Operating hours: 10:00am – 10pm.
Funan DigitalLife Mall, Great World City, Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Raffles Xchange, Esplanade Xchange, Suntec City
Causeway Point, Northpoint, Toa Payoh HDB Hub, AMK Hub, Junction 8, Novena Square 2
Tanjong Pagar Xchange, Marina Bay Link Mall, Singapore General Hospital, Tiong Bahru Plaza
Eastpoint, Hougang mall, Tampines Mall, Changi Airport T1 & T2, NEX, Changi General Hospital, White Sands
Jurong Point, West Mall, Clementi Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, IMM, Choa Chu Kang Lot 1
Polar is a chain cakery that prides itself with their swiss rolls. They sell cakes and puffs. Polar was founded by Chan Hinky who arrived from Hong Kong with only 90 cents in his pocket. He worked hard andsaved money to fulfil his dream of opening a café, which was realised in 1926, when Polar Cafe was opened at 51 High Street. Now, Polar has more than 100 outlets in Singapore.
I had a really bad experience with Polar's cakes. I remember trying the Chocolate square cake on my friend's birthday. It was horrible. The frosting had a jelly like consistency, tasting like mush rather than light whipped cream or sweet buttercream. The cake itself was okay, but the weird frosting overpowered everything else. So no, no more big cakes from Polar. I caved and gave in to Polar's puff pastries though, despite initial reservations from the jelly cake thing. The puff pastries in general were not bad, adequately priced and delicious to the last crumb. The flaky puff pastry is baked to perfection, and there are many types of fillings to choose from - from chicken pie to sausage. My friends also highly recommend the swiss rolls, though for me it's still the pastries I go for.
That said, as a baker, Polar's goodies are quite easy to replicate (with the ease of store bought puff pastry layers), and I myself don't frequent there as often. Only when I'm particularly lazy and when the craving hits will I go purchase a flaky pastry to nibble on.
Polar also sells puffs of many different fillings, like tuna, chicken ad beef. But my personal favourite is the "special pie" because of the fillings inside( chicken, mushrooms, carrots) and it really tastes fresh. The skin of the puff is a plus as it is very crisp and flaky. Be sure to drop by Polar puffs and cakes to try out their pastries!
Many parents would usually go to Polar to buy birthday cakes for their children's birthday because the price is affordable and comes with many cute designs such as, guitars, cars, doreamon etc. The good and amazing thing about Polar is that the branches are opening almost everywhere in Singapore, because of their tasty recipes and cheap prices, and they always try to improve and make new and better flavors these years. That is something and It is actually a great example for most Singapore-Opened F&B stores.
As polar shop is convenient to me, the puffs never fail to tempt me when I’m walking home. I will just look at the puffs that are available and purchase some if I’m really hungry. Sometimes ,the crew would ask me to try their signature puffs ( which I have never try before till now since I keep eat the same pie ) or asking me whether I’m buying sugar roll home. It just makes me feel that their service is great because there are able to identify familiar customers who usually patronize the stalls.
It just makes me gratifying, whenever I walk pass it as if i'm already at home.
Besides sweet cakes, they do have savory puffs and pies as well. Amongst all the savories, my favorite would be the sausage puff. I used to have that when I was much younger and I always love the moment where I bite into the layered puff. Crispy, satisfying and just... awesome. This will rank 2nd after the sugar roll. If you like spiciness, curry puffs are available. The counter staffs are always friendly and polite to me! Added bonus. For birthdays, you can choose between a normal cake or a cartoon-printed cake. I must admit that the cartoon-printed cakes are really adorable!
The more popular snacks are the pies and durian cakes I think. I like the sausage puff though! It used to be my favourite snack during secondary school days, where there were two sausages in the puff instead of one. It was cheaper back then too. The yam cake that they used to sell was quite delicious too! Not too sweet and the moisture was just nice, and the cake was not very mushy. The sugar rolls are worth a try too, totally suits the sweet tooth-ed people!
However, I think that the birthday cakes which are of the creamy kind are not that worth buying. It is more suitable for children than adults, as they are creamy and have cartoon pictures on them. But other than that, the snacks are fine!
First the crust of the chicken pie is crispy and light. When you bite into it, the crust breaks into pieces and it feels light and not oily. The taste of the crust is the taste of freshly baked pies, and this taste remains even if the pies have been left aside for a few hours. The filling in the chicken pie is another great thing to mention as the mixture consists of chunky chicken meat and also mushrooms and some mixed vegetable cubes. The taste of it is very local and does not make me feel sick of it, as some pies do as the taste of the filling become too overwhelming.
For the Special Pie, it is rather like the chicken pie, but the filling is cooked with a creamy sauce, which i think is like a mushroom sauce. It looks a bit like those mushroom soup in a cup that some western food stalls are selling, except there is no soup.
I think the best thing i like about Polar pies is that no matter you eat them a long while later or it is already cold, the taste and texture of the pies is not lose and it is still retained.
My favorite pastry from Polar is the chicken pie. It has a flaky, crispy crust and chunks of chicken, mushroom and mixed vegetables on the inside. The sugar rolls are also one of my favorite because it’s not as sweet as regular cakes and the size of the roll is just right.
Polar will remain a childhood favorite for me because it always reminds me of my mom.
Another favourite of mine is the strawberry roll, which is filled with sweet strawberry jam and dusted with icing sugar. However, I always get a weird aftertaste and my tongue feels very dry after eating the strawberry roll, but it’s worth it.
I personally do not have a penchant for the confectionary from Polar as they are average in taste. Perhaps the factor that draws people to the confectionary chain is its affordability. However, credit has to be given to Polar for attempting to spruce up their cakes. They have included icing printed cartoon pictures at the top of their cakes to entice children.
Overall, you can’t have the best of both worlds. If you are looking for quality products, hit up the hipster cafes around Tiong Bahru but if you’re looking for huge quantities of confectionary, Polar is a good option!
But thankfully, I stumbled upon Polar at Tampines Mall and found a pretty cake that was selling for only twenty dollars! It tasted great and had a soft, spongy texture to it. They weren't stingy with the toppings and there wasn't an excess of cream which really makes me nauseous.
Needless to say, my friend loved his birthday cake!
Fortunately, however, there are saving graces for this franchise. Among these are their sugar rolls. Soft, fresh, and impeccably tasty, these spring rolls are perfect additions for any parties and gatherings. Another popular hit is their Cookies & Cream cake, with light cream cheese and vanilla sponge. Coupled with a delicious crushed cookie base, cookie lovers should try this calorie-busting cake!
There are many other places that sell Swiss Rolls. Bengawan Solo would be one, which is cut from the same cloth as Polar, with similar concepts, prices and cakes. There are also the more expensive shops such as the Japanese Bakeries selling swiss rolls at Takashimaya. But I truly think that out of all of them Polar still has the best sugar rolls. The cake is perfectly light (think chiffon and angel cake light) and the cream is not sickening or too much. The fact that you can choose whether you want extra sugar or not is also great. Perhaps it is because I've grown up eating it, but the fact that my family and myself included have not gotten sick of eating Polar sugar rolls shows how good it is!
My favourites have got to be the tri-layered sponge cake, the swiss rolls and the peach tarts. Unlike many layered cakes sold in other confectioneries, the Polar tri-layered sponge cake does not contain too much cream. Furthermore, it's a combination of three flavours, which ups the taste factor.
Another of my favourite would be their strawberry sugar-coated mini swiss rolls, which are in a shade of delectable pink. They certainly look as yummy as they taste! I also like that the sugar icing is very fine, which instantly melts in one's mouth and enhances the sweetness of the cake. The mini swiss rolls come in little paper cups. Order a box of twelve and they look presentable enough for a house-warming gift.
I would also recommend their peach and almond tarts. Although I would prefer the crust to be more crispy, I love the tarts for the filling, which is very fragrant and soft. The best part of the tarts would be the tiny bits of peach and almond embedded in the filling. Definitely a must-try!
Polar also produces cartoon character themed cakes, and is also one of the few confectioneries that produce Angry Birds themed cakes...a favourite for the Angry Birds fans!
All in all, I think that Polar has one of the best cakes and pastries for the price range it offers.