Suzette. Opened by the same folks behind Lola’s Cafe, Suzette is their latest venture, established last year in September as a quaint dessert bar which serves a selection of pastries and ice cream. Keeping apace with the increasingly ubiquitous appeal of the cafe food scene, it proceeded, just a couple of months later, to roll out an all new brunch menu alongside its extensive list of dessert items to curate a more entire dining experience. No longer merely a dessert bar but one that offers mouthwatering brunch food as well. More reasons to make your way down isn’t it?
Along with its new savoury brunch menu, Suzette also launched a brand new pinic dining concept, where you could pack those mouthwatering nosh into picnic baskets (mat provided) at a deposit of $50, and whisk away to the open space outside the cafe or even anywhere round the bay area for a pinic adventure. A refreshing idea for a different cafe dining experience. Well, if you can stand the humidity that is, pray for some breeze and no rain. Otherwise a great opportunity not to be missed pinicking in style outdoors with wonderful views of Marina Bay skyline and delicious food from Suzette.
Situated at Esplanade, its convenient location is just a few minutes walk away from the Esplanade mrt. We stumbled across Suzette while having our brunch at Alter Ego, being just right beside it. A small cozy looking cafe accompanied with the familiar lovely view of the river front, we assayed its interior – a clean modern space that gives off a chic vibe, with furnitures that comes in marbled tables and gorgeous combination of white, blush and teal hues, and surrounded with no lack of natural light flooding in. The space may be small but extremely cozy, and the al fresco area availed in a larger seating capacity. Its sublime appeal is further elevated with the multitude of alluring tarts and cakes available on display all over the counter, and of course their drool-worthy new menu we were presented with. Pleasantly surprised at our find, we wasted no time in making our way down for brunch the next day.
Offerings are simple without compromising on the variety – inclusive of a pasta dish, rice bowl, burger, breakfast items such as the breakfast croissant and french toast, and even smoothie bowls for the health-conscious. What seemingly common items are executed with an innovative twist such as the pulled duck burger with chipotle lime mayo and fresh mango salsa. Besides their desserts menu, they offer an even wider variety of drinks too, from getting your caffeine fix or a fresh glass of juice to a light afternoon tea session to some alcholic indulgences for the night.
Known for their desserts, it was madatory to go for those while there. The Passionfruit Cheesecake with Basil Cream [S$8] is a unique combination of passionfruit and basil flavour in the form of a soft creamy cheesecake with beautiful swirls of cream and berries paste on top, ending off with a crunchy cereal base below. Might sound like an exotic combination, but the subtle aromatic hints of basil and passionfruit were not overwhelming nor does it overpowers each other. Both surprisingly works well together in a fine balance while providing additional dimensions to its taste, all of which further enhanced with the textures of the soft cheesecake-crunchy base complements. The Quinesstential Chocolate Cake [S$8]. As what its name suggests, a perfectly typical respresentation of the usual chocolate cake. Nothing beats a good o’ chocolate cake. Essentially a rich chocolate cake with more chocolate cream piped in between its soft layers and on top, it fared above average with its presentation, smooth chocolatey taste and a fair amount of moistness within. Too often have I encountered dry stodgy chunks of crumbly pieces that call themselves cakes. I wouldn’t name this rendition of chocolate cake as the best, but definitely better than most.
Note: I might have taken a fair bit of time taking pictures and the cream of both cakes kind of melted abit under the heat (we were siting outside), but I’m sure it would taste even better consumed cold.The French Toast [S$16]. A dish that I’m always drawn towards to, be it french toasts, pancakes or waffles. This one from Suzette takes the cake. The two lovely golden slabs of toasts soaked in an egg custard mixture were brûléed with a sweet caramel coating. The outcome is a soft, milky inside with glistening caramel crusted exterior and slightly charred edges. Mop those fluffy pillows in the melting pool of vanilla ice cream, and together with the honey masala chai bananas, bacon and a variety of fresh fruits as accompaniments, it is a sweet and savoury dish done right in all aspects. Definitely one of the better french toasts I have had. The Ultimate Breakfast Croissant [S$14] doesn’t sound as exciting as the other mains on the menu, but turned out to be absolutely scrumptious. A huge buttery flaky croissant stuffed and spilling with generous amounts of ingredients – honey ham, bacon, avocado, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. Even though all components of the dish are well executed, one worth mentioning would be the scrambled eggs coated with a spice mixture (paprika spice perhaps?) which imparted addictive hints of spice flavour to the tad bland scrambled eggs, delivering a huge boost to its overall taste. A combination of those familiar breakfast elements, and especially paired with that delectable puff pastry, makes up an extremely comforting dish.
Despite not opting for their picnic dining alternative, we had a satisfying meal at Suzette with their gorgeous interiors and quality food that won us over. Pity we couldn’t stomach another morsel of food that day, their promising menu selection seemed to be beckoning me to return again and try out the rest.
Psst. Given the food from Suzette fared pretty well, I would too urge you to seize the opportunity to try out their interesting new pinic dining concept and bid farewell to shoddy picnic food!
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