Lavish Buffet

Lavish Buffet

Monday, 18 September 2017

Antoinette (30 Penhas Road - off Lavender Street, Singapore 208188)

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Antoinette is a Parisian pâtisserie and salon de thĂ© by Chef Pang Kok Keong, who is one of Singapore’s best pastry chef. Antoinette has 2 outlets in Singapore.

Opening Hours for Penhas Road Outlet:

Monday to Thursday – 11am to 10pm (Last order - 9.30pm)

Friday and Eve of Public Holidays – 11am to 11pm (Last order - 10.30pm) 

Saturday – 10am to 11pm (Last order - 10.30pm) 

Sunday and Public Holidays – 10am to 10pm (Last order - 9.30pm)

Antoinette has recently revamped the whole menu!



Penhas Road Outlet

Elegant Ambience




Love the Antoinette ceiling light so much!


New Menu

Bread & Butter ($5++)
We started off with this bread selection that consist of satay bacon epi, levain, baguette, 5-spice escargot and croissant. They were served with two types of hand made butter. I personally like satay bacon epi as the taste was very unique.



Omelette with Shrimps, Lobster Bisque Sauce, Pilaf Rice ($22++)
When I saw this dish in the menu, I thought it's just a normal shrimp with egg that we ate at home or zichar stall. But to my surprise, the chef has turned this ordinary dish into an upscale dish. The omelette was very fluffy, with fresh shrimps and marvellous lobster bisque on it! Even the rice they used was unique, it makes a difference! Now I know why it cost $22!  My favourite dish here now!



Hakka Gnocchi ($24++)
(with Dried Shrimp, Foie Gras, Cured Pork, Morel)

A colourful presentation of the traditional Hakka dish "Abacus Seeds - Suan Pan Zi". There were 10 pieces of gnocchi here with 4 types of different gnocchi created (Yam, Sweet Potato, Purple Sweet Potato, Beetroot)  Each gnocchi was tender and full of flavour. The cured pork and dried shrimp had hints of foie gras and peppery taste which gave it a tangy bite with every mouthful. You have to try this!



Chili Crab Arancini (3pcs, $16++)
(with Sea Asparagus Salad, Chinese Bun)

Arancini is an Italian dish consisting of risotto balls stuffed with a savoury filling, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. The risotto balls were deep-fried into golden brown with melted cheese inside. Of course the main highlight is the home made chili crab sauce. It's a little spicy for me but the taste was great. Even the sea asparagus salad was so appetizing...What a great combination. Definitely an awesome Italian dish with a local twist! 



Pandan Ice-Cream Dessert ($14++)
with Foam, Sponge, Caviar, Salted Gula Melaka, Rusks 

The pandan ice-cream was very very fragrant, thick and rich which I love very much! It complemented so well with the lime foam, pieces of sponge and salted gula melaka sauce. The overall presentation of this local dessert indeed very captivating, that is a big plus point too. Served alongside was a small piece of pandan kaya toast. This was the most special heritage dessert that I've had! A very delightful and satisfying dessert to end the meal!



Brunch Menu till 6pm

Antoinette's breakfast with a choice of drink ($25++) 
Note: Add $3 for scrambled eggs = ($28++)
My choice of egg is Scrambled. This is the BEST Scrambled egg that i had among so many restaurants! It was very fluffy and smooth.. I don't like sausage so i requested to change into ham. Served with grilled bacon as well as Basket of Viennoiseries below and a choice of Orange Juice/Coffee/Hot Chocolate.. Wonderful All Day Breakfast Set!

They served very good coffee here!



Florentine Savory Crepe ($18++)
Another of my favourite! Served with Serrano ham, Emmental cheese, sunny side up with hollandaise sauce. Remember to try this!


Antoinette ($10+)
 This is my favourite and also their most popular signature cake called "Antoinette"!  Milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate earl grey tea cremeux, raspberry coulis and earl grey tea crumble. You can taste the light Earl grey inside the rich chocolate mousse with chocolate biscuit at the bottom. Poke the raspberry coulis to help relieve the richness of the chocolate. A very satisfying dessert for chocolate lovers! 




Overall Impression: The food & dessert at Antoinette were definitely above average quality, which is why the prices are slightly on the high side! The service here used to be very good... But I noticed most of the staff were changed, sometimes the service might not be as good as you expected, especially when it is full house. The atmosphere and music was very relaxing. This is the only cafe that is worth going back again and again! :)

Nearest Mrt: Lavender


*Highly Recommended*


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(This is for Mandarin Gallery Outlet)

Address for Mandarin Gallery Outlet: 
333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34, Singapore 238897 

Opening Hours for Mandarin Gallery Outlet:
11am to 10pm daily 

(Last order - 9.30pm)
Mandarin Gallery Outlet







Sunday, 3 September 2017

Semi-Buffet Lunch at Ash & Elm (80 Middle Road - Intercontinental Singapore, Lobby Level, Singapore 188966)

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Lunch: 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (Ala Carte Menu)



Visited on 5 Aug 2017 (Sat) & Revisited on 12 Aug 2017 (Sat) . Ash & Elm is the new modern European restaurant that took over Olive Tree. Ash & Elm comprises three culinary theatres including a charcuterie and cheese room, wood-fired oven and an open charcoal-grill kitchen. 

Semi-Buffet Lunch (Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm) : 

$28++ per person (Appetizer, Soup & Dessert Buffet)

$38++ per person (Choice of 1 Main Course + Appetizer, Soup & Dessert Buffet)


$48++ per person (Choice of 1 Main Course (Beef Option) + Appetizer & Dessert Buffet)

Note: Citibank credit card discount of 15% is only applicable to Semi-Buffet with a Main Course option 
(Not valid on public holiday)





A very spacious and elegant European restaurant!






This is their bar counter at the front. They serve illy coffee here!







Cosy Corner table behind!


Cheese & Charcuterie Room near the entrance




Wood-Fired Flat Bread Station

Wood Fired Flat Bread is their specialty - 
You can order it ala-carte



Bread Selection 
The flat bread on the far right is the most popular bread here. Sprinkled with some sea salt and herbs, the taste and texture is simply wonderful!



Salad & Appetiser Station


Smoked Chicken


Shrimps


Tomato with Mozzarella Cheese


Tzatziki with Dutch Cucumber


Pasta / Mushroom Salad


Spiced Cauliflower Salad


Polenta with Sweet Corn


Scallop Salad with Seaweed, Mango & Capsicum



 Mushroom Soup


Barley Corn Soup


The mushroom soup was great but the barley corn soup tasted sourish which I do not like.


Dessert Station

Red Velvet

Mango Shortcake

Berries Creameux Tart 
Chocolate Eclair


Manjari Mousse


Chocolate Royale


Baked Banana Strudel



Mini Chocolate Fondue with Marshmallows & Fruits


Green Tea Crepe


It's not easy to find green tea crepe in hotel buffets, so I was extremely delighted to see this here! But do note that their menu is on rotation so you will only see this when you're lucky! Otherwise it will be the normal plain crepe. I have tried both green tea and the plain one, indeed green tea crepe has a more fragrant taste! 


Chocolate / Almond
Green Tea / Black Sesame


So shiok to have green tea crepe with green tea ice-cream! For all green tea lovers out there! :-D


This is the interactive kitchen where they prepare our main course dishes!


Drinks Menu

Main Course Selection Menu on 5 Aug 2017
(Note: Menu is on rotation)

My Choice of Main Course:
Duck Leg Confit
As we're not very big eaters, so we only ordered 1 Main Course to share, since we still have the buffet items. Their menu for main courses are on rotation. If you happen to see the menu with duck leg confit, don't forget to try it! It was crisp at the outside and melt-in-the-mouth inside! This cost you only additional of $10. What a steal.... 



Additional order of 1 Latte & 1 Cappucino 
at $8++ each
1 of my favourite coffee brands - illy coffee!



Like and follow Ash and Elm on Facebook and you can receive a complimentary cocktail! A good reason to become a fan of Ash and Elm! :P

Totally Different Dessert Buffet Selection 
when we revisited on the following Sat, 12 Aug 2017

Raspberry Cheesecake with Digestive Cookies


Vanilla Panna Cotta


Tiramisu


Lychee Raspberry Tart


Green Tea Mango Passion Verrine


Black Forest


Apricot Bread Butter Pudding



Normal Plain Crepe



Main Course Selection Menu on 12 Aug 2017
(Note: Menu is on rotation)


My Choice of Main Course on 12 Aug 2017:
Steamed Black Cod Fillet

The chef was very good at controlling the temperature of the steamed black cod. The skin was very crisp, with extremely silky smooth cod. By looking at the photo, you can see how tender it was... Complemented so well with the lemon butter sauce! Awesome!!! 



Overall Impression: We have visited 2 times, and both our visits were very nice and warm as we were served by the manager, Athiban! On top of being attentive and efficient, he was also always very cheerful and likes to joke. This made our dining experiences very enjoyable!

Overall the service was great, except it sometimes took them a bit long to clear some of our plates whereby the restaurant was not full house. The food quality was beyond our expectations and we could feel that they had put thought into the items they served. Though the selection was not really big, you can taste the quality.  I think its enough to make me feel so full too. Ambience was elegant and comfortable and the service staff were friendly and polite. 

If you wish to find a place with small scale semi-buffet + reasonable price + high quality food + great hotel service and ambience, I think Ash & Elm has it all. But do note that this is a semi buffet lunch without seafood, which is why the price is more affordable. I will definitely recommend Ash & Elm to all my readers here!


*Highly Recommended*