Sherman's Food Adventures: PappaRoti


It has been a couple of years since I had last visited PappaRoti.  I remember it was after a filling lunch at Sura with Whipping Girl (more like Missing Girl these days...).  We headed across the street to see what all the fuss was about - this newly opened store hawking soft and airy coffee buns fresh from the oven.  Well, we enjoyed them and that was that.  However, they are much more than just desserts.  So a tasting organized by Sharon would help us reacquaint with the classics as well as some lesser known items.

Now, we all associate the classic coffee bun with PappaRoti, but the tasting would introduce us to a selection sandwiches.  These included Chicken Chipotle, Apple Chicken Blue Cheese, Turkey & Brie, Roast Beef and Vegan Moroccan.  My favourite was the classic turkey & brie as it featured smoky breast meat complimented by the creaminess of the cheese.  As much as the roast beef didn't look like anything special, it was very good with tender slices of meat spiked with the sweetness of caramelized onions.  Naturally, the chicken blue cheese was pungent and sharp with tender chunks of chicken.

Of course, we tried some Coffee Buns with various accompaniments including Strawberry Jam & Cream Cheese, Kaya, Nutella & Banana and Strawberries and Whipped Cream.  Best when eaten fresh from the oven, the buns were light and airy while sporting a crispy semi-sweet topping.  I personally loved the simplicity of the thick flavourful cream cheese with jam.  Contrasting that was the mother of all options in the Strawberries & Whipped Cream with banana and ice cream finished off by a chocolate drizzle.  This was a meal in itself and I wasn't too sure of the ice cream since it added too much moisture to the bun.

One new item resembled a Pain au Chocolate.  It was actually a Choco Banana Rollie made with croissant dough and topped with the same crispy coating as the coffee bun.  Yes, this was rather sweet, especially with the filling.  I liked how the banana was in the background being aromatic while letting the chocolate lead the way.  It goes without saying that the coffee buns were pretty much what I expected (which was a good thing), but the sandwiches were really surprising.  Generally a sandwich is a sandwich.  However, they were done right and worth paying for.

*All food and beverages were complimentary*

The Good:
- Light and airy coffee buns
- Surprisingly on point sandwiches

The Bad:
- On the pricier side, but it is Downtown