Shedding the fuss and pomp oft associated with French fine dining, these restaurants serve up an equally authentic fare for a fraction of the price.
At Brasserie Gavroche, framed recipes from the chef’s grandpa line the wall, above hand-picked vintage furniture imported from Paris. It’s this very respect to French tradition and authenticity that guides their food philosophy, too. Try the Pan-Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Couscous and Baby Spinach ($38, pictured), or Baked Zander Fish Queunelles, Langoustines and Lobster Bisque ($38).
66 Tras St, Singapore 079005
To have only one item on your mains menu is a bold move, but that’s how this confident and classy French estab rolls – doling out platter after platter of its classic steak and fries ($34.90, pictured). The recipe for success? The legendary signature sauce – a powerful peppery, slightly tangy elixir the chef is proud to call his secret. P.S. Unlimited fries, might we add.
36 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614
It’s a feast for your senses at this charming restaurant nestled amidst the verdant greenscape of Hortpark. Most sumptuously for your taste buds, of course. One you’ll love: The Signature Farmed Poulet ($26, pictured), embraced in golden brown skin, comes in a savoury poultry jus, accented with vegetables and shimeiji mushroom ragout.
#02-02 Hort Park, 33 Hyderabad Rd, Singapore 119578
Antoinette’s plush look is reminiscent of an elegant Parisian boudoir – without a doubt, it’s worthy of its refrence to Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France. You’d say the same of the food, too, from the brunch faves. But, you have to try their creative and refreshed new menu – an exciting range of 5 creations of Antoinette’s Souffle Pancakes – both savoury and sweet, including a bubble tea, as well as a Singapore-inspired flavour. Don’t forget its renewed French bistro-style all-day menu with new savoury items.
Still hungry? Make sure you round off your meal with Antoinette’s 2019 new cake collection, including creations such as the new Fluffy, Kyoto and Bananier, just to name some to pique your interest.
#02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238897
When it comes to souffles, only the French and the Japanese dare vie for the crown. All the better when French-Japanese fusion cafe Miam Miam combines the best of both culinary cultures. Their signature souffles (from $9.80, pictured) and Famous French Toast ($10.80) – as in, that’s what it’s literally called – are menu stars, must-tries after their standout mains like the Riz Au Curry.
#02-14 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria St, Singapore 188021 (and other locations)
Bistro Du Vin is many kinds of stellar: It’s authentic, the quality is tip-top, and the menu’s for everyone. Savour the Foie Gras Poêlé ($28, pictured) with griottes cherries soaked in Armagnac, and Braised Beef Cheek ($35); and, of course, no French meal can claim to be the real deal if it’s not accompanied by some fancy fromage (from $23). Finish with their warm, crusty apple tart ($12). If you haven’t got space, make space.
#01-14 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228208
A good crepe or galette is as much about the base itself as the toppings, and Ô Comptoir hits the spot on both fronts. Enfolded within the delicate crepe are luxe toppings, from savoury options like scallops and prawns to dessert-worthy options like the Coco Chanel ($11), with dark chocolate, poached pears, almonds and the lightest chantilly cream.
79 Circular Rd, Singapore 049433
Step into this restaurant’s space, fondly reminiscent of a Parisian bistrot, and you’d be able to tell these folks are big on tradition and authenticity. Which means superb French classics like Duck Confit ($36, pictured) and Baked Escargots ($22), and wines from across French regions, lovingly curated to complement the finesse of French dining.
35A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142
We’d wager a bet to say that there aren’t very many restaurants out there (like, in the world) that does French as finely for such a price tag. Their meltingly tender Signature Duck Confit would only set you back $14.90; or, upsize their Original Saveur Pasta ($4.90, pictured) to a main for only $10.90.
#01-04, 5 Purvis St, Singapore 188584 (and other locations)
This French bistro has two outlets – one in Ann Siang Hill and the other at Robertson Quay, perfect for a Sunday brunch with your family and friends. Not only are their portions huge (which is great for sharing!), but you’ll definitely want to try their signature Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye Steak with homemade fries and Vigernon butter ($39.80).
P.S. Did we mention you’ll get free flow fries with your steak? Worth every penny.
Plus, check out their French Riveria Brunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, only at their Robertson Quay outlet.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-02, Singapore 238252
Established in 2006, this bistro is known for its affordable pricing and casual setting. Try their Chilean cod with Sauce Speciale de la Maison ($29.50) and round off your meal with their Dark Chocolate Tart ($7.50). Alternatively, why not try their Escargot Bourgogne ($17) served on a warm croissant. Mmm!
10 Jln Serene, Singapore 258748
You’ll want to dine at So France – the décor, furniture, ambience and food is typical of a French brasserie at great prices, especially their 2-course ($27++) or 3-course ($32++) set lunches that is not only affordable but full of flavour as well.
7 Fraser Street Duo Galleria #01-51/56 Bugis MRT Singapore, Singapore 189356
By Pinky Chng, August 2017 / Updated May 2019
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