260 Orchard Road #B1-02C, Robinson The Heeren, Singapore 238855
Tel: 6235 2340
What's below? Treasure! So we discovered Laurent's Cafe (by world-renowed chocolatier Laurent Bernard) at basement level of Robinson The Heeren, specialising in French cuisine and of course, desserts such as cakes and tarts.
Setting is open-concept adorned with pretty furniture pieces and faux flowers. Menu items comprise mainly of brunch items, pastas and a good range of hot chocolate flavours; there's also wine and champagne if one desires. Service was very slow and ordering is done over the counter.
We started with a huge slice of Blackforest Cake (SGD$10.00) while waiting for our mains. The cream-layered cake was tasty but not too sweet - tiers of chocolate sponge studded with sour cherries.
Ravioles (SGD$19.00) was unique - not your typical pocketed pasta pieces stuffed with cheese. This was a fluffy light baked dish, piping hot and filled with Comte cheese from Dauphine, France. On the side was some salad for a healthy touch; this dish was well-received for its scrumptiousness.
Carbonara (SGD$19.00) - creamy pasta with bacon bits and topped with a single egg yolk.
From the Brunch segment, the Farmers Breakfast (SGD$28.00) was a huge, hearty platter with organic scrambled eggs, roasted French potatoes cooked in duck fats, tomatoes, baked bacon and toasted brioche with original Toulouse sausage.
Drinks-wise, Cappuccino (SGD$6.50) exuded bittersweet aroma and was served in gorgeous rustic-looking ware.
What won my heart was the Rum and Raisin Hot Chocolate (SGD$9.50) - rich hot chocolate with a dense blend of rum, sweet raisins and cream, served in a vintage metallic mug. Bless my heart, exploding with pleasure at the deliciousness of this concoction.
Overall, we enjoyed the dining experience here at Laurent's Cafe (we were here for 4 hours on Labour Day holiday, what do you think?), and wil revisit to try more of the items, cakes especially.