Author: Sassy Eater.
I’m crazy about croissants! Delectable ones, to be precise. Delicately crusty on the outside, airy and soft on the inside, with rich buttery aroma…. is my definition of the perfect croissant!
On the other hands, pretty designer cakes are not my cup of tea. So although I passed by Antoinette cafe in Mandarin Gallery all the time, my first real acquaintance with Antoinette’s cake was when it’s sent home as hubby’s birthday cake by one car company. I can still clearly recall that I tried one bite of the beautiful cake (being skeptical at first) and how I couldn’t stop indulging after that!
So when the “Salted Egg Lava Croissant Craze” continues in Singapore with Antoinette introducing their version, I can’t help but wonder what kind of salted egg croissant that Antoinette offers. Available at the Penhas outlet, Mandarin Gallery and Sofitel outlet, I made my way down the shophouses in Penhas Road to where the flagship Antoinette is located.
Antoinette is opulently decorated with ornate interior, enhanced with Neoclassical style furniture and a pristine display of patisseries.
Antoinette’s croissants are new creation and trending item that command snaking queues. It’s easy to notice that most of the guests were there for Antoinette dessert and I saw various of croissants in the shape of a bull’s horn on almost all the tables.
They currently offer six kind of croissant, all are created by Chef Pang Kok Keong, the founder and soul of Antoinette. The croissant itself is made using traditional French method to produce a crispy, flaky crust and layering, which each bite into the crust was filled with a crunchy and buttery sensation. And when I sliced the croissant into half and the thick filling oozing out was making it even better!
Antoinette’s Salted Yolk Lava Croissant ($6.50) was awesome! The smooth, creamy and decadent salted egg yolk, with a savoury slant, oozing out of the croissant light and airy centre, making the overall taste closer to that of a real salted egg.
The Chili Crab Croissant ($7.50) combines Antoinette’s well-loved croissant with a chilli crab filing of real crabmeat, specially concocted spices and a house-made sauce to create the comforting sweet and spicy flavours loved by Singaporeans. It’s a little on the sweet side and the lingering spiciness was simply yums!
The Charcoal Kaya Croissant ($6), is based on the classic French creme patisserie, which the filling is made with coconut cream and pure pandan juice with no artificial colours or flavouring. Don’t come expecting a typical kaya spread that you find at Yakun Toast though. It’s more of a satiny creme patisserie with a subtle and oh-so-lovely-hints of coconut and pandan. This was so irresistible!
Antoinette’s Salted Caramel Croissant ($6) was flaky, buttery, crisp and moist at the right parts, and the luscious salted caramel filling was both generous and delicious, nailing the balance between savoury and sweet. But it may be a little too rich and sweet for some.
Matcha lovers would love Antoinette’s Matcha Croissant ($6), a smooth concoction of custard and finest matcha powder sourced from the city of Nishio in the Aichi prefecture of Japan for a filling.
And cheese lovers would like to try the Quatre Fromages Croissant ($6), a well-rounded mix of aged Cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan and Mozzarella, balancing sharp, savoury and salty flavours.
My recommendation is to have the croissants with Antoinette extensive array of tea, such as Rose Chinois, this Chinese black tea didn’t confuse my senses, allowing me to fully appreciate the complexity of one croissant and it’s a great way to clean my palate before moving on to the next croissant.
Antoinette’s croissants are pricey compared to other croissants on trend now, but the size and quality justify it. And it won’t be the cheapest cafe to be in, but if you want to have quality ingredients coupled with creativity, this is the place to go.
Location 1 :
30 Penhas Road
Singapore 208188 (Lavender MRT)
Monday – Thursday : 11 am – 10 pm
Friday : 11 am – 11 pm
Saturday : 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday : 10 am – 10 pm
Location 2 :
333A Orchard Road #02-33/34
Singapore 238897 (Somerset MRT)
Monday – Sunday : 11 am – 10 pm
Location 3 :
Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Road
Singapore 068876 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Monday – Sunday : 8am – 10pm