Natas Heaven @ Pasteis de Belem on 27Mar2016

nata - portugese egg tarts

nata – portugese egg tarts

after a wonderful lunch at mercado timeout market, we took the tram 15e to belem to look at the monastery jeronimos, discovery monument & belem tower on 27.3.2016.^^

the tram was really crowded, there were many stops.

we needn’t worry about where to stop. there was the tram map of course, but it was very crowded & hard to see at times. there was also google map so we knew where we were.

anyway tram stop was basically next to pasteis de belem, in operations since 1837.

we saw the pastry shop, the tram rounded the corner about 10m & stopped.

there was a queue already for those buying takeout. we got a table so no need queueing. queue was a lot longer when we left, right to the corner near the tram stop. why bother i wonder? but maybe there are people buying like 50 or 100 pieces?

some write-ups claim pasteis de belem sells 15,000 pieces a day & ever up to 50,000 max!

nata - portugese egg tarts

nata – portugese egg tarts

it was very good.  a lot better than paradia portuguesa certainly.

price was not much different, €1.05 vs €0.95 at paradia portuguesa & most nata shop, but not sure whether it was a bit more or takeout price a bit cheaper.

the restaurant can seat 400pax. 🙂

pasteis de belem

pasteis de belem

of course they sell various pastries.

pasteis de belem

pasteis de belem

actually except for my daughter, 3 of us not really the dessert type so we only wanted to try nata.

pasteis de belem factory line

pasteis de belem factory line

son & i went to the back & took some photos at the kitchen.

pasteis de belem4

pasteis de belem factory line

it was good marketing.

pasteis de belem factory line

pasteis de belem factory line

they basically have it like a display with huge glass panel for people to see & take phots, selfies etc of the kitchen staff assembling the natas.

jukebox? or money countng machine?

jukebox? money countng machine?

we are mostly not really fan of natas, but they are really quite good in portugal. natas here are eggy, softer & not too sweet (unlike the ones in singapore where the custard like agar agar), & they can grow on you. so i didn’t mind them.

i had 1/2 portugese tart back in singapore last week (some random one someone bought). basically inedible!

c.h.e.f andy

Apple Strudel at Ritz Bukit Timah on 11Apr2016

apple strudel + coffee

apple strudel + coffee

coffee time 11.4.2016! ^^

bought 1/2 apple strudel from ritz S$12.50, time to relax & have a cuppa.

met my own dutch friend for tea this morning. after that went to Xinlu 新路 for teochew meepok tar, but that seem not so satisfactory this time.

went to giant to get some stuff for a 5pax dinner the next day. on the way back, decided to drop by ritz at bukit timah (they have like 16 outlets) & grab a apple strudel. they said apple is the most popular. 🙂

apple strudel

apple strudel

one of the thing that sparked by interest was actually the egg cream pastry at tartine in lisbon, portugual. i thought that there was similarity in taste & tartine’s pastry was better.

ritz apple strudel

ritz apple strudel

i have not taken apple strudel for years.

1/2 apple strudel3 for S$12.50

1/2 apple strudel3 for S$12.50

the pastry was still crispy & fluffy, that stands out.

i felt that there was too much apple, too dense & not enuf cream. maybe that is the healthy way. so after trying, it confirmed for me that i liked the tartine egg cream pastry better. we had that twice in lisbon.

1/2 apple strudel3 for S$12.50

1/2 apple strudel3 for S$12.50

taste are so different though. my daughter now likes this apple strudel, maybe for the reasons i thought i didn’t like it much.

c.h.e.f andy

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Ritz Apple Strudel

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No. 833 Bukit Timah Road
#01-10 Royal Ville

Tel: 6469 3470
Fax: 6465 4776

Opening Hours-

10am – 9.30pm Daily