what or what:Upscale pastries with a Singaporean twist across the road from Liverpool Street Station on the city’s eastern edge. forks! It is part of the recently launched Pan Pacific London but is located across the square from the charming Singapore-owned hotel on the ground floor of Devonshire House. Open 7am-6pm Monday through Friday and 10am-6pm on the weekends, Cheok! It appears to be targeting primarily the upper end of the buy-and-go market. The presentation is mainly sweet but a handful of savory items are also available.
From:Senior Pastry Chef Cherish Finden. The no-nonsense chef, best known for being a judge on Bake Off: The Professionals and for executive pastry chef roles at a number of other major London hotels – is a good fit for the project after he was born and raised in Singapore. In fact, Pan Pacific London is the homecoming of the Vinden type, who cut her teeth in Pan Pacific Singapore in the early 1990s. As an executive pastry chef, she also oversees The Orchid Lounge, which serves seasonal afternoon tea and anything else pastry-related across the hotel’s various F&B outlets.
vibe:Packed with fresh flowers, thorns! It consists of a table and seating area with 25 covers, marble floors, tan leather banquettes and charcoal chairs. Shelves of retail products manufactured by Finden and her team line the walls, but it’s the contents of the refrigerated counter that catches the eye the most.
the food:Is It Cake lovers? You’ll appreciate Finden’s attention to detail with Petit Gates, Eclairs, Travel Cakes, and traditional Singaporean biscuits. The most striking element is the Lemon Cake designed to look like a handbag and The Apple Tin, which sees caramel sponge, apple and cinnamon compote crumble and thin apple slices dipped in white chocolate. Breakfast items include chocoban fluffy milk cakes with options including coffee, pandan and summer berries, while savory options include chocoban sausage and pork string bread. Classic wines and croissants are also available. As one might expect, this level of detail doesn’t come cheap with most Finden minigames priced at around £15.
And one more thing:Pronounced ‘shook’, shiok translates as ‘very tasty’ in Singaporean English. “In Singapore, the word shiok conveys a feeling of pure pleasure and happiness and that is what I want to capture,” she says.