I do not have memory of how I chanced upon this French cafe-restaurant, but I’m glad I did. Hediard Cafe-Restaurant @ Tudor Court was completely off my radar and I had never heard of it before stumbling across it. It offers Breakfast items until 11.30am on weekdays and 2.30pm on weekends and public holidays. It’s in a perfect location, in my opinion. Tudor Court, away from the main crowd, walkable distance from Orchard MRT (near Tanglin Mall) and no stress on where to go after the brunch – Orchard Road, duh!
Hediard Breakfast Set ($19++) :: Granted, it is not the most filling breakfast set ever, it was a pleasure savoring each item off the set. Given a choice between (a) Madeleine Blend Coffee, Hediard Blend Tea, and Hot Chocolate, I had to go with the latter. And that was possibly the best beverage decision I’ve made in forever. I’ve never looked back since (/drama) – it’s by far, the Best Hot Chocolate I’ve had in my life. And that counts for a lot. It’s ridiculously thick and flavorful, but not the overly-cloying kind. You can almost taste the solid chocolate in the hot beverage – it is that good. If you’re here, forgo whatever other drinks that entice you, dive straight for this without fail. The Set also includes (b) Orange Juice, (c) a choice of Croissant / Chocolate Croissant / Brioche, (d) toasted bread and butter with a jar of honey and homemade jam each, and (e) a choice of fried egg / soft-boiled egg / hard-boiled egg. I opted for Chocolate Croissant and it was the ordinary-good standard. The toast, on the other hand, was nothing impressive and much forgettable.
Caesar Salad with Smoked Salmon, Hard-boiled Egg and Bacon ($29++) :: Don’t be alarmed. The salad itself only costs $14++, while additional top ups of 3 slice of Bacon is $4++, 30g of Norwegian Smoked Salmon $9++ and the Hard-boiled Egg $2++. I’d recommend getting the Salad + Smoked Salmon. That would suffice. I don’t usually comment much on salads (because how yummy can they be right), but I thought their salad dressing was exceptionally complementary to the salad, and later with the Smoked Salmon. A possible option for a light meal.
Eggs Norwegian ($19++) :: Its rendition of poached eggs met the market standard. The yolks were flowy, hollandaise sauce average. The toasts might seem a little too tough at first, but with the help of the runny eggs, it’ll soften up and you’re ready to finish the course.
Macarons (6) ($15++) :: Hediard Cafe-Restaurant only sells macarons by plates of 6. That makes it $2.50++ a pop. What is exceptional here is that, there are 30 flavors available for selection. From the usual suspects to the rare sights like Gingerbread, Walnut, Ginger, Lavender & Apricot, Lemongrass and Calamansi just to name a few. You will literally be spoiled for choices and might take a while to come to a decision. However, be warned that by right, you will not be given a choice for the selection of flavors. Randomly, 3 ‘fruit’ and 3 ‘normal flavored’ macarons will be put on plate for you. You can try asking though. Anyway, the macarons are above average. The macaron shells are semi-hard (which I like), and the flavors are more or less distinctive.
The Cafe-Restaurant was full, filled by expats. We noticed, we were the only locals dining there. Though it’s not a very well-known place to locals, it sure is to the expats. So do make a reservation before heading down. It’s not too hard, you get an immediate booking here.
I’d be sure to head back. Not so much for a hearty brunch, but for its ambience, for a get-away, and for a ohmygod good Classic Hot Chocolate (can otherwise be ordered at $7++). Check out its full menu here.
Address: 123 Tanglin Road, Tudor Court
Telephone: 6333 6683
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm (Daily)