I’ve heard about Le Saint Julien being a top notch French restaurant, so when it participated in Restaurant Week, I had to try it.
We were seated at an isolated corner of the restaurant and the view we got wasn’t that of a bay, but of a walkway. It was filled with different groups of tourists, as observed throughout the hour long meal.
The 3 course menu was going at $40.00++. The usual price of set lunch at Le Saitn Julien is $58.00++.
The bread wasn’t too impressive. It was just the typical.
DUO FOIE GRAS ET POULET
Terrine of foie gras and chicken
Medley of mushrooms and celery cress
We were told that we could pair the foie gras and chicken terrine with the bread. Indeed, it tasted better than butter on bread. The fatty taste of foie gras was mild in this terrine and obviously will be better if the whole liver was pan seared instead of being made into terrine. However, the taste of it was good enough to make it the best among the 3 courses.
bisque de homard à l’aïoli, au gruyère et croûtons (small size) – $22.00++
lobster soup with garlic aioli, gruyere and toast (small size)
We had the lobster bisque ala carte. The lobster bisque was supposedly a signature dish of Le Saint Julien and there’s a newspaper article pasted at the restaurant’s entrance about how the chef used the lobster bisque’s recipe as a bait to propose to this wife. The lobster flavour of the bisque was there, but I felt the soup wasn’t flavourful enough in terms of thickness. Maybe a slab of butter would help it? Something along that line.
purée de pomme de terre au beurre d’Echiré – $12.00++
mashed potato with échiré butter
We ordered this ala carte too. The mashed potato, served in a cute little cocotte, was easily the best mashed potato we ever had. It was very smooth and creamy.
CROUSTILLANT DE CANARD
Crispy rice with duck confit and truffle oil emulsion
Smoked duck breast sauce
My dining partner had this. This looked promising but he claimed it wasn’t that good.
RAIE EN CROUTE
Garlic and parsley crusted skate fish
Méditerranéen Bouillabaisse sauce
This was my main course. Both the duck and the skate fish are on the normal set lunch menu too, by the way. The texture of the skate fish is similar to that of stingray, except that it has no bones. Generally there’s nothing wrong with this fish, but it’s just that this isn’t my preferred sort of fish. The parsley wasn’t gross (I usually hate parsley) as the taste was mild. The taste of garlic was strong though. The mash at the side contains bacon and the whole thing tastes like bacon. I preferred the mash potato in the cocotte.
French tradition Strawberry custard cake
“Signature” Caramelized chocolate mousse
Sadly, this dessert didn’t impress me at all. I’m usually most easily impressed by desserts but somehow, none of the desserts I’ve had during restaurant week stood out.
One MAJOR gripe that ruined my experience was the incompetent staff. It’s located at a rather obscure location – Fullerton Waterboat House. Trust me, it’s more obscure than it sounds.
I had difficulty locating Fullerton Waterboat House so I called up to check where it’s near.
I asked the staff:
“is it near Fullerton Hotel?”
“then is it near Fullerton BAY hotel?”
“err yes Fullerton Bay Hotel”
“so it’s in Fullerton Bay Hotel?”
So I went ahead to park near Fullerton Bay Hotel. And then the same person called up as I was late for my reservation. I told her I’m trying to find the place and I’m at Fullerton BAY Hotel. She told me it’s just across the road. I asked:
“so it’s opposite Fullerton Bay Hotel?”
“ok” [??? She replied OK to a yes or no question?]
I repeated my question and she said a “yes”
It turns out, it’s totally NOT near Fullerton Bay Hotel but it’s next to Fullerton Hotel! It’s directly opposite One Fullerton. I had to walk some 700m to get there. And back.
Other than the incompetent reception staff, the servers weren’t exactly providing good service either. We were seated at a rather isolated end of the restaurant and it was hard to get their attention. Some of them weren’t warm or friendly.
The food failed to impress too, based on the hype of this restaurant. I guess a revisit is unlikely.
Overall: not that bad a French restaurant but based on the hype over this restaurant I thought I could expect better. The mash potatoes were the best, however.
3 Fullerton Road
Fullerton Waterboat House
Lunch: 12 pm – 2pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm
Closed on Sunday
Fullerton Hotel or One Fullerton Car Park
After 5pm: $5.00 per entry
10, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 10E, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 700, 761, 868
Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)