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True French dining experience Dec 15, 2012
The design of Agnès b. is more than fashion with her desire to clothe people's feelings, emotions and lives. Being a keen observer of daily life, she considered dining an important part of one's lifestyle, which truly is for most people, ourselves included. 'le pain grillé' means 'toasted bread' in French, which is an essential element in French daily diet. Of course, it does not mean just a piece of bread but rather an iconic symbol to French cuisine. Integrating the concepts of French cafe, bistro and cake shop, let us begin our voyage discovering the authenticity of French food!
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Agnès b. Special Black Tea
The black tea leaves were very fragrant and typically, they were more oxidized compared to its relative oolong, green and white teas. As such, black tea is generally stronger in terms of taste, flavour and colour of brew. A perfect wake-up cup of afternoon tea was in place for the lady before the food test, but how about the coffee?
Afternoon tea set for 2 ($318/-)
The scones were crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. It was fragrant and thoughtfully being sliced into half. There was a good 'buttery' flavour and taste to the scone itself, but it could be richer like that tried at Robuchon. This is however a purely personal preference but I would certainly enjoy this scone over and over on any given day.
Warm prawn, polenta cake and avocado mousse
Personally I did not quite enjoy this as much due to the prawn being overcooked. The prawn was crunchy but barely and the surface had a stiffened texture to it. It might be owed to airing or exposure. The texture of the polenta cake was good but it lacked thickness and mass. The size and texture of the prawn dominated this treat and the sweetness from the cake but the richness from the avocado mousse compensated. It was thick and rich in texture due to its density, yet mild and subtle in its flavour. It would have been a perfect mouthful bite if the polenta cake had greater mass to give the snack more volume and sweetness to balance the flavours.
Smoked duck breast and confit cherry with quinoa
Cod fish and leek
Mascarpone and Nuts Shooter
Most foodies should be familiar with mascarpone, which is an Italian cream cheese, coagulated with citric acid. The mascarpone carried a rich and sustaining taste yet the texture was light. The chopped nuts on the surface of the cheese gave a gritty, coarse texture to go along with the smooth cream cheese. Certainly a good shooter to titillate your taste buds a little and get them prepared for the sweet treats coming up.
After some background introduction, on to the actual food tasting. To be perfectly honest, I was rather disappointed. The shape seemed rather 'willy-wonky' and did not look too stable on the plate. It was too dense and tasted too much of the flour despite the chewy texture which was good. Being a sweet treat, the caramelized crust was insufficient to bring out the much desired nectarous nature of this snack.
I felt that the cheese puff was too salty for my liking. Despite the crisp texture on the outside contrasted with a light and fluffy interior with pockets of air, the overall after-taste was too dry. I was expecting some moist cream on the inside to neutralize the texture but it was actually cheese which added a tinge of salinity to the taste. Perhaps it was not what I had in mind prior to tasting, but it certainly did not deliver a pleasant surprise on the after-taste - too dry and salty, I would pass on that on any other given day.
Fruit tartlets (Melon and pineapple)
The bases to the tarts were solid crusts and it was the cookie-biscuit type. Depending on individual, the custard on the inside and the stiff crust went 'okay' by my standard though I felt it was rather pedestrian and nothing too impressive to blow me away. The chopped fruits and nuts scatted at the top gave a good contrast in terms of texture, with the crunch from nuts and a sweet mellow softness from the fruits.
Supplementary Information:The ambiance of the restaurant was cosy and with a quiet setting, it was the perfect place for couples on a lazy Sunday, friends to catch up over some tea and coffee or even for a more formal event such as business lunch. The service of the waiting staffs were impeccable and they were attentive to our requests. I must commend on the generous offering in terms of fine quality ingredients used and the thoughtfulness of the restaurant in general. They provided Aesop brand hand wash and on top of that, luxurious Aesop hand lotion were supplemented for customers' usage. This was our first visit and certainly would not be the last for this was a true French dining experience infused into one's lifestyle and certainly left us with a good impression.
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