Antoinette Penhas Road

The buzz: The Sugar Daddy Group’s been super busy, what with the opening of their first establishment, American-style Pique Nique, and now French patisserie and salon du thé Antoinette (in homage to Marie Antoinette). They’ve also got another two Antoinette outlets slated to open at Mandarin Gallery (very, very soon) and The Scarlet Hotel (by August).

The vibe: With dusty rose velvet and dark wood seats, marble tables, liberal splashes of gold and soft French music playing, it’s all about creating a very believable if somewhat over the top Parisian-inspired ambiance. It’ll be a sure hit with the tai tais.

The food: Well-known pastry chef Pang Kok Keong is responsible for the expansive menu that includes all-day breakfast items such as eggs done any style with truffle shavings ($20), country-style baked omelet with potato, bacon, onion and mushroom ragoût ($15), and pain perdu (French toast) with caramelized bananas ($10.50), as well as foie gras terrine with peach chutney ($23), bouef bourguignon ($28) and a selection of sweet and savory crêpes ($14.50 upwards). We were particularly excited about the mindboggling smorgasbord of delectables including chocolate bon bons ($3 upwards), cakes ($6.50 upwards) and pastries ($2.50 upwards), of which the caneles ($2), kouglof ($2.80 upwards)—almond flakes- and raisin-studded caster sugar-coated broiche—and Brittany macarons ($2.50)—filled with fleur de sel-kissed caramel—are our top picks.

Why you’ll be back: It’s a hidden gem built for a teatime treat for the ladies, but it also serves up more substantial offerings that won’t alienate the men. Plus, the sweets alone are enough to tempt us.

Have you tried the brittany macaron? It’s one of I-S Magazine’s 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2011).