Mon - Thu: 07:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat: 07:00 - 00:00
Sun: 07:00 - 23:00
Tuxedo is Singapore's chic destination for those who appreciate fine coffee, cakes, pastries and sandwiches. The cafe offers a selection of items like French croissants, cheesecakes and the Signature Tuxedo cake made with Valrhona chocolate. Tuxedo Cafe is a loving tribute to European coffeehouse culture, embodying definitive style and elegance.
Tuxedo Cafe is a loving tribute to European coffeehouse culture, embodying definitive style and elegance. The immaculate decor complete with glossy floorboards and black-bowed chairs, brings out the touch of class in utterly comfortable settings tended by a service crew that brings service up to top notch.
We started with a Quiche (SGD$6.00) filled with mushrooms and cheese, with an incredible crust that was solid and soft at the same time, retaining a lovely buttery flavour so it held its own perfectly well. Each bite held a subtle crunch to it, connecting well with the smooth custard-like texture of the cheese.
The Mini Cakes (SGD$2.50 for 3 pieces) were too tempting and affordable to resist, so we succumbed, selecting a trio to try - namely the Chocolate one, the Chocolate Truffle one and the Cheesecake one. Don't underestimate the power of these small cake minions - their allure is by lingering in the mouths deliciously after you get over their soft, velvety sweet flavours, so that you keep yearning to go back for more, or wishing they'd come in regular slices.
Following that, we had some very fluffy Waffles by the name of "Strawberry Shortcake" (SGD$15.00), an excellent recommendation by the lady who tended to us. Upon taking the first bite, we knew what they meant by watching out for the "texture" when we commented on its beauty. The waffles were extremely fluffy! - so light and crispy and melty, literal food-falls treading upon the tongue like a dance. The pairing of cream and raspberry ice-cream completed this dessert perfectly. We were wowed, that's all I could say.
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Tuxedo just introduced an all-Day Waffle Set for 10.80++ SGD, it was pretty good value-for-money offer as the set came with a decently sized warm, crispy and fragrant waffle served with maple syrup, butter and berry compote along with a coffee/tea of your choice.
I like their Tuxedo Cake too which is a generous slice of chocolate cake that is moist, rich and not too heavy on the palate. There is also a cake set for 11.80 nett and all pastries are half-price after 9pm. Their Sundried Tomato Loaf and quiches are really good too.
Located at lobby level, the cafe was impeccably proper in black and white. The contrasting colors would’ve been dull if not for the warm earth tones of the highly polished walls and floor, while lush carpets provided a little luxury. There were even bow tie motifs on chairs and menus for a touch of whimsy. Pleasantly quiet and laid-back, we were glad to have found a nice chill out spot on Saturday right smack in the middle of an overcrowded city area.
Arriving at seven-ish, the pastry counter looked rather forlorn. Two cakes caught my fancy but only one piece each were left standing amid the sparse selection. We decided to reserve them while we had sandwiches first.
The drinks came lukewarm. Not impressive though they weren’t too shabby.
K chose from a range of hand-pulled italian coffee and the café latte ($7.30) wasn’t overly bitter. We didn’t need to add sugar as there’s no sour aftertaste.
I had hot chocolate ($7.30) which was a tad milky though sweetness was alright. Still, it’s a far cry from how I liked the drink to be.
The baguette with tuna, capers, parsley and sliced cucumbers ($8.50) appeared dry at first glance but it wasn’t too bad, while the baguette was soft with a crispy crust.
On the other hand, the sourdough with roasted beef, brie, spinach and seeded mustard ($10.50) could really use a bit more dressing, though the meat was tender and flavorful.
Despite featuring freshly baked breads, we thought the sandwiches were unremarkable and portions weren’t as hearty as we expected, especially given the prices. However, the pastries were more memorable so our trip wasn’t a complete waste.
The apple pandan cheese cake ($5.80) comprised of a top layer of apple jelly – its tanginess went well with creamy cheese – while the base of kueh lapis offered a distinct pandan aroma. We discovered it’s best to eat the dense cake base on its own since the pandan flavor tended to be overshadowed by the apple jelly. No doubt the unique combo produced an enticing texture but in terms of taste, the three elements didn’t quite work hand in hand.
Our favorite turned out to be the chocolate raspberry cake ($5.80). The pairing of luscious chocolate with tart raspberry was simply marriage made in heaven. Moist chocolate sponge alternated beautifully with smooth chocolate mousse while the raspberry compote in the center added some zest to the richness. Gleaming with a thin coat of dark chocolate ganache and topped with raspberry bits, this decadent piece of sweet indulgence rested on a crispy layer of hazelnut praline.
As an afterthought, we ordered a croissant ($3.50) before calling it a day. Not only did it lack a good crisp, it’s also prone to collapsing but the flavor was adequate.
Curiosity brought us to the open kitchen across the lobby on our way out. A chef was seen retrieving perfectly shaped croissant dough from a carton box for baking. Nothing out of the ordinary, except big bold letters on the side screamed DELIFRANCE. Now, that really got me wondering…
Our experience left something to be desired but considering the peaceful atmosphere, we wouldn’t mind returning to try the savories – pies and tarts seemed positively mouthwatering.