This trend is very much short-lived and most people hardly re-visit the places once they have "checked out" a place. One example, in my opinion, is FIX. I dropped by recently on a Sunday afternoon to purchase some take-away cakes but the area was barely filled and the service was rather sloppy.
Fortunately, the standards of the pastries did not plunge significantly despite the fact that the former pastry chef has left this place. The Butterscotch Arabica Choux ($5.50+) was still light and crisp, with full bodied coffee buttercream and semi-gooey caramel within the center. However, I realized that it was not actually as amazing as I remembered it to be. Or maybe because they could not surpass the stellar works from Dulcet & Studio. Also, the crumble toppings were soggy.
The Matcha Opera ($5.50) looked decent but a closer inspection suggest hasty presentation works. The green tea jaconde were too sweet and the "UFO" aka unidentified foreign object on the cake turned out to be a marshmallow blob with one or two red beans?!?!
As such, it was a great relief when I finally came to the Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart ($4.50) I would say it's near perfect; a wonderfully crisp pastry that devoted equal love to dark chocolate ganache and caramel. The little piping of chocolate cream worked like inhalations of cloud puffs against a rich and gooey base.
Here is another reason why one don't necessarily have to pay more than $5 for an outstanding tart.
31 Ah Hood Road, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse
Daily 9 30am - 9 pm