Choupinette on Bukit Timah Rd
Choupinette is this little French Bakery/Cafe/Restaurant located along Bukit Timah Road, right next to Coronation Plaza. This place has been here for like almost a decade now and we were all reminiscing about how our bus used to drive past the iconic multi-coloured striped banner on the way to school but we had all somehow never stepped in before.
Known for their Eggs Ben and authentic French pastries, Choupinette has been in the spotlight lately as the it-place for brunch. And this place has been on our list for like 2 months now but with all our different schedules, the five of us only managed to finally pick a common date recently to try this place out!
We called up and made a reservation because though it was a weekday, we were definitely not taking any chances. However, when we arrived, not only did the lady say that she had not received our reservation, the cosy 40-seater restaurant was also full house! It was a bit of a spoiler but luckily the server was quick to point out that a table of patrons was finishing their food and if we were to wait for 15min, they could clear it for us.
About 20min later, we were all finally seated with menus open and ready to order. Everyone zoomed straight for the Eggs Ben and called first dibs on it. Clearly, this was going to be a hot favourite at the table. So we all compromised and decided for variety sake, we were going to order five different sets to share.
Each set comes with a juice and hot drink. The juice choices were grapefruit, apple, orange, cranberry, lime and pineapple. Three of us chose grapefruit the first round but the lady soon came back to tell us that they were out. She then took my second choice order of pineapple before returning another time to say that it was also out. I would have gotten a little annoyed but our server was really nice and apologetic, it seemed almost impossible to get upset with her. So apple juice it was because that was all that was left.
The reputable Eggs Benedict soon arrived at our tables. $20++ is a steep price to pay for an Eggs Ben and we were about to find out if the price tag was justified. Unfortunately, the eggs were a little overcooked and did not flow quite as easily as beautifully poached eggs would have, but the Hollandaise sauce was excellent. Perfectly rich and buttery, it was so smooth and creamy, I almost forgot I was not having beautifully poached eggs. The ham slices too were shaved right and not too salty. And the baguette that the eggs were sitting on? Oh so good. Well buttered, crisp and delicious.
Next up, the Eggs Florentine $20++ was a healthier version of the Eggs Ben. Wilted spinach done right that was not too soggy but tossed for just the right amount of time, it was also great with the Hollandaise sauce.
The Eggs Royal was slightly more expensive at $21++ but with the generous serve of smoked salmon slices, one could hardly complain!
The English Coq was your usual Big Breakfast with the sausage, eggs, tomato, mushrooms, bread and butter. We felt that this was a little plain for $19++ but nonetheless, the individual components were well executed and cooked so it was all good.
Lastly, we had the Ken’s Set $10++ which came with a Viennoiserie of choice! Under our server’s advice, we picked the Pineapple Danish because pain au chocolat and chocolate danish sounded ‘too plain and ordinary’. The Danish pastry was sweet, flaky, buttery and crisp along the edges. We all thought that the pastry was delicious on its own without the pineapple slice.
Overall, brunch at Choupinette was a nice experience. Though our reservations did not get through and I had to keep changing my juice choice because so many were unavailable, the Eggs Ben/Florentine/Royal and pastry did make up for it. Not forgetting the excellent service we experienced even though the place was so crowded and they were clearly understaffed. Kudos to the servers and their unwavering cheerful smiles. While Im not sure if this is the best Eggs Ben I have had in Singapore and it is a little pricey, it is definitely worthwhile to make a trip down here, at least once.
607 Bukit Timah Rd