French artisan chocolatier Laurent Bernard founded his first café right in Singapore during 2006, and his food business known for chocolate soufflé and hot chocolate continued to flourish

After restaurants and chocolate boutiques at Robertson Quay, Portsdown, Takashimaya and Hitachi Tower, the latest is a casual dining café at the basement of Heeren Orchard (next to Gyoza-ya).

The café has fast become one of my favourite ‘secret’ spots, because it is a quiet and hidden enough for a peaceful afternoon of reading and cakes; or meeting up with clients or friends at a convenient coffee-spot.

I have come here with both friends and business associates, and they liked its unobtrusive vibes.

This basement cafes serves French food and brunch, including Farmers Breakfast ($23), Crispy Duck Leg confit ($26), Cod fish “Brandade” ($22), Chocolate Tart, ($9.40) & Ruby cake ($10.35).

Prices are considered moderately higher than the average coffee place.

The dainty looking Ruby ($10.35) contained light strawberry mousse, with faint explosion of champagne and mint that could send minute surprises on a few mouthfuls.

While priced higher than usual, the Farmers Breakfast ($23) was a substantial and pleasant treat of organic scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, juicy sausages, baked bacon, sautéed mushroom and toasted bread.

Other than the slightly over-toasted and thus deeply-brown-on-the-edges bread, the other components on the plate were well-executed, especially the creamy eggs.

On another note, I asked for some ketchup and was given a small jam jar of quality tomato sauce, not some generic ones.

It is in their company policy to support small producers and artisans, and they choose natural product such as organic egg, traditional “cold smoked” Norwegian salmon or even marinated olives and anchovies typical from Provence.

Laurent Café makes a relaxing option for a chill-out brunch, as well as a shopping pit stop in town. C’est la vie.

Laurent Café
260 Orchard Road #B1-02C The Heeren Singapore 238855 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 2340
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm Daily

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