FLOR is an adorable little Japanese cake shop located on Duxton Hill, which used to be one helluva dodgy neighbourhood. Back in 2006, my first workplace was located there. I could get any number of taxis at 6.30 pm when I knocked off – because that’s when the bargirls reported to work.
But in the last couple of years, the whole place has cleaned up its act a lot. It’s now well on the way to becoming the next trendy enclave on the edge of town, a la the Club Street and Ann Siang area. It’s even taken on a multinational flavour, what with an Irish pub and a Russian caviar bar… which brings me back to FLOR.
There is something about Japanese-style French pastries that’s just different. The sponge feels fluffier; the fresh cream tastes lighter. And every slice just inexplicably strikes you as downright dainty to the touch.
Their website explains why:
“We do not use baking powder, artificial rising/softening agent, stabiliser, or preservative in our products. The soft yet moist quality of our cakes is achieved from the natural aeration of eggs being whipped to their full peak.”
Not only are the cakes delicious and healthy, they’re so darn pretty, you feel like it would be a crime to defile them. Every pastry looks like it would be right at home in a Japanese manga (comic book), being nibbled upon by superhero schoolgirls in sailor suits.
I had the Strawberry Souffle today, which was like a light, cheesy sponge cake, topped and layered with strawberries. It was nothing like a souffle as I know it, but it was awesome.
We also brought home some Iced Cheese Tarts for later. They’re frozen cheesecakes, meant to be eaten frozen. Very yummy, though I can never figure out how to eat them gracefully or without using my fork as a chisel.
#01-01, 2 Duxton Hill,+65 6223 8628