Last Saturday morning’s outing with my niece saw us at Ô Batignolles at Gemmill Lane. This cosy and tastefully decorated French bistro reminded me of my mornings in Paris – breakfasting at quaint cafes with small tables set close to each other. Ô Batignolles is not air-conditioned, but well ventilated with ceiling fans.
We both tried the Brunch “Parisien” that comes with a free flow of freshly baked, flaky and warm butter croissants. There was a choice of brioche, French toasts or pain au chocolate and egg dishes like Eggs Benedict, Eggs Pacifico, Scrambled Eggs or Eggs Cocotte plus tea or coffee and orange juice.
I am a self-professed connoisseur of croissants and therefore like them best when just baked or warmed in an oven just like they are delivered at Ô Batignolles along with my coffee! Only when croissants are hot or warm you can see, hear and feel the crispy shell with the soft, pillowy inner folds. Dunking the croissant in the coffee intensifies the sweetness of the coffee! And when I buttered the croissant and dunked it, there was a kind of luxurious creaminess oozing out to a heavenly taste.
The French toasts came with berries coulis and maple syrup. The next time I have breakfast there, I would ask for the French toasts to be well done. This time around though they were nice, I found them a bit too soggy for me. The sauce was just about right in sweetness with a few whole red currants. The Eggs Pacifico had a generous topping of smoked salmon on lightly toasted English muffins with salad on the side. The properly made hollandaise sauce was satiny and warm and I must say excellent. Very few restaurants can make the perfect hollandaise sauce in this part of the world.
We also ordered the Mixed Artisanal Cold Cuts and Gourmet Cheese platter. It was good deal at $22 and we got to taste some of the best cheeses (Comté, Blue des Basques and Camembert AOP) and cold cuts from different regions of France. My favourite cheese was the Comté (pronounced com-tay). It is a 24th month aged, semi-hard cheese made from unpasteurized cow’s milk from the Comté region of Eastern France. It had a mellow but complex flavour and I loved it when I ate it together with the juicy, plum grapes that came with the platter. I realized that this cheese tasted even better toward the end of our meal when the cheese came to room temperature.
The Bayonne cured ham from the South West of France had a wonderful delicate flavour. Apart from the ham, we also had Saucisson and Rosette. Saucisson is dry cured sausage and Rosette is a dry-cured coarse and rich pork sausage. The platter was enough for two persons. Blue cheese was not my favourite and I left it untouched. Only when the waitress came to give us the bill she told us that we could have told her that we do not eat blue cheese!
At the weekend brunch, champagne is sold by the glass at $10 and by the bottle at $60. There is an extensive wine list with several types sold by the glass as compared to other restaurants. This is good for those who want to try some fine wine from many parts of France. Kids have not been forgotten as I saw a few offerings in the kids’ menu, example Blueberry pancakes and Brioche with Nutella (good enough for adults too)
Ô Batignolles Wine Bar & French Bistrot
2 Gemmill Lane 069247 Singapore 069247
Tel : +65 6438 3913
Nearby MRT Stations: Telok Ayer, Chinatown
Opening Hours: Mon to Tue 11am – 12pm; Wed to Fri 11am – 1am; Sat 10am – 1am; Sun 10am – 10pm