In search of a French restaurant for a romantique dinner with your beau, or for an intimate dinner with friends? Say, ‘oui!‘ to these recently-opened bistros you should book.
Merci Marcel Club Street
Frenchie fave Ô Batignolles may have shuttered its doors, but its owners have opened their second Merci Marcel outlet at Club Street. We’re happy to say that it looks as good IRL as it is on Instagram, and is a great place to grab brunch or dinner. Don’t miss out on the eatery’s signature dish — Raviole de Royans, aka dumpling pasta with Tête de Moine cheese ($18 for a small portion, $28 for the large).
Merci Marcel Club Street, 7 – 9 Club Street, Singapore 069403, Tel: 6438 3913. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 12am; and 9am to 10pm on Sundays. Closed on Mondays.
Atout @ Harding Road
Taking over Au Petit Salut, Atout (which means “asset” in French) is less stuffy as compared to its predecessor. A charcuterie counter, lined with Chef Patrick Heuberger’s delicious pâtés and terrines, takes pride of place, while other focuses are on the cheeses, affordable wines and vibrant salads. The French restaurant serves an wallet-friendly 3-course set lunch at S$42 nett, as well as weekend brunch at S$136++ for two people.
A Tout, 40C Harding Rd, Singapore 249548, Mondays to Sundays from 11.30am – 10pm, Tel: 6679 1800.
This gastro-bar that won a Michelin star in June 2018 has a big focus on wine (“food for wine-lovers”, its website proclaims), and is therefore the perfect place for long conversations over luxurious dinners. The wine list features around 600 labels, and includes unusual offerings from Hungary and Lebanon. The menu is ever-evolving but tends towards the rustic, with family recipes and dishes like Tournedos Rossini (filet mignon with foie gras and black truffle slices). Expect to drop at least S$80 per head here, especially since wines do not come by the glass.
Ma Cuisine, 38 Craig Rd, Singapore 089676, Mondays to Saturdays from 5pm to 12am, closed on Sundays. Tel: 6224 1838.
A combination of bistro, bar and gourmet grocery, So France is a one-stop shop where you can eat, drink, and take provisions — like bread, congac and caviar — home. Located at Duo Galleria, the French bistro and épicerie offers high-quality ingredients sourced from different French regions. It’s got an extensive menu of classic French dishes. A shared plate of cold cuts is S$28.50.
So France, #01-51/56 Duo Galleria, 7 Fraser Street, Singapore 189356. Open from Sundays to Thursdays from 8am to 11pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 12am. Closed on Tuesdays. Tel: 6909 6449.
Want to serve French fare at a soiree at your apartment? Summer Hill serves take-away kits that’ll have you looking like a gourmand in front of your guests. Think dishes like roast chicken with gravy, spuds and sprouts (S$45) or grain-fed Angus beef with green peppercorn sauce, baby potatoes and sprouts (from S$198) that you can whip up in your home. You can dine at Summer Hill, but be warned that the setting is highly casual. Its small menu echoes its take-away options, with a half-chicken costing S$23. Look for other offerings, such as croissants (S$3) and cocktails (around S$16).
Summer Hill, #01-62, 106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106. Open Tuedays to Sundays from 11.30am to 9:30pm. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 6251 5337.