$0-$20

Taratata Bistrot, Keong Saik Road

Taratata Bistrot Singapore
After two years of opening, the French chef-owners, Bertrand Raguin and Philippe Nouzillat, who have worked at Michelin-starred establishments and 5-star hotel restaurants across 7 countries, have revamped its menu to include Sunday Brunch (11.30am-2.30pm). The bistrot’s decor is reminiscent of a chic Parisian bistro, plush red booth seats and white-and-black checkered tiles, a perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Taratata Bistrot Menu - croissant
A selection of croissants, starting from $2.50, or get a basket of freshly baked baguette with butter and jam ($8).

Taratata Bistrot - Oysters
Fine de Claire No. 3 oysters from Brittany, at $4 each

The brunch is very reasonably priced, starting from $9, and each dish we sampled had a careful, delicate balance that other brunch places lack. The crowd’s favorite was croque Madame ($16, pictured below): baked ham, crispy at the edges, gruyere cheese, Bechamel sauce (a roux of butter and flour cooked in milk) in between two thick slices of toast, topped with a fried egg. Request for a runny yolk so it flows onto the toast, giving it both soggy and brittle textures.
taratata bistrot sg - croque Madame

Other crowd-pleasers were the rustic-looking oeuf cocottes, or eggs casseroles. It comes in two flavors, both $12: ratatouille (pictured below) or ham-and-cheese. The casserole is first filled with ratatouille (stewed vegetables) and chorizo and topped with a raw egg, and then baked. To eat it, dip the bread in, give it a good mix, and eat the bread. Both oeuf cocottes were equally good: the ratatouille version had a “green” taste of vegetables–which children may not like but was a favorite with us–while the ham-and-cheese was rich and savory, which children probably like but may get jerlat (surfeit).
Taratata Bistrot - Oeuf Cocotte Ratatouille

The eggs benedict ($14) had a overly thick hollandaise sauce but the taste was spot-on–then again, anything with crispy bacon and eggs can’t taste bad. But if you’re tired of eggs for brunch, try the savory crepes. The Bechamel champignons, jambom & fromage ($12) is a buckwheat crepe topped with ham and mushroom in a mornay sauce (which is basically a Bechamel sauce with grated cheese, and in this case, lots and lots of grated Emmental cheese). What can go wrong with ham, cheese and mushrooms?!
Taratata Bistrot - Ham-cheese-mushroom crepe

Then there were desserts, the sweet crepes, which were so-so. Between the banana-chocolate crepe ($7) and Crepe Suzette ($12), go for the latter. The former was nondescript, while the latter had less grand marnier than I’d prefer, and I being a teetotaler.
Taratata Bistrot - Crepe Suzette

Overall, the brunch food here was fantastic, one of the better brunch places I’ve tried. The price was decent. And the service, managed by Marie-Agnes Labopin, formerly from Michelin-starred restaurants in France, Switzerland and Canada, was stellar. I highly recommend this restaurant for Sunday brunch.

Taratata Bistrot Singapore

35a Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142
T: 6221 4506
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm
Taratata Bistrot Brunch Menu
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Rating: 3.833/5 stars

PS: Thanks, David and Patricia, for the tasting.

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