Novus is conveniently located in the National Museum of Singapore, which is in the middle of the city. I wouldn’t believe that points of attractions catered to tourists (think Zoo, Night Safari..) would have good restaurants until I found Novus! Then again, the museum isn’t exactly made for tourists.
The interior was lavishly done up, with a classy feel to it.
The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived at 1:30pm, on a Saturday. It was as if I had the whole place to myself!
The set lunch menu by Chef Stephan gave us several options to choose from. I had a hard time deciding on my order as I wanted everything.
We were first presented with a basket of bread. The breads were baked by them and they tasted great! The spherical one in particular.
Amuse Bouche – Oyster leaves
The complimentary amuse bouche today was oyster leaves, imported from Scotland and indeed, it had the taste of fresh, raw oysters!
Foie Gras Anglaise
Museum like explanation cards were provided. It explains everything about it!
It was my first time trying something anglaise. It was pleasant, with distinctive taste of duck within the custard.
Yellowfin Tuna & Heirloom Tomato
The portion of tuna was rather generous, in my opinion. I tried one piece of tuna and it was very fresh! I like how it’s half seared.
Snow Cod in Black & White
This was my main course. I’m a fan of cod and the cod was tender, juicy and fresh. The smoked potatoes tasted like bacon! I loved the artichokes too.
Wagyu Rump (Supplement $15++)
Rump meat is usually tough (even tougher than sirloin, which I already find too tough), but this wagyu rump with marbling 7 was tender enough to not cause a jaw ache. The triple cooked French fries were lovely! The potato was soft inside but the surface was crispy.
Raspberry Curd Soufflé
The size of the soufflé was much bigger than I had expected. It actually arrived as one unbroken piece but before I could snap a picture, the waiter stabbed the soufflé to pour in raspberry sauce.
The combination of the raspberry and curd soufflé was flawless. The dessert was a balance of sweet, slight sourness and savoury.
When we left, we were given complimentary cupcakes as well as a free parking coupon! I adore such thoughtful gestures, as it was beyond my expectations. The parking fee was $7.50 for a mere 1.5h at most, so the free parking coupon was certainly useful.
Overall: one of my best dining experiences! I highly recommend Novus.
93 Stamford Road
National Museum of Singapore
Tel: 6336 8770
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
(Closed on Sunday)
National Museum of Singapore car park – complimentary parking for patrons of Novus
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