let’s take a look at the cakes now! Food bloggers being food bloggers, we showed no mercy (as usual) and ordered almost all the cakes displayed at the counter.
Maybe cuz previous encounters with tarts from other hotels were less than promising, this Strawberry Tart ($6.90++) surprises me. This is lovely, with huge and sweet strawberries sitting on a nice crunchy shortcrust base filled with creamy frangipane. I hate to say this, but I like this even more than K ki’s version! -don’t shoot me pls, fans of K ki, I’m just an amateur tart eater-
Rich Chocolate ($5.90++) is indeed rich and smooth. The hint of alcohol in the milk and dark chocolate mousse is so slight that it takes intense concentration to detect it. But it’s there, alright.
So there you go, these were my two personal favourites that day. And alas, the ugliest photos too!
Lychee Mousse ($6.90++) is quite a delight with its light mousse and sufficiently moist sponge fingers. There’s supposedly kirsch in it, but this time, even my 101% focus on it can’t pick out any inkling of said alcohol.
Opera ($7.90++) is as opera should be, very thin layers of almond sponge cake, ganache and coffee buttercream, covered in a chocolate glaze. Good, though I’d still prefer a stronger coffee flavour.
Cherry Michelle ($5.90++) has a nice name but not-so-nice chocolate almond cake crumbs. If not for the embedded dark cherries, I’d have mistook this for a banana cake.
Easter bun ($3++) in honour of Easter Day! We were all amused that actual hard boiled eggs are used to decorate the buns. How weird is that? Luckily, we had one with a (hollow) chocolate egg instead, hah.
Strawberry Cheese ($5.90++) ends up at the bottom of my list by default. Nothing personal, it’s just that I don’t like cheesecakes =p
This pastry shop is an unexpectedly good find! Prices are reasonable, there’s proper napkins and service is great. Compared to Bakerzin, Marriott takes the cake.