I met my secondary school friends for dinner at Antoinette (Penhas Road) in Nov 2012 and it was quite a terrible experience
The service was abysmal as the all the staff, including the lady manager had a “could not care less” attitude, except for a young girl, who was very pleasant.
The quality of some food dropped as well.
Check out my previous, super long review HERE
Burger Antoinette $20: Pan fried apple, chicken leg patty, pommery mustard mayonnaise, butter lettuce, onions chutney, chips, and petite salad with house dressing. Decadent burger with no drop in quality.
Brittany Crepe $22.50: Scalloped, prawns, squids and mussels sautéed with white wine and cream, perfumed with aromatics, The seafood was stale while the sauce was bland. It’s the worst main course I have ever tried at Antoinette. Savory Blinis (French thick pancake) with sautéed cream mushroom, grilled bacon, grilled tomato and salad $17.50. I was rather disappointed to see only 1 slice of bacon; felt quite ripped off, hmph! My friends commented that they have tried much more fluffier pancakes; however when I did some research, I realized that blinis are different from pancakes. What separates them from most other forms of pancake is that Blinis generally use yeast as a raising agent, rather than baking powder or bicarbonate of soda. So do not expect Antoinette’s blinis to be light and fluffy please! The mushrooms and cream sauce was delicious and went very well with the blinis. Crepe Chocolicieux $16.50: Dessert crepe with warm chocolate sauce, 66% dark chocolate ice cream, chocolate pieces and vanilla crème chantilly. Definitely a dessert for chocoholics! YS ordered this as her mains, and totally regretted it. The dessert was decent but the huge serving makes the sweetness an overkill. I strongly recommend sharing. Mont Blanc $8.50: Almond tart, vanilla crème chantilly, marron glaces, chestnut cream. I am not a fan of chestnuts, so I didn’t try it. SY looked very contented with her dessert though. I noticed a new cake and had to try it, although it was rather expensive. Angelique ($10): white chocolate mousse perfumed with violet flower, strawberry blackcurrant jelly, vanilla marshmallow, classic sponge, strawberry coulis, hazelnut feuilletine.
On the whole, the dessert was ok. I expected a mind-blowing dessert, as it was the most expensive cake on display. Should have ordered my usual violet cake instead 🙁
Really hope to see service standards and food quality improve in the future.