L’etoile which means the star in French, is a Japanese-French lifestyle shop and indie cafe that has risen in popularity since it opened in 2011. Located at the bend of Owen Road and Dorset Road, with white washed exterior and long glass windows that reveal a vibrant perky interior, L’etoile is not hard to miss. We thought the amalgamation of Japanese and French influences evident in the choice of furniture and decorative items was quirky and peculiar, but nice.
L’etoile Signature Big Breakfast ($16.90) is a hearty breakfast served with crisp toast, bacon strips, sausages, roasted potatoes, tomatoes with pesto, egg prepared to your preference (we had ours scrambled), and a generous serving of fresh leafy greens. Quite obviously, this dish came in a big portion, so it’s value for your money. We found particularly liking for the roasted potatoes as they were perfectly done, slightly crisp on the outside while soft, warm and moist on the inside. The bacon strips were crisp and savoury too! Anything goes with bacon, really.
For a sandwich alternative, try Chicken Sandwich ($16.90) served with cheese, a mass of lightly salted crispy truffle fries and fresh leafy greens. The chicken thigh is battered with herbs and deep fried until crisp, tender and juicy. Sandwiched between two ciabatta bread, we thought the dish had an even distribution of soft and crunchy textures.
One of the dishes that caught our eye immediately when we picked up the menu was Salmon Pink Sauce Pasta ($18.90). Pink sauce – pink food? Seriously, what’s that? Apparently, it’s a blend of tomato cream sauce and tender salmon cubes with secret special seasoning for enhanced natural flavour. We haven’t tasted anything quite like this and thought it was unique but delicious. Despite having salmon in the sauce already, the pasta was still served with generous chunky cubes of salmon. We will definitely be returning to L’etoile for another round of this dish.
We were quite full from the large servings of food, but just had to give their desserts a try! So we had their guilt-free Mud-oozzz ($8.90). It is an oven baked light chocolate dessert that ozzes with warm chocolatey fluid from its centre. It’s also served with artisinal Sugalight vanilla ice cream on the side – Sugalight is well liked for its guilt-free characteristics like being free of glucose, gelatin, eggs, sucrose, preservatives, fructose, article sweeteners and corn syrup. Superb way to end a hearty meal.
160 Owen Road
11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri)
9am – 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)