Slotted in one of the many small streets in the City Hall precinct, Saveur is a more than affordable French Restaurant, only just started its business here in Singapore last year, in 2011. Though they do not have an extensive menu, its small quantity is of high quality. And that’s what matters.
Foie Gras with Poached Apple ($9.90++) :: Where else can you find a piece of finger-licking good Foie Gras that is this big and this good. I mean, it might not be the best piece of liver, but it sure is the most value for money. Priced at only ten dollars, what more can one ask for? A definite must for a starter.
Angel Hair Pasta with Tiger Prawns ($6.90++) :: Once again, the price is just stunningly low. Of course, it comes with a price, and that is it being a very small portion. It is probably ideal for a light lunch / dinner, otherwise you might have to order two main courses to fill your stomach. Taste wise, this Angel Hair Pasta, from what I heard, is supposed to be a star. But whilst I was there, they ran out of the usual Angel Hair Pasta and had to substitute it with something else. So it might not be the best that I’ve tried, though it probably had me for a second chance.
Crispy Pork Belly with Poached Egg ($10.90++) :: This dish is well, ordinary to me. If you look at the other items on the menu, I’d say, skip this and try the rest. Especially the Duck Confit – probably one of their best selling. I regretted not giving it a try at my visit there, but I shall and I will, try it the next time I patronize the Restaurant.
Barramundi with Crab Potato ($13.90++) :: Love its presentation. I thought the reason why this costs more is because of its tender chunks of crab meat, and also that because it’s a fish course. The fish can be further seasoned for it to be a perfect dish in and out.
Chocolate and Hazelnuts ($7.90++) :: Best dessert, ever. Especially for chocolate fanatics like me, you would be yearning for more, from its rich and flavorful chocolate based dessert with chocolate topping. It might be a little sweet for some, but for me, it was just the right level.
See, Saveur is affordable enough to treat yourself to a 3-course meal, at least. They make French food in Singapore more accessible to the general public, and everyone should take advantage of it. Granted, its ambience isn’t that of many fine-dining French Restaurants, it can be seen as another type of experience – a more laid back, casual dining of French cuisine. It’s one roof of affordable French food, helpful waitpersons, and suitable chit-chatting dining place. Recommended for typical Singaporeans who shout they have no money although they actually do, hah.
Address: 5 Purvis Street
Telephone: 6333 3121
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.15pm (Lunch); 6pm – 9.15pm (Dinner)
Photos by Kathleen.