Foodies who love their comfort food and desserts will not be strangers to The Marmalade Pantry's menu of bistro favourites and tantalising dessert selection. Ever since its inception in 1999 with a simple concept of offering quality comfort food in a casual setting, The Marmalade Pantry's popularity has grown exponentially -- many have laid their loyalties down for the sticky date and toffee pudding with much fervour.
And now, capitalising on the success of Marmalade Pantry in ION Orchard (Pantry in the City), the people behind the restaurant has applied the very same winning formula to a brand new location far away from the incessant crowds of Orchard Road.
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What is it: Marmalade Pantry at the Stables, as its names suggests, is located amongst the lush foliage and peaceful calm of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club and housed in a stylish colonial terrace at Fairways Drive. And like its predecessor, the bistro offers a family-friendly environment, coupled with an all-day bakery as well as a menu which showcases a reflection of the modern bistro’s all-time favourites in addition to new signature dishes.
The look: It's the most picturesque view you enjoy when dining at Marmalade Pantry at the Stables. High ceilings and tall French windows keeps the bistro bright and airy throughout the day, while the monochromatic colour scheme, natural ash timbre chairs and Flos' 265 lantern lamps (designed by famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto and Milan-born designer Paolo Rizzatto respectively) complete the modern chic and luxurious minimalism aesthetic. Diners can choose to dine indoors (capacity of 64) or al fresco (seats 24).
The food: The a la carte menu at Pantry at the Stables introduces a selection of new signatures while showcasing a list of all-time favourites from Pantry in the City.
New signatures include the starter of pan-seared Haloumi with roma tomatoes and watercress herb salad (S$21++) and Thai roast beef salad with green mango, basil, mint and chilled glass noodles (S$21++), while must-try mains include the aspaghetti carbonara (S$24++), whereby a 62 degrees Celsius sous vide egg is perched atop a mound of spaghetti in cream sauce. From the desserts section, specials include the lemon brûlée tart (S$14++) and the English classic, Eton mess (S$14++).
Fans of the menu at Pantry in the City will still get to enjoy their favourites from the all-time favourites list such as crabmeat linguini (S$24++), the lemon meringue cake (S$8++) and of course, the sticky date and toffee pudding (S$14++). Pair your meal with a selection of homemade sangrias and fruity margaritas served by the pitcher.
The brunch menu is available from 10am to 11pm on weekends, as well as a kids menu that features child-friendly options spaghetti with organic tomato sauce and meatballs (S$12++) and homemade milkshakes (S$6.50++) for the little ones.
For those who enjoy their baked goods fresh from the oven (who doesn't?), Pantry at the Stables has also introduced an all-day bakery so diners can enjoy an oven-to-table experience with signature cupcakes such as the Red Velvet, a crimson cupcake with coconut and cream cheese frosting and the Elvis, a chocolate banana cake with peanut butter frosting (S$4.50 each).
Also look out for: There's more to come for Pantry at the Stables than its city counterpart. Keeping to its family-friendly concept faithfully, a new tree house and play area for children will be introduced in the next few months, and the bakery will be transformed into a retail space where Marmalade Pantry’s cake and pastry fans can walk in and pick up their favourite items either to take away or dine-in.
The Marmalade Pantry at the Stables, 55 Fairways Drive, +65 6467 7748
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