Every dish was a delight to the eyes and the tastebuds
While better known for being a dessert bar, Astonish Patisserie has started serving a variety of savoury dishes two months ago to broaden their customer base. We loved both their savoury and dessert dishes so much that we revisited the place, which accounts for the number of dishes reviewed in this article. It is known to get very busy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights so it is advisable to book ahead if you intend to eat there during those times.
The waffles used in their savoury waffle dishes is the variety known as Liege Waffles with the batter being a variation of the dough used to make brioche buns. This gives it a more cake-like texture and slightly sweeter taste compared to 'Belgian' waffles, the variety usually seen in most cafes. The Grilled Chorizo topping we chose had slices of chorizo whose smoky taste complemented the waffles nicely with its flavour brought out by the semi sun dried tomato, cheese and paprika.
We ordered their Peanut Lover Burger because we have never come across such a combination. I love burgers and I love peanut butter so a combination of my two loves sounds good and I wasn't disappointed. The Peanut Lover Burger had two beef patties that were cooked just right topped with house-made peanut butter that had a taste similar to the peanut sauce served with Satay. The dish came with a small serving of salad whose refreshing taste balances out the richness of the burger.
The flavour of the grilled chicken breast in their Chicken Pesto Panini was heightened by the pesto made from Thai basil and pine nuts, nicely complemented by rocket leaves and sun dried tomato and encased between a firm panini which was a good partner to all the ingredients.
Their Mild Spicy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Burger featured tender pieces of fried chicken with a distinct flavour that reminds us of the fried chicken that my grandmother used to prepare. The chipotle barbeque sauce and caramelized onion rounded out the flavour of the burger and like the Peanut Lover, came with a serving of salad.
Just as we expected, the pulled pork in the 6 Hour Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Burger was juicy with the coleslaw adding a bit of crunch to the burger. It also had a smoky flavour coming from the smoky BBQ sauce used in it.
For vegetarians, the Teriyaki Tofu Bagel is a great choice with grilled pieces of tofu coated in teriyaki sauce that was not too overpowering served on sesame bagels. The bagels had the chewy texture that is typical of bagels without being too tough. To accompany your meal, you can order from a variety of 'Small Bits", one of those being Sweet Potato Chips accompanied with aioli.
Among the dessert dishes that are the focal point of the restaurant, the Coconut Crème Brulee had the right texture with just the right amount of coconut flavour and a crisp topping of caramel. It is accompanied by a light and crisp vanilla tuile and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Their Soft-Centred Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake was cooked to perfection with a chocolatey taste that was not too rich. It was served with a caramel ice cream and hazelnut praline that balances out the rich taste of the cake with the chocolate ganache enhancing its flavour.
The apples in the Warm Cinnamon Apple Crumble were soft but with a little bit of bite to them contrasted wonderfully by the buttery and crunchy crumble topping. It came served with plum compote, almond frangipani and vanilla ice cream. Also known as frangipane, frangipani is a type of cream flavoured with almonds.
As its name suggests, Blood Orange Tartlet and Cream Puff Sandwich is an unusual but delectable combination of a cream puff and orange tart with the dish being at its best when they are eaten together. The rich taste of the Blood Orange Tartlet was balanced out by the refreshing balsamic vinegar ice cream with the dark chocolate sauce making it even more delicious.
Blood Orange Tartlet and Cream Puff Sandwich
In addition to the regular items on their menu, Astonish Patisserie also serves a few daily specials. One of those was the Thousand Layer Crepe Cake featuring two different types of cakes make by layering crepes. The cream cheese version had a subtle taste which was contrasted wonderfully by the stronger flavour of the chef's daily special, which was Jaffa at the time we ate there. The cakes were topped with crunchy and moreish caramel popcorn with a serving of ice cream and Chantilly cream.
To accompany your meal, you can order from a variety of drinks, the most unique being their variety of fruit teas. Old books were used to give the place a library-like cosy ambience and there is a decent amount of parking space on the street along the restaurant. Astonish is currently promoting the launch of their savoury menu with Groupon deals of $10 lunch or dinner deal with wine for one, $19 for two and $38 for four.