Suzette @ Esplanade : Picnic by the Bays

I never imagine myself to do picnics in the hot, humid weathers like Singapore. But after experiencing a uniquely #SuzetteSG picnic at Esplanade by the Bays, I think I'm a convert now.

Suzette, the younger sister of Lola's Cafe, is the latest dessert bar in town that offers desserts and drinks with a touch of playfulness. "Playful" is the word here because you get rather unconventional pairings of flavors like Matcha and Mango or even a white chocolate durian tart inspired by the Esplanade architecture.

The cakes belonged to those dense buttercream Victorian-style cakes which I'm not a fan of. However, I highly recommend the tarts as the pastry shell was thin and crisp as they should be.

The Black Sesame Tart with Matcha Cookies Shavings ($6) might not be aesthetically attractive but the gooey and rich black sesame cream within would leave a lasting delicious imprint on your taste memory.

From 5th Nov onwards, they will launch a weekend brunch and takeaway picnic concept which brings cafe dining to another whole new dimension. Pay a deposit of $50 for the picnic basket and you can bring it anywhere around the Marina Bay to enjoy outdoor dining with your loved ones.
Highlights of the menu include Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Seared Salmon ($18) that is fit for any weather. Tossed in a light dressing of miso, furikake and vinegar, the springy pasta provided a refreshing vibe that didn't make me feel sluggish unlike most carbs. This is served with a generous hunk of salmon that is sous vide at 59 degrees before finishing with a caramelized tan in a quick sear.

Another must try is the French Toast ($16) that was well-soaked in maple milk before being brûléed to a nice golden crisp. It turned out less cumbersome to eat than I had imagined for a picnic and its appropriately soft and eggy interior was perfect for mopping up the melting vanilla ice cream. Yes, the ice cream survived through the picnic despite the photo-taking time. This dish got even better with the chewy bacon and bananas spiced with masala chai.

If French Toast works so well already, I guess putting a Crepe Suzette on the picnic brunch isn't a bad idea right? 

8 Raffles Avenue #01-13 Esplanade Mall. Singapore 039802
Tue – Thu: 3pm – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 3pm – 11.30pm
Sun: 3pm – 10.30pm