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This French-Inspired Cafe By One-Michelin-Starred Chef Has Brunch Under $20 In Kovan

19th October 2023

Alkove Bistro is a French-inspired cafe in Kovan 

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Discovering a Michelin-starred culinary experience without breaking the bank may seem far-fetched, but at Alkove Bistro, it’s a delicious reality. This neighbourhood cafe at Kovan Road serves up French fare with a Japanese influence, and is also led by renowned Chef Haikal Johari, who heads the one-Michelin-starred restaurant Alma by Juan Amador in Scotts Road.

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Upon entering, the bright and cheerful atmosphere of Alkove Bistro immediately captures your attention. The space boasts a clean modern charm, adorned with pastel yellow and orange accents for a welcoming ambience. The menu is diverse, featuring soups, sides, tartines, mains, brunch fare, desserts, and an array of baked goods.

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For starters, the French Onion Soup ($12.90++) feels like a warm embrace on a rainy day. This classic French dish is made with French Cevennes onions with miso beef stock, imparting a rich and umami flavour. Another French staple, the Croque Monsieur ($17.90++), showcases smoked Bayonne ham and Comte cheese sandwiched between toasted brioche slices.

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For brunch lovers, Alkove Bistro offers enticing specials such as the best-selling Smoked Otah Muffin ($18.90++): English muffin buns topped with smoked ham and fluffy scrambled eggs. If you’re looking for something heartier, go for their Chicken Cordon Bleu ($22.90++), which features tender chicken breast stuffed with Camembert cheese and encased in a crispy golden breading. Alternatively, try their Duck Confit ($23.90++): slow-cooked crispy duck served with duck jus on a bed of al dente risoni and carrots.

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As the saying goes, there’s always room for dessert—even after the slew of food coma-inducing mains. Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased with their take on the French classic, Peach Melba—their French Toast ($15.90++) features a thick and fluffy brioche toast topped with juicy yellow peaches, tangy raspberries, and a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, drizzled with maple syrup.

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Before leaving, patrons can choose from a selection of freshly baked goods, including their Plain Croissant ($4.20++), Baklava Croissant ($5.90++), Kouign Amann ($5.50++), Onion Leek Focaccia ($6.50++), and Ciabatta ($3.80++). If you’re keen on fine French cuisine with a hint of Japanese flair, be sure to check out Alkove Bistro!

The next time you’re in the area, head over to 8 Degrees for wallet-friendly Taiwanese food, or check out Allo French Restaurant for more affordable French cuisine!

Address: 2 Kovan Road, #01-10, Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11:30am to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6858 5729
Alkove Bistro is not a halal-certified eatery.

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