Text and Images by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra
With the astro turf and tree, it's like having a picnic.
Sugar Daddy Group – the people behind the popular patisserie, Antoinette – opens the second Pique Nique, a casual dining restaurant at JCube, the latest mall at Jurong East. This is the first time the F&B group known for its delicate desserts and pastries establish itself in the heartland.
“Pique Nique, as compared to Antoinette, is more relatable in terms of product range and price point,” says Chef Pang Kok Keong, who heads the group.
The meatballs, made of beef and pork, are nice but the price, at $18.80, may be a little too steep for the hea …
The menu includes all-day breakfast items like Sausage and Egg Gratin ($14.80), burgers and sandwiches such as Croque Madame ($14) and pastas such as Meatball Pasta ($18.80). They also have a dedicated fries menu that offers homemade dips like Goulash, Hungarian Stew and Hot Chilli Meat Sauce.
While Pique Nique, with its first outlet at Takashimaya, targets the mass market, the prices of its food are relatively higher compared to the other F&B outlets like Kungfu Paradise just next door.
Chef Pang recognises this too. “If I want the shop to look a certain way, and I can’t be stingy on the ingredients, as much as I would to call it mass market, it is still niche,” he says.
The restaurant boasts an outdoor look with high ceiling, astro turf and a tree. Whether the setting, or the ingredients, justifies the prices of the food, we let the patrons be the judge. These desserts come in a glass which customers can bring home if they take away.To entice the heartlanders, the restaurant offers daily set lunch at $15 nett for an appetizer, main course and a drink. Of course, macarons and cakes, which in our opinion are still Chef Pang’s signatures, are also there to lure the crowd.
Pique Nique (JCube)
2 Jurong East Central 1, #01-08 JCube, Singapore