Hailed by many (at least those in the neighborhood) as having one of the best chocolate tarts in Singapore, Dona Manis’ humble Chocolate Tart was rich and addictive (Box of 5 going for $4.50).
To be enjoyed chilled, the bittersweet filling had a great consistency much like ice cream, but becomes mousse-like when thawed. Popping each tart, one right after another, you just can’t go wrong with smooth luscious chocolate. The pastry crust was also of a nice texture and not too buttery or crumbly. YAS~
Thanks Zhi Hui for getting them for me!
Both the apple pie and the famed banana pie ($2.50/piece) are both delightfully buttery, boasting a crumbly yet soft cake-like crust. Would've preferred for the apples to a be little more on the sour side but that's just me; the banana pie was extremely well received, with its fragrant aroma and creamy filling being plus points for those who tried!!
Always past by this stall that is forever sending wafts of buttery fragrance in Katong Shopping Centre whenever they are baking pie crusts for these babies. Possibly the most unglamorous photo of this simple yet satisfying banana pie you will ever find (blame my gluttony for how it is just sitting on the plastic bag it was contained in) that is so undeserving because of how good it is. The banana pie is pretty simple, but if you are one who likes mushy bananas you get all of 'em here — sweet, mushy bananas that are soft to bite in between the buttery crusts scattered with crunchy almond bits. Strangely, the crust is so soft and doesn't interfere with the sweetness of the bananas until it reaches the end where it's all crust. Simple pleasures ... all at a price of $2.50.
So instead of having the usual birthday 🎂, dad got me a whole banana pie this year 😍
Tried this before in slices previous and I'm in love with them. This time round I have the whole pie to myself 😆 Just kidding... I'm sharing it coz it also means that I'm caring for the drooling peeps around 😉
($2.50) the inside is generously packed with banana slices. All pastries are baked in-house by their team of elderly staff 👵🏼👴🏼 you can be sure you're getting quality bakes here 😚
Rich and creamy dark chocolate filling is delish and not too sweet. I have forgotten to refrigerate the tart therefore it feels a little too crumbly and soft. Perhaps I should try refrigerate the tarts on my next try 》Box of 5 for $4.50
I thought this was going to be croissant topped with cream and chocolate but I'm wrong. The pastry has fragrant crispy layers in them 🙄 》$2.50
Here's the perfect celebration pie for grandma, or anybody with an old soul. The Banana Pie ($25 a pie, $2.50 a slice) from this old-school bakery in Katong Shopping Centre is a signature you should not miss. Expect a buttery, crumbly crust encasing a moist filling that is generous on sliced fresh bananas (they use both 'ang ba cheo' and 'pang cheo' bananas). A layer of dessicated coconut and a sprinkling of crushed nuts add a nice crunch to it all. This comforting pie is just sweet enough and not at all cloying — it is no wonder this is a favourite among long-time regulars! They often sell out by mid-afternoon, sometimes earlier, so plan wisely! Pro tip: Pick up a box of their rich Chocolate Tarts (five for $4.50, another best seller) while you're there.
*Place your order one day in advance, but take note that the shop is closed on Sundays
Photo by Burppler Tammy Wee
Buttery Rasin Scones a tat too dry for my liking but my dad love it too much 》$1.30
Super daddy bought this little gem back home today! This is as good as the banana pie and I love them both. I'm sure gonna get a whole pie soon which is a good choice for gatherings 》$2.50
Super daddy bought this home today claiming that he saw alot of people queueing for it and he joined the queue 😅😅😅 The kiasu Singaporean spirit.
This is damn 👍 Fragrant buttery crust with banana, coconut and almond nuts in it. Now I'm gonna pester dad to buy more back home! 》$2.50
A must-have when you're within Katong Shopping Centre's 5km radius! Just being here is rewarding enough, with freshly baked pies on the counter for your eyes to lust on 😍, and that heavenly smell of butter 💛 wafting out of the oven intoxicating you to buy more than you initially planned. 😂
They use two types of bananas to achieve a natural but not-too-cloying sweetness, and that spot on texture with enough chunky bits to counter the potential over-mushiness. Pair that with the oh sooo crumbly crust (the top one has bits of coconut that enhance the flavour even more!) and chopped toasted almonds, and you've got yourself a divine treat you'd go bananas for. 🍌 Oh, and whole pie ($25)'s perfect for potlucks/dinner parties!
Straight outta the fridge, these taste like little pops of dark chocolate sorbet. But sit on them a lil longer, and they become the most addictive and intense chocolate mousse tarts. It's IMPOSSIBLE to stop at one.
Old school, unpretentious, delicious, comforting. I hope you don't ever close Dona Manis <3
If you happen to be at the Katong area, go and grab a slice of the Banana Pie ($2.20) from Donna Manis or maybe just get the entire pie instead! Donna Manis is an old-school bakery housed in Katong Shopping Centre and they usually sold out their pastries by mid afternoon. Many times I was there, I left dejected as they would have sold out most of their best selling items by then. Fortunately, this time round, I was able to get some before they closed shop for the day. The crust is buttery and flaky, and they are very generous with their banana filling, a perfect afternoon snack. Super thankful to the lovely and friendly couple who allowed me into their kitchen to take a shot of this wonderful freshly baked Banana Pie.