Marina Bay Sands Hotel is one of Singapore’s premier landmarks. The place resembles something landed from outer space with it’s futuristic architecture represented by way of a three tower structure, incredible up close and even better viewed from the nearby Gardens by the Bay.
The hotel doubles as a shopping centre with a full mall area in the lower floors even containing a boating lake running directly through the centre. Outside there is a large area where you can take in Singapore’s stunning harbour skyline. A real treat at night.
We weren’t here for shopping or skylines on this occasion, oh no, we were here for cake. SweetSpot is a cafe situated just beside the check in area at the hotel that specialises in some top notch pastries, coffee and cakes. We headed to the Marina Bay Sands early in the morning to sample the goods on offer.
The service straight away is sharp and attentive. We had barely approached the counter before being welcomed with a member of staff always on hand to assist, especially if you have difficulty choosing your cake – a nice problem to have. Macarons, slices, tarts, this place has it all. Everything behind the glass looked enticing and the prices were decent considering the location. We finally settled on a Snicker Crunch – a slice reminiscent of a snickers bar. Also a Chocolate Eclair along with a couple of soft drinks, the damage? $28 SGD (£15).
The Snicker Crunch was actually more complex than expected. A thin base of feuilletine, just firm enough to hold the slice together, disintegrated once touched by the fork. On top of that layers of genoise sponge, chocolate ganache and caramelised peanuts complete with a chocolate sheen on the top – heavenly. A definite upgrade on a regular Snickers bar.
The Eclair was also very well made, crispy, buttery choux pastry and a light filling of chocolate creme patissiere with an intense flavour. Everything a decent Eclair should be. As we sat enjoying our sweet treats watching the world go by more and more people began to drop by mainly ordering coffee and pastries such as pain au chocolat and croissants, all of which looked very good.
This place was so good we ended up coming back again, this time for a slice of Opera cake and a Lychee Sable. The Opera was very good but the Sable blew our minds, it had everything, soft sable with a crunchy exterior and a sublime freshness from the lychee mousse shaped like a dome on top. Excellent skills from the pastry team.
SweetSpot is definitely a popular go-to place in Marina Bay Sands for anybody craving delicious pastries with their morning coffee or high quality patisserie. Towards mid-morning the shop does get quite busy but the seating availability was always good on both visits. Highly recommended.
Opening Times : Daily 0700-2200
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