Mr & Mrs Maxwell's

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar
3 out of 5 stars
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Mr & Mrs Maxwell's

Opening third-quarter 2015 at The Club.

The lobby level all-day restaurant and bar at the revamped Club hotel doubles as a museum of found curios and artwork, and as the check-in counter for the 20 boutique rooms upstairs. 

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Venue name: Mr & Mrs Maxwell's
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Address: The Club
28 Ann Siang Rd
Singapore
068708
Opening hours: TBA
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For my birthday last year, I decided I wanted to try out the restaurant/café called Mr & Mrs Maxwell's. It is located within the many lanes in Chinatown, specifically on Ann Siang Road, among a number of other bars and eateries. I came across this place when I was searching for an all-day breakfast eatery online - it is surprisingly quite difficult to find them in Singapore, especially for brunch items on a weekday menu.


The café was not hard to find once we got to Ann Siang Road and we were quite impressed when we walked into the place. It was a comfortable size with a variety of types of tables - regular tables and chairs, sofa chairs and lower tables and high tables with bar chairs. I liked the intimacy you could get within this place because it was not too loud so we could talk easily throughout our meal.


When I made the booking online, I added that it was a birthday celebration. It was much appreciated that I received a complimentary dessert plate with 'Happy Birthday' written in chocolate and that the table we were given was that with sofa seating and the lower tables. It is quite hard to find places where you can eat comfortably from sofa seating but Mr and Mrs Maxwell's layout was great!


The café itself had a really nice feel to it, with a subtle and simple decor. My mum liked that the shelves were stocked with real books and not just props. In fact, she picked up quite an interesting one on unique houses in Singapore.

Between the three of us, we ordered 2 salads, a breakfast bread basket and 1 all-day breakfast main. Starting with the latter, my mum and I were happy with the beetroot-cured smoked salmon on charcoal bread. It was something different and a dish we had never tried before elsewhere.


The presentation of this dish was kept simple, which was nice because the contrast of colours between the dark charcoal bread and the toppings was beautiful enough. It should be noted that the addition of Hollandaise sauce on top of the poached egg is not stated in the menu but should be! Especially for a picky eater like myself or someone who has allergies.


In terms of taste, this was definitely the most impressive one. The smoked salmon had a stronger fish taste than most smoked salmon I've had in Singapore but it was an aspect I enjoyed. The only complain I had was that the poached egg was actually room temperature when it was served and this was not enjoyable as a room temperature runny egg yolk is quite unappetising.


As for the salads, they were rather disappointing in portion size. For the price they were at, we assumed they would be large enough to have as a main dish but they most certainly were not. It was a rather small portion, more as a side than a main.


The first salad we ordered was the lamb salad. Once again, there were ingredients in the actual salad that were not listed in the description on the menu. It consisted of thin slices of lamb, chickpeas, sliced almonds, raw red onions and rocket leaves. It was tossed in a light dressing, which made the overall dish light and refreshing but could have used with a little touch of sweetness.


The second salad we had was the quinoa and pumpkin salad. This was essentially as described - it came with shredded beetroot, quinoa, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and rocket leaves. This salad was also tossed in a light dressing, which kept the dish fresh.


Alongside the second salad, my dad also ordered a breakfast bread basket. On the menu, it states that this basket consists of a mini croissant, a mini pain au chocolat, a mini pain aux raisins, a slice of brioche and a slice of fruit and nut bread. However when it was served, my dad only received 3 out of the 5 listed items. It was missing a pain au chocolat and a pain aux raisins. 1 was replaced with another slice of brioche and the other was replaced with a mini apple turnover.


Once again, this order was a disappointment. The pastries in the breakfast bread basket were limp and flat. They were clearly not fresh anymore and the pastry dough had a serious lack of use of butter because it was not flaky, as pâte feuilletée should be in such pastries. The fact that some pastries were replaced without us being informed was also rather upsetting. It would have been acceptable if we were informed of the unavailability of certain pastries and for them to be replaced but none of this was communicated to us, we only realised when it was served to us.


We ordered TWO desserts to share. The first was the Sticky Date Toffee Pudding - a date flavoured cake topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled in a toffee sauce. When I first bit into this, I was surprised because the sticky date toffee pudding had more of a cake consistency. Normally, the traditional version is thick and quite sticky because of the amount of dates used in the batter. It was a unique difference but I much prefer the original version.


Our second dessert was the Crêpe Suzette. This was flambléed 'live' at the bar, which was close to where we were seated so we could watch it being done. It would have been better if the 'live station' was brought to the table that orders the dish, so that customers don't have to get up to see it being cooked.


In terms of taste though, it was quite yummy! Obviously the crêpes were not made fresh and made when ordered, so they tasted alright. The star of the dish was definitely the orange liquor sauce - it was not too alcoholic and I could still taste the acidity from the orange juice used. We could also smell the butter being used to cook the sauce from the live station and it wasn't overpowering or too oily in the sauce. I also liked that it was overly sweet either. My mum and I both liked the fact that some orange zest was sprinkled on top of the vanilla ice cream, as it gave the crepes an additional citrus edge.


My overall experience at this café was pleasant but frankly speaking, a let down in terms of the taste of the food. It was nothing spectacular in the sense that no single dish stood out to my parents and I. They were however, well presented and photogenic. Our waiters were also attentive but didn't manage to serve our desserts together, which was a shame.


As for the complimentary birthday dessert plate, it was a thoughtful gesture. I believe that the dessert was essentially the Baked Alaska. It was flambéed for us when served which melted the cotton candy exterior to reveal ice cream surrounded by a marshmallow and decorated with fresh berries. The alcohol taste in this dish was a lot stronger than the crêpe suzette but it was still enjoyable.


Overall, the atmosphere and the service at Mr & Mrs Maxwell's were the highlights of our experience, which is rather sad and a shame. The food was average in taste but presented well and the portion sizes were small for the prices you're paying. The cocktails and hard milkshakes were appropriately sized though - I had a Kir Royale while my dad had a Piña Colada milkshake.


Unfortunately, I will not be coming back again for a meal here but perhaps only for dessert and drinks.