Antoinette: 4th Anniversary Set Menu

Disregard my prejudices towards Antoinette please. A couple of macarons later and I was too quick to call the shots on the establishment. Time evidently helped to settle ill feelings and perhaps soothe out operational hiccups; years later I was back to sample the 4th Anniversary set menu at the local establishment that had taken to expanding its dominion to 2 other outlets outside of its Penhas Road headquarters.

In celebration of its 4th birthday, Chef Pang has rolled out a 4 course set menu available in May for a budget friendly $40++ per pax. The verdict after the jump. 

But first, let's talk CAKE.

Not just any ole' entrement, which are aplenty and impeccable looking in the display case that first greets the eye upon rolling into the joint. We're talking about a savoury cake, yes, you didn't hear me wrong. For Fathers' Day, Chef Pang has actuated a nordic smorgastarta inspired cake with light rye bread sandwiching various layers of smoked salmon, prawn cocktail and egg mayonnaise.

Oozing umami from every pocket, this towering stack of four layered goodness is reminiscent of having a Nordic styled sandwich, albeit inside out, with slatherings of cream cheese mascarpone chantilly all around for that little bit of sacharrine creaminess to balance out the odd perception of a cake with a good measure of seafood thrown in. Definitely a crowd pleaser and an immaculate centre piece for a Father's Day feast.

Moving back to the topic of the set menu, start off with Mosaic Vegetable Terrine, a delightful patchwork of assorted vegetables set in a gelatinous mixture served with pepper coulis and pesto. A refreshing way to start off the meal with its light flavors and visually stunning presentation.

Then, graduate to the Smoked Salmon Mousse with toasted levain. Another palate teaser that pleases the eyes once more with its lovely aesthetics, then goes one step further to tickle the taste buds with its successful combination of seafood, smoked salmon and intensely flavoured smoked salmon mousse, shards of crisp fried lotus roots helping to break the textural monotony.

A choice of mains include the Braised Beef Cheek or the Chicken Roulade. The Chicken Roulade of Morel Mushrooms and pistachio wrapped in savoy cabbage, potato puree, maderia sauce was once again picture perfect. The chicken roulade studded with various treasures, still moist and flavor packed whilst the crust browned uniformly all the way round  made for a tasty treat. 

The Braised Beef Cheek, potato puree, port jus is not a dish for sharing - you would probably want to keep the good stuff all to yourself. Slow cooked to a melt-in-your-mouth texture, the protein was absolutely smashing, best eaten in teenie mouthfuls with pomme puree that had the benefit of being smothered in lashings of butter.

Desserts are nothing short of spectacular with a Citrus Yogurt Sorbet with peach cream and poached apricot to conclude the final leg of the food festivities. Tangy notes combined with the nutty nuances from the pistachio microwave sponge sings in perfect unison and provides a clean ending to the meal.

The 4th Anniversary set menu also comes with a beverage, choice of coffee, tea, iced tea, hot chocolate or a glass of house pour wine. Only available till the end of this month, you'll be a fool not to grab a colleague and make our way there for lunch soon!

30 Penhas Road
t: 6293 3121

Operating Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11am - 10pm
Fri: 11am - 11pm
Sat: 10am - 11pm
Sun: 10am - 10pm

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