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10 French restaurants in Singapore that'll make you go ooh la la!

Say 'bonjour' to delicious food and oh-so-classy interiors at these French restaurants
 

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French cuisine has a certain class attached to it and it’s no surprise that a lot of French restaurants in Singapore are fine dining venues. However, if you do your research, you’ll find that it’s possible to find French food for all budgets on our sunny island. Here are 10 of the best. Bon appetit!

 

1. Les Amis

One of the best-known French restaurants in Singapore, Les Amis has been a popular choice with diners since it opened in 1994. It also earned two Michelin stars in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is often ranked as one of the best restaurants in Asia. The menus are carefully curated and are driven by premium seasonal French produce, and the wine list is highly impressive, with more than 3,000 bottles on offer.

Sample dishes such as La Terrine De Foie Gras De Canard (duck foie gras terrine dry aged for 21 days served with mango & toasted brioche), La Rouelle De Homard Bleu (lobster mousse wrapped in baby spinach served with classic fish bone sauce), and Le Bar De Saint Gilles-Croix-De-Vie (line-caught sea bass from Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie with sauce printanière).

Executive Chef Sebastien Lepinoy has been with the restaurant since 2013, and Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh has learned from a number of world-renowned chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants. The pair has worked together since 2010, at the Les Amis Group’s first overseas venture, in Hong Kong. Translated as ‘the friends’, Les Amis is, indeed, an ideal venue for catching up with friends – in style, of course.

At 1 Scotts Road, #01-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208, tel: 6733 2225. Visit www.lesamis.com.sg

 

2. Saint Pierre

This restaurant is a veteran in the local dining scene and was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and 2018. Launched in 2000, it has gone through a couple of locations and incarnations but Saint Pierre now sits firmly in Singapore’s vibrant fine dining scene, in its picturesque location at One Fullerton.

Chef-Owner Emmanuel Stroobant serves a menu of contemporary modern French cuisine with Asian-inspired elements. Try one of the seasonal menu sets or the set lunch menu, or choose anything you fancy from the a la carte menu. With main courses such as Beef (omi beef, black truffle, Korean chestnut) and Sea Bass (wild Nagasaki sea bass, white asparagus, ginger, spring onion), you’ll definitely be coming back for more. Save some space for the decadent desserts, including a selection of cheeses from the cheese trolley. Dine while enjoying panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront – not quite Paris but stunning nonetheless.

At 1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, tel: 6438 0887. Visit www.saintpierre.com.sg

 

3. Gunther’s

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chef Gunther Hubrechsen is the man behind the food here and he has helmed his eponymous restaurant since it opened in 2007. The modern French cuisine served in this fine-dining venue is his attempt at re-interpreting classic dishes and flavours, while breathing new life into well-known favourites.

‘Opulence’ is a word that comes to mind here, both in terms of the food and the decor. There are various menus here, including a Set Lunch, Chef’s Seasonal and a la carte menus, or you can try the Degustation menu, which is available in four, six or nine courses. Picks from the a la carte menu include Chef Gunther’s creations such as Carpaccio of Japanese beef, tartare style with crispy potato; Crispy free-range egg with pumpkin coulis, Oscietra caviar; and Fine apple tart “aux dragées”, with salted caramel and Havana rum-raisin ice cream. Don’t forget to ask him for the specials of the day too.

At 36 Purvis Street #01-03, Singapore 188613, tel: 6338 8955. Visit www.gunthers.com.sg/

 

4. Les Bouchons Rive Gauche

There’s a Les Bouchons at Ann Siang Road but this venue at Robertson Quay is ideal for a romantic night out. It’s also easy enough to imagine that the Singapore River is the French Riviera, as you tuck into your meal and enjoy your wine. Les Bouchons pays homage to French bistros and steakhouses and it’s known for serving very good steaks (all steaks are served with a mixed salad and free-flow of their trademark homemade French fries).

Head Chef Mickael Cornac hails from the south of France and aims to present diners with a genuine gastronomic experience by staying true to the provenance of cooking French cuisine. The restaurant launched its inaugural Sunday Brunch menu in April; the ‘Bouchons Riviera Brunch’ is inspired by the decadence of the French Riviera and features brunch favourites such as Escargots De Bourgogne, Croque Monsieur, and Bouchons Sunday Roast, which is served with mushroom sauce and roasted baby potatoes. Wash it all down with some champagne – just like the French do.

At 60 Robertson Quay, #01-02, Singapore 238252, tel: 6733 4414. Visit www.lesbouchons.sg

 

5. Odette

Chef-owner Julien Royer is so inspired by his grandmother and her love of cooking, he named his restaurant after her. He pays special attention to every ingredient used in his dishes and brings out the flavours of everything he puts into his food. And he has certainly done it well, looking at the number of accolades his restaurant has received, including two Michelin stars in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as being crowned the best restaurant in Asia 2019 for the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The modern French cuisine served here has a touch of Asian influence too, and the ingredients used are seasonal and come from specialist artisan producers across the world. The restaurant’s design itself is worth a visit too. Located at the iconic National Gallery, it comes as no surprise that the look here is elegant and arty. The glass-enclosed kitchen is an exciting feature, giving diners a peak into the chefs at work.

At 1 St Andrew’s Road, #01-04 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, tel: 6385 0498. Visit www.odetterestaurant.com

 

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