Classic European dining evokes a sense of elegance, style, and grace. There is another place you can go to for these emotions: a furniture store.
What about both of these elements incorporated into a single concept?
For this, I had to make my way to Tanglin Mall, the shopping mall on the less-visited end of Orchard (next to the NEW Orchard Boulevard Station).
On the third floor is a furniture and lifestyle store House of AnLi, all the way through which is a relaxing all-day dining café, La Veranda.
The bistro is an extension of the House of AnLi furniture store, and therefore homely setting carries on over.
With the revamp of the space, the previous European design has been updated with a garden-y look with green being the primary colour.
The people behind House of AnLi are Panagiotis Lynas and Belgian Designer Anne-Jean Liétaer (thus the name AnLi), who serves up home style European-Belgian food based on her family’s original recipes.
One would expect nothing less than this café being exquisitely decorated, given its setting, but it does live up to that expectation.
If you sit by the window, you would be treated with a view of greenery overlooking Tanglin Road.
There is an extensive selection that awaits you, starting with breakfast items available till noon daily.
For breakfast served from 9am till 12pm, there are the Smashed Avocado Sourdough Toast ($20), Organic Soft Scrambled Eggs ($18), Classic Organic Poached Eggs Benedict ($28 with parma ham, $32 with Scottish salmon), and Lobster & Chives Omelette ($36).
The prices are higher than the average.
I had the Lobster & Chives Omelette ($36), with the egg having a delightful lightness, filled with sweet chunks of lobster meat.
For the rest of the day, seafood entrees, inventive burgers, hearty salads and hefty mains are the main draw.
The Veranda Burger ($30) is one of the signatures. This is a beef burger with plenty of sauce to go around, like onion marmalade and tomato chutney, together with picked white enoki mushrooms.
A highly recommended dish is the Bouchot Mussels ($38), a casserole for one. The shellfish is from Brittany, a coastal region in France.
The dish comes with sourdough toast, which is great for mopping up the leftover juices in the casserole.
To end the meal, the artisanal desserts section features Apple & Olive Cake ($12), Flourless Coconut & Chocolate Cake ($12) Rosemary Chocolate Tart ($14) to Mimi’s Waffle ($16).
I had the Individual Banana Cake ($8) which looked like a canelé (was initially expecting a slice), coming with a rum and caramel sauce that was sweet and a little bit sharp.
Pairing it with a vanilla yogurt is a good choice, as the light tartness kept the dessert from being too overbearing.
It has a robust juice and espresso bar (coffee beans from Allpress Espresso Coffee). There is a range of kombucha and slow-pressed juices, for those looking for drinks packed full of nutrients and goodness.
Tastefully furnished, La Veranda is spacious and airy, with an ambience that is great for both an early brunch and a casual afternoon out.
Tanglin Mall #03-139/141, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.