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What is Torte? It is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with buttercreams, mousses, jams or fruits. WRONG ANSWER! Torte is a new face in the F&B industry and the interesting thing about Torte is that they do not serve the same main courses everyday. In fact, you’ll never know what main course to expect until you reach the place.


Torte (the gentleman seated in front of the cafe is Torte's executive chef)

Torte is situated in a nondescript corner of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations Centre, along Waterloo Street. It is a pretty no-frills place, with minimal decorations.  There were 2 main courses offered that evening – Roasted Whole Chicken Leg and Oven-baked Basa Fish. We went ahead with the latter and ordered 2 desserts as well.

Oven baked Basa fish with lemon, butter and dill sauce + steamed broccoli and Arborio rice

Oven baked Basa fish with lemon, butter and dill sauce + steamed broccoli and Arborio rice

The oven baked Basa fish was served in a lemon, butter and dill sauce accompanied with steamed broccoli and Arborio rice. Basa fish is a type of catfish, native to Vietnam and Thailand. The fish was succulent, juicy and fresh, with absolutely no tinge of fishiness. The fish wasn’t too tough and kind of just slowly disintegrates in our mouths. The texture resembled that of snapper fish. The sauce looked oily, but it turned out otherwise. It was fragrant, the freshly squeezed lemon slice added a tinge of sourness, the dill atop the fish added a mild herb taste and together with the onion puree, the entire fish fillet was an absolute delight! The accompanying broccoli was pretty bland, a healthy side dish. The Arborio rice is an Italian short-grained rice, typically used in Risottos. The rice was chewy and more firm compared to our home cooked Thai rice. There wasn’t much taste to it too. Presentation and side dishes wise, this seemed to be a higher class cafeteria/food court dish. But at $13, the quality would definitely be slightly better.

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Our first cake was the Blueberry Cheesecake ($5.50). The cheesecake was pretty small, to our dismay. Taste and texture wise, it was one of the better ones we’ve tried. The cake was sticky and rather dense, with a rich cheese flavour. The blueberries, however, added little value to the cake as firstly. There weren’t many blueberries to begin with and it did not help that the blueberries themselves tasted rather bland. The crusty base had an oat-like taste, but with little sugar bits inside which we did not like as much. It was a decent cheesecake, but somehow, given the price and setting of the eatery, we were expecting something to blow us away, or perhaps just a larger slice.



And finally, the only reason why this place is named Torte! It took after the name of the signature dessert which was perfected by executive Chef Jason Ong. The Torte ($3.50) contains no flour. It was absolutely rich, dense, smooth and decadent! It was something like a softer and more moist version of the chocolate fudge layer in the Double Chocolate Blackout from PS. Cafe, only that this time we literally had an entire block of the chocolate fudge! Whenever we ate a piece of Torte, we allowed it to slowly melt in our mouths and enjoy the simple bliss as it slid down our throats. We were totally besotted with it and it was hard to resist a second order.

Don’t expect fanciful tables/chairs or even cutlery. The serving ware, forks/spoons, cups were all disposable ones. The entire place was simple and minimalistic. The executive chef (in the first picture) was very friendly and hospitable. He explained to us that it would take 15 minutes for the fish to be served as it was cooked only upon order, to ensure the freshness of the dish.

#01-07, Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations Centre
96 Waterloo Street

Written by foodphd

October 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

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  1. I walked past this place some time ago and took a peek into the menu. Not that impressed with the food menu but I think I would give their cakes a try.


    October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

  2. […] Torta Pistocchi ($8.90) was pretty petite, and reminded us of Torte. Indeed, it was rich, smooth and dense – a mouthful of chocolate fudge. But for that price, […]

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