CANELE PATTISERIE (SINGAPORE):
My socialite BFF kept raving about Canelé Pattiserie. So naturally I thought the food here must have been like - Wow, right? I was so wrong.
It is an upmarket eaterie for sure. Expect to pay premium prices. An average meal (soup or salad, main dish and dessert) can set you back by S$50.00 (minimum) per pax. Wine/drinks not inclusive. Don’t get me wrong. I really don’t mind paying IF the food is good and the service is par excellence. But for sub-standard service and average food - No Way, Jose!
Let’s start with the service here. We visited the outlet at Raffles City Shopping Center and the servers looked clueless, glum…and, really hopeless in general. If I am paying alot to dine here, I do expect some attentive and great service! So on a scale of 1-5, I’d rate the service level here: 0 (yes, 0 as in ZERO!).
Food-wise, it is nothing great. I have tasted better food at other eateries if you are comparing apples to apples with regards to prices.
So, for starters, we had the Cream of Mushroom Soup. It was nice. But not great. Then we had the Salad Canelé (with Smoked Salmon). This was lovely. It could be because I am a huge lover of salmon! Smoked or Raw - I just love Salmon! ;-) My main course was the Provencal Chicken Stew with Pasta (see pic). On a scale of 1-5, I’d rate this dish: 2.5/5. It could be better. Really.
My BFF had their house speciality - Crepes (see pic). She was really raving about their crepes! Hm… Seriously, I think this BFF of mine loves this place because it is….well, you know… a little bourgeois. Not because the food is THAT great and will bowl you over! ;-) If she reads this review, I am a dead duck ;-)
There is however ONE saving grace about this eaterie: their mouthwatering sumptuous dessert!! On a scale of 1-5, I’d give their desserts here a 5/5! Yes, full marks, baby! Oh my, just take a look at the photo of the desserts we ate. It was decadent but FABULOUS! Incidentally, the desserts here at not cheap either. But it’s worth it.
Now, if only they can improve on the service level here….
For now, I don’t think I’d be in a hurry to return. Unless of course my dear socialite BFF, the Langster drags me here! Due to our busy schedules (hers and mine), we only get to meet up once a month on a Friday for lunch. Yeah, I have too many friends and BFFs whom I have to keep in contact with :-( Sigh. Life of a busy bee ain’t easy huh?
(The Raffles City Outlet)
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-46/47
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6334 7377
(The Paragon Outlet)
290 Orchard Road, #B1-K8
Paragon Shopping Mall