I am probably the first to write about this very new E.clat Gourmet Canteen. You may wonder what “E.clat” (pronounced ‘a-kla’) is – Not a long choux French pastry, but French meaning “great brilliance, as of performance or achievement”.
Great performance for a canteen? Well, the restaurant is owned by a group of property agents. Probably made a lot of money.
E.clat is an F&B canteen featuring Western, Italian, & Asian Cuisine as well as All Day Breakfast & Desserts. Calling themselves “fine dining for the masses”, prices are indeed more affordable than usual, with no service charge or GST. A cooking studio is in its works.
Finding this place can be present a little challenge for first timers. Worry not. Sultan Link is a ‘artistic-looking’ silver building diagonally opposite Studio M Hotel. Once there, take the stairs to the 3rd floor. If you are taking the escalator, press 1st floor. Yes, 1st floor, note the difference.
The European Big Breakfast ($12.90) is gorgeous – with an assortment of chicken sausage, bacon, baked beans, breakfast potato and grilled toast. The scrambled eggs are creamy, best part to the plate.
The Eggs Benedict ($10.90), with poached egg, honey baked ham, citrus hollandaise on foccacia served with fresh green, is probably one of the more reasonably priced ones around. Though one of the eggs awkwardly stayed un-flowingly in its yellow (the other fortunately oozed), while the foccacia is on its tough side. A muffin would have been a much better choice.
Interestingly, the W.O.W Chicken Wings ($4.50 for 3, $6.90 for 5) seems to be the highlight of the meal. There are 8 preparation sauces, with choices of “Japan, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Spanish, Greek, China, Brazil”. (I typed it as it is on the menu – would have called it Japanese, American, Thai etc for consistency.)
The “China” honey sesame wings has a light tinge of sweetness to the crispy fried wings, while the “Singapore” Nonya is a creative take, combing the curry version with deep fried wings.
Nice ambience, open space, reasonable prices, a little hard to find but nothing is too far for Singaporeans. Food can be further refined but E.clat should be able to work to greater brilliance.