Antoinette invites you to share our joie de vivre in our beautiful surroundings reminiscent of an elegant boudoir with an excess of meticulously crafted cakes, pastries and fine food as the Queen descends on Singapore’s shores. This quintessential Parisian pâtisserie and salon de thé will set the benchmark for the pastry and dessert scene not only in Singapore, but also in the region with her takes on time-honoured French classic desserts.
Let 'Em Eat Cake
I have been advised that the ventilation is very poor in the Antoinette at Mandarin Gallery, which means the smell of cooking is prevalent and will cling to one's hair and clothing. The Antoinette premises on the 2nd floor of MG was never meant to accomodate cooking, having been a boutique in its previous incarnation.
Such a shame about the stench, I would have liked to try a sit-down tea. Instead, I satisfied myself with a take-away of their signature macaroons. A tad pricy, but the macaroons did taste light and delicate without the cloying over-sugary taste that many a lesser macaroon falls victim to. The whimsical packaging with its Rococo-themed graphics was very pretty too.
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The decor of Antoinette was made to attract females as it is so quaint and dining in almost transports you to old English/European days. Looks aside, everything else was a tad bit disappointing. I was seated at the corner of the restaurant where I had the A/C blasting at me. When I said I felt like I was being teleported to Europe, I guess I can add that it was during the Winter season. The waiter said they were unable to adjust the temperature because it's central A/C from the building, so we requested to change seats.
My girlfriends and I ordered from the desserts menu but a few selection of the cakes were not available. We made do with some macarons, strawberry shortcake and Montblanc.
The macaron wasn't too sweet, as it was balanced by the sourness of the fruit ganache. Strawberry shortcake was ok, and Montblanc has a rich chestnut flavor which I likened to that from Kki cakes.
For Special Occasions
Walking past Antoinette at Mandarin Gallery, I was immediately drawn to the elegant furniture and the delicious cakes on display. The chairs were velvet and plush, and the lighting looked like chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Taking a look at the menu, the food looked appealing as well, so we decided to give it a try. We ordered the Seafood Aglio Olio and the Brittany savoury crepe to be shared.
While the spaghetti was passable, it was not worth the price paid, you can get better aglio olio at other places for cheaper prices. The crepe on the other hand, was quite delicious. It wasn't too heavy, and the seafood and sauce went very well with the crepe. The overall combination was rather like a form of comfort food, albeit a more "atas" one so to speak.
Now, on to the desserts! Ordered an Antoinette cake, which was a good decision. A perfect mix of milk chocolate mousse, and earl grey biscuit. Definitely did not regret this choice. The Mont Blanc though, was slightly too much. It may just be personal preference, but the chestnut cream was too sweet and dry for my liking.
Overall, the food was satisfactory despite being quite expensive. However, I would recommend coming here more for desserts and teatimes rather than mealtimes, unless it's for a special occasion or you like eating crepes.
Delicious And Beautiful Desserts, Quality Food, But At A Price
Named after Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, Antoinette exudes elegance and sophistication, both in its ambience, and in its presentation of fine French food and pastries. Helmed by the award winning pastry chef Pang Kok Keong, Antoinette is rightly known for its artistic and decadent desserts.
The ambience at Antoinette is styled after the Parisian patisserie, which is a French (Paris) bakery that specialises in pastries and sweets. The term 'patisserie' itself implies the presence of a master pastry chef. Decor at Antoinette is elegant, with furniture that looks luxurious. Various breads, pastries and sweets are beautifully displayed, and looks very inviting.
Service at Antoinette tries hard to match the quality of a fine dining restaurant, that is, friendly, professional, attentive, observant and with initiative. Staff are generally friendly, professional and attentive, though the inexperience of some younger members on staff do show through. I commend their effort though, and overall, I haven't had a bad service experience at Antoinette.
Prices at Antoinette do match those of a fine dining establishment. Dining here is a somewhat expensive affair, as a starter sets you back around SGD $20, the mains costs around SGD $30, and the desserts cost around SGD $10. You do get really good quality, tasty dishes though. Still, Antoinette isn't a place to dine in on a daily basis, and is more suitable for special occasions, celebrations, gatherings, brunch, or high tea and desserts.
Antoinette is "vraiment un excellent endroit pour les desserts"!
Let them eat cake
Antoinette has grown pretty quickly and now has outlets in Palais Renaissance and Mandarin Gallery. I usually visit the one on Penhas Road but i find the ambience at Palais a lot better.
Penhas Road is really a very special choice but it worked. It brought life to the area and not too far drive away you can find CSHH and Loysel's Toy.
Antoinette is perfect for its all day breakfast and girls who want to whisper some lame stupid gossip over a cup of coffee and cake. I have tried several cakes but found only 'Antoinette' very consistently edible. In fact it is pretty good. Its strawberry shortcake at Penhas Rd and at Palais were not very fresh the 2 occasions i ordered them.
Anyway, the crowd is pretty terrible. Lots of bengs and lians come here to feel atas(high class) but seriously, this place only looks good from afar. Did you see the quality of the furnitures? Most probably they are all bought from China and they are of very bad quality. I switched tables 3 times at Penhas Road on my most recent visit and all 3 tables were shaky. Geez, they are gonna fall apart soon and all the peasants can eat the cake from the floor.
Oh, never ever buy the macaroons if you know anything about macaroons, the ones here are terrible. Terrible. Gross. eew. Have a croissant instead.
Well, but will i come back? Yes, once in a while for its fake chic chic ness.
P/S one of the waiter at Penhas branch has bad BO.
Good food but long waiting time and pricey
I last went to Antoinette to celebrate my friend's birthday and have to say that although the place is classy and food is good, the waiting time is way too long.
When I first stepped in, I was attracted to all their fancy, classy interior and all the delicious-looking pastry. For the mains, we each ordered a pasta for ourselves. The waiting time was really long and even so, the pasta came one by one. The pasta arrival intervals was also long and some of my friends' food had gotten quite cold after everyone's else has arrived. But I got to admit the pasta is still quite tasty to me.
We then ordered a whole cake for my friend. The cake is really delicious and we finished it all up! But yes, maybe that's because the cake is rather small.
Overall, I think that their food is above average but the waiting time is too long. Despite being pricey, the cakes are still rather good in my opinion. Perhaps not an everyday choice but would be worth going occasionally.
This is essentially a hang out place where people talk and talk for hours before leaving. It's quite annoying actually, having to wait for an hour when clearly the people inside were done eating. When my friends and I were finally seated, we were not hungry anymore. The pancake with strawberry coulis that I ordered had good chantilly whipped cream and fresh strawberries but the pancake was dry and tasteless. Nevertheless the cream and strawberries saved the dish and the good presentation and colours certainly made for good pictures.
My friend's french toast was to-die-for. It was so good but got too sweet after a few bites. But it's a good sharing dish. I love their toast as well, thick and crispy. The macaroons we had were so sweet, I couldn't even finish one. The texture wasn't really good. One of the macaroons was really hard. I still prefer canele's macaroons.
Overall, the decor and ambience needless to say, were posh and elegant. The overpriced food definitely made up for the costs of the decor though.
Great for breakfast, but I wouldn't recommend their cakes.
I dined there twice and twice we ordered their Eggs Florentine, which was very satisfying. I highly recommend their Eggs Florentine. You can't ask for a better breakfast than that. The combination of toast, hollandaise, poached eggs, and good quality ham is perfect. I liked the flavour combination. There's the saltiness of the ham to cut through the richness of egg yolk and creamy hollandaise. The toast was excellent, crisp and good for mopping up the overflowing yolk. Be sure to get the ham and the spinach in every forkful.
We also had scrambled eggs and Scottish smoked salmon, which was excellent too, and very satisfying, except not quite as the Eggs Florentine. Scrambled Eggs were well done and buttery enough.
We tried their cakes the first time we were there and, while they were really good, they just weren't worth the money, especially given their size. The cakes there can go up to nine dollars. We were very nearly tempted by some green tea dessert yesterday but resisted in the end. If you feel you can afford to indulge though, I'd recommend their strawberry shortcake.
Having only nice outlook doesn't justify the prices paid for the cakes
I'm a fan of good patisserie, good ones that is so when Antoinette opened a branch (I'm not sure if it's the first one) near my office at Ann Siang Street, I couldn't resist the temptation to try it with my colleagues.
While the interior deco of Antoinette reminds me of a live-sized doll house, my usual dining buddies (all guys) make it hard to actually step in, so much that we ended up grabbing a few female colleagues to join us to make the experience less painful. While the cakes are slightly expensive (about $8 per slice), the design made me feel it's worth it so we ordered a couple for testing.
Generally, the cakes taste doesn't justify the price I'm paying for them. They lacked the quality I find in other patisserie and to be honest, I've friend commenting that the cakes tasted "cheap". Also, while the seating seem nice, it isn't comfy especially if you intend to be there for long. The interior is also very squeezy, making it hard to even get into the seats inside.
Nice on the Outside
I went to Antoinette recently for one of my friend’s 21st birthday parties. From the exterior, the shop looked really pretty, with its vintage and French feel. However, once inside, I was rather surprised to see how tiny it was, certainly not the best place to hold a party. What was worse, because the location was so small, the staff were reluctant to give us more tables and seats to accommodate the guests despite my friend already booking the tables. I thought it was strange since she had already made the booking.
Nonetheless, my friends and I should share 1 seat to two people because they had some huge classy looking chairs that were quite large in width so we proceeded to order the food. When the food arrived, it looked good, but I would not say the same for the taste. It was quite normal, and the meat was hard. The desserts looked more promising, but the feeling was the same. Looks nice but taste not spectacular. It should have just stayed in the display. For $8-11 for a slice of dessert, it certainly was not worth it.
Overall, I would say that the place would be nice for a couple’s day out, but definitely too squeezy for gatherings.
I visited Antoinette on a weekday and there wasn't much crowd. When we first stepped in, we were amazed by the wonderfully decorated place. The furniture and decor reminded me of a cafe I visited in France. It was classy indeed and I knew, immediately that we would be enjoying ourselves that afternoon.
I ordered a breakfast set which was served with coffee or tea. I chose the coffee, which was a bad choice. The coffee was way too bitter yet diluted, almost like kopi-o just that it does not have the coffee aroma. I took a sip and could not bring myself to take another. The breakfast set was alright. Not too fantastic but not too bad either.
However, the macaroons were superb! I personally liked the lemon flavor the most. The sweet literally melted in my mouth as the flavor exploded and filled my tastebuds. In fact, it was one of the best macaroons I have had in Singapore.