One is over-rated, the other understated. Guess which?
|Address & Opening Hours||491 River Valley Road, Valley Point Shopping Centre #01-11/12, Singapore 248371
T: 6887 4996
M-F: 10am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 9am-6pm
|619D Bukit Timah Road Singapore 269724
T: 6466 4377
T-Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 9am-5.45pm
|Concept & Decor||
Croute, pronounced as kroot, means crust. A bakery-cafe. Very relaxing, with lots of magazines, clearly a place that people can chill out for long.
|Also a bakery cafe, the decor was rather characterless. Bright with lots of light wood.|
|Chef||Chef-owner Bouk Cebula, who also owned the defunct Hummerstons||My Google-fu failed.|
In addition to a main each, we four shared a bread basket ($9, with choices of dips). The best of the four mains was truffle scrambled eggs ($18), a hot mess of black truffle atop creamy scrambled with umami mushrooms and pork sausage. All stacked on a piece of homemade sour dough bread.
I’d also recommend Spanish pork tortilla ($24), which had everything: braised shredded pork, scrambled eggs, guacamole, homemade pico de gallo, sour cream in a tortilla wrap. It was tangy and slightly spicy with chipotle.
According to Huccalyly, so-so 62 Degree Eggs Benedict ($22, smoked salmon, avocado and seaweed crumbs on homemade sourdough). She said, “They shouldn’t put ‘avocado’ on the menu, when it is like guacamole.”
French Toast Salpicon ($19), stuffed with chicken and mushroom, topped with chunks of goreng pisang, and fruits – pretty, savory, and sweet. Huccalily asked, “Are you eating dessert or main?” I didn’t mind it as the dish worked. Charred brioche, a pleasant burnt aroma. Best to share between 2 persons.
|Coffee||Smooth with a nutty aroma, not at all bitter.||
Weak and mineral. Below average.
|Service||Minimum contact with wait staff. You pay at the counter and they deliver the food to you.||Considering how busy the cafe was, the wait staff was cheerful, swift and prompt.|
|Pros (+) & Cons (-)||+quiet, relaxing, unpretentious
+plenty of parking
|-hard to find parking
-crowded & may need to queue
|Price||Paid about $25 each, including drinks.||Paid $62 for 2 persons.|
|Rating||3.344/5 (All four of us loved this place. Huccalily was impressed, asking me excitedly, “How do you know this place? You’re really a foodie!”)||3.063/5 (Both Huccalily and I didn’t like it. We won’t return.)|
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.