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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.