Anthesis, a new concept boulangerie, bistro and café at Robertson Blue has opened its doors at the laidback waterfront dining enclave of Robertson Quay by the Singapore River. Specialising in freshly baked international variety of breads and pastries made with seasonal ingredients, light meals, and a curated beverage list; Anthesis is an idyllic spot for a relaxing riverside dining experience.
The chosen name, ‘Anthesis’, which refers to the, ‘process of the flowering period of a plant from the opening of a bud’, encapsulates the concept behind this new dining establishment by sisters, Melanie and Severine Ng.
The 70-seater cosy eatery boasts a rustic interior decorated with wood and steel antique furniture sourced from around Asia, and retro floral motifs on the ceramic flooring. Iron- wrought mirrors and birdcage shaped pendant lightings that hang low from wooden crossed beams lend character to this charming establishment. Its spacious alfresco area surrounds a luscious green tree, which provides a natural shade from the afternoon sun.
Seated indoors or at its alfresco dining area facing the riverside, Anthesis is a lovely spot to kick start the day with a power breakfast or a lazy brunch from its all-day brunch menu. For those who prefer to takeaway a quick cuppa or coffee on the go, orders can be conveniently placed at the takeaway window.
Anthesis prides itself in the quality and variety of its freshly baked breads, available for takeaway purchases and also served for dining in. Seasonal ingredients are used to flavour its bread variety, which ranges from pumpkin seed, dark rye, herb, multi-grain, wholemeal, walnut and olive. The range of international bread types includes the Italian ciabatta, French brioche and croissant, and the American rye and pullman loaves.
With bread as the star food item at Anthesis, diners are offered a choice of bread from its bakery served with homemade preserves (S$6 to S$8), bread platter of three varieties served with cheese, hummus, orange marmalade and strawberry jam (S$14). Breads are also served with eggs done in any way (S$8) and as sandwiches, such as the house speciality Tuna Tataki, a pan-seared tuna topped with avocado salsa on freshly baked bread (S$18).
A visit to Anthesis is incomplete without a taste of its pastries and desserts. A display window showcases sweet treats such as the Almond Frangipane Fruit Tart, Melty Lemon Profiteroles, Passionfruit Yuzu Meringue Tart and Vanilla Raspberry Charlotte. Classic favourites include the Blueberry Cheesecake, Carrot Cake, Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Tart and Macarons in a variety of flavours. Prices range from S$4.50 to S$6.90.
Three popular desserts on the Anthesis menu include the Tea-Infused White Acai Berry Jelly – a light jelly infused with the premium White Acai tea and berries marinated with balsamic vinegar, topped with vanilla milk foam; the Fuji Apple Ice Soufflé with home-made apple chips and warm chocolate sauce; and the butter croissant Bread Pudding with Ice-Cream. Desserts are priced at S$14.
Enjoy brunch specials all-day such as the Hearty Breakfast selection of eggs and toasts served with grilled sausages, streaky bacon, roasted cherry tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms (S$18). Other popular items include the Mini Breakfast Burgers – a trio of mini burgers: poached egg, smoked salmon, lettuce and tomato served in a homemade spinach and parmesan brioche burger buns (S$16); and the Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack – homemade brioche dipped in custard and griddle with caramelised bananas and maple syrup layered with mascarpone cheese and seasonal berries (S$16).
And for those who prefer fresh greens, the Anthesis House Salad is a must-try – sautéed wild mushrooms, feta cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts served on a bed of mix greens and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (S$12).
Anthesis also serves up great teas and coffees. Tea lovers will enjoy its curated blend of artisan teas from leading organic and speciality tea purveyor, Art of Tea, based in Los Angeles, California. Available exclusively in Singapore at Anthesis, the reputable hand-blended and custom crafted organic teas are carefully selected directly from growers by master tea blender, Steve Schwartz. Both classic and premium tea blends are available. A premium house favourite, the White Acai (S$9), is an uplifting white tea blend with refreshing fruity high notes of apple, blackcurrant and pineapple with acai powder, hibiscus and rosehip.
The coffees here are hand-picked by Melanie. The ‘Anthesis Coffee Blend’ is a mix of the origins of three coffee beans – Brazilian Yellow Bourbon, Guatemala and Sumatra LinTong. Unique to Anthesis, it gives a chocolaty mouth-feel with slight earthy notes and a hint of citrus. A full range of coffee beverages from espresso, doppio, long black, macchiato, piccolo latte, latte and ice coffees are available.
Craft beers take centre stage at Anthesis, offering diners unique tastes to expand their enjoyment of the golden brew. Priced at $14, they include the Belgian Lindemans in apple and peach flavours, exotic African brew Mongozo fair trade beer in mango flavour, ginger beer infused with orange and spices, as well as classic beers from Belgian brands Wittekerke and Bavik. Topping off the list is Delirium Termens. Priced at S$24, this strong ale, which has been voted the best beer in the world, is brewed with three types of yeast and has a striking bouquet of spice, citrus and bananas.
The downside is that Anthesis is currently not serving dinner. However, there are plans to introduce a full dinner service in the near future.
Anthesis Boulangerie, Bistro & Cafe
86 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Robertson Blue, Singapore 238245
Tel: 6737 9873
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm (Tues-Sun); Closes on Monday.
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