Madame Patisserie, as its name suggests, is a casual hang out by the pier at Boat Quay.
With a desserts with all day breakfast and food to match, the place is ideal for that wondering tai tai looking for that long afternoon tea.
With some bites like burgers and salmon terriyaki as some of the food options, the thing to try though is the desserts - especially the strawberry ones. Expect lighter balance "Japanese" style desserts.
Cute little looking cafe with its faux grass patch in its alfresco area by the river.
Lemon Meringue Tart ($4.50++)
The tart is surprising soft and easily slices off with a fork. It tastes slightly tart and not too sweet.
Shepherd’s Pie ($11.90++)
Minced Lamb in a savoury tomato based sauce with carrots, celery and onions. Topped with Mashed Potatoes. It comes with a choice of Waldorf, Potato or Green Salad. The main course also served with a drink.
I could barely taste the mashed potatoes which is overwhelmed by the melted cheese. The minced lamb mixture below it tastes quite watery. The waldorf salad that served with it is quite crunchy and light.
High Tea Set with a pot of tea ($32++)
The rooibos vanilla tea is served in a pot with a teabag and tastes quite thick and nice.
At the top tier, it is buttery scones (Plain & Raisin), accompanied by butter & a selection of homemade Jams (strawberry, blueberry, pineapple and chocolate raspberry). The scone is very soft and buttery, topped with the various jams ( especially the pineapple jam) it tastes even better.
At the second tier, it is filled with different sandwiches.
Egg Mayonnaise sandwich
Egg Mayonnaise in a soft brioche bun with scorched cheddar
Quite cute looking and tastes quite soft and buttery.
Smoked Chicken sandwich
Shredded smoked chicken with espelette pepper mayonnaise on focaccia
Tastes light and buttery.
Smoked Salmon sandwich
Smoked salmon with trio of pickled onions, gherkins & capers on multigrain bread
A simple and not too salty sandwich.
Thinly sliced cucumbers & cream cheese layered on white loaf
It tastes quite crunchy and refreshing.
At the bottom tier, it is filled with assorted mini desserts.
Vanilla mousse with Lychee jelly
The jelly sits on a thin layer of sponge and is very soft and smooth but I could barely taste any hint of vanilla.
Hazelnut-Chocolate ganache in a tart
Beware of the melted chocolate which is quite sticky to eat but tastes quite chocolaty.
Smooth & delicate raspberry cheesecake
Feel that it tastes more like a mousse cake than a cheesecake.
Lemon & Blueberry Crumble
Moist lemon cake with blueberries topped with crumble
Tastes quite light.
Overall the food is not bad, but quite on the high side. The place is quite nice looking, but a bit hot with the spot lights shining straight down at the table. The table is also a bit small that we have a bit of problem of fitting the dishes in. Maybe the staff should have timed the serving before or let us move to a bigger table.
The ham served for All Day Breakfast is dry and rubbery. As a patisserie, can't believe their waffles can be that bad! It's dry, not fluffy and no taste. Worst of all, it has a hair inside the waffle! The Iced Coffee is the only thing that's okay. Overall, it's extremely overpriced for the quality of food being served.
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The first thing that come to your mind when you mention Madam Patisserie is of course Pastry. Burger, Shepherd's Pie or Teriyaki Salmon will hardly come across your mind. This time around I receive an invitation from HungryGoWhere on behalf of Madam Patisserie to sample their new bistro menu.
The décor of this place has simple yet elegant look. The colour combination of baby blue, tangerine and white just astonishing. When you enter the shop, you will be bedazzled with the pastries selection such as pineapple upside down cake, lemon drizzle cake, Lemon Meringue Tart, sample of High Tea set and croissants.
For seating, you can choose for indoor and outdoor seating. My suggestion is go for the outdoor seating, under the tent. The scenery is just fantastic, as it is facing the Singapore river.
We started our sampling from Madame Burger ($14.90) and Teriyaki Salmon ($14.90). The patties of the burger is tender and juicy. The honey oats buns is light and tasty. The pink caramelised onion is just so inviting. Teriyaki Salmon is served with steamed rice. The salmon is perfectly cooked, the teriyaki sauce is quite thick but goes well with the rice and pickled cucumber.
For the Shepherd's Pie ($11.90), they use mince lamb for the meat base. The ingredients fillings are quite good, topped with mashed potatoes and mozzarella cheese. It was baked before serving to create the crispy topping. The taste can be slightly gamey due to the lamb. So if you can't take gamey taste, avoid this dish.
Their all day breakfast ($16.90) is not something that I would recommend. The dish is just too simple, just like your home cook breakfast. Grilled Ham is just a no no for me, as it is too saltish and kind of a waste though. The best part of this dish is actually the toast, which was soft in the inside with an light crispy exterior.
The desserts here are still the star. Pink Indulgence ($18) is my top choice. Trio of strawberry mille feuille, strawberry panna cotta & strawberry granita. The feuile is just thin and light. You can taste the intense flavour of the strawberry in the panna cotta, while the granita was just refreshing.
For other desserts review such as Coffee Soufﬂé ($19), the Churros ($16) or Warm Chocolate Cake ($18) check here.
Service on my second visit, just two words “IMPROVEMENT NEEDED”. We find the service staff's attitude is simply cold or should I say that they do not seem to be interested in serving us. Table was not set properly, even serviette was insufficient.
The verdict: I personally find that Madame Patisserie is performing below its standard. With a little more fine tuning in different area, it can definitely delivery a memorable dining experience. It is not everyday you find the a la-carte desserts are more expensive then normal a la carte menu. It does show, that desserts here are still the main attraction. Cheers!!
I dined at Madame Patisserie as part of the HGW foodtasting group on one warm and humid weekday evening. As the indoor seating is limited we sat near the river where the tables can take our party of 6. There are 2 Madame Patisserie, the one at 27 Mackenzie Road is stronger in dining while the 76 Boat Quay specialized in desserts We tried some of the mains since it is a dinner tasting, the prices are reasonable but the dish concept and execution could be a bit more unique but like I said, this is more a dessert place. Madame Patisserie’s Breakfast Platter $16.90 - quite ordinary, why not jazz it up with poached eggs instead of sunny side up? Beef Stew $14.90 - beef is a tad stringy and the gravy could do with more kick. accompanying baguette is heavenly though Teriyaki Salmon $14.90 - pretty ordinary stuff u can get at food courts Shepherd’s Pie $11.90 - My fav, good combination of minced lamb, tomato sauce and creamy mashed potates We also sampled the Hi tea set that comes with a selection of home made jams, it came in a fancy 3 tier circular structure. And now comes the highlights...... Pink Indulgence - Trio of strawberry mille feuille, strawberry panna cotta & strawberry granita $18 - this is definitely designed for strawberry afficianos! creative presentation of the fruit in 3 forms Warm Chocolate Cake $18 - warm molten chocolate oozing out from the interior, heavenly! Churros with Hot Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Cream $16 - generous serving of churros in a conical paper on a metal stand Coffee Soufflé $19 - strong coffee aroma with warm souffle, the combination works Apple and mango tart tartin $17 - seems quite ordinary, or were my taste buds overpowered by the strong coffee, chocolate desserts?
Madame Patissierie or Madame is well known for it's sweet dishes. They are still excellent: lava coffee cake, tea time trays served in a 3 tiered carrier, all remain excelelnt. They started to offer savoury items to complement the sweets - for the hungry men I think.
Food: They've added a great tasting hand made burger with a special almond encrusted bun. Meat is fresh tasting, bun is sweetish, and sides great. They also have a shepherd's pie served in an oval dish that has fresh meat and slightly soft potato top. Liked it too. We also tried the all day breakfast: sausages, mushroom, egg, bread. They could have used a french bread or loaf to up the presentation instead of the square bread, food for the hungry boyfriend/husband who may not like sweets ! A cup of churros with a cream and choc dip is also delicious. Teryaki salmon for the non-meatarians. Overall a good combination of top quality desserts - sweets, with savouries for the not too sweet toothed.
Value: Boat quaty mid-level prices, not low but good.
Service: Pleasant staff, call button at the table because we were seated on the pier side.
Ambience: Scores high because of the location next to the water, with a view of downtown Singapore.