Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie

December 12, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie
15 Stamford Road
#01-82 Capitol Galleria


http://www.angelina-paris.fr/en/


Reowned French Tea Room With Tasty Desserts & Mains

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $70 per person.


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Founded in 1903 by confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer in Paris, France, the Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie is a reowned retailer of artisanal French pastries and desserts, particularly popular with the Parisian aristocracy and celebrities. Named for the daughter-in-law of the founder, Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie opened their 1st Southeast Asia branch in Singapore, within the revamped Capitol Galleria, in May 2015. For their 1st Christmas, Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie has launched a special festive menu, featuring traditional French winter dishes enjoyed during the holiday season in France!

Ambience at Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie is bespoke elegance, designed by architect Edouard-Jean Niermans. The place has a charming, refined sophistication, with colour themes of white against wood, elegant yet comfortable furniture in sturdy wood with marble tops, fine crockery, and a open concept seating area that lines the "street". While the layout of seats are closely packed, it still manages to feel like a tranquil place to chill, and while away the time chatting with friends, very much like the typical French Parisian cafes! I also like the small side tables provided to place your belongings. A drawback in ventilation, the place can get rather warm.

Service at Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie is very good. Staff are friendly and polite, quickly greeting and seating guests. If questioned about the menu, they are able to describe dishes simply and accurately. I like that they proactively offered to top up our water glass, as well as asked for feedback on the meal. They're quick to clear away empty / dirty tables, and carry themselves with a professional, unhurried air. I find service to be attentive and personal, very good! When a diner next to ours accidently knocked over her glass, which smashed on the floor, staff gently enquired if they were all right, quickly moved them to another table, and cleared up the mess.

Food at Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie is classic French, and as a patisserie, they naturally offer very good artisanal desserts! But their appetizers and main courses are just as tasty, made with fresh ingredients, and well executed. Portions are designed for individuals, but vary from dish to dish, some are large, some are small. Consistency is good, the kitchen maintains quality in each dish. Prices are high, as reflective of a restaurant, but the overall package makes it very good value for money, and I find it worthwhile to dine at Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie. Will definitely return again!


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Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie Signage


Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie Exterior


Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie Interior


Angelina Tea Room And Patisserie Menu


Table Setting



The complimentary Artisan Country Bread and Artisan Olive Bread is just lovely. A crisp exterior gives way easily to a soft, fluffy, slightly chewy interior. Cracking with a soft crunch, the freshly baked bread is pretty good on its own, even without butter.

Artisan Country Bread


Artisan Olive Bread



The Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L'Africain (SGD $13) is a decadent, luxurious dessert beverage, smooth and thick with a viscous texture, deep and rich in chocolate taste. A complex blend of 3 different African cocoa beans from Niger, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire, this sweet velvet is served with a cup of chantilly cream, which helps cut through the richness. Excellent, among the best hot chocolates I've had. Highly recommended!

Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L'Africain 01


Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L'Africain 02


Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L'Africain 03



There is a Old-Fashioned Iced Chocolate L'Africain (SGD $13) available, and while it's just as rich and thick in texture, I find this cold version less appealing and satisfiying than the hot version. It's served with the whipped cream on top, which is essential for thinning the beverage, otherwise, it's too thick to drink comfortably.

Old-Fashioned Iced Chocolate L'Africain 01


Old-Fashioned Iced Chocolate L'Africain 02


Old-Fashioned Iced Chocolate L'Africain 03



The large bowl of Traditional Onion Soup (SGD $18) is done classic French style, with loads of warm, soft, caramelised onions in a savoury brown onion soup / broth. Hearty, comforting, and rich in flavour, the soup / broth comes served with 2 thick slices of French bread, over which is melted a duo of gruyere and parmesan cheese. Love how the cheese becomes so stringy from the heat! Best eaten slow, because it's piping hot. Good dish!

Traditional Onion Soup 01


Traditional Onion Soup 02


Traditional Onion Soup 03



Feel the Lobster Bisque (SGD $22) is tasty, but not value for money. A thick, almost creamy soup / broth, rich with crustacean flavour, is poured into a really shallow plate (not even a bowl), which contains a single Norwegian langoustine / Norway lobster, and a dollop of sour cream infused with brandy. The langoustine is fresh, but has a tiny amount of meat. Not worth ordering despite the delicious taste, skip this.

Lobster Bisque 01


Lobster Bisque 02


Lobster Bisque 03



Loved the Seafood Bouillabaisse Risotto (SGD $32)! The al-dente risotto rice is infused with a French bouillabaisse fish soup / broth, which makes it savoury sweet, with a hint of floral tomato aroma. The seafood is varied and fresh, with 4 mussels, 2 prawns, and a generous amount of baby squid and deshelled crab meat. So generous that it's possible to have squid or crab meat in every mouthful! Very good value for money, I loved this dish. Highly recommended!

Seafood Bouillabaisse Risotto 01


Seafood Bouillabaisse Risotto 02


Seafood Bouillabaisse Risotto 03



The Beef Cube Roll (SGD $35), also known as the cube roll steak / scotch fillet / rib eye boneless, is a cut of beef known for its intense meaty flavour, and is incredibly succulent. The version here comes from a 120 days, grain fed Australian Angus, and I suggest getting it done medium rare. So fork tender, the meat yields easily, and has full, savoury flavour with a hint of grain. Served with nicely roasted potatoes, and a savoury salty red wine veal jus, which should be used sparingly. Delicious, but slightly expensive for this portion size.

Beef Cube Roll 01


Beef Cube Roll 02


Beef Cube Roll 03



The classic French Croque Monsieur (SGD $21) is so tasty here! A large, crisp, thick French toast, stuffed with gooey emmental cheese, layered with slices of savoury salty ham, then covered in whipped eggs and more cheese! Despite the rather large looking sandwich, the bread itself is thin, as the emmantal cheese makes up its bulk. Served with a decent and forgettable mesclun salad. I absolutely loved the French fries, these thin shoestring fries have a slightly crisp exterior, with a fluffy soft interior that has a strong potato flavour. Light hint of salt, truffle oil, and herbs, make this really flavourful... delicious!

Croque Monsieur 01


Croque Monsieur 02


Croque Monsieur 03


Croque Monsieur 04


Croque Monsieur 05



The famous house signature dessert, Le Mont-Blanc (SGD $14), is named for the highest mountain in the Alps. Meaning "White Mountain" in French, this rich and decadent dessert features an airy meringue base, topped with luscious, light, and smooth whipped cream, covered with strips of earthy chestnut cream vermicelli noodles. While the taste comes through fine, I personally didn't like this dessert, as I felt the taste of the chestnut was too strong.

Le Mont-Blanc 01


Le Mont-Blanc 02


Le Mont-Blanc 03



If a Paris-Brest got together with a Cream Puff and had a kid, the result would be the Paris-New York Pastry (SGD $13). This modern reinterpretation has a chewy, light choux pastry shell, filled with a crunchy pecan praline, layered with a light pecan praline cream, topped with a choux pastry cap and a pecan nut. Equal parts sweet and nutty, chewy and creamy, it's a fairly good dessert.

Paris-New York Pastry 01


Paris-New York Pastry 02


Paris-New York Pastry 03



The Tarte Au Citron (SGD $10) is a classic French lemon tart, with a buttery and crumbly pastry tart shell, filled with smooth lemon cream curd. Taste is balanced, you get a hit of the sour zesty flavour of the lemon, offset by the sweetness of the custard. Excellent! The toppings of soft marshmallows lend some texture, I love how pillow like they are, just melting away in the mouth.

Tarte Au Citron 01


Tarte Au Citron 02


Tarte Au Citron 03



For the month of December 2015, a special, all-day festive Christmas menu is available! This 3-Course Christmas Set Meal (SGD $60) comes with a choice of 1 starter, 1 main course, and 1 dessert of the day. The starters and main courses are special festive creations, classic rustic French dishes typically enjoyed during the winter months in France. Choose to add-on the 2 Glass Wine Pairing (SGD $25) for additional enjoyment!

Hailing from the city of Lyon, in the Rhone-Alpes region of France, the Chestnut & Madeira Veloute is a creamy, velvety smooth soup / broth, traditionally consumed in winter. Made with chicken stock, water, pureed roasted chestnuts, butter, onions, salt, and a Portuguese Madeira fortified wine, then topped with a light milk foam, edible flowers, a touch of spice for colour, and fresh herbs. Taste is savoury, sweet, earthy, and nutty, a delightful melody of flavours on the palate. Excellent, wish it could be on the regular menu. Highly recommended!

Chestnut & Madeira Veloute 01


Chestnut & Madeira Veloute 02


Chestnut & Madeira Veloute 03



The decadent Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Rhubarb Compote, Fruits Toast is a festive take on their regular dish. The fruits toast are 2 slices of crisp bread, studded with dried raisins, which lend some sweetness. On one slice is spread a tangy, sweet sour rhubarb compote, which tasted delicious! But the star is the pan-seared foie gras, fatty and meaty, with a creamy, oily texture, and a medium doneness. The combination of the oily foie gras and toast work well together. As a final touch, crushed pistachio nuts and edible flowers lend texture and aroma. Good dish!

Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Rhubarb Compote, Fruits Toast 01


Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Rhubarb Compote, Fruits Toast 02


Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Rhubarb Compote, Fruits Toast 03



The Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce may need to be improved. Texture of some pieces were tender, while others were tough. Fortunately, staff volunteered to change the dish for me. The duck is savoury with a slightly gamey taste of poultry, though this is offset by the rich and sweet mango slices and cranberry compote. The potato and straw mushroom cake was utterly delightful, and delicious. Overall though, the portion size was small, and left me feeling slightly hungry. Personally, I wouldn't order this again.

Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce 01


Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce 02


Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce 03


Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce 04


Baked Duck Breast, Christmas Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce 05



Loved the Walnut Crusted Halibut, Citrus Fennel, Hot & Sour Trout Roe Vinaigrette, with its tender, flaky, firm white halibut fish flesh, generously covered in a savoury salty, herb and crushed walnut crust. The fennel and radish are soft yet retain some crunch, and pair well with the slices of mandarin orange and grapefruit, which lend a sweet sour taste, and a fruity, juicy texture. The hot and sour trout roe is surprising, bursting with an intense, salty briny flavour in the mouth, and helps to enhance the flavour of the fish. I personally felt it was a little too strong for my liking though. But it's still an above average dish, worth ordering!

Walnut Crusted Halibut, Citrus Fennel, Hot & Sour Trout Roe Vinaigrette 01


Walnut Crusted Halibut, Citrus Fennel, Hot & Sour Trout Roe Vinaigrette 02


Walnut Crusted Halibut, Citrus Fennel, Hot & Sour Trout Roe Vinaigrette 03



The Eclair Vanilla has a thin, light choux pastry, with a slightly chewy texture, though it isn't as fragrant as elsewhere. Coated with a yummy vanilla cream glaze that isn't overly sweet, and filled with a light vanilla custard within. Decent dessert, is 1 of 2 choices for the Christmas Set Meal dessert of the day.

Eclair Vanilla 01


Eclair Vanilla 02


Eclair Vanilla 03



The house wine changes daily, ask staff for the varietal before deciding. Some days, the house red wine could be a Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon, while the house white wine could be a Riesling, Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc. The 2 Glass Wine Pairing (SGD $25) for the Christmas Set Meal is more value for money than ordering an individual glass of wine at SGD $14 each.

Wine Riesling


Wine Pinot Noir



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