Antoinette's not a new player in Singapore's dessert scene. With well-regarded Chef Pang behind it, Antoinette gained a reputation even before it opened. It's conceptualised as per it's namesake, featuring salon de thé reminiscent of the Palais du Versailles and classic French fare.
I used to frequent Antoinette when it just opened, cause they were one of the best patisseries in town. Great food like their savoury crêpes and gnocchi carbonara made it a wonderful place for lunch and tea. After the wonderful entrêmets I've recently had at Kki Sweets, I revisited Antoinette hoping to find the lovely desserts I once loved so much.
At 6pm that day they didn't have much left to order, so we ended up with just 3 cakes - and fortunately for that too. While the cakes were decent and nice, they paled in comparison to the complexity and depth I'm completely spoilt with at Kki.
Opera Matcha ($9++) - Green tea mascarpone mousse, chestnut cremeux, almond crumble, green tea finger sponge
Points to having strong flavours that were discernible. The matcha flavour was strong, yet not bitter and was very delicately sweetened; the chesnut cremeux added a welcomed nuttiness. Despite the great flavour profile, the Opera Matcha tasted overly dense with its multiple layers of sponge. While the original Opéra Gateau had syrup and ganache to keep it moist, Antoinette's matcha rendition had too much sponge and too little mousse, causing the cake to end up fairly dense and dry.
Café Noix ($9++) - Coffee genoise, espresso, walnut nougatine, coffee crème mousseline
Similar to the former entrêmet, this too had great flavours, but ended up tasting a little dry and dense. The mousseline was not light nor creamy enough to balance of the dense layer of genoise cake; and with 2/3 of the cake formed of drier components, that became the crippling factor. I liked the nougatine, which gave the cake a crunch and more textural balance.
Antoinette ($10++) - Milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate earl grey tea cremeux, raspberry coulis, earl grey tea crumble
This remains my favourite of Antoinette's pretty cakes. A heavier, sinful and decadent chocolate mousse lightened by the strong fragrance of earl grey tea, layered with great textures, and presented beautifully with that encased ball of raspberry coulis. Wonderfully composed dessert. On this visit however, the mousse lacked that strong earl grey oomph I so loved.
There isn't anything exceptionally bad about Antoinette's cakes; in fact they are still one of the best patisseries around. Their entrêmets are still very much delicious and decent. It is only when pit against Kki that Antoinette seems less complex and slightly underwhelming.
333A Orchard Road
Mandarin Gallery #02-33/34
6836 9527 (No reservations)
Opens daily from 11am-10pm