Ritz Apple StrudelHot
No. 833 Bukit Timah Road
#01-10 Royal Ville
Tel: 6469 3470 Fax: 6465 4776
10am - 9.30 Daily
North Bridge Road
No.534 North Bridge Road
Tel / Fax: 6337 4381
12pm - 10.30pm Daily
11am - 10pm Daily
27 East Coast Road
Tel/ Fax: 6348 0756
12pm - 10pm Daily
Since it first started in 2000, the apple strudel company has been expanding with its ever-growing franchise outlets across the island. Famous for its apple strudel, Ritz also makes strudels in six other different flavours that include mango and strawberry. In its individual outlets, there are also other selections of pastries and light meals.
I’ve tried their durian strudel before too. It’s not bad but it just tastes like a crispy durian puff on steroids. The apple strudel still remains my favourite out of all the different flavours. Indeed, the original is always the best.
Although the initial hype when Ritz Apple Strudel first set up shop in Singapore has died down, there still remains a constant demand for these pastries. With so many outlets peppering our sunny island of Singapore, it has become really easy to grab one on the go!
Prices go from S$12.50 for half a loaf up to S$23.50 for a full loaf. While there are more unique flavours such as durian and chocolate cost slightly more than the others. Fret not if you are looking for a smaller portion for yourself, there is a mini version to this strudel with prices starting from S$4.50 each.
If you are into baking, search up recipes for strudels to bake and you will realize that the end-product tastes similar to those at Ritz. Easy to make, just time consuming. The strudels by Ritz Apple Strudel are good if you do not have the time to bake yourself at home.
At Ritz Apple Strudel, they sell more than just strudels. You can expect to find apple crumble, tiramisu and brownies. They do take orders for parties or events. Just enquire at the counter or their website. It is guaranteed with no trans-fat or additional preservatives, sounds good enough to convince myself to go back for more.
The apple strudel is also not bad, but definitely incomparable to the strawberry strudel. However, I would advise you to give the durian strudel a miss, as it tasted foul to me.
I think their strudels are reasonably priced, and even if they were to increase the prices, I would gladly pay more for some awesome tasting strawberry strudel.
I've tried two flavors so far. The classic apple strudel is really just delicious; it is layers of puff pastry, sandwiched with soft apples bathed in pastry cream and custard. The very top of the puff pastry in the strudel is glazed with sugar or syrup and so it adds that crunchy texture in contrast to the soft cream. The apples are not too soft, still with some bite to them, and the dessert is not overly filled with cream such that it sickens you. If you do not like custard though, you may not like this very much. It is best eaten on the first day (don't feel guilty, just finish it!), you can keep it in the fridge for a few days but even overnight you can taste the difference as the puff pastry begins to absorb the moisture from the cream and become slightly soft rather than crunchy.
The other flavor that I tried is the mango strudel. It is also really good and a good change if you have only been eating the apple strudel. The mango is fresh and juicy and still goes well with the custard and pastry. Somehow I also felt that the mango strudel is less sweet than the apple strudel, which I prefer. My mum's favorite is still the apple strudel though so I still buy that!
I usually buy it home to share with my family, but there the shop has quite a big sitting area. When I go on a weekday afternoon, the place is usually empty and quiet so it seems like a good place to have a meeting, especially when you want to talk!
In the past few years I think they have raised the price and it is a tad expensive for my liking. Having said that, I have trawled all over to find a recipe to make this kind of strudel (there is another kind of apple strudel which is more like a pie) and have not found it! It is still therefore a unique desert and a great treat!
They come in many other yummy flavours as well, such as mango and durian which the older generation love to bits. That's why Ritz makes good take-home snacks and visiting gifts; I've never seen anyone refuse such a tasty treat no matter how picky an eater!
However, eating the strudel will get rather messy as it flakes everywhere. This makes it difficult to cut into portions on your own as well, so you might want to request for the service staff to do it for you when you buy it. I suppose you could do it on your own with a serrated knife (bread knife) though.
The custard will also become less viscous over time and make it runny, so do remember to keep it chilled! That's when it tastes best as well :)
Ritz Apple Strudel also sells other desserts, like cakes and beverages at its fixed outlets. There are times when a temporary stall is set up in the heartlands, which is where I usually get my strudel fix. The quality of the strudels is as good and delicious. Best part, there is often no queue; although they have limited stock at these various makeshift outlets and sometimes I have to make do with the mango strudel instead.