The Paragon at Orchard Road hosts some of the major names in the Singapore F&B business, names like Ding Tai Fung, Crystal Jade and Imperial Treasures, PS Cafe etc. We were looking for something to eat but were hoping to try something less well-known. That was when we came across Amiral Atelier Paragon. It looked like it could be a bakery, a cake shop or a cafe. On closer examination, it turned out to be a mix of all three, but mainly a cake shop.
The display cases show off a range of cakes and eclairs. They look very French in character. We soon learnt that they were a patisserie with a Japanese chef. Was there anything else to eat? We were shown the food menu which were mostly the cake type of items. Only two items were non-cake. The people at Amiral Atelier Paragon were very nice and friendly. This, coupled with our curiosity about this little cafe made it irresistible to have brunch there and try out these two items.
According to their website, “Amiral Atelier is a new dessert concept by Dulcet & Studio Singapore helmed by pastry chef, Saé Takagi. Adding a touch of classical refinement to Japanese pastries, the offering at our studio melds classic French pastry techniques with Japanese flavours.”
Here are pictures of the pastry chef busy at work at the back of the cafe. The lower picture shows the generous amount of dark chocolate used in the making of her Chocolate Gateau de Voyage. She is one of the friendliest and approachable chefs in Singapore!
Here are pictures of the Amiral Atelier Paragon menu. As there were only two non-cake items: Ochazuke and Chasoba. It was easy to decide – just try both. There was an option of a light meal which incorporates either choices with a cake and coffee. We decided on a Ochazuke ($10.80) and a Light Meal with Chasoba ($18.50).
Here are the pictures of the ochazuke – Japanese rice served in green tea broth with some cubes of salmon and topped with some seaweed. It was a light, warm breakfast kind of food. The taste of the broth was mild and pleasant. We would certainly come back for this again.
Both dishes had some Japanese condiments on the side. The nicely sculpted pumpkin brought back memories of Tokyo.
Here are pictures of the chasoba. The cold soba was mixed in some sort of sweetish sesame dressing which did not really appeal to us. We also thought that the soba itself was a bit hard.
We had a slice of chocolate mousse cake with coffee and caramel. This was the really good. The chocolate was rich and the texture was creamy and smooth. The cakes are clearly THE reason to eat at Amiral Atelier Paragon. Overall, although we had mixed feelings about the non-cake food, and the time for preparation of the food took longer than expected, the sunny disposition of the folks at Amiral Atelier Paragon and the wonderful taste of the chocolate cake was enough to make it a delightful experience.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Amiral Atelier Paragon
290 Orchard Road,
Paragon Shopping Centre, B1-25
Tel: +65 6338 9248
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Nearby MRT Stations : Somerset, Orchard