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French Fold Captures the Soul of Casual French Cuisine

The new jewel of the Merci Marcel Group offers all-day social dining with Brittany-style crêpes and galettes.

(Image courtesy of French Fold)

With the interior of French Fold awashed in earthy tones, natural lighting and lush botanicals, you would be forgiven for thinking that you have just stepped into a bistro in Le Marais in Paris. And in the Telok Ayer neighbourhood that the restaurant is nestled in, its delicate French interior accents are juxtaposed with masculine elements of brass fixtures and black and green marble décor—creating a sleek and warm atmosphere that’s ideal for unwinding and gathering at any time of the day.

Part of the Merci Marcel brand, this new concept was founded on the owners’ love for crêpes (having owned a crêperie formerly), and what they’ve presented at French Fold is their take on savoury galettes and sweet crêpes in new and traditional flavours.

No. 04 Galette (Image courtesy of French Fold)

Made with buckwheat flour exclusively imported from France, the gluten-free galettes are paired with a variety of ingredients to create 11 different options, ranging from classic French like Comté cheese and ham to local adaptations that incorporate satay chicken. A quintessential, No. 04 is punctuated with chiffonade ham, sautéed mushrooms and melted Comté cheese that provide a necessary savouriness to the nutty and slightly bitter tasting buckwheat galette. Topped with an organic sunny side-up, the runny yolk makes for a creamy finish.

Crêpe with brown sugar and Maison Beillevaire butter (Image courtesy of French Fold)

On the flip side, the dessert crêpes are made with wheat flour and are much softer in texture as compared to the galettes. Unlike the galettes where ingredients are folded into it, the crêpes are sprinkled with toppings for that extra sweetness. Crêpes with brown sugar and classic, lemon or salted Maison Beillevaire butter are akin to what you’d find in France, while the novel aspects of French Fold’s menu are visible in crêpes topped with orange confit, black sesame and white chocolate or chestnut cream and mascarpone.

And as with all freshly made and warm desserts, having a scoop of ice cream to go alongside it always makes for an ideally indulgent combination. Partnering with Birds of Paradise, French Fold complements its crêpes with three of the brand’s popular flavours, Seasalt Hojicha, Strawberry Basil and Midnight Gianduja.

Their Apple cider (Image courtesy of French Fold)

In France, crêpes and galettes are typically drunk with apple cider and you’ll get to recreate this at the French Fold with ciders from Fils de Pomme, a cider brewery in Normandy, that come in three flavours: apple, pear and rose. For a non-alcoholic pairing, the restaurant has also partnered with Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee for an added touch of local in their French establishment.

During this season where physically satisfying your French wanderlust cravings is out of the question, a trip to French Fold would certainly provide a temporary respite as their crêpes and galettes are as authentic as those you’d find in a quaint Parisian café. Additionally, French Fold has free Wifi and power point sockets to promote a work-friendly concept, considering their location in the heart of the Central Business District, so do swing by for a productive work day alongside crêpes, coffee and cider.

French Fold is located at 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640.

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Beverly Teo

Editorial Intern

High-spirited, creative, and a little bit ditzy, she dreams of the day she'll be able to adventure around the globe and feast on all the good desserts the world has to offer. When she's at home, you would probably find her obsessing over her dog.

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