Founded in 1999, Marmalade Pantry has set the pace for modern bistro cuisine since opening its famed frosted-plated glass doors. Now home at the picturesque Fairways Drive, Marmalade Pantry at the Stables (formerly Mimolette) continues to draw both the curious and well-heeled palate to its sunshine outdoors. Enticing diners with its luxury comfort food, the Marmalade menu never fails with its fresh bite and warm flavours.
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Good service, check. Good food, check. Good ambience, check. What's there not to love!
Other than for the fact that it's a little costly, it makes for a great afternoon tea break with your loved ones! I had their Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese toppings and coconut shavings, caramelized bread pudding with a dollop of ice-cream and a pot of flower-brewed tea (can't remember what's the name of it).
They all tasted fantastic! I was doubtful if it was even filling when the items first got served because they looked rather miserable and tiny on the plate. My company and I however, felt really full after having just these sweet snacks!
Not too sweet and filling. Worth the price! The waiters are had also impressively good service.
The has-been...services need sprucing up...
A pioneer known to have established bistro cuisine in minimalist settings. Its unique fare and mode of presentation was quite unrivalled by any other in its hay day. A decade later with global "big boys" muscling their way into the local gastronomy scene, Marmalade Pantry lost that niche.
Management tweaked and locations toned-down to two outlets, its Crab Caesar, Beef Burger (with truffle fries), Crabmeat Linguini and Steak Sandwich still draw in the crowds. Its Sticky Date Pudding and cup cakes, namely Limonata, Cloud Nine and Hazel are probably its saving grace. On a side-note, its services remain unparalleled in their air of haughtiness amidst mild hostility.
Gone are the days when reservation up to a week in advance had to be made. A recent personal triumph was accomplished when I walked into its ION outlet on a Saturday for brunch and managed to be seated without any prior booking. This had me reminiscing on the days when a detour to its sister outlet, TOAST at Ngee Ann City had to be made; upon the bungle up of its staff.
Substandard chow at ridiculous rates.
The food doesn't match up to the decor, setting, and ambience, which may give you the impression that they serve quality food. Don't be fooled. You're better off going to TCC, which is way more affordable, convenient, and serves potentially better food. Last time I was there, we ordered a club sandwich and lemon ricotta pancakes. The latter was the most disappointing of all. The pancakes were small and looked more suited for dusting one's face with powder than eating. Though the ricotta gave them texture, they were absolutely, underwhelmingly bland and needed sweetness. The scant butter and maple syrup didn't help. I think Macs' hotcakes will be a lot more satiating than this pathetic but ludicrously exorbitant serving. I'm surprised that they dared to charge such ridiculous rates for what is only a stingy portion of substandard food.
The sandwiches were better, but not much better. They were accompanied by a pile of what I think were various vegetable chips. It was only so-so. I enjoyed TCC's sandwiches a lot more.
Don't come here unless you're too rich or want to be cheated of your money.
Not worth it
Went inside on a whim one day because I've actually passed the place a few times but never went in.
Anyway, I only ordered their red velvet cupcake and a steak sandwich since I wasn't very hungry. Their price range is a bit pricey and so of course I expected more.. which was a disappointment. Had to wait for quite a bit, and even then the customer service was subpar at best. There's an air of pretentiousness about them, and ugh it wouldn't hurt to smile, you know.
Food-wise, it was alright. But definitely not worth it. I've had better food, better service, all for a lower price. I doubt I'll pay them a visit anytime soon.
Pretty goof food with a pretty good view
I visited Marmalade Pantry for dinner on a Thursday night. Because it was a weekday, the restaurant was pretty empty. The Marmalade Pantry at he stables is pretty inaccessible if you do not drive up. However, I would say that at the stables, it was very relaxing and carefree. It would be a perfect place for a romantic dinner or for celebrations.
I ordered the carbonara and I would say that it was the best carbonara I have ever tried. The creamy sauce is just right, not too overpowering yet gives the spaghetti a very flavorful taste as well! The noodles were well cooked and the bacon bits were a crispy and not fatty at all. The portion was too huge for me, unfortunately. The desserts were to die for too. I had a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese frosting is generous but not too sweet and the cake batter was light and soft.
I heard that marmalade pantry's breakfast sets are good too! I would definitely head back there on a weekend to try out their breakfast sets.
Bad bad bad bad bad service
Came here to celebrate a friend's birthday last month during tea time. So we ordered a set (with cupcakes, tea, pastries and all that) and intiially, we had a pleasant experience until the bill came. We clarified with the waitress while ordering that the set is meant for 2, thus the stated price on the menu already includes the set for 2. However when we saw the bill, the price was doubled. When confronted, the waitress did not say much and just kept saying that it was for one and did not address the fact that we clarified with her prior to ordering. Then the supervisor came with a long face and was not patient to listen to our explanation and then proceeded on to alter the bill with a very unpleasant tone.
Not going back again. The food is on the pricy side. The only saving grace of that place is the fact that there are cute ponies prancing around outside the restaurant.
Finally went to Marmalade pantry at ION orchard after hearing about my girlfriends 'tai-tai' experiences there having beautiful cupcakes and tea.
I was there for dinner on a Wednesday. Luckily i didn't had to queue at all since there's a few tables available at that time. Ordered their home made dips with Pita bread which was not to my liking. Their Scrambled eggs and sausages sandwich came in a big portion but i felt it tasted ordinary for the price paid.
Decided to try their cupcakes and got the server to recommend a popular choice, she was nice and didn't lose her patience although i took a long time to decide my order
Well, i'm not a fan of cupcakes but i've got to admit the ones i had at Marmalade Pantry was awesome.
Will i return? Probably, but just for the cupcakes.
Try the Sea Salt Caramel Cake!
I have been to two of their outlets - One at Fairways Drive and the other at Ion Orchard. While the one at Fairways was more condusive and had a better ambience due to its scenic views, the one at Ion Orchard was open concept and thus ambience was not great. It was noisy and people walked past all the time.
The main courses are good but the cakes are extraoordinary! I love the sea salt caramel cake and it's definitely worth the try, though everything in Marmalade Pantry is rather pricey. I spent $30+ for both times for food and dessert (to share). Try the cupcakes too if you have a sweet tooth.
Open concept with pleasant ambience
Marmalade Pantry has been one of those “overhyped” places for nice brunch and high tea. Just the name itself, it oozes this sophisticated vibe. I visited Marmalade Pantry at their ion outlet last week for some desserts and tea. It is an open concept cafe and has a pleasant ambience. Located at the 3rd/4th floor of Ion, the surrounding is quiet and calming – perfect for an afternoon tea.
We chatted there for the whole afternoon with my girlfriends and I realized that this cafe enjoys quite a steady flow of traffic. Most patrons were there for an afternoon tea after massive shopping as seen from their shopping bags!
We had 2 desserts – Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge cake (Massive size!!!) & Baked Apple Pie. For tea, we had peony jade tea as recommended by their staff. Warning – the chocolate fudge cake is even larger than those you see at PS cafe. It is best shared among 3 people. However, I would say, their chocolate cake is not overly sweet and I do not feel stuffed after eating. Perhaps the tea helps in smoothing the cake down my throat. The tea is light and has this tinge of lychee flavour. I LOVE IT!! We actually refilled it 7 times! It’s so soothing and somehow helped to cleanse our stomach. Service wise, no complaints. We had our pot refilled so many times and they are always so courteous and so prompt in getting to our table once we raise our hands.
pricey with terrible service, but good desserts
I went to Marmalade pantry at ION with a couple of girl friends for tea. We did not book in advance but when we went (about 4plus or 5pm), the place was completely empty save for about one or two tables occupied. But when we reached, we were told that they do not have space for us. We were quite miffed because it seemed like they had lots of vacancies.
They then told us that they have a place for us but we would have to finish by 6. We were unhappy but since we were already there, we figured we would just take up their offer. The service was really a turn off though. The wait staff were also not particularly friendly, but by then we didn't expect much of their service anyway.
each of us ordered a main and i must say, the mains aren't too shabby. I had a scrambled eggs with sausages. The portions were generous and the scrambled eggs were good. However, it came with mushrooms that were burnt. I tried my friend's scallop/prawn linguini and i thought it was really delicious.
The group of us shared two desserts. Sea salt caramel cheesecake and i the sticky date pudding. Both desserts were rich and delicious and the portions were quite huge.
That said, the food here is quite pricey. we spent about 30 bucks each.