Antoinette (Orchard) Review : All-Day Brunch

Update: This was at the former Palais Renaissance branch which is now closed. The 2 remaining branches are at Penhas Road and Mandarin Gallery respectively. 

Hidden away in the quieter part of the bustling Orchard Road stretch, Antoinette at Palais Renaissance rewards those who go out of the way to seek it with indoor surroundings that could fit in a royal garden party scene. The place was serene with just another table occupied when we dropped by for brunch on a Friday.

The menu offered an array of teas, all-day breakfast items, mains as well as desserts. The cakes are displayed in a clear glass display and prices start upwards from $9/piece.

Classic Eggs Florentine ($15.50) - Poached Eggs served atop a bed of Serrano Ham, spinach and toasted brioche
Our first item was the Classic Eggs Florentine, which is a spinach-added variation of the ever-popular Eggs Benedict. The Hollandaise sauce was velvety and not too thin, while the eggs were poached perfectly to reveal flowing yolks. The Serrano ham was delightfully thin and the spinach below was done well. The entire combination with the yolk sauce mopped up by the brioche was enjoyable. Not mind-blowingly good, but good.

Blinis - French Thick Pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup ($12)
The pancakes were a little lacking in presentation, with the slobbery cream put in seemingly random dollops around the plate. The pancakes were really, just average. They could have been thicker and fluffier, but nevertheless, this dish gets an OK. The creme Chantilly served with it was surprisingly light. You cannot go wrong with maple syrup and pancakes of course. This classic combination is a hit everywhere.  

French Toast with maple syrup and served with Creme Chantilly ($11.50).
The presentation of the French Toast with its dollops of cream in random places is similar to that of the pancakes. This one is for those craving for sweets. The French toast is thick and though it would have been better if the eggy flavour could have come through stronger, this version is among the better French Toasts in Singapore. The caramelised banana was just...normal.

The last dish was the all-breakfast choice of  Your Choice of Eggs and Scottish Smoked Salmon served with Pain de Mie toast (basically just sandwich bread). We requested for the egg to be poached, but very funnily, it came without the Hollandaise sauce which we were expecting. Our fault for the assumption, but then again I guess the staff could know to inform diners next time.

In all, these are average prices for all-day breakfast and the stunning surroundings is a plus. Service was pretty attentive and water is provided charge-free. The mains are the pricy ones, so do exercise caution to not burn a hole in the pocket. Do visit in daytime, as the natural lighting contributes to the ethereal beauty of this place. I will be back for the desserts and tea the next time, which Antoinette has seen rave reviews for. 

#B1-08/09/10C, Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road