Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 22:30
As its name suggests, this is a casual bistro in true French style, serving authentic French fare in a casual, welcoming setting. The set meals allow you to put together your own meal of classics like coq au vin and braised lamb shank.
Bypassed too often, good food at reasonable prices should try to remember to eat here more often,
Food: Pitched as a 3 course lunch, if you count coffee (as most do), it's a four course. Starters- my favourite, snails in herb butter, save your bread for dipping into the butter. My son ordered the pork rillette- tasty too, but the snails were better.
For mains: I ordered the pork neck braised, served with mash. Delicious and chunky. Other half ordered the beef stew - chunky beef with tasty sauce. The fish was a barramundi (or was it "kim bak lor") pan fried. good but order the pork neck!
Dessert was creme brulee - mine was not creamy enough, but the cream puff was tasty. Lemon mouse with mixed fruit was the best. Ended with coffee and Tea.
Value: Great value at about $35 per head.
Ambience: Near by, comfortable, cool and not too bad parking on a weekday.
Service: Quiet, unassuming and prompt.
For my complete review with photos, visit here
Chip Bee Gardens has seen a revival with the installation of the Holland Village MRT station and the 'big-bang' like pop-up of Sunday Folks along the usually quiet stretch. With that comes accompanied a whole slew of new worries mostly shrouding parking issues.
Not new to the once sleepy neighborhood is Chez Petit Salut, a sister outlet to the more showy Au Petit Salut; here, the style is casual French bistro with hearty traditional French classics ringed in by a respectable wine list. Decor is kept simple, rustic, with an air of nostalgia of the French romanticism period. It's the kind of restaurant where it is possible to go for both lunch and dinner on a single day, a restaurant where waitresses race through the dining halls with four identical bowls of duck confit.
To start off the meal, we had the Oven Baked Portobello Mushroom with melted Camembert cheese and baby spinach ($16) and the Half dozen baked Burgundy snails, tomato fondue & garlic butter ($16). The former (pictured right above) greeted the table; and we wished that the chef had made a mistake with only a measly mushroom to share round the table. Perhaps the mushroom had been a blooming onion before it's brief stint in the oven, but that doesn't warrant such a sad serving. The latter was apparently very well received by the other end of the table. Never got to taste it but I must say that generous slathering of herbed butter definitely whet my appetite.
Some of the main courses that graced the table that night were the Braised Lamb Shank ($38) served 'a la Provencale' in tomato accompanied with root vegetables. This unfortunately never quite surpassed the works of the master, the fork tender protein lacking in personality, but it was good enough to be a contender in any serious discussion of Singapore's lamb shanks.
My Crispy Duck leg confit, sauteed potatoes, streaky bacon and mesclun ($32) was superb, a golden crusty exterior heightened by the showering of fried shallots; all this yielding with the quick prod of the knife to reveal impossibly rich and succulent flesh with the subtle hints of garlic. The sauteed potatoes however were the black sheep of the plate, marring a perfect dish with its slightly undercooked hearts.
There's also the more delicate offering of Oven baked fillet of black cod with ratatouille ($32) should you be seeking a lighter option.
Chez Petit Salut doesn't fall under the fashionable category for today's food mavern, but it for sure, serves up good honest French bistro food that has accumulated a close following over the years. Good for a romantic night out sans the razzle dazzle or an intimte gathering with friends and loved ones.
See the full review with pictures here. So we headed here about a week ago because we wanted to check out the buffalo mozzarella at La Fromagerie. It has closed! Replaced by some hair or nail salon, didn’t really take note of the details. So we couldn’t get our buffalo mozzarella. If I’m not wrong their online store is still up and running, but one doesn’t really want to buy cheese online, does one. I’d previously read a somewhat mediocre review of this place from S, but I liked it quite a bit. The a la carte menu is a little pricey for lunch (a main is about $30?), but the lunch sets are really quite nice. It’s not difficult to find and has an easy ambience with good lighting. We started with the tarte flambee and some pork rillettes. L has a newfound love for rillettes ever since we ordered it at Platters, and even earlier when we ordered it during his Dad’s birthday of 2012 at Bistro du Sommelier – their salmon rillettes are really good. I liked the pork rillettes here although I think in general a lot of restaurants serve too little bread for spreading – perhaps you’re just supposed to scoff huge spoonfuls of pork like ice cream? They do serve warmed bread and butter to start your meal, but we forgot to save any for the rillettes. The tarte flambee saw sliced yellow onions and bacon in a bechamel sauce, flambeed on a pizza like crust. It was good – the onion and bechamel mixture was really rich and blended nicely together. It didn’t really seem “flambeed” as much as baked in an oven. Simple enough to make, I think! For the second course (the lunch sets have 3 courses – appetizer, main, and dessert + coffee/tea for $30++), I ordered the catch of the day (sea bass) with escabeche and he had the beef stroganoff on pommes puree. The snapper had beautifully seared skin and really tender, flaky meat which went nicely with the stewed yellow peppers and onions. The beef stroganoff was extremely rich (or perhaps it was the buttery potato puree) and was studded with some cremini mushrooms. L really liked this – the meat was medium rare I think and extremely juicy. It says it’s sauteed with garlic and onions in the menu but this was really more braised than anything else, and pretty delicious to boot. You won’t like it if you prefer your steaks well done :S The flavours here melded perfectly. For desserts I had the profiteroles, which were very nice, flooded in a rich belgian chocolate sauce and stuffed with ice cream (is that easier to serve in profiteroles than creme patissiere?) L had the creme brulee which was eh, not too bad, but mine is better (Alton Brown’s recipe). I would definitely bring people here for birthday celebrations (engineers are not fussy people and usually eat at much worse places imo) as I am really interested in their chocolate tart :P