Pique Nique

Average: 3 (1 vote)

The buzz: The name’s French-sounding, but this month-old baby’s an American café. It’s also the first offering from the Sugar Daddy Group, with pastry maestro Pang Kok Keong running the show.

The vibe: While it deviates from the classic all-American diner color scheme, with mostly earth-toned furniture that affords it a casual yet modern feel, it’s still got a few coveted booth seats (thank goodness).

The food: Where do we start? For the lazy, there’s an all-day breakfast menu which includes savory pancakes or hot iron waffles with mash, bacon and sausage gravy ($13.50) and eggs any style with homemade corned beef and hash browns ($13). They’ve also got you covered for burgers and hot dogs, all served with fries, with offerings like The Normandy ($13), a beef burger with blue cheese, Fuji apple, Dijon mustard and caramelized onions, and The Hottest Dogg ($10), a pork sausage smothered in spicy meat sauce, relish and melted cheddar. But we really went weak in the knees for the perfectly crisp and well-seasoned, thick-cut Whoopie Fries ($8), as well as The ***** Mac ‘n’ Cheese ($16), made with five different cheeses: Montery Jack, mascarpone, blue cheese, gouda and cheddar. And of course, there’s an impressive selection of delectables to make dessert fiends go gaga, such as sticky date pudding ($10), fudge brownies ($5.50), à la minute donuts ($12) and whoopie pies ($1.80 upwards), just to name a few.

Why you’ll be back: If you’re jonesing for some good old American comfort food, breakfast at 8pm, or a hardcore sugar rush, this is the spot to hit.

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

We don’t like mall restaurants; there’s just something about dining at them that doesn’t sit right with us. Tricky thing really, considering we live in a city almost entirely populated by shopping centers. Once in a while however, we find the odd one or two that aren’t total duds. Pique Nique is one such example—a casual American diner occupying the spot where Micky D’s used to be and the first offering from the Sugar Daddy Group. The menu’s made up of the usual American staples: Hot dogs (from $8.50) and burgers (from $9.50), as well as all-day breakfast items like buttermilk pancakes ($7.50) and eggs, hash and corned beef ($13). We dug right in with Whoopie fries ($8), thick-cut, crispy and tossed in an addictive seasoning that had us loading on the carbs shamelessly. Our Firehouse cheeseburger ($12.50) soon intervened, with a juicy substantial beef patty, pepperoni, pickled jalapenos, hot ketchup, Monterey Jack cheese and even mayonnaise. Not the biggest, or hottest, we’ve ever had, but then again, size isn’t everything. Another crowd-pleaser was the unbelievably sinful ***** Mac ‘n’ Cheese ($16), made with five different cheeses: Gouda, cheddar, mascarpone, blue cheese and Montery Jack. Tasty and fattening? Oh yes, but worth every one of those five million calories. Same goes for dessert, a stodgy sticky date pudding ($10), complete with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and butterscotch sauce; we weren’t left wanting. While the food’s good and affordable, we found service here to be a little hit-or-miss. One of our servers was attentive and efficient, while the rest seemed more interested in chatting with each other. Despite the rather unfortunate location (they’re right across from KFC), it’s a decent spot for good ole American comfort grub or just those times when your tired aching feet are in desperate need of a break from a shopping marathon.

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

Venue Details
Address: Pique Nique, #B1-01 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 391A Orchard Rd., Singapore, Singapore
Phone: 6238-6705
Area: Orchard
Cuisine: American
Price Range: $
Open since: May, 2011
Opening hours: daily 10am-9pm
Nearest trainOrchard
Parking available: at Ngee Ann City
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