Nestled in the corner of Telok Ayer Street, French Fold is the latest dining concept by Merci Marcel group, which focuses on crepes and galettes, speciality coffee and curated cocktails. The cosy 50-seaters space is decked in Italian terracotta tiles and Scandinavian furniture, with earthy tones and lush greenery incorporated in the contemporary design elements, and a glass ceiling for a dose of natural daylight. It provides a welcoming space suited for any and every occasion, from a casual business meeting, a leisurely brunch to a romantic date.
The array of French galettes and crêpes are made using exclusively imported buckwheat flour, and premium ingredients sourced from France. Traditionally, the galette is a thinly folded French-style pancake which has a savoury filling. The menu serves up 12 galettes, and each galette is numbered from No.1 to No. 12 with a variety of different fillings.
No. 4 4.2/5
We had the No. 04 ($17) offers a classic combination of ham, sauteed mushrooms, and Comte cheese, centred with an organic sunny-side-up egg to make for a creamy finishing touch. The flavours complement each other perfectly, wrapped in a browned buckwheat galette, soft yet crispy enough around the edges.
No. 10 4/5
A more novel creation is No. 10 ($19) featuring a combination of wild trout and leek fondue with a touch of lime. Though a tad dry, the fresh wild trout slices bring some sweetness to the galette, which paired well with the soft, well-caramelised leek fondue.
For desserts, the crepes are made using wheat flour instead and come with an optional scoop of ice cream from popular local ice cream brand, Birds of Paradise. The menu serves up 10 crepes, and each delicately thin crepe are numbered from No.13 to No. 22.
No. 17 4.2/5
We had the No. 17 ($11) which features raspberry jam, fresh berries and a scoop of strawberry basil ice cream on the soft and chewy slice of crêpe which has a distinctive buttery fragrance. The addition of raspberry jam and berries give it a citrusy punch, while the strawberry basil ice cream brings a sweet, refreshing flavour to the dish.
No. 18 4/5
No. 18 ($10) features a similar chewy crêpe, but drizzled with artisanal manuka honey, and sprinkled with roasted buckwheat seeds, before topping with a scoop of sea salt hojicha ice cream. The addition of roasted buckwheat and creamy, fragrant sea salt hojicha ice cream gives the dish an in-depth, roast profile which we enjoyed immensely.
Rose Cider 4/5, Iced Chocolate 3.8/5
The dining menu is complemented with an extensive drinks list of both alcohol and non-alcoholic options. Galettes are best paired with a glass of cider, and we had the Rose Cider ($14) which is infused with hibiscus and elderflower. The Iced Chocolate ($6) is milkier than chocolatey, which reminds me of creamy chocolate milk, slightly watered down with ice.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
French Fold by Merci Marcel
204 Telok Ayer Street
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line)
Daily: 8am – 1030pm
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk along the covered walkway until the junction of Mccallum Street and Telok Ayer Street. Cross the junction and continue on Telok Ayer Street. Journey time is about 5 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to junction of Telok Ayer Street and Upper Cross Street. Turn left onto Telok Ayer Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]