Croissants, baguette, madeleines, eclairs, macarons – there’s just something about French pastries that you just can’t say no to! Usually, these delectable treats are only available in major cities, like in the Klang Valley, or Penang. But if you’re in Ipoh, there’s a bakery, être Patisserie, that sells authentic French pastries and made by a professional chef who worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in France!
About the Chef – Chef Ann
Être Patisserie’s founder is Chef Ann, who is trained at Le Cordon Blue Paris and worked professionally in France. She trained her craft at the world-famous Parisan pastry shop, Pierre Hermé, 3 Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon – all world-renowned French restaurants. Before venturing out on her own, she also did a stint in China as a consultant.
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With such an impressive culinary background, I was eager to try the French desserts and pastries that are served here.
être Patisserie is located along Jalan Lee Kwee Foh. It’s in a housing area and the café is a standalone bungalow. Parking options are in front of the café, or along the street. It will be a challenge to find parking during peak hours. Just remember to be mindful not to park in front of other people’s homes.
When I arrived at the café on Saturday, late afternoon-ish around 4 PM, it was packed full of people. First impression upon arrival at the café – great! Both the interior décor and exterior were simplistic and clean in design, and Instagram-worthy.
As you enter the café, the first thing you’d see are the glass displays featuring their viennoiserie (baked goods), Petit Gateaux (little cakes), macaroons and cookies. Other than that, they also offer full-sized cakes.
I’d say that Être Patisserie is a perfect place to get aesthetic photos for your feed! They have dine-in, self pick-up and delivery services options. For those living in KL, they do open orders for delivery to the city for special occasions, so do check out their website or social media for the latest updates.
The pastries I tried
Être Patisserie has a wide range of French treats to offer and they boast that they are made with only the highest quality ingredients. I only tried their cakes though.
Burnt Cheese Cake – RM18
Burnt cheesecakes generally tastes like a very light cheesecake. The texture is supposed to be much lighter than a New York-style cheesecake, with an airy soufflé-like texture. It’s like the halfway point between the super airy and bouncy Japanese cheesecake, and super dense and creamy New York-style cheesecake.
The burnt cheese cake served here was creamy, and not that sweet. It had a good balance in taste of the bitterness from the burnt exterior, and sweetness from the creamy custardy interior. It was exactly as I imagined.
Framboise – RM19
I was told that their Framboise was a must-try item on their menu. It’s a chocolate joconde cake filled with smooth Belgium dark chocolate mousse and delicious raspberry ganache.
Personally, it felt this that the raspberry ganache could be a tad more sour, to balance out the chocolate. I got jelak of the taste after awhile.
Perhaps I had too high of an expectation going in, reading how Être Patisserie was founded by a pastry chef that has worked in Michelin starred restaurants. I found the pastries to be nice, but I’ve had better in Klang Valley. être Patisserie should, however, be one of the best dessert shops in Ipoh.
If you expect disappointment, then you can never really get disappointed.MJ – Spider-Man: No Way Home
Prices are definitely on the higher-end. I guess that’s the price you’d need to pay for a taste of French treats in Malaysia. I’m not sure whether I’d want to pay this price to have it again though.
Service could definitely be better, given the price tags attached to their pastries. Perhaps it was because it was the weekend, the crowds were bigger, and the staff were overwhelmed. There was no table management system in place. As a result, the service here wasn’t what you’d expect for a high-end café.
But despite such poor service, there’s no doubt that people will still flock to Être Patisserie for their quality desserts as they have barely any competition in Ipoh.
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70%: Price (value for money)
70%: Location (ease of parking)
70%: Overall Rating
Open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed on Mondays)