The Place Opened about a week ago, I checked out Merci Marcel Group’s latest dining concept French Fold along Telok Ayer, an all-day dining destination. It is a charming space as I entered the restaurant, decked in contemporary Scandinavian furniture, where the centrestage of the space is the communal table towards the end of the restaurant where you get a dose of natural light through the glass ceiling. Aesthetic is definitely a strong focal point for the Merci Marcel Group as all their concepts thus far are very well-designed in terms of their interior.
The Food French Fold as its name suggests focuses on French galettes as well as an assortment of crepes offering both new and classic flavours. This is the second concept I know in Singapore with a menu which focuses on French style galettes and crepes, apart from Gather located at Raffles Hotel Singapore.
The galettes here are prepared with exclusively imported buckwheat flour, where the savoury galettes are gluten-free and paired with a variety of premium quality ingredients from France. Diners can choose from classic galettes such as the No. 04 (S$17), a quintessential served with a chiffonade of ham, organic egg sunny side up, sautéed mushrooms, and Comté cheese. More novel ones include the No. 09 paired with a generous serving of Reblochon cheese, organic Bayonne ham, baby potatoes, pancetta, and white wine pickled onions.
I had the No. 02 (S$12), a simple combination of organic sunny side up egg with comte cheese. Though it looks simple in terms of presentation, I enjoyed this combination where the flavour of the galette is delicious. It is folded into a nice square which makes it easy to cut and eat.
The No. 09 (S$19) is a combination of Reblochon cheese, organic Bayonne ham, baby potatoes, pancetta, and white wine pickled onions. The overall flavour is quite rich, and I really like it. The cheese element is easy to accept even if you are not a big cheese fan, and it goes well with the ham as well.
Alternatively, something lighter in taste will be No. 10 (S$19), a combination of wild trout, leek fondue and lime.
For crepes which use wheat flour instead, I had the No. 17 (S$11), a mix of raspberry jam, fresh berries and strawberry basil ice cream. The texture of crepe is typically much softer than galette, and this is quite a refreshing choice after the savoury galettes. A noteworthy mention is that the ice cream used is from popular local ice cream brand, Birds of Paradise.
You also can’t go wrong with the No. 16 (S$10), which has palm oil free homemade hazelnut spread. This is simple, sinful, not that instagram-worthy but very satisfying. I can’t resist adding a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream (S$4).
Drinks wise, I went for a Flat White (S$6.50), a decent perk me up drink.
That said, if you are up for something alcoholic, there is a wide range of organic wines, cocktails and French ciders.
Rants If you drive, it can be a parking and traffic nightmare on weekends along this street.
Will I Return Again? Beautiful space and vibes at French Fold for some Frenchy moments. This is a good addition to Telok Ayer and I can imagine that it will be a hit along this buzzing street. I will be happy to return to try the other dishes for a more complete review.
Two separate visits were made to French Fold on different days, with one being an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
204 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6970 7626
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 100pm
Ranted by The Ranter