While I’ve not visited the Antoinette at Mandarin Gallery as yet, I did visit their other outlet at 30 Penhas Road, which is near Lavender MRT station. The cafe is about a 5-10min walk from Lavender MRT station.
Antoinette can be found in a row of shophouses on Penhas Road, and is below a hostel/B&B (which looks rather dubious btw). You can’t miss the black awning with the cafe’s name on it, nor the pearly-white exterior of the cafe.
Once inside the cafe, you’ll be greeted by the cake display, as well as a small retail section where you can find various goodies for sale. 🙂
The interior of the cafe screams “posh” & “high class”, with gorgeous chairs and chic mantlepieces. The wooden tables (classy ones of course) add to the upscale feel of this cafe. As you’ll be dining in a cafe with such a chic ambience, do expect to pay GST and service charge! :p
I was here with my family, so we proceeded to order almost the entire selection of their cakes. Hehe.
The Desir (S$9.50++) was one of my favourites. I especially liked the chestnut mousse and the almond crumble topping. 🙂
The Mont Blanc (S$8.50++) was rather good too, and the almond tart was paired nicely with the crème chantilly. It was sweet, yet not cloyingly so.
The Cafe Noix (S$9++) is my favourite cake, perhaps because it was a coffee-flavoured cake. The coffee cream and espresso layer on the coffee genoise cake was superb! 🙂
The Chloe (S$9++) was ok in my opinion, considering I don’t really like yuzu. It looked really cute though! The almond sablé cookie base was good, and I liked the white chocolate vanilla mousse, but didn’t really like the yuzu cream. I guess if I ate it without the yuzu cream I would have liked it more.
This dessert shares the same name as the cafe, and is called Antoinette (S$9++). It is earl grey-inspired, so I liked this a lot too, probably my 2nd favourite dessert! 😀 Yep I like earl grey tea btw, in case you’re still unaware. The raspberry coulis was fun to play with as well, as it oozed raspberry sauce out as I poked it. :p
The Jasmin (S$8++) is a chiffon cake with mango jelly and osmanthus gel. I thought that it was ok, but not something that I really liked. It was smooth and sweet, but I didn’t really get the osmanthus gel, so it didn’t make my list of favourite desserts there.
We also got a few drinks while there, and took our time to relax over our desserts and drinks. The above pic shows their hot chocolate (S$7.50++), which was ok if unspectacular. It wasn’t particularly thick, and the chocolate taste wasn’t very strong, but it was not horrible.
The iced lychee orange tea (S$7++) was an interesting mixture, and I personally think that it was quite refreshing. It’s probably not to everyone’s taste though.
The geisha earl tea (S$9++) had a sencha tea base, with orange and lemon tones to it. It was quite good, and tasted fruity.
The french apple tart (S$9.50++) was an interesting blend, and I just had to try it once I saw it on the menu. According to the menu, the tea bag contained freeze-dried granny smith apple bits, and true to that, the tea really tasted like granny smith apples! A really yummy tea! 😀
I took a pic of this because I thought it was quite cool that they presented their bill in a chic-looking box. :p Although one corner was slightly chipped..
Their outlet at Penhas Road is rather quiet, and is perfect for spending an afternoon drinking tea and having desserts while chatting with friends, or even getting some work done. While there, I saw some customers working on their laptops, so I guess the cafe is ok with that. The desserts are mostly great, and their teas superb. The decor of the cafe is also on point, and exudes a very European chic-cafe vibe, which isn’t very easily found in Singapore. It’s most definitely a good place to spend a weekend afternoon! 🙂 They also serves mains, but I’m not sure if they’re as good as the desserts since I didn’t get to try them. It isn’t the cheapest cafe around, but the desserts and teas are of the highest quality. Something interesting that happened while we were there was that the waiter actually came around to all the tables to inform customers that a parking attendant was spotted along the road. The waiter was nice enough to inform the customers so that those who didn’t put parking coupons could quickly rush out and do so. Now that’s really good service, and going the extra mile! 😀
30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188
Check out their website here.