Was out on a date with my neighbour and her baby, she was excited to try this new cafe called "Paris Baguette Cafe" that opened up in the middle of Wisma Atria in Orchard Road about 3 months ago, and it intrigued me the moment I caught sight of it.
I knew I'd want to share about this place with y'all because everything about it is interesting..
1) Paris Baguette Cafe. What an awful name, but it's kinda funny and it sticks.
2) It's not even from Paris. It is a popular Korean chain bakery.
3) Look at those flashy neon lights. So attention grabbing, so cheesy, so awesome.
Beautiful cakes that greet you at the front of the cafe!!! These are the kind of cakes you look at once, and just have to stare at them for a few seconds longer. I bake cakes too, but these look amazeballs. :)
Look at all those juicy mangoes!!!! OMG I died and went to cake heaven. I want to pluck those plump mango pieces off my computer screen and put them into my mouth. I have half a mind of going back there next time and buying this whole cake for myself.
It makes so much sense that this cafe is from Korea. You don't really see much of indulgent cakes such as oreo cheesecakes or chocolate truffle cakes at Paris Baguette Cafe. You see really light, fluffy, elegant, pretty cakes... which Korean girls wouldn't mind eating, because they're so pretty and light. How often do you see a fat Korean girl???
Awww this is SO gorgeous!!! *wants* I might just layer my cake with rose petals next time! What a fantastic idea.
If you're constantly on the look out for an all day brunch place in Singapore like I am, you can add Paris Baguette Cafe to your list. There's this one item that keeps me coming back.
Bacon Croissant Brunch, $17. Flaky croissant... crispy bacon piece... garlicky, butter mushrooms... side salad.. wedges with tomato sauce. MY kind of brunch!!!
The mushrooms are completely out of this worlddd.
I had this twice in a week because it was that good. I'd take this over Eggs Benedict or any other popular brunch food any day! If you love croissant, bacon or mushrooms (uh I love all three) then you NEED to try this. I find it very reasonable pricing because breakfast food prices tend to be on the high side for what it's worth normally, I think (IIRC) Paris Baguette Cafe does not have the 10% service surcharge, and GST is also included in the pricing.
17% at the end of the bill usually adds up to a lot y'know!! So this is definitely a plus. What you see is what you get.
The other main course for our brunch, Cheese Omelette With A Difference, $18.
I'd say it's decent enough but over priced for eggs, really. It's not that hard to make a good omelette (I make a mean one at home!) all you need is some butter, milk, and perfect timing. Oh and cracked black pepper + truffle oil makes scrambled eggs / omelettes DIVINE. This dish has got nothing on the bacon croissant but I suppose if you're mad about eggs and wanna go for a less sinful brunch, this would be it. Although I didn't appreciate how it was only half warm and a little bit too runny on the side...
Besides serving all day brunch items (other choices include pancakes and ratatouille), they're supposed to be well known for their bakery. To be honest I'm not that big a fan of bread at all, I look at pieces of bread like they're giant pieces of carbs, which essentially... is what it is. Although their bread items were quite aesthetically pleasing, I found the taste factor to have fallen flat on its face. My neighbour thought their pastries were decent though. *shrugs*
We didn't really have space in our stomachs after our main courses to try big pieces of bread, so we tried the petite looking Mushroom Foccacio, which was the most blah thing I've ever put in my mouth. Tasteless bread, cold mushrooms..... I didn't even bother taking a second bite.
The Chocolat Blanc, which is bread encasing a gooey white chocolate center, was ok... I think neighbourhood bakeries are generally better than them :/ I know these are strange bread choices but my friend picked them, so.....
If you walk over to the other side of the cafe, you'll find they also serve pre-packed sandwiches and salads. I've tried one salad which was meh (most cost around $8-9 per box) and my neighbour said her sandwich was also uninspiring.
They don't stand out at all and taste like just... food. It isn't bad, but it's certainly not great. They're just neatly packed and stacked, that's all. Save your money and calories, go for their brunch items or if you're that kinda person, try their breads. At least those were actually very fairly priced.
What does make an impression is their desserts. Evidently, from the start of this post you could tell.. I'm a big dessert person! :P
I was told Paris Baguette Cafe's star item is their Royal Pudding. They have mango and berry flavored puddings, that have a more panna cotta texture and taste than pudding. If you're expecting their mango pudding to taste like the typical kind you find in Chinese restaurants with milk, forget it. You're going to be disappointed. To me, it was like panna cotta with brown sugar. I liked it for its unique taste! I just wished the mango flavor was more sour and strong.
Strawberry Shortcake, $7.50
It looks like a sizeable portion in this photo, but it was pretty damn small in real life. Nevertheless, it's so pretty I couldn't not have it!!!! Texture was very light, elegant and fluffy, and was gone in seconds. Other than that, not really special... way too small a portion to properly enjoy it. Neighbourhood bakeries sponge cake also fluffy what, right? But I think that's the whole point of this strawberry shortcake - to be light, small, and pretty. Like I said, this cafe is targeted at ladies. You'll find at least 80% of their customers to be young and middled aged women, in their 20's and 30's. Even though I just said it was nothing too special and way too small a portion, I'd still probably order it again if I'm there. LOL because I am a fool for marketing gimmicks. And I wanna try all their other cakes!!! ...I'm a girl, what do you want from me?
My verdict is that Paris Baguette Cafe is a hit-and-miss place. I quite fancy their desserts and interesting brunch options (do we really need another place serving Eggs Benedict?), and also for the fact that it's in the middle of Wisma Atria, but I wouldn't bother with their breads and cold food.
Definitely still worth checking out at least once to see if you like it or not... and try the bacon croissant brunch that I recommended! :D I'm just happy whenever a new & interesting establishment pops up in Singapore's food scene.
Paris Baguette Cafe
435 Orchard Road #02-48/53, Wisma Atria
Tel: 6836 2010
Food quality: 3.5/5
Service / Ambience: 2/5 (Open concept, people walking past just stare at you eating. Menu has to be asked from the counter, staff relatively haughty..)
Value for Money: 3.5/5 (Good value for brunch items and breads, horrendous for drinks, just okay for desserts)
Most suitable for: Tai tais shopping in Orchard Road, new brunch place, girlfriends looking for a place to catch up, and boys who wanna bring their girls on an interesting lunch date. Not exactly suitable as a dinner or intimate place.