My friends and I have been talking about going to this restaurant for a long time. Everytime I pass by, it looks packed. They don’t take reservations, and sometimes I see a queue outside.
Actually, the first time I heard of this place was when the owner-chefs were being featured on TV. They were very charming boy-next-door types, grinning as they spouted great Singlish. They related how they wanted to set up a “nice place, then the food also very good, prices good, wah.”
Not an ounce of pretention. And that was exactly how Saveur came across too.
What appealed to me first was the decor – monochromatic black on white.
|Similarly pleasantly surprised to note the verse and pertinent question|
But beyond the visuals, how was the FOOD? The little restaurant had already developed quite a reputation for great cuisine. The owners had trained at “fine diners like Guy Savoy, Fifty Three and Tetsuya’s in Sydney”, and there was certainly discernable finesse to what they served.
|Duck confit – $10.90|
From the plating to the taste, the dishes, though small (it IS supposed to be French food) packed a punch. And at the prices, the ‘girl’ sizes were definitely still worth it.
|Chicken Roulade (stuffed with foie gras, on basmati rice), $9.90|
|Creme Brulee with berries – $6.90|
|Textures of Citrus – $6.90|
Definitely a place I’d like to go back to – love the ambience (spot the cute ducky motif in the photo below).
It was only upon closer observation that we realised that this heart comprised a Bible verse.
|Subtle yet significant – tasteful incorporation of Christian art|
I think it’s a fantastic testimony that they have kept prices low. Rent must be quite expensive along that row of shophouses, and yet they have committed to such awesome prices for quality food. Fantastic way to be a light in the city.