I got a good deal when I bought a Groupon voucher for four at Tart Blanc, Millenia Walk. According to some of my friends on Instagram, this place is “underrepresented” on social media. The outlet located next to Starbucks is rather small and we actually missed it once, literally walking past it.
Some of the tarts on display were the same as the ones I had seen on Instagram. I was actually hoping to get the ones created to look like cute animals, but I guess I missed the period. The tarts that we ordered were a combination of what we wanted to try as well as recommendations from the staff.
Blueberry Lavender Chocolate Tart ($7.50). Lavender chocolate ganache, homemade blueberry jam, lavender honey soaked joconde and blueberry mousse.
Blood Orange Matcha Tart ($7.50),the best seller. Matcha streusel, jivara cremeux, blood orange mousse and blood orane glaze.
Earl Grey Chocolate Tart ($7). Nutella feuilletine, marshmallow, chocolate sponge and earl grey jivara creameux.
Peach & Salted York Tart ($7.50), served hot. Slices of bruleed peaches and pistachio bits, sitting atop a sour cream coffee cake with a molten salted yolk filling.
Honestly, all the tarts were good! However, I really liked the salted york one, probably because it was a mix of sweet and savoury, and was also served warm!
Among the four of us, we tried a few of their Fresh Brew hot teas ($4.80): English Breakfast, White Ginger Pear, Sencha and Cucumber Mint. Certain elements of the flavoured tea were subtle, like the ginger in the pear tea was a hint of spice without the overpowering taste, which was also same for the cucumber in the mint tea.
And after we were done, we headed across for dinner. Sweet before savoury!
The thing that drew us to Marco Marco was the colourful posters on the wall, showcasing the various pastas that they sell. Prices of pastas range from $7.90 to $2.90. While the dishes look so prettily put together in the pictures, when the dishes arrived at our table, they look nothing like the pictures at all! No garnish, no presentation, little care taken.
The Singapore ($11.90). Linguine with prawns, dried beancurd, straw mushrooms in laksa cream sauce. A good rendition of slightly dry laksa in pasta form with just the right amount of spiciness.
The Jaipur ($10.90). Linguine with a choice of tandoori chicken or paneer, eggplant, red onion and cherry tomatoes in spicy masala sauce, with mint yoghurt at the side. Something unique that I have not tried anywhere else in Singapore.
The Bangkok ($12.90). Spaghetti with prawns, cherry tomatoes, Thai herbs, straw mushrooms in tom yam sauce. Authentic and true to taste. You might need a cup of water at the side, ready to put out the fire in your mouth.
Overall, I really like the concept of incorporating major cities as names and themes for the pasta dishes. Also, even as they do not take care with the presentation, I must say that the pastas were delicious. I will definitely be back to try the other pastas. By the way, Marco Marco also serves paninis and pizzas.
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-102,
Tel: 6238 6893
Monday to Thursday 1030-2100hrs
Marco Marco @ Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-88/89,
Tel: 6336 5606
Weekends and PH 0930-2100hrs