Hang around Tanglin Mall on the third floor and you’ll stumble upon an eclectic modern European furniture store called House of AnLi. Wander further in and you’ll find yourself standing before a grand bistro that is earthy chic, inviting and definitely sophisticated.
With giant wooden tables and stark black cabinets that command attention, decorated with foliage and cutleries of all sorts, House of AnLi is the place you wanna be at for a Sunday brunch.
Before I go further, I’d like to bring your attention to the furniture store first. If you’re looking for that refined touch that isn’t too gaudy, then head on down to House of AnLi.
Founded in 2010 by Belgian Designer Anne-Jean Lietaer, House of AnLi brings in exclusive European labels and products like Portuguese table ware, Belgian tapestry and many more.
Artisanal French cutlery, Laguiole by Jean Duboust, is imported and used in the bistro as well. Filling the furniture store are big wooden tables, a cute white hut for kids (I really wanted it) and soft plush beddings for pets.
If you’re looking for something more personalised, the store offers bespoke interior services with the use of exquisite Belgian linen. You can request for cushions, blinds, curtains, headboards etc.
Now back to the bistro, it is spacious and extremely well-lit; a great place for pictures, especially with the copious amount of foliage and wooden furnishings.
The bistro serves up authentic recipes from both Anne-Jean Lietaer herself and the people around her who constantly inspire her. Within the menu, you will find Belgian specialities that are served in her own home and recipes that are passed down, such as the bacon quiche that has been exceedingly well-received at the dinner parties she’s served it at.
Another must-try is her reinvented recipe of Moussaka, a Greek dish from her mother-in-law.
Zucchini Bacon Quiche ($16)
When it first arrived, I was extremely confused – I expected the quiche to be really condensed with a uniform crust. Instead, it looked loosely put together, with the crust rustically falling apart, and in a good way.
The quiche was airy and light, with very rich ingredients. It was packed with zucchini slices that have been baked till a slight char, providing extra flavour and texture to the quiche.
The savoury bacon bits tied all of that together and the crust was not too crumbly. I highly recommend ordering this.
Tarte Au Fromage Blanc (Speculoos) ($12)
Anne-Jean told me that she has had returning Japanese customers asking for this light cheese cake, so I decided to try one for myself. Do not judge a book by its cover as while the slice of cheesecake might look really plain, it was exceedingly light, fluffy and tasty.
It’s one giant slice of cheesecake that I can finish all by myself because it’s just that light. The slight sourness from the cream cheese combined well with the subtle spicy sweetness from the speculoos base. I’ll definitely be joining her Japanese customers in coming back for this.
While prices are on the steeper side, the food served at House of AnLi’s bistro is refreshingly different from the usual cafe fare and worth a try. What’s more, you get to browse through chic and modern European furniture while you’re at it.
Expected damage: $12 – $20 per person