In the same vein as Beard Papa and Hattendo, Kazo is the latest Japanese-style cream puff shop trying to make a dent in the local food scene. But unlike the other two, it’s from Taipei, not Japan. It’s the “sister” company of Nichifu in Taiwan, which has eight outlets selling cream-filled pastries. However, this first outlet outside of Taiwan has been completely rebranded (‘Kazo’ doesn’t actually mean anything). It’s been brought here by 28-year-old flight attendant-turned-business owner, Kyenne Lee and her business partner. Most of the confections here are made in Taiwan — only the cream and fillings are prepared here using imported ingredients from Taiwan.

THE LOOK: You can’t miss the corner shop decked out in cheery yellow. A window behind the main counter lets you peek into the kitchen where crusty choux puffs are baking in the oven. In front, pretty pastries sit behind a window display begging to be eaten. 

BOTTOM LINE: More misses than hits, but that could be due to opening jitters and teething problems. For now, we suggest you go for the unique Danish polo here and skip the puffs.

#01-30 CHINATOWN POINT, 133 NORTH BRIDGE RD, S059413. Open daily 10am-9.30pm. Last orders at closing.

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