Dining with fellow food bloggers has always been an elaborated affair; Suggesting places, debating on their pros and cons and finally settling on the chosen one. The new kids on the block will usually have an advantage and that's how we ended up at Antoinette!
If you are wondering what's so new about a place that already has another branch at Mandarin Gallery, that's because we visited the maiden Penhas Road outlet when it was barely three weeks old (Don't need to remind me how backlogged this is).
Decided as the place to welcome back our dear friend from the states, Antoinette is a short walk from Lavender MRT, and an even shorter walk from the girlfriend's house. Although it felt kind of out-of-place in the neighbourhood, the Parisian-inspired decor was definitely welcoming as a cosy retreat.
Antoinette's Breakfast ($20.00)
The girlfriend loves her all-day breakfast so this was an obvious choice. Served alongside the usual bacon strips, sausage and eggs were a trio of mini pastries, warm and fluffy at every bite. A carbo-licous spread!
Wild Mushroom Risotto ($20.00)
My risotto took the longest to come among all the main courses but as the friend chuckled: "You should be worried if risottos come out fast!" Well, the risotto was nice and all with its creamy texture and earthy taste, but that's about it. Would have preferred it to be slightly less wet too.
And then a pictorial of what the others had!
Gnocchi Carbonara $16.50
Tired of the usual pasta? Give these soft, little dumplings a try!
Savoury Blinis with Smoked Salmon, French Butter, Sour Cream and Salad ($15.00), Savoury Blinis with Sausage, French Butter, Grilled Tomato and Salad ($15.00)
More breakfast-like items! the two differing only in the choice of smoked salmon or sausage.
Nordic ($16.50), Country Style Baked Omelette ($15.00)
Salmon crepe, and omelette with mushroom sauce that I supposed was the same base as the risotto.
Classic Eggs Florentine ($14.00), Burger Royale ($18.00)
Yet another pretty-looking breakfast item, and an unusual beef brioche that was commented to be "surprisingly good".
The girls love it whenever we have outings at patisseries, because they could then do their "we want everything but this" stint at the cake counter. Sugar rush!
Then again, I wasn't overly impressed with the desserts here. I pretty much forgot their flavours apart from the two that stood out.
Mont Blanc ($8.50)
I have always liked the chestnut-based dessert since young and the rendition here was all good for me. Light and smooth with a sweet, nutty taste, it "can fight" with Flor's Mont Blanc!
Unfortunately, this stood out for the wrong reason. Tasting dry and artificially sweetened, it reminded me somewhat of those sugar mix used to create cake decorations that you will usually throw away without eating.
And the rest that we tried are:
Tarte Cafe Caramel ($8.00), Le Royale ($8.00)
Religieuse of Caramel with Fleur De Sel ($8.00), Violette ($8.50)
Antoinette ($9.00), Saint Honourl' Amour ($8.50)
Chef Pang personally taught us how to eat the signature! Still, I'm no fan of raspberry.
Chocolicieux ($9.50), Pudding Maple ($6.50)
Magnum look-alike! And a pudding that didn't melt in the mouth.
Macarons Selection ($2.50-$2.80 each)
Pretty to look at, but none the memorable. I shall leave this to the macarons experts who could so feverishly swoon over Pierre Hermes and Laduree.
Bill (which came in the pretty jewelled box above) for 10 was $325.70 after taxes. Not exactly cheap when it adds up to about 1 breakfast item and 1 dessert for each of us.
With a dessert chef helming the place, I was kind of surprised that the mains left a better impression than the desserts. Then again, we might have been too ambitious with the sweets and instead left us feeling indifferent about them. Egg bens, mont blanc and tea. That will be enough for me!
Visit the peeps at DivineEssentials, HungryEpicurean and SGDessert, and read the thoughts at MissusChewy and TheFoodChapter!
30 Penhas Road
Tel: 6293 3121
Taken with Nikon D70