SINGAPORE — The opening of celebrity pastry chef Cedric Grolet’s first patisserie in Singapore last Thursday (Sept 14) was met with much fanfare, with customers reportedly lining up from as early as 6am and forming a snaking queue of about 80 people by the time the store opened at 8.30am.
And legendary Mr Grolet is.
The 38-year old Frenchman was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef at the 2018 edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
With more than 11 million followers on social media, he is best known for his surrealist “trompe l’oeil” (French for “optical illusion”) creations that resemble the fruit they’re made with.
The eponymous Singapore outlet is his fourth shop, after two outlets in Paris and another in London, and is also his first foray into Asia.
Cedric Grolet Singapore, which is located on the first floor of hotel-cum-retail complex Como Orchard, sits 40 diners and is open from 8.30am to 6pm for breakfast, lunch and tea time.
Mr Grolet’s famed croissant (S$8), pain au chocolat (S$10), pain suisse (S$16), and parisian flan ($14) are just a few of the many viennoiseries on the menu.
Pastry aficionados can also get their hands on Singapore-exclusive confections like the Mooncake (S$52 for two pieces), Dragon fruit (S$26 each) and Lychee (S$26 each).
A spokesperson for Como Group declined to comment.