This French bistro and wine bar is named after a neighbourhood in Paris. Along with a comprehensive wine list of of over 55 labels, the eats are mostly standard French fare like croque monsieur, charcuterie platters and hanger steak.
I've often enjoyed a glass of wine here but today I tried the food and absolutely never, ever again. I had a dried up tasteless burger served on an over toasted bun with lumpy pink sauce and a tasteless combo of cheese and tomato. Poorest of quality. With this I was served some defrosted and over cooked potato wedges and for this depressing meal along with my glass of wine I had the ++ joy of paying over $41!!!!!
A revamped brunch menu now includes a decadent Champagne and Croissants brunch (yes croissants) served only on weekends from 11am to 4pm. For $89, this includes free flow bubbly and croissants, along with coffee/tea, freshly squeezed orange juice (we saw them bring in oranges), a choice of bread (4 option) and a choice of eggs (4 options). If you're not up for that, there's also the $29 brunch set which excludes the free flow champagne and croissants. Sandwiches and other brunch items are also available on the a la carte menu.
The pancakes were horrible and made us conclude that we should never order anything that isn't French at a French place. They were hard and dry and despite soaking them in the maple-ish syrup (i don't think it's real maple), it weren't enough to moisten the dough. MEH. Should have gone for the Brioche with Nutella or French Toast.
That said, the bread basket was fabulous. The croissant and the chocolate pain are deliciously buttery. Layers and layers of thin crisp goodness that peels and crackles away to reveal the moist, chewy and savory center. No additional butter required though butter is always lovely on croissants. One of the better croissants around Singapore. No kidding. Now i understand why they would have a Champagne and Croissant brunch. It was impossible to stop at just 1!
The croissants are available for takeaway. If i didn't remember wrongly, each small little baby costs $1.50. A little on the pricey side but they are too good to be missed. They certainly evoked deep wanderlust for France.
We had the Eggs Benedict and Eggs Pacifico, one with parma ham and the other with smoked salmon. I wasn't wowed by the eggs, they were adequate but again nothing mind blowing. A richer hollandaise sauce would have made the difference. The muffins used were quite good however.
I would make a trip back to O Batignolles for their out-of-this-world croissants but i'll never do their brunch sets again.
Service was a little too shoddy for my liking.
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