Antoinette Presents Brand New Classic French Menu

I have long been a fan of Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtisserie & Salon de Thé since they opened back in 2011. Founded by the Godfather of desserts- Chef Pang Kok Keong, Antoinette is not only his playground to experiment with a variety of sweet concoctions and creations, but also a full-fledged restaurant that serves timeless French classics. But while I was a frequent patron of their Mandarin Gallery and Palais Renaissance outlets especially for their luscious and creamy scrambled eggs, I never once stepped into their flagship store at Penhas road- not till a few weeks back at least when I made a trip down specially to try their brand new menu of savouries.

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No idea what took me this long to visit the Penhas outlet but I am glad I finally did because it was so exquisitely furnished, laced with gold and pastel trimmings, complete with that late-eighteenth century Neo-Classical charm that is so alluring. And yes even though the other 2 restaurants are similarly elegant in aesthetics, dining at the flagship store is an experience in itself.

Onto the food, Antoinette has recently unveiled a brand new classic French menu which features a whole new cast of newcomers but still keeping the familiar favourites around. The all-day expanded menu of savouries and sweets is said to be a tribute to the timeless French dishes that have stood the test of time.

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From the list of savouries, we had the Quinoa Salad $16.50 which was delightfully refreshing despite being jam-packed with a variety of ingredients such as compressed watermelon, roasted butternut squash, sourdough chips and feta cheese. Skinny, delicate and rightfully tasty, even the health-conscious ladies and gym-buffs will approve. Next was the L’oeufs en Meurette $17.50 which makes it to my list of brunch foods worth the calories, this item of poached eggs with sautéed mushrooms and smoked pork belly, covered in red wine sauce, is plain comforting and robust in flavour despite its unassuming appearance. We only wished for a bigger portion of pork belly! The star of the evening however was probably the Le Grande Jardin d’Antoinette $30 which essentially translates to The Grand Garden of Antoinette. It is not hard to understand why because there was just so much going on in a single plate. From seared roasted French duck breast to pickled pears, roasted asparagus, beets, sweet potatoes, lotus root chips, lavosh crackers and of course topped with a poached egg, this is no ordinary salad and practically a main course.

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The Shrimp Capelini $26 too was another item I enjoyed and helped polish the plate clean for. The capellini pasta was cooked al dente and drizzled with crustacean oil before it was covered generously with fresh succulent prawns and Sakura Ebi. Definitely not for those who do not like prawns or are allergic to them!

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The desserts at Antoinette as always, do not disappoint. And fresh from their new menu is The Queen’s Vacherin $25 which simply screams pretty as I have lack of a better word to describe it. But in all honesty, with the ethereal golden crown of spun sugar sitting atop the rose petal meringue filled with yuzu cream and vanilla crème Chantilly, this dessert is simply fit for the queen!

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Remove its crown and a mound of Vanilla Bean ice-cream is revealed underneath. Probably one of my favourite desserts that evening. I highly recommend this for those sessions with your girlfriends so you can share both the sugar rush and the calories!

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The Strawberry Baba $18 was another well-received item with the table but it was not really my cup of tea as the dark rum flavour was a tad too intense and strong for me. Nonetheless, for those of you who like some alcohol in your dessert and to end your meal with, this one is right up your alley.

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And the grand finale to our dinner was this showstopping Baked Alaska $25, torched and set aflame with some Grand Marnier liquor. An exciting combination of blackcurrant meringue, vanilla ice cream with “griotte” cherries cooked in kirsch, orange confit and almond nougatine, I dare say that this might be one of the best Baked Alaskas I have had in Singapore to date. But then again I might be a little biased after being won over by the theatrics. Two thumbs up!

Thank you Mandy for being such a lovely host as always!

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30 Penhas Road
Singapore 208188

Tel: 6293 3121
Opening hrs:
Monday to Thursday – 11am to 10pm
Friday and eve of public holiday – 11am to 11pm
Saturday – 10am to 11pm
Sunday and public holiday – 10am to 10pm

Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34
Singapore 238897
Tel: 6836-9527 (no reservations)
Opening hrs: Mon – Sun, 11am – 10pm

Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road
Palais Renaissance, B1-08/09/10C
Singapore 238871
Tel: 6735-6392 (no reservations)
Opening hrs: Mon – Sun, 11am – 10pm

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