The popular French bakery & bakery Le Matin Patisserie has been serving delectable goodies for quite some time now to folks who just can’t seem to get enough — and for good reason too.
It is helmed by Chef Mohamed Al-Matin who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, worked at renowned patisseries alongside top chefs, and accumulated over seven years of fine pastry-making experience.
There previously were outlets in Robinson Road and Raeburn Park (along with a cafe in Paragon), but for the current iteration of Le Matin Patisserie, ION Orchard is where it’s at (literally)!
One step into the swanky space and you’re immediately greeted by the dizzying array of cakes and pastries on display — indeed a sight to behold!
These exquisite (and highly coveted) confections are available all day, every day, but did you know that the cafe also serves a brunch menu, which is available from 10am–3.30pm (Wednesday to Sunday)?
You could always stick to crowd favourites like Kouign Amann (S$7.50), Pain Au Chocolat (S$7.50), and the Escargot Escargot (S$13), but brunch here is taken up a notch, with creations like the Wagyu Brioche Feuilletée (S$38) and Summer Truffle Scrambled Eggs Croissant (S$32).
The latter, for instance, features fluffy scrambled eggs with black truffle aioli and homemade truffle paste (with preserved truffles) on croissant buns crowned with sliced summer truffles. It’s a fancy take on a breakfast sandwich that’s worth treating yourself to if you really enjoy truffles, but otherwise, I’d go for something else.
I was way more drawn to the Fried Chicken Croissant (S$22), comprising a buttermilk fried chicken thigh, smoked red pepper aioli, red cheddar, caramelised red onions, endive, and cabbage finished with red hot morita chilli oil, also served on croissant buns.
However, when it comes to fried chicken burgers (or sandwiches), I’m still a sucker for good ol’ brioche or potato buns.
Despite the high price point (it’s the priciest brunch item, next to the Wagyu Feuilletée), both my dining partner and I enjoyed the Octopus and Sea Urchin Brioche Feuilletée (S$38) the most.
Its appeal was mostly due to the extremely well-seasoned grilled octopus leg with sea urchin butter, parsley chimichurri, pickled red onions, and red onion — and of course, the crowning finish of sweet and briny Tasmanian sea urchin. Ooh la la.
But of course, no brunch at Le Matin is complete without at least one (or two) well-crafted cakes, both aesthetically pleasing and divine in taste.
As a big pistachio lover, Pistachio Textures (S$15), comprising pistachio mousseline, pistachio chantilly and ganache, pistachio and matcha sponge, and pistachio crunch, sounded incredible but fell flat on flavour.
We were expecting the pistachio to be a lot more nutty and concentrated, but the cake ended up tasting more like white chocolate.
The After 8 Entremet (S$12) is bound to be a hit with fans of mint chocolate, with its all-too-enticing combination of peppermint ganache, chocolate sponge, and mint cremeux layered in between crunchy dark chocolate squares.
I did find a favourite in the form of the Rum & Raisin Choux Bun (S$14), a choux bun with spiced sable, speculoos, and rum & raisin cream that broke open to reveal a molten pecan praline centre. Let’s just say it tasted like Christmas!
Le Matin is also famed for its amakaze soft serve (made using fermented croissants) and we opted to enjoy it as an Affogato (S$11), which I absolutely adored. The smooth and subtly tangy soft serve paired so well with the bitter espresso shot — bonus points for the flaky croissant chip!
So, if you’re the sort who has never been content with just light nibbles, you definitely deserve something special in the form of brunch and dessert at Le Matin Patisserie in ION Orchard!
Make a beeline down and treat yourself soon, because why not?
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Photos by Christabel Tan