Antoinette is the brainchild of Chef Pang, who now helms both the kitchen and the Sugar Daddy group which manages Antoinette and Pique Nique. While drawn by the opulence of their decor, I was hesitant to try Antoinette as I thought the prices must be out of my league for a casual dinner. I’m happy to report from this visit that it’s manageable!
Said to be styled like a Parisian salon, this place is every closet girly girls’ dream come true with it’s regal look. Mish-mash of different ornate tables and chairs, displays of flowers, baked goods and sweets greet you upon entering. Although after actually been to Paris in April, hardly any of the patisseries/cafes/restaurants there are this dressed up. Definitely a place for dates and girlfriend gatherings and definitely not a place to stroll in with lazy just-woken-up clothes and hair for brunch. While I am not aware if there is a dresscode, I think it’s only fitting to respect yourself and the place by dressing appropriately.
Pastries are reasonably priced around $3-5.
Desserts are their specialty, but we didn’t get to try them on this visit, you will see why later. A very good excuse to come back again!
Menu, which consist of various mains like pastas and brunch items, salads, sandwiches and crepes. Spent a long time deciding!
I had their Blinis with Blueberries and Maple Syrup, served with creme chantilly, $10. Antoinette described Blinis as ‘French thick pancakes’ while Google tells me its ‘small light and thin’ but in any case, the pancakes were not particularly thick. They came in a very appetizing shade of brown, dusted with icing sugar and dosed with maple syrup. Soft, fluffy with generous rounds of blueberries embedded within, best eaten warm with a thin layer of their light creme chantilly (spot the black vanilla bean dots!). These were so good, they came close to toppling Food for Thought’s pancakes, which is the best in my personal opinion and my favorite. I only had a small gripe with the presentation of creme chantilly. It might be better for them to be all neatly in a corner or served separately as they were melting near the end. I found this pretty filling, and very value for money too!
French Toast with Salty Caramel, served with creme chantilly, $10.50. These were the most indulgent french toast I’ve had, and reasonably priced too! 3 thick slices of brioche coated with egg and lightly charred in the pan to make it crisp, drizzled with salted caramel. The salted caramel was delicious and went well with both creme chantilly and toast. Would definitely have cravings for this! Same comment about the presentation of creme chantilly.
Pasta Milanese, $20. My friend ordered the Milanese over another pasta dish, Morel Mushroom, because she liked pappardelle pasta and they didn’t allow change in type of pasta. Her dish eventually came with spaghettini, which greatly surprised us and after checking with the waitress it was because they ran out of pappardelle. It would have been great if they had asked us if the change is fine but after the manager discovered we would have gotten Morel Mushroom over the Milanese if not for the pasta, he sent a complimentary smaller portion of Morel Mushroom to us (below).
That aside, the Milanese wasn’t bad, I liked that the tomato taste was not overwhelming and the egg was poached nicely. But if you were to compare that with Morel Mushroom, I would much prefer the cream based creation. The cream base was super yummy, and sinful I am sure, gloriously well seasoned by bacon. There was plenty of bacon and mushrooms and the egg was nicely poached again. I may be a little biased though since I like cream based pastas!
Antoinette is really worth a try, the food is good, the setting is not common in Singapore and I’m pretty sure you will find something you like in their pretty extensive menu. More so if you are into sweets! I will be back to try their desserts. The Penhas outlet is just a short 5 minute walk from Lavender MRT or if you prefer, there is always the central outlet at Mandarin Gallery.
30 Penhas Road
Mon–Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 11pm
Sun: 10am – 10pm