Why did I only find out about Toots Brasserie @ The Sultan Hotel now? Housed in this historic and architecturally famed Sultan Hotel sits this French restaurant. It has been around for over a year, and has been dedicated to serving affordable French cuisine by not drastically marking up the prices. Here, recipes and dishes are stuck as best to the classic style of preparation, and it’s quite evident that food here are generally well-executed in terms of flavours. It is affordable but not dirt cheap, but at least, you are paying for its ambience too; one that exudes the character of a classic French bistro. It’s quiet, and service is honest too.
Serving affordable French cuisine extends to a Lunch Set that costs just $18++ for a 3-course meal.
7 Vinaigrette Marinated Beetroot Salad ($6.80++) :: A very simple, classic dish. I love the strong vinaigrette dressing on the salad. Beetroot was evidently fresh – crunchy and sweet. While it really does give a good start to a meal, I can’t see myself paying over $7 for this.
Terrine of Foie Gras ($9.80++) :: It was perfect. The slab of terrine was generous (80g), the terrine was refreshingly infused with Umeshu that is actually detectable; it was creamy, slightly sweet and an excellent pairing to the soft and warm buttery brioche. It was one of the best Foie Gras Terrine I’ve had. And it comes with a bonus side of salad with walnut dressing too. A must order.
Pan-Seared Foie Gras ($11.80++) :: But of course, all should still hail the real deal – the again, generous portion of Foie Gras (60g) despite the affordable price tag. The duck jus vinaigrette further lifted the creamy-fatty goodness, and finish it with a pair of caramelised pear and mesclun salad. Another value-for-money starter!
Pan-seared Frog Legs ($12.80++) :: Doused in homemade garlic butter sauce, and sided with tomatoes and fresh herbs, I was quickly reminded of the flavour I usually get when eating escargots. It was so, so aromatic it was already a treat before I dug in. The portion was surprisingly huge, seeing how frog legs aren’t the cheapest even in coffee shops / Geylang. I daresay it’s worth the money. Though the meat did not quite soak up the goodness, doing it manually still does the trick. I have no qualms with ordering that again on my next trip here.
Beef Cheek Bourguignon ($22.50++) :: The beef cheeks were fork-tender. My only slight gripe is that the meat did not quite absorb the flavour, and can turn bland after chewing the meat for a little. Otherwise, I thought the portion of meat is bigger than what you usually get outside for the same price. Not too bad a main course.
Le Cassoulet ($26++) :: A giant bowl for sharing is the Le Cassoulet, comprising a Crispy Duck Leg Confit, Pork Garlic Sausage and Streaky Braised Bacon on a bed of stewed white lingot beans. I don’t eat the beans, but if you do, this is gonna fill you up like mad. The Duck Leg Confit wasn’t too bad; the skin crisp-perfect, but meat could have been slightly more tender. I love the Streaky Braised Bacon; it’s akin to sio bak, very meaty, succulent and tender. The Pork Garlic Sausage though, tasted weird. It was far too soft and crumbly for a sausage. I would go for just the main of Crispy Duck Leg Confit ($16.80++) the next time.
Would I go back? Definitely, and I am quite eager to share it with my friends.
What’s worth paying for:
Terrine of Foie Gras.
Pan-seared Foie Gras.
Pan-seared Frog Legs.
Crispy Duck Leg Confit.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 101 Jalan Sultan, Ground Floor, The Sultan Hotel
Telephone: 6723 7117 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 6.30pm – 10pm (Tue – Sun); Closed on Mondays
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