Under Merci Marcel Group, the second outlet of French Fold has just been launched at Orchard Road, in Palais Renaissance, which is a 7 minute walk from Orchard MRT Station. They offer a plethora of crêpe and galette options, ranging from sweet to savoury and even a mix of both.
Galettes are made with buckwheat flour, making them gluten friendly options, and they are essentially the savoury section of the menu. From this side of the menu, there are 8 new items including a spin off local delights, No.14 ($18) as well as vegan options, No. 16 ($14) and No. 17 ($16). In fact, buckwheat actually contains all the 9 essential amino acids making them great sources of plant protein!
We choose No. 20 ($20) which includes smoked haddock, fresh spinach, caramelised onions, cream, lemon zest as well as No. 04 ($17) which has ham, egg sunny side up, sautéed mushrooms, Comté cheese, both wrapped up in a crispy “blanket”.
No. 20 is great for anyone adventurous, looking for contrasting flavours that don’t seem to gel well at first glance but are actually a delight. The tangy notes from the cream and zest along with the savoury smoked haddock fish slices was a scrumptious combination especially with the tender haddock. In addition to all these, the hint of sweet, toasted caramelised onions only serve to further enhance the dimensions of this unique palate. Lastly some fresh spinach to add a pop of colour and a drizzle of lemon juice for an extra sour spin. I adored the contrasting flavours and basically squeezed the lemon dry to really try to make the most of this.
Prefer something more classic? No. 4 is probably good for almost anyone and everyone. Plus, French Fold uses only organic eggs and it certainly does make a difference, just look at how big and colourful the yolk is! The sunny side up is cooked to perfection and oozes out when you crack it open. Nothing can beat classic ham and cheese, and adding on some delicious, juicy sautéed mushrooms, it’s basically an almost universal favourite.
For sweet tooths, crêpes are definitely the way to go. From crêpe with butter, to sweet and salty combos, crêpes make up the sweet section of the menu. With 5 new items like No. 26 ($16), a rendition of a salted caramel apple, and No. 30 ($16) which is a chocolate extravaganza, the extensive menu is sure to have something for everyone.
The first we tried was a simple yet satisfying No.21 ($9) consisting of valrhona chocolate 70% on a warm crêpe. The minimalistic presentation certainly hits differently, and considering how rich the chocolate is and the thickness of the long line of chocolate, it’s more than enough to cover the whole crêpe in bitter sweet goodness. Just look at it glisten!
Lastly, featuring Birds of Paradise ice cream is No.31 ($16). This includes fresh mango chutney, Hojicha sea salt gelato and fresh mint as garnish all on top of a crêpe. Salted ice cream is probably one of the strange combinations that just makes sense especially when it’s in your mouth.
The roasted tea flavour is pretty strong and with the tart and sweet mango chutney, it adds a different dimension to the dessert. Do note that the ice cream tends to melt fast due to the heat from the crêpes so try to eat it quickly unless you like melted ice cream like me. I highly suggest adding a scoop of ice cream for just $4 if the crêpe of your choice does not have one.
They also offer a huge variety of beverages like tea and alcohol. We got the UMÀ Green Tea Yuzu and Basil ($9) and a cup of Hot Chocolate ($6). My 4 years of french finally put to good use as I found out the tea is actually made in France and is organic. Each of the notes and flavours of the infusion can be tasted but meld together well to give a clean feel, making this extremely refreshing. On the other hand, the hot chocolate is extremely rich and milky yet not overpoweringly sweet, the hint of natural bitterness from the chocolate shining through. Essentially it’s the “liquid form” of the valrhona chocolate from before.
The menu of the Orchard Road outlet is extensive, for both the food and the beverages, and it showcases the versatility of galettes and crêpes, both french delights. This place leans towards the higher end but is good for anyone looking for something different, overall serving quality food. Merci Marcel is just beside as well offering more french food!
390 ORCHARD ROAD 01-02, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871