I worked at the Tanjong area and have been passing this
cafe for many months. I usually grabbed breakfast at the
outlets at the MRT station. However,since I was early today, I decided to pop by the cafe. Some French songs was playing when I arrived and the waiter greetings was bright
and cheery. I ordered the crossiants and they are delicious and only
for $1.50! I was told they were freshly baked that morning. My cappuchino was done to perfection and the coffee smelled very good while it was being made. I wasn't
expecting such good coffee and food at a void deck . The
staff were friendly and took time to explain to me about my cappuchino when I asked them. I saw the lunch
and dinner menu - they looked good and very resonably priced
too - no GST and service charge !!! I'll be back to try their lunch
and dinner. And from now I know where to go for my breakfast and
Full review with pics at:
This is definitely a hidden gem of a place... the owners here serve as well and are very personable. The man there roasts his own coffee and likes to experiment which is very uncommon here. The chef is French and a clear window into the kitchen allows you to inspect his work.
The food here is all good, very very good and cooked properly, seasoned properly etc. My only critique is that the menu never seems to change and having some new items would certainly encourage us to come back more frequently. I also wish they would try to make French onion soup....
Again, the food is very very good. First we've had the chowder and mushroom soups. The mushroom soup is definitely made in house and doesn't have the typical taste that every other restaurant in Singapore seems to have. The salmon is tender and moist with sauces that perfectly compliment. The stew meat is tender and the sauce just tastes as it's supposed to. The potatoes are always soft and crispy also. Finally the creme brule is a great portion size and tastes like it should, creamy and smooth but not too sweet.
This is very likely the best value French food in Singapore. The place doesn't leave you feeling like you're in a cafe in Paris, it's more like a high class type hawker centre for one restaurant if that makes any sense?
this is a hidden gem.
under the point block #7 at Tanjong Pagar Road, you wouldn't expect to find a cafe like this here.
we went there for our Father's Day Dinner and this cafe didn't disappoint!
At first look, it may not seem anything like a french cafe but it's quirky cos despite advertising heavily to have french cuisine, they do have some local offerings too! For one, their coffee is called Changi and Temasek, a specially concocted brew and it is a really fragrant and tasty cuppa! For only $1++, it's definitely worth it!
Their dinner set had various offers - ala carte, a 3 course (~$38) and a 4 course (~$48). For a top up of $7, you could get wine to go along with your meal.
For starters, we had a very delicious mushroom soup along with some buns. Though the buns were hot, the tasty soup more than made up for it.
we settled for a few different main courses and what stood out was the duck leg confit (excellently done!) and the salmon. If you're into lamb, you could also try out the lamb shank which i had, and it was beautifully cos the meat wasn't tough, melting in your mouth and the scent of lamb wasn't too strong. it also came with a mash potato which really tasted very good.
For dessert, a specialty of theirs is the warm lava cake with chocolate and lavender sauce! the lavender sauce has a really unique taste and it's worth trying it if you're getting the set meal.
All in all, i really enjoyed my dinner there and it's a nice after work place to explore.
Was in the area with JM and both feeling hungry hungry... decided to try out this establishment as this was new and we had some good memories eating in the coffeshop that this outlet was formerly.
Sat down and we decided to take the 4 course dinner ($38.90). We decided to do all the options (2 appetizers, 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 desserts).
-> Mushroom soup and Warm Chix liver salad
-> Rillette with toast and Escargots on mushrooms
-> Scallops in Squid stew and Duck confit
-> Apple tartin and Creme Brulee
The waiteress informed us that unfortunately they were out of Creme Brulee and suggested we to do the Tiramisu instead. JM and moi agreed.
The Chix liver salad came first, the grizzly bits are panfried and served warm, was a nice start with mixed mesclun salad with a drizzle of oilve oil and balsamic vingerette.
Next, (surprise!!!) JM scallops came. Errrmmm... Where did my soup and 2 starters went? We informed the staff and the apologetically brought our food all out together. Its ok we are not sticklers for sequence but it did seemed rather messed up and everything started to go downhill from there....
The Rillette was oily (there was residue in the base of the bowl) and virtually tasteless. Could help with a bit of seasoning in there. The escargots (tinned) were served on black mushrooms with a topping of a garlic mince and drizzle with some olive oil. It was tasty but nothing memorable.
The Scallops were nicely done, lightly panfried but the squid stew that it came in was very very salty. Did the chef over season this and did not have salt left for the rillette? The duck confit came with some boiled potatoes and veggies (passed off as ratatouille nevertheless) and I must commend the efforts the did to make the confit nice and crispy. I understand confit tend to be a bit salty but once again this surpassed my (normally heavy on the salt) palete.
Overall the savoury was more a miss than a hit so we pinned some hopes on the desserts to pull this rating up... The tiramisu was presented in a small clear glass cup, it was light and fluffy, not too sweet and not too overdone on the espresso. The Apple tartin is slightly different: the pie crust style was more on the soft side and the apples cut into big quarters and bake to a cooked softness. Nicely done and served with a scoop of nice, fragrant vanilla ice cream. Great desserts with a low sugar touch I would say well done indeed!
But unfortunately sometimes the people make or break the outlet. We were in a rather tired mood and wanted to leave the place after the meal to head off. We were been asked how did the meal go and despite the c***-up in the service sequence and the seasoning on the savoury items we put this down to teething errors and can be improved over time. But the way we were billed really make me raise my BP.
This is a 4 course meal option we did and desserts are included. But the staff charged us $8.90 x 2 extra in our bill as well as another $1.50 for a change to tiramisu. If we were informed of the extra charge due to the change we would forget it but remember you been 86 is not my problem and if you want to charge please kindly inform the guests before hand before giving them a shock upon bill. And do not be dishonest to add additional charges into the bill and pray and hope the customers will overlook on it. I took a 4 course meal, nearly missed 3 items from the savoury selection and directly jumping to my mains and was charged extras for desserts I already paid for in my meal... OMG it will take me a while to get over this and most prob will not go back to this place ever again.
Venture at your own risk and keep your wits with you when billing. *Check*
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After repeated accosting by the kind waitress every time we walked past, we finally decided one Friday to pay this place a visit.
Must say my first reaction to this place was: bewilderment. I understood it was some kind of coffee place (hence black gold), so the 'casual French' seemed like it was an afterthought. Concept aside, the seating space wasn't very enticing - unless you're about the size of a 8 year old child, you can't possibly eat without knocking something over the postage-stamp-sized tables.
We had a 3-course dinner set at $26.90 with an ala carte main, and two wines all to share.
Mesclun salad with goat cheese - Salad looks like a mess (is that paprika sprinkled all over?) but actually tasted really nice. I didn't quite identify the raspberry dressing, but I liked the sweetness it lent to the saltiness of the goat cheese. Now this was actually a sizeable portion of salad - some places tend to give you itsy bitsy portions or dubious quality as part of a set meal, but definitely not here!
Poached salmon fillet - This was really pretty to look at, and tasted pretty d*** good. I thought the aioli sauce was unusual in a good way - it went excellently with the salmon (cooked perfectly) and the (seemingly random) drizzles of pesto.
Duck confit ($26.90) - Smell was great and the crisp on the outer bits was just excellent! The sweet apple/plum? sauce actually gave the slightly-dry duck a nice balance, and the caramelized onions and potato base - yum! Very much satisfied.
Warm chocolate pudding with lavender sauce - This is actually a lava pudding which oozed a wonderful stream of dark-ish chocolate into the puddle of lavender sauce. By the way the lavender sauce is really interesting! Never had lavender in this form before and I was really impressed. Even the vanilla ice cream was nice - it has lil wee chunks of chocolate chips in it.
Not exactly the most appealing spot from the outside, but the quality of food and service was really good. Apparently the place started off as a coffee place, but branched out to French cuisine after a tie up with a French chef, so I would have it in good faith that their coffee would be awesome too.
And did I mention no GST and service charge :)