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Boulangerie @ Resorts World Sentosa

31 January 2010


It's probably too early to say this, but just thirty minutes of walking around Resorts World Sentosa was enough to make me not like it at all. Sans the upcoming Universal Studios theme park which might be a refreshing draw for families after all these years of aimless "shopping mall weekends", the "integrated" in Integrated Resort is really just a cover for expensive dining, luxurious shopping and high-roller gambling. I don't see any value-addedness to Singapore with a place like this, with its pretense grandeur and air of elitism that would cater best to wannabes and people desperate to flaunt their wealth, no matter how tiny or huge. It just feels so boring and completely uninspiring to me.


While still in its soft opening phase, there are at least five eateries that are currently open - Patio (Italian), The Dining Room (Chinese), Fiesta (breakfast and dinner buffet), Starz Restaurant (buffet) and Boulangerie (tea and cakes lounge). Boulangerie is very much a misnomer in itself because there's nothing much of a bakery here at Resorts World, with only six varieties of cakes, four choices of sandwiches and three selections of pastries (two danish, one croissant). I wish people would use their heads sometimes before jumping into French names and words.

Sandwiches


I've chosen not to give ratings for this post because they're all going to be sub-par anyway. We were surprised that they need a chef to prepare sandwiches like these, with almost zilch effort in presentation as well. In Singapore, students around the age of thirteen (if not even younger!) are already taught sandwich preparation in "home economics" lessons. The Mayo Tuna Sandwich tasted as though it was out of a can while the chicken meat from the Roasted Chicken Foccacia was very bland.

Apple Danish Pastry


It's smaller than it looks, about a combination of two of those mini pastries from the Four Leaves bakery. Tastes just like it too.

Cocoa Passion


This was horrible, and for someone with simple and forgiving tastebuds like mine, I still couldn't go more than four forkfuls of this. The dark chocolate coating was overdone so much so that Tyler thought it had a dark soy sauce kind of aftertaste (!!!) while I felt the passionfruit crème brûlée inside was so sour and awful that it completely couldn't pair with the chocolate mousse.

Summer Fruits Cheesecake


Perhaps the only thing that was passable for the afternoon, but it still couldn't impress. Cheesecake and jelly layer in the middle of dry pastry.

Choco-Nut Tarte


It's difficult to go wrong with this, and true this could pass as well, but I've had so much better ones that this is just plain basic. The chocolate was not as smooth as the one from Coffee Club (which has a caramel layer as well), and neither was it of a good quality as the chocolate from Laurent Bernard.

Any saving grace? Well, the Chocolate Cookies Iced Latte was pretty good. That's about it.

Service
Very good.

Price
$6.50 for the roasted chicken sandwich
$6.50 for the tuna mayo sandwich
$3.00 for the apple danish pastry
$5.60 for the cocoa passion
$6.40 for the summer fruits cheesecake
$4.80 for the choco-nut tarte
$6.00 for a chocolate cookies iced latte

* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.

Place
Boulangerie, Festive Hotel. Resorts World Sentosa.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

5 Foodie Comments:

myfoodsirens said...

This sounds worse than Schkolart!! First time I see you slamming a place haha.

February 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM
*Harris said...

Not very frequent I know, only when I need too. I know some bloggers like to slam almost every place they go to (and we know who!) hahaha.

Constructive criticism is always important.

February 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM
Angeline said...

haha! seems like all the food reviews i read at resort world is quite sucky. LOL

February 1, 2010 at 5:58 PM
*Harris said...

LOL... Well I only tried one.....

The Italian place, the menu quite limited too.

February 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM
Princess Tiara said...

My family and malaysia relatives went there last weekend and we just sat down for a bit of snacks here since we happened to be there.We ordered chicken pie and tuna pie (which can i add wasn’t our first, but 2nd/3rd choice because they RAN OUT of whatever we wanted the first few times.) That aside, the tuna pie served was ok, not too bad, except for the fact that it was only moderately warm, while the chicken pie, though it could have been delicious, the crust was warm but the filling was cold. It wasn’t what we expected at all for all the prices it charged. When we asked for cutlery, the waitress took quite a while to get it, until I had to go up to the counter to ask for it, which coincided with the time she exited the kitchen with the cutlery.

We returned the chicken pie for reheating because it was too cold, and they apologised and said that they would ‘make a new one’, and when we enquired about how long it will take, the waitress gave us a gauge of 10 mins. We agreed to wait and was a little bit more heartened at the starting hint of what seemed to be better service. However, 10 mins passed…then 15…and the pie never came. My dad got fed up and went to pay the bill.They didn’t charge us for both pies when my father berated the person at the cashier for the cold pies and waiting. They explained the cold-on-inside pies as they used an oven to heat up the pies, but shouldn’t they have used a microwave? An oven is not really meant for reheating food. As for the delay in our ‘new chicken pie’, I attribute it to the oven’s slow speed at baking as well.

It certainly wasn’t what we expected, and all the more not a very good reflection of SG’s service to my malaysia relatives. The drinks were not bad though, even though it was pricey, but the 10% service charge wasn’t worth it, and neither was the food.

September 14, 2010 at 9:47 PM

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