Hediard Singapore, Tudor Court
This French gourmet shop opened here recently (125 Tanglin Road, 6333-6683), featuring a litle cafe next door that is conveniently open from 9 AM to 8 PM. We dropped on by today for breakfast. And gourmet it was indeed, straight down to the lofty prices. While many items hovered below S$20 (US$13.30), they did have a so-called "H XL" breakfast set for S$45 (US$30) that added scrambled eggs and salmon (or Parma ham) to the base "H" set of coffee, OJ, viennoiserie, half-boiled egg, bread, butter, and jam/honey (hey - no joke on itemizing those...those two little 30 gram jars sold for S$5, or US$3.30 each at the boutique next door). And unfortunately, I was in a mood for scrambled eggs, so I opted for the upgraded XL package despite the pain that it would inflict on my wallet.
The prices were partially justified at least. The buttery croissant was lighter than air, the scrambled eggs (complete with gourmet salt and pepper in little dishes) were rich yet delicate, and the salmon came out in very large sheets...and of good quality too. Even the butter and bread were light and tasty enough to motivate this non-bread eater to consume most of what was provided. The vanilla infused into the "Opera tea" provided a pleasantly warm feel to all of this as well.
Now, I'm not exactly going to come rushing back here to spend S$45 on breakfast again (it invoked memories of spending fifty bucks at the Tiffin Room for an Indian buffet), but I've gotta say that my impression of French food keeps improving with every step. The shop next door is worth checking out too, given the wide varieties of mustard, tea, chocolates, etc. that they have. But just beware of the prices again, especially when you reach those little jars of truffles sporting triple-digit price tags. I suppose that their location can command this though, given that they'll be just a few doors down from the glitzy St. Regis when it finally opens.