Nestled within the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill, this semi-fine French restaurant is rather popular. The restaurant was rather empty at 11:50am but after 12pm the crowd started to flow in steadily. I noticed that most of the diners are young couples and I could understand why as the restaurant seemed like a romantic place for a date.
The alfresco area looks very pleasant but the weather was too warm today so I requested for an indoor seat.
Both my dining partner and I opted for the 3 course Set Lunch, which cost $35.00++. There were 6 options for each course.
Cured Smoked Trout served with couscous taboulé, fresh herbs
My dining partner ordered this. The portion of smoked trout could really be more generous. He didn’t really fancy the couscous.
Half dozen baked Burgundy snails with tomato and garlic butter
I kind of enjoyed this, but as I seldom try escargot, I can’t really tell if this was a good rendition or not.
Ragout of duck with brunoise of vegetable in crispy filo, green lentils stew
My dining partner had this and he liked it. I tried a mouth of it and it was very crispy, and the taste of the duck wasn’t too overpowering.
Oven baked Atlantic Hake fish served with green vegetables, Niçoise vinaigrette
I had this as my main course. It was decent, the fish was not unfresh, but sadly that’s the most I feel about it.
Exotic trifle of red fruit jelly, mango-passion mousse, fresh kiwi and caramel popcorn
The combination of the different layers worked out quite well as it wasn’t too tangy or sweet when combined. The popcorns added some points to it.
Crème Brûlée infused with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans
I liked how the serving dish had a large surface area, so that there’ll be more burnt sugar. The crème was good too and specks of vanilla could be seen. No regrets for choosing this.
There were no choices given for the types of coffee or tea served.
Overall, Au Petit Salut didn’t really impress me, though it was decent. Comparing it to Novus which I dined at last week, it was really pale in comparison. I guess I’m unlikely to be heading back unless someone calls for it.
Overall: not the best restaurant in town though it’s decent.
Au Petit Salut
40C Harding Road
Tel: 6476 0813
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat)
Free parking in front of the restaurant
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