Saint Marc Cafe finally debuts in Malaysia this year, stamping its mark at the Sunway Pyramid mall - the Okayama-based bakery-cafe chain is known for hundreds of outposts across Asia, notably in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines & Thailand, with a history that dates back decades, showcasing the Japanese passion for unique desserts.
Walking past St. Marc Cafe's storefront, shoppers can bear witness to the shimmering sight of a showcase filled mainly with sweet temptations - signature croissants in their freshly baked glory, parfaits like Choco Banana Split & Mango Fantasy that promise to send your palate to paradise, & the striking Fuji treats of impeccably warm Danishes topped with a soft-serve mini-mountain & assorted toppings.
St. Marc Cafe prides itself on pastries that are baked throughout the day - customers can rest assured that these are always fresh from the oven, displayed for no longer than three hours. The flagship offering is the Chococro, a crisp & flaky golden croissant with a melt-in-the-mouth midsection of rich chocolate, made with premium cocoa beans from Ghana & Ecuador - the pastry's shape is even emblazoned on the cafe's official logo. The well-produced Chococro makes for a substantial snack that leaves an indulgent impression, available in its original form (RM6) or in combos with caramel butterscotch from Japan's Meiji dairy & confectionery producer (RM6.20), banana (RM6.30) or other seasonal variations. A solid introduction to St. Marc Cafe.
Complete hot meals can also be ordered, with pastas as the prime attraction. The Sukiyaki Mochi Pasta is particularly intriguing - the pasta has a distinctive chew that evokes the mouthfeel of mochi for a firm, somewhat sticky bite, balanced by plenty of tender beef, an egg yolk & mushrooms, nicely replicating the sweet-savoury comfort-food nuances of sukiyaki. The pasta is offered in a set with iced tea or coffee for RM25.90 at 11am-8pm weekdays & 11am-7pm weekends & public holidays.
Fans of plated desserts shouldn't skip the Flavoured Fuji, with its milky soft serves towering over the cafe's warm-from-the-oven Butter Danishes; the Classic Fuji is completed by green tea powder & creamy azuki red beans for unmistakable Japanese dimensions (RM19). Other freshly baked Fuji choices comprise Choco & Banana, Mango, Berry & Caramel.
The beverage list hits the necessary notes; alongside the coffee selection, you'll also find drinks that rely on quality Japanese ingredients, including the Matcha Cappuccino & Yuzu Tea (RM15.50 each) - hot refreshments to perk up Sunway's shoppers. We're looking forward to seeing this respected Japanese brand spring up in more Malaysian malls soon; many thanks to St. Marc Cafe for having us here.
St. Marc Cafe
G-107 Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Bandar Sunway, Selangor. Daily, 10am-10pm