La Vie at Jalan Besar

Formerly an online-only French patisserie, La Vie has expanded to become a standalone bakery.This follows the latest slew of online-turned-brick-and-mortar eateries, such as Jo-yi Bakery, Puffs & Peaks, Two Bake Boys, and more.

In light of the new restrictions implemented, do note that La Vie has revised opening hours to 12pm to 6pm between Tuesdays and Sundays. They also offer islandwide deliveries and takeaway options.

Along the row of famous eateries such as Swee Choon Dim Sum and Scissors Cut Curry Rice, La Vie has high expectations to live up to. However, having a pastry chef who received training at the famed Le Cordon Bleu does bump up the credibility of this cafe.

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Food at La Vie

I was reluctant to cut up this cute chocolate porcupine named Epic ($11). Contrary to its exterior, it wasn’t just a giant blob of chocolate mousse but it actually held rather meticulously crafted layers. 

The well-demarcated segments consisted of triple chocolate mousse, crispy hazelnut dark chocolate, feuilletine, and brownie sponge cake. These different iterations of chocolate were a complex harmony, creating a multi-dimensional experience of sweet, creamy, crispy, and soft chocolate all at the same time. 

Their Baileys Tiramisu ($8.50) was served in a flowerpot, with a thick layer of cocoa powder as the “soil”. While simple, it fits well into the artsy aesthetics of the shop.

I would recommend shovelling deeper into the pot to balance out the ratio of bitter cocoa powder for your first mouthful. Their well-executed mascarpone zabaione beneath not only won a rhyme battle, but it also won over my taste buds with its light cream cheese and sweet

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