Ooh la la! French Fold opens at Palais Renaissance

A French Fold galette (No.10) made with smoked Haddock and crepe (No.29) with almonds and salted caramel sauce. Photos: French Fold
A French Fold galette (No.10) made with smoked Haddock and crepe (No.29) with almonds and salted caramel sauce. Photos: French Fold

It just got a lot more French at the Palais Renaissance mall thanks to today’s opening of a new French specialty restaurant.

French Fold’s newest outlet is right next to sister brand and popular French restaurant Merci Marcel in the Palais Renaissance mall. There, find new unique galettes and crepes that incorporate local flavors such as yellow curry and Tandoori chicken.

The 65-seat, 140sqm space has both indoor and al fresco dining and a bar that is just next to Merci Marcel’s flagship outlet and boutique, adding up to a mini French quarter in the corner of the mall’s ground floor.

The interior was designed by Singapore-based Hui Designs and incorporates wood and luscious greenery with earthy tones. Its tables, armchairs, and sofas were sourced from France and Europe with warm lighting fixtures designed in Denmark. Outside, the open bar recalls the ‘70s with emerald hues and ceramic tiles.

Photo: French Fold

The galettes, or flat cakes, are made with buckwheat flour and organic eggs and folded in with ingredients bursting from the center. The 17 varieties range from French classics to locally inspired flavors such as No.11 (S$22)‘s yellow curry base with sauteed shrimps, leeks fondue, and onions. The No.14 (S$18) is made with tandoori coconut milk sauce, pineapple, and chunks of chicken. 

Those who prefer fish could go for No.10 (S$20), which has smoked Haddock, spinach, caramelized onions, and lemon zest, while the very hungry may opt for No.15 (S$20), a twist on the classic English breakfast with sausage, pork pancetta, sunny side egg, baked beans, and tomato slices.

Vegetarian and vegan options include the No.13 (S$23), which is made with Impossible Bolognese, tomato chutney, parmesan and sunny side up egg, or the No.17 (S$16), a blend of lentils, tomato preserves, and chili flakes.

After folding those into your mouth, move on to crepes made with wheat flour that can be topped with gelato from popular ice cream parlor Birds of Paradise. Signature flavors include hojicha seasalt, strawberry basil, and dark chocolate sorbet.

The 12 sweet crepes include the No.26 (S$16), which reinvents the classic tarte tartin by layering the pancake on top of caramelized Pink Lady apples and salted caramel; and the No.28 (S$18) served with dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate, and comes drizzled with lime coulis. 

Or go a little nutty with the No.29 (S$12)’s oven-baked almonds topped with homemade salted caramel.

Chase it all down with a glass of cider-inspired cocktails such as the Eurostar (S$18) made with rose cider, Widges gin and lemon juice; and the Cider Sour (S$17) that has Mackintosh blended malt scotch shaken with Domaine Fournier cider, pear nectar and eggwhites, with a dash of lime and aromatic bitter.

French Fold’s galettes: No.04 made with ham and sauteed mushrooms, and No.10 made with smoked Haddock, with cocktails Cider Sour and Cider 75. Photo: Carolyn Teo/Coconuts

Photos: French Fold
Photos: French Fold

French Fold Orchard
11am to 10:30pm, daily
390 Orchard Road, 01-02

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