A gelato refrigerator containing seven unique selections, many of which were unavailable at their original location, was situated to the far left. Adjacent to this was a petite mountain of uniformly-browned cream puff shells (also referred to as "choux pastry" for the gastronomic terminology-loving folks), allowing customers to enjoy two contrasting textures within the same dessert. Of course, the option of having gelato as standard (ie. in a small, clear plastic cup) is also available. (But why would you?!)
After snapping as many shots as I felt necessary, the next step was to walk up to the girl at the cashier to obtain details about the shop's products. It was my first visit, and she provided an incredibly thorough explanation. The cheesecake slices, both popular among customers, were comprised of cheesecake layers in addition to sponge cake. The Matcha Azuki, in particular, was an interesting sight to see: the azuki frosting and shockingly green matcha layers were very visually complementing. And while it did appear numerous times on my feed, I opted to try it out on another occasion, preferably as a late afternoon snack.
Inverted creme caramel puddings were found next the tarts, all included in the same range of flavours, with the exception of a double-layer yuzu-flavoured concoction. The puddings were on the small side, especially given their price, but I was informed that the Black Sesame flavour was a constant sell-out.
The girl who had explained everything was exceptionally patient with me. Not only had she purposely disappeared to the back to ensure that my initial shots of the shop would be people- and clutter-free, she also made helpful suggestions and recommendations to assist me in the labourious decision-making process. (On an unrelated note, her 50's polka-dot dress, wide headband, and bold red lip were also very tasteful. Hehe.)
I then turned back to the array of colourful gelato options in contemplation of trying a Gelato in a Cream Puff, seeing as I was here anyway. The girl was ultra-friendly and didn't mind providing me with samples before asking another girl to serve the two new customers that had just wandered in. Among the sampled (Pandan, Thai Tea, Matcha Milk, and Black Sesame), I once again arrived at a difficult decision.
Luckily, I was permitted to mix flavours as long as I was sure that I'd enjoy them combined - Thai Tea/Matcha Milk it was then!
(Side note: Did you know that their Thai Tea flavour is obtained from Khao San Road?!? It was stunningly perfect in my opinion.)
From top to bottom, there wasn't a single flaw in this encased gelato treat - the choux pastry was as crispy and delectable as could be, while the flavours of the gelato were distinctively flavourful, yet wonderfully complementary. The addition of cookie topping to the "lid" of the cream puff exterior enabled the entire piece to be crunchy, crispy, and creamy all at once. (Talk about an alliteration!)
Just the very thought of re-experiencing the cream puff's various flavours and textures has made me giddy. It was, indeed, one of those Shokugeki no Soma moments. Needless to say, it's a given that I'll be returning for more munching!
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Upon arriving home, I took to trying out the rest of the well-packaged desserts.
It's a good thing that the walls of the tart shells were wide (and sturdy) enough, as our first attempt at slicing open the Black Sesame Cheesetart went something like this:
Unfortunately, the Coffee Rare Cheesetart didn't boast the same degree of flavour as the Black Sesame. Majority of the filling was cheese-like, with only a slight espresso aftertaste. Texture-wise, the two tarts were identical as expected.
Due to the inevitable exposure to heat on the commute back, the supposedly hardened caramel at the bottom of the Matcha pudding had melted, with a small amount even surfacing to the top of the pudding cup. It contained the right blend of sweetness/bitterness; it was just a shame that it couldn't have been enjoyed while still solid. In contrast, the matcha pudding on top was really quite average: it tasted pretty standard, as how things normally result from utilizing a lower-end grade of green tea powder and a large amount of gelatin to set the pudding. Though it did match well with the caramel, it definitely did not justify its hefty price tag.
Yuzu Delight was a much better pudding variation; both layers were tangy, with a tart, citrus-y jelly layer on top and an airy, refreshing mix on the bottom. As the other items had been on the richer side, Yuzu Delight was an undoubtedly fitting end to the dessert tasting journey.
I still reside on the hesistant side to try Millie's crepe cakes again, but it is definitely one of my goals to test varying Gelato in a Cream Puff combinations! The Black Sesame Rare Cheesetart and Yuzu Delight were another two items that made my list.
Given the prices on the desserts, Millie Patisserie & Creamery is a great place to catch up with friends over ornate, one-of-a-kind desserts in a peaceful environment, but not your best option for purchasing pastries in substantial quantities.