The restaurant area seemed small but they had an arsenal of service staff, and all of them seemed very seasoned and not untrained, so service today was very prompt and attentive. As I was dining alone, they offered me magazines to read, similar to my experience at Keystone Restaurant. One of the magazines was Appetite which got me really interested! I even proceeded to purchase the magazine from Kinokuniya Bugis after my lunch. Even the owner himself made his rounds to make sure everything was in order periodically. Service is definitely great here but let’s talk about the food now.
The bread served was a typical French baguette, which I’m also typically not fond of. I’m fine with it, but baguettes typically do not impress me. I was offered a second piece but one was enough.
It was my first time here so I ordered the set lunch which costs $38.00++. There were 3 options each for the starters and the mains, and the dessert was fixed.
Glazed ravioli, foie gras
The sauce was nice and gave me a good first impression of this dish. I chose this starter as I was craving for ravioli. The ravioli itself was fine and could satisfy me, but the filling didn’t quite. The foie gras tasted like inferior foie gras. It was somewhat pungent, which was a disappointment as I love foie gras.
Roasted tiger prawn pasta, chili Monte Poro
For the main, I chose the pasta. It was pappardelle with tiger prawn. Sadly, the pappardelle was too tough for my liking. I’m not sure if this is their definition of al dente but it was actually quite tough to bite instead of springy. The sauce was barely there so I didn’t have much impression of it. The tiger prawns were fine though. It didn’t taste unfresh or overcooked. Overall, this dish wasn’t spectacular but wasn’t awful either. It was just pretty normal to me. It would have been better if the pappardelle wasn’t so tough.
Vanilla ice cream with mandarin orange
The dessert of the day was the above. The mandarin orange was strangely warm and bitter, I didn’t quite like it. The vanilla ice cream was fine though.
Earl grey tea and petit fours
Assorted coffee or tea was included in the set lunch and I chose the earl grey tea. It was served with a plate of petit fours. The tea itself was fragrant and I loved it. I’m not sure what brand of tea they use though.
Overall, I didn’t find the quality of this set lunch on par with the reputation of this restaurant. It’s supposedly one of the best restaurants in Singapore according to various awarding bodies. I definitely do not recommend this set lunch and please choose from the ala carte or degustation instead.
When I was settling the bill, somehow my DBS Mastercard could not get through. The server said it says ‘invalid card number’ so I had to use another card. This has never happened to me before and I even used the same card afterwards when shopping and it worked. I really wonder what went wrong with their card machine or perhaps they tried for Visa instead of Mastercard?
Food: 7/10 (set lunch)
Overall: I may return to try their degustation or ala carte menu instead. The serve recommended the cold angel hair pasta.
36 Purvis Street
Tel: 6338 8955
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sunday
Coupon parking along Purvis Street
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Bugis (EW12)/ City Hall (EW13/ NS25)