Come October 9, renowned French-inspired Japanese patisserie Henri Charpentier will open its first overseas dessert salon at Dempsey Hill.


An artist illustration of the Henri Charpentier patisserie in Singapore. Image: Henri Charpentier

The 4,400 sq ft outlet will include an 80-seat dining area, retail section, and a museum with exhibits about the brand’s history.

The patisserie features an exclusive menu for Singapore, with a dessert trolley of four desserts – Dome, Rouge, Flower Temptation and Tatin. Flower Temptation, for example, is insipired by the Singapore Botanic Gardens and features sauteed crunchy pineapple bits around a parfait of caramel chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse, topped with a bowl of sweet and sour orange sauce flambeed in front of diners.

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The Crepe Suzette at Henri Charpentier. Image: Henri Charpentier

Other signature items include Crepe Suzette ($22), which are sweet thin crepes served in a hot sauce of fresh orange juice and a combination of liquors.

Henri Charpentier, named after a famous 19th century French chef, was founded in 1969 by Naokuni Arita. It began as a small cafe in the Hyogo prefecture in Japan, and now has more than 100 shops in department stores throughout Japan.

Henri Charpentier opens on Oct 9 at 9A Dempsey Road, from 11am to 10pm daily.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on August 21, 2014. For similar stories, go to You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.