We can’t deny the uncanny resemblance of Antoinette to Canele. After the opening of Antoinette, everyone (or at least most of my friends) was amazed at the similarity – the whole ambience, food & dessert menu. There was the whole debate whether the chef from Canele went over to Antoinette*. In any case, my BFF & I decided to go ‘spot the difference.’ At first, we wanted to visit the one at Scarlet Hotel. It wasn’t a smooth trip, having to run in the rain from Tanjong Pagar station, to only realise that they were not….open? Actually, we weren’t sure, because everything was set up but there seemed to be no one. To add on, they do not serve ala carte items, only coffee, tea, macarons and cakes. As much as we were disappointed, when a girl has a craving, it has to be satisfied, isn’t it? So, we made our way to the outlet at Mandarin Gallery. The whole dining place is very elegant and classy, giving the kingdom royalty feel, totally a good mini tea party with your girlfriends or a romantic dinner date. To note, it was freezing cold, my best friend & I had to swallow our food literally just to get out the soonest, no harm bringing along a comfy sweater or jacket!

This was what we had:

2013-06-05 18.17.30-1Gnocchi Carbonara
caramelised bacon, white wine cream sauce, poached egg, aged parmesan cheese

Don’t expect for the usual linguine or spaghetti for this Carbonara, they actually use cannelloni (if that’s the right name), which is a cylindrical type of pasta. I can’t figure what are the stuffings inside but it’s really chewy and addictive, not forgetting the oh-so-delicious poached egg!

2013-06-05 18.17.55-1All Day Breakfast – Smoked Duck Breast & choice of egg
homemade pain de mi toast, sauteed mushroom, herbs, salad with house dressing

It’s as good as it looks. Trick to it, a little of each altogether. Stack it up and make your own sandwich. For yolk lovers, burst the yolk with your spoon, ask for some salt and viola!

Drum roll for the dessert please. the last & the best:

2013-06-05 18.51.46-1Sweet Crepes – Nougatine
classic french sweet thin sweet pancakes, nutella, salted caramel, caramelised filo, nougatine ice-cream, vanilla creme chantilly

It wasn’t just a sweet treat, to be accurate, this is heavenly indulgence. We completely forgotten what we had for mains after this, hahaha You gotta try it yourself!

I guess, after dining at both Antoinette and Canele, their differences become very distinct – menu names, service, ambience, food presentation, food taste etc.

*Antoinette featured their chef, Chef Pang, on their website, check it out!

On a side note, this is my very first Food Diary post, feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think! (;


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