To bring smiles and happiness to customers through healthy sweets.That is the simple yet noble philosophy of Chateraise, a Yamanashi farm-sweet house that has opened its doors at Westgate. Using truly fresh eggs, milk and other ingredients all from Japan, this shop produces a wide range of classic 洋菓子(Japanese western cakes) such as fresh cream cakes, swiss rolls and choux pastries. Best of all, they are not only delicious but also priced at an unbelievably affordable range of $1.90~$5.10!!!
First up, the Legendary Fresh Cream Cake ($5.10) that would have truly lived up to the title if they hadn't been so benevolent with the sugar in the whipped cream. Nonetheless, this humble cake reigned supreme in many ways, from the cloud-like sponge cake to the juicy sweet Japanese strawberries and lusciously rich yet light fresh cream. Why bother climbing up Dempsey hill for a similar piece when you can get this at almost half price but better quality?The Matcha Bombe Cake ($4.70) is a matcha-themed cake with old friends like red bean and chestnut, but was still too sweet. There's other more stellar works for sure, but the deep matcha cream was enough to sustain my enthusiasm.
Out of the four Nama cakes I've tried, I would highly recommend the Strawberry Soufflé Cheese Cake ($4.70) and the Happy Little Bear ($4.70) Like all other cakes here, this is extremely delicate and one has to handle it with care. But the cheese was indeed, light as soufflé and would be perfect if they insert a thin crust at the base.
Happy Little Bear ($4.70)I've had come across enough examples to convince me that cute food don't taste good. But here is one that proved me wrong. I was guilty to cut it but I'm sure I'll be more guilty NOT eating it. It's neither buttercream nor mousse, and not even pastry cream. It tasted like slightly grainy bean paste lightened with chocolate, something that is strangely delicious and left a vivid image in my mind.
But the best pastry to showcase its fresh dairy products is none other than a simple double cream puff ($1.90) or eclair ($1.90) The pastry skin might not be top-notched but the filing is velvety rich but not too sweet. A perfect melt-in-your-mouth indulgence straight out from the chiller.Their fluffy Swiss roll is yet another simple yet extravagant culinary comforts that only costs $1.90. I think the folks are seriously too kind to their customers.
As an updated version of the traditional mochi, the cream mochi (available in four flavours) tastes fresh, light and oh-so-creamy. The skin, especially, is so elastic, a far cry from those thick and rubbery factory mass products.
Jurong East Store B2 Basement
3 Gateway Drive, Westgate
Sun-Thu 10am – 9:30pm
Fri, Sat & Eve of PH 10am – 10pm