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La Cuisson is a local success story.

First started in a coffee shop as Le Cuisson at Queen Street in 2011 (I was there in 2012!), the humble food stall then progressed to Holland Drive, and finally established itself as a bistro and wine bar. Taking over the space previously occupied by Creperie des Arts (I’m surprised it has closed!), La Cuisson has definitely stood the test of time and finicky palates of Singaporeans.

Serving a range of classic French and modern European cuisine, the menu is predominantly meat-based. I was happy with the crab salad and pan-seared salmon but those were obviously not what you’d come here for! Think pork, beef, lamb and meat meat meat instead. Everyone at the table had their own favourites (K’s was the lamb duo) so it’s best to come with a group of friends to try as many dishes as you can!

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Charcuterie Platter
chorizo, saucisson, selection of homemade terrines

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Blue Swimmer Crab Salad
crab meat, lemongrass, red chilli, shallots cooked in white wine, cherry tomatoes, paprika oil, micro greens

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Pork Pot Au Feu
sous-vide pork shoulder, pork sausage, puy lentils, mixed vegetables in pork jus

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Shoulder Tender (200grams)
200day grain fed australian angus, mashed potatoes, confit shallots, roasted parsnip, garlic

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Pan Seared Salmon
puy lentils, cream sauce

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Lamb Duo
braised lamb shank, pan-seared lamb rump, kipfler potato gratin, garden salad

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Dark Chocolate Ganache
valrhona chocolate, white chocolate sesame crisp, chilli pistachio brittle, pomelo pieces, green tea mousse

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Poached Pear
vanilla ice cream, beetroot puree

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My thanks to Jean and Jenny for inviting and hosting!

La Cuisson
44 Prinsep Street
8332 0302

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Jaan

I was a tad worried that K wouldn’t enjoy his birthday lunch at Jaan as he’s more of a sushi than foie gras type of guy.

Thankfully, the food was nice (read: very pleasant without any wow factor), service was quite good (well, they did forget one request) and of course, dining 70 levels above ground with an amazing view made this a meal to remember!

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Amuse Bouche #1
homemade hummus, flaxseed crackers, smoked eel, chicken pastille (in K’s words: “mini curry puffs”), some cheese thing which I can’t remember the name

The hummus was the most interesting as I’ve never had one with chestnut puree in it before! More sweet than savoury, I’m glad K didn’t like it as much as I do, meaning all the more for me yay!

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Amuse Bouche #2
wild mushroom tea, cep sabayon

One word: INTENSE.

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I was pretty subdued when Jaan’s famous smoked egg with all the dry ice theatrics was served with a flourish at our table… Guess seeing so many pictures of it online took away the excitement, ha! Moral of story: don’t read food blogs?

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55’ Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg
smoked rattes, hokkaido corn, buckwheat

There’s a reason why Jaan is known for this and your palate will thank you for ordering it, trust me. Smokey, wobbly, runny, creamy, I wish K can whip this up at home heh heh.

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Arctic Char ‘Cochonaille’
‘le puy’ lentils, cévennes onion

Fresh fish with crispy skin, my favourite lentils and a lovely quince paste… Flawless!

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Choconuts
guanaja mousse, karukera sorbet, nuts

Snickers and Mars bars rolled into one and then deconstructed? Don’t know, don’t care, just eat and prepare to love this!

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Clementine ‘Gourmandise’
wholemeal shortbread, guanaja, chestnuts

I was eyeing K’s choconuts with envy and kicking myself for picking such a mild fruity dessert (plus I hate meringues). Luckily this seasonal creation grew on me gradually and I enjoyed the jellied chestnuts so much!

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Petit Fours
chocolate clusters, chocolate rosemary lollipops, espresso tarts

We’ve already made a reservation for a special dinner in March so see you then, Jaan!

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Jaan
70F, Swissotel The Stamford
6837 3322

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Inverted wooden cages, topsy turvy red roosters, it’s playful details like these that makes you feel completely relaxed about dining at La Cantine by Bruno Menard — the second restaurant (after &Made on Scotts Road) by first 3 Michelin Star Chef to be permanently based in Singapore.

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Chef Bruno’s take on the classic Salad Nicoise, the “Nice” salad is well, nice. Salty, tangy, and the tomatoes are exceptionally sweet!

“Nice” Salad ($22++)
tuna, tomato, potato, bell peppers, egg, anchovies, green bean, tonnato sauce, roasted garlic oil

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Scottish Atlantic Salmon Tartare ($18++ as starter, $32++ as main)

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Omg the “onion” soup is the best! I say “onion” because in a blind taste test, I’d nail this as mushroom soup. Very rich and creamy, so unlike the traditional French onion soups I’m used to.

Cevennes Onion Soup ($28++)
“foie gras royale” truffle scented chantilly

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My favourite, cod! With lots of capers—which I hate, and generous handfuls of almonds—which I love!

Pan Roasted Pacific Cod fish ($32++)
“ratte” mash potato, brown butter, almonds, capers

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Roasted Spottail Bass ($34++)
provencal tomato sauce, vanilla oil, green asparagus

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Although I did try the “Baba au Rhum”, I’m not posting it because what you see below is the dessert to remember for the night! Combination of chantilly cream (I dug this out haha), vanilla ice cream, crumble, caramel sauce, ladyfinger biscuits, valrhona caramelia crunchy pearls and two shots of Nespresso Crealto, this is akin to an unorthodox tiramisu in a glass. Available till the end of the month, go try it before it’s gone!

Nespresso and Caramel Sundae ($12++)
created with Crealto – a Nespresso limited edition Grand Cru

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 Big big thank you to Pei Shan and Dixie for inviting and hosting dinner!

La Cantine by Bruno Menard
#01-01, Asia Square Tower 1
8 Marina View
6690 7567

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Friday evening after Artisan Boulangerie Compagnie (ABC) opened, I told my boss to check out this new bakery since it’s so close to where he stays.

Saturday morning, I received a text from him: “New bakery good but a little pricey”. We exchanged a few messages and he mentioned “bread looked high quality” and bakery “looked legit” so it made me want to go too!

Sunday afternoon, K drove me over so that I can satisfy my curiosity about this (yet another) new kid on the block helmed by experienced baker Eran Mayer *grin*

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I already knew I wanted the kougloff (or kugelhof or kugelhopf or gugelhupf or gugelhopf, there’s so many alternative names!) even before I stepped into ABC. Not meant to be though; only the largest one was available and one massive bundt cake for tea sounded way too much. Hope to see the manageable mini kougloff next time!

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We ordered off the savoury menu and baskets of sourdough and rustic white bread were served. Not into plain bread so I skipped them.

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K had the healthy roast chicken baguette ($11.50)…

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… while I had the healthier-than-his quinoa and lentil salad *victory sign* haha. I actually wanted something with bread or their signature challah rolls since this is after all a bakery specializing in breads. But the tuna sandwich was sold out and salmon quiche didn’t exactly fit the bread-y criteria so it was all or nothing for me. Next time next time, as I always say!

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Happy that I had a lot of stomach space left for desserts and was pleased with our choices: a vanilla éclair filled with lovely pastry cream dotted with vanilla specks…

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… and saving the best for the last: pecan caramel tart ($6)! Nutty sticky sweet, love this!!

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Artisan Boulangerie Compagnie (ABC)
#01-01, 118 Killiney Road
6444 8130

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Au Chocolat

Dinner at Au Chocolat was an afterthought since our first choice was fully booked on a TGIF night, sigh. That said, our meal at this French-inspired-but-made-in-Singapore bistro was satisfying!

Truffle fries seem to be one of the signatures; almost every table had a faux newspaper cone of synthetically perfumed fried carbs (such a wet blanket description I know haha). Not a fan of truffle fries in the first place so I’m far from qualified to rave or diss it. Friends polished off the chicken tenders and duck confit (read between the lines); K ordered his usual big breakfast (or king’s breakfast, as Au Chocolat put it) and I had a really wonderful handmade shellfish crêpe! Succulent fresh tiger prawns, stewed crab meat, and the chef was kind to agree replacing the flower clams with smoked salmon for me. So that’s essentially all my favourites on a plate (plus, K let me have the avocado from his brekkie dish, score!) –> no wonder I like it : )

Dessert was blah though. We had two orders of the famous frozen hot chocolate without whipped cream (I hate whipped cream!) so it looked less than magnificent. And it was weird, the friends asked for some whipped cream on the side to taste and were rejected. Something either the line of “either you want it or you don’t”, sheesh. Whatever~ Anyway, what made the frozen hot chocolate a “fail” imo are the very obvious bits of ice in it. Amateur blending skills, nothing special, overpriced, skip.

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Truffle Fries ($15++)
strips of crispy potatoes, white truffle oil, truffle sea salt, mayonnaise & BBQ sauce

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Corn-Fed Chicken Tenders ($16++)
strips of chicken breast, bread crumb batter, BBQ sauce

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Au Chocolat King Breakfast ($26++)
pan-fried chicken chipolata sausages, bacon, smoked salmon, black truffle scrambled eggs, grilled tomato, tater tots, sliced avocado, brioche bread with butter

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Savoury Shellfish Fiesta Crêpe ($22++)
tiger prawns, flower clams (not for me!), stewed pacific crab meat, white wine & red shallots cream sauce, homemade garlic pesto, salad with chocolate balsamic vinaigrette

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Duck Confit ($27++)
pan-roasted duck thigh, potato mash, white wine poached pear, tangy chocolate orange sauce

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Au Chocolat Frozen Hot Chocolate ($12++)
chocolate fudge sans whipped cream and chocolate shavings

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Au Chocolat
#01-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7227

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Haze sucks, but let’s smile and eat crepes!

Take care, everyone!

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sweet/dry cider ($6.50 each); salmon spinach egg buckwheat crepe ($9)

Crep’Licious
301 Upper Thomson Road
9005 0814

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I feel emotionally affected that Saint Pierre has closed its flagship restaurant at Magazine Road and relocated to Quayside Isle. Because I work in the same building (Central Mall) and there’s now one less lunch option, SADness. Oh well, I hope another French restaurant takes over Saint Pierre’s spot as lunch at Trattoria Gallo D’Oro is getting boring.

So. Saint Pierre officially opened its doors on May 29, and 4 days prior to that, we headed over to Sentosa to sample its Saturday brunch menu. Felt pleasantly surprised that the layout is much more casual, though no less classy. The window seats are the best since you get glorious views of the marina, perfect for a relaxing brunch or a romantic dinner when night falls.

The one-page brunch menu features classic breakfast mainstays with a luxurious Saint Pierre twist (black truffle, caviar, champagne hollandaise, foie gras mousse, see what I mean?) and while ala carte is available, the set menu offers a better deal. $38++ includes assorted breads and choice of juice/main course/coffee or tea, so affordable right! We were given free rein to order and after studying the menu (my favourite pastime when in restaurants haha), decided on 2 brunch sets + 2 more mains, yay!

Homemade breads were not spectacular; in fact, K (a bread snob) was quite aghast by the mediocrity. I was only bothered by the gorgeous looking croissant, which turned out to be not flaky and crisp enough. Mains on the other hand were excellent; I love the mushroom-y scrambled eggs with toast (ironically, this bread was very good! Maybe toasting it makes a world of difference?) and the home-smoked salmon was WOW, one taste and you’d know it’s unlike other smoked salmons (this trumps Smoke Shack to become #1 in my heart)! We DIY-ed and combined both the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on the toast and it was lovely! Can chef please put that on the menu? Haha. K fancied the eggs benedict (high praise, considering he’s never an eggs ben guy) and while the waffles with rich foie gras mousse was interesting, we prefer ice cream as toppings!

Since this was pre-opening, a few kinks were inevitable. Our juices were forgotten (co-owner Edina was most apologetic) and one of the poached eggs was less than perfect (inconsistent timing). Credits to owner-chef Emmanuel for being so open to feedback and suggestions! I’ve no doubt that they’ve already ironed out the kinks by now. The top restaurants always do.

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Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

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Homemade Assorted Breads ($15++)
croissant, sourdough, brioche, homemade jam, farmed butter

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Scrambled Eggs ($22++)
black truffle, mushroom duxelle, wild herbs, toasted bread

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Smoked Salmon ($18++)
home-smoked salmon, sourdough, wild chives, lemon juice

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Eggs Benedict ($24++)
brioche, iberico bellota ham, champagne hollandaise

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Waffles ($18++)
foie gras mousse, apple compote, vanilla beans

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Special thanks to the Saint Pierre team for the kind invitation!

Saint Pierre
#01-15 Quayside Isle
31 Ocean Way (Sentosa Cove)
6438-0887

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