Wine specialty shop used to be the trend and now Singapore starts to appreciate cheese. With intensive travelling as hobbies which open up our horizons, we begin to be exposed to more than just Cheddar, Brie and for the more advance, Camembert. We are seeing more cheese specialty shops. One of the amazing addition is The Cheese Artisans settled at Greenwood Avenue. It is a few units away from Claude’s Cafe.
I am a big fan of cheese and we recently got to attend a WGS US cheese event and a treat of French cheese at So France Bistro and Epicerie. This round is even better, we got to sample cheese from around the globe which include Italy and few other Europe countries.
Despite being a cheese specialty shop, The Cheese Artisans offers more than just cheese. Expect to find some high quality wine and also pleasantly surprising delectable hot food.
Expect to find a range of soft and hard cheeses from various part of Europe such as France, Italy, Swiss, Germany and also Netherlands. The cheeses are available for both takeaway and dine-in. We were informed that if you like, you could request them to present them on as a platter for takeaway.
If you are like us who do not know the cheeses well, talk to the knowledgable staff and they will be able to provide you some recommendation. Best of all, The Cheese Artisans encourages sampling to ensure that you like the cheese.
We got to indulge in numerous cheeses, both soft and hard. Though I always like soft, after the session, I being to appreciate the hard cheeses too. I am a big fan of all-thins-truffle so naturally the first I tried was the Truffles Petit Camembert. Furthermore, Camembert is one of my favourite cheese. I didn’t fully enjoy this cheese as the truffle fragrance was overwhelming as a result masked the cheese aroma.
Followed by more soft cheese such as the Wigmore and Petit Munster. The former is a UK cheese made with sheep milk with fruity, mild sweet as the flavour note. Latter is a French cheese, historically made by the monks where the name of the cheese was derived. The milk used is unpasteurized and rind-washed. Strong in taste with more savoury and tangy.
Reypenaer VSOP Gouda, an aromatic hard cheese with butterscotch hint made with pasteurized cow milk. Followed by my favourite which has truffle flavour. This is also the top-seller at Cheese Artisan, Truffle Gouda. It is a Netherland hard cheese made from unpasteurized cow milk.
Next is Formajo Ciok, another hard cheese from Italy, matured in cabernet sauvignon pomace hence there is a winey note.
Queso de Valdeon is a blue cheese from Spain made from a blend of cow and goat milk and was wrapped in maple leaves. It has balance of sweetness and tanginess with earthly tone.
Beside a medley of quality cheese, don’t neglect their hot food selection.
For salad, a good selection with Aged Feta Salad ($12) and Burrata Salad ($15 for 125g / $24 for 250g).
If you like baked cheese such as Raclette, don’t forget to explore more option. We tried the highly creamy Ecorce de Sapin from France. I will surely get this again on my next visit.
Garlic Paprika Prawns ($12 for 5 pcs) was a great tapas dish for sharing and was extremely tasty.
At Cheese Artisan, they offer Truffle Mac & Cheese ($11). All things truffle somehow taste better.
Smoked Salmon Crostini ($10 for 3 pcs) was a good finger food and certainly for diners who love smoked salmon, however nothing noteable except for the thick slice of cheese.
A crowd favourite was the Chicken Skin Crisps ($8). Sinfully crispy. The first time we tried crispy chicken skin was at Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House.
Duroc Pork Belly ($16) was with the right amount of salt to bring out the flavour. For those who love fats, this is a great dish.
I am not a fan of breast meat hence the Corn-fed Chicken Breast ($18) is not a dish I will order even though the mushroom is highly addictive.
The rice in the Unagi with Japanese Rice Risotto ($16) was grainy and flavourful. The unagi was tasty too.
Menu of The Cheese Artisans are below; food, drinks and breakfast.
Cheese lovers, don’t miss The Cheese Artisans. Even if you are not, the hot food are worth your trip to Greenwood Avenue.
The Cheese Artisans
18 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289212
Tel: +65 6463 2711
Tuesdays – Sundays 1000 to 2200
- Downtown line – Tan Kah Kee station
- at or opp Chinese High School along Dunearn Road 66, 67, 74, 151, 154, 156, 157, 170, 171, 174, 852, 961
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