One of the best things about being a work at home mom, is being able to find pockets of time in the week to do the rare ‘tai tai’ thing. I only get to feel like a ‘tai tai’ when I have an occasional date with my mom, which usually happens once in 2 weeks.
Mom is like the best ‘tai tai’ companion, as Kyle gets to eat his favorite food for lunch, while mom and I get to check out the latest fashion trends at the mall. The only person that gets to buy anything will be Kyle, so he will always look forward to these meetings with Nana. As for mom and I, we usually never end up with any clothes, as all we do is window shop. For the past few outings with my mom, we have been going back to this quaint little place in the Lavender vicinity for tea.
Amid rows of hardware shops, tucked in the corner of Penhas Road, is a french patisserie known as Antoinette.
Behind those french doors, are delectable delights to savour. As you enter the doors, you will be transported into tearoom reminiscent of a french cafe…
From meringue cookies in soft pastel shades to dainty, nearly weightless macarons in varied flavours. Bite into its eggshell-like crust, and the macaron crumbles, giving way to a chewy interior.
A must have for Kyle has to be the Strawberry Shortcake, which we used to get from Canelé, as it was our favorite selection of cake for family birthdays. However, we have since turned to alternatives as Canelé seemed to have disappointed us many times with its wet and soggy sponge. So now we know where to get the cake that is satifactory, since its creator, Chef Pang of Antoinette used to be from Canelé.
Apart from Kyle’s favorite, we had the Antoinette, a chocolate cake infused with earl grey, and the Hazelnut Danish. Antoinette has quite a good selection of teas, we tried Earl grey d’Antoinette, Earl Grey and French apple tart tea. The teapots and cups were embellished with an "A".
As for being kid-friendly, Kyle has been the only child who was in the place, during the last two times while we were there on a weekday. However, the service staff at Antoinette did take the initiative to ask if we wanted a baby chair for him. But at almost 5 years of age, Kyle has since outgrown it.
With its cosy ambience and ample seats to choose from on a weekday, it is overall a good place to hang on with the girlfriends (or mom in this case) for tea. Nonetheless, It might get rather crowded on the weekends, so do call to make reservations in advance.