Paul bakery recently opened it’s first branch in Singapore and I wanted to see whether it is as good as it is in Europe hence my visit last Thursday. I had lunch together with my mom, who’s visiting me for a few days and Jenny, my ex-colleague.
At Paul (Singapore), you can enjoy their wide selection of pastries, breads and hot meals either to dine-in or for take-away.
My personal all-time Paul bakery favourite is the plain croissant with butter and jam but we were too full after our meal so I decided to give it a miss this time. It also sucks that the croissant does not come with the butter and jam if you order it for take-away. Crap!
A friend of mine told me that the service at Paul is rather slow & poor so we decided to go just before 12noon to avoid the lunch crowd but even then, it was surprisingly busy and there were only a few seats left for us. Hmm, they must be doing pretty well yeah?!
My mom, while waiting for our food.
My mother wanted to order an open faced chicken sandwich but was advised against it by one of the waitstaff. She was recommended to try the turkey sandwich instead, and so she did.
Turkey Sandwich (S$16+)
The turkey sandwich came and it was a mistake to listen to the waitstaff’s recommendations (although we know it was all with good intentions). The portion was too small and it was just too plain, nothing really special. We should have just trusted our own instincts…
While my mother’s chicken sandwich was disappointing, Jenny’s open faced chicken sandwich looked really appetising and rather tasted good. Mother decided to ordered another one to share with me.
Tartine poulet mariné (S$17.90)
Chicken marinated in lemon and tarragon, fresh tomatoes and cream.
I ordered the mushroom sandwich and it was just okay but was also a tad too plain. Mom’s additional order of chicken sandwich really saved my hungry tummy!
Tartine champignons (S$16.50)
Sauteed mushrooms with garlic, shallots and parsley.
After our mains, we shared a dessert set that includes a regular cup of coffee & a selection of sweets.
Café Gourmet (S$11.90)
Regular coffee with 1/2 slice of moelleux chocolat, mini crème brûlée and 2 mini macaroons.
I really enjoyed the desserts, the chocolat was light and moist while the brûlée’s custard was perfectly chilled to contrast the warm and crispy top.
The only thing I do not like about our dessert set was the lack of freedom to choose the macaroon flavours. According to the waitstaff, you only get what you see printed on the menu.
One of the macaroon definitely looked a bit greenish on the menu (above) while what we got was something white/beige (vanilla). Luckily, I was not in the argumentative mode so I really could not be bothered.
The overall experience was good and on the contradictory the waitstaff were very alert and service was above average. The food was a bit pricey for the portions but was generally ok, no major complains. I guess you can never compare the dining experience you’ll get in Europe to that of here in Singapore – the ambiance, weather and people as it is, are worlds apart.
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