Brasserie Les Saveurs, the classic fine dining French restaurant at the St. Regis Singapore, probably upholds the phrase “timeless elegance” exceptionally well. When I first entered the restaurant, I was immediately taken aback with the tall glass windows allowing the beautiful evening light into the well decked interior. Excellent, warm furnishing with quaint upholstery, magnificent chandeliers and the soothing ambience of live classics every night by both the talented pianist and singer, this would probably be one of the few places for a romantic night out in the heart of Orchard Road. With decor like this, expectations are well set for a memorable night out.
Step into the Lobby. Simple, elegant furnishing, tastefully done.
The entrance to the restaurant
The centrepiece before the restaurant
Chef de Cuisine Antoine Bonnet recently joined the team at the Brasserie, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in preparing meticulous and fine French cuisine. He started work at the Le Foulie Douce Restaurant and the 2 Michelin starred L’espadon in Paris, before heading to become Chef de Cuisine of Goutons Voir Restaurant, in Beyrouth, Lebanon.
Start off dinner with a serving of warm bread with excellent smooth butter. Feel the firm exterior that breaks into a crisp crunch and then bask in the pleasant and rich ambience all about. As dinner goes along, be entertained with the smooth vocals and charming piano notes from the live performance.
The Chilli Mary is St Regis’ signature concoction of the Bloody Mary. This unique concoction is a light tomato sweet touched with alcohol and a slight fieriness from the chilli. The warmth becomes apparent a few moments after each sip, giving you time to enjoy this drink throughout the night.
Start off with the Tuna Tataki with Potato Espuma, and immerse yourself in an amuse bouche that speaks of light frothy creaminess with a portion of fish lightly coated with balsamic and a sprinkle of salt. A little sweet, with a texture of creamy milkiness and then relish in a soothing aftertaste.
To complement the dishes to come, the restaurant kindly recommended the 2012 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. The Sauvignon was smooth, with fruity notes that carried a mild smokiness. A very good complement with the bouillabaisse to come.
The first starter of Salade Niçoise ($36++) is a hearty dish of light tasting greens with deep and savoury black pepper seared tuna pieces that leaves a lasting aftertaste. Made from mesclun leaves, quail eggs, marinated anchovies, green beans and katakana olives, this is one starter I can truly appreciate. The dressing is finely portioned out, not overpowering the natural sweetness from the rest of the ingredients. I especially enjoyed the quail egg, baby potatoes and halved artichoke in the salad dressing. A delightful combination that whets your appetite further.
The Bouillabaisse Façon Les Saveurs ($19++) is a creamy concoction of 7 fishes and saffron, stewed to intense flavours. Tuck in to a frothy sweet, sea savoury and refreshing herb touch from start to end. The fennel is a little tough though, tilting the dish’s main texture towards it.
The side of crisp toast and Rouille, made from garlic, saffron, olive oil and mayonnaise is a complementary serving of flavours and textures to the Bouillabaisse. Velvety cream with the wonderful scent of saffron infused with the lightness from garlic, the Rouille is an excellent combination with the toast. Dip the toast further with the Bouillabaisse to simply indulge in the hearty broth.
The next pairing of wines for the mains saw the table enjoying a serving of 2010 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Cuvee Saint-Vincent.
The Le Homard Thermidor ($75++) made from fresh Boston lobster is easily the highlight of the night’s dinner. A beautiful whole lobster is served in flavours of tantalising sea sweet and savoury, coupled with a creamy infusion of mushroom bechamel sauce. The lobster is flambed with cognac just before serve, impressing a beautiful taste that leaves you craving for another bite. The side of gratinee gruyere is one decadent portion of cheese that resembled the perfect comfort food. In flavours of tangy and hearty savoury, this is beauty redefined. I was literally ‘wow-ing’ after each bite. Fabulous.
The next main of Côte De Boeuf ($48++) was a generous cut of beef. After such a substantial course, and after the the lobster, this dish was perhaps a little lacklustre in impression and flavour. The meat was firm, a little tough, and a touch moist. Good to have on its own with a starter and a dessert and perhaps not as part of a full gastronomic course. The insides were a beautiful pink, with the drizzle of beef jus to sparkle up the flavour. In retrospect, the mash stood out more for its luxurious creaminess and buttery aftertaste.
For desserts, the table was served the Le Gâteau À La Banane ($14++). The banana mousse cake was a surprising finish to the meal. Light and airy, with decadent amount of sweet fruitiness within, this was an excellent pair with the apricot compote and ginger ice cream. A unique end.
The restaurant also serves up an option called the Connoisseur’s Dinner. For $88++ per person, select one main from the menu and enjoy the buffet spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. I spied the cheese trolley as I entered the restaurant, and was happy to make this my 2nd dessert for the night.
Some of the delectable bites from the buffet counter under the Connoisseur’s Dinner option.
Semi-private dining room at the Brasserie
Me and Chef Antoine
Dinner at Brasserie Les Saveurs is perfect for those seeking an exclusive night out in town with that romantic date. The dining atmosphere exceptional, with a generally exquisite selection of modern French cuisine, makes this one place well worth visiting. Business lunches are also ideal as this place seeks to impress. From my dinner course, I highly recommend the Le Homard Thermidor and perhaps the Salade Niçoise to start, for dishes that showcase the restaurant’s culinary excellence. A thumbs up for dinner, and perhaps another place to consider for my mum’s birthday celebration.
Thank you St. Regis for the invitation
|Brasserie Les Saveurs
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Reservations: 6506 6860