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Saveur – French Food on a Shoestring

Saveur

Craving decent foie gras at less than $10? Saveur is the place to go to.

Think of French dining and images of pompous wait staff, delicate food in small portions, grand décor and an even ‘grander’ bill that can feed someone for a week come to mind. Saveur is exactly the OPPOSITE of that. Affordable French dining, seriously? That was the objective of the two chefs Joshua Khoo and Dylan Ong  – introducing quality yet very affordable French cuisine to the masses. Which they did extremely well.

Saveur

The two chefs did stints at various fine diners like Guy Savoy, Fifty Three and Tetsuya’s in Sydney before starting Saveur in May 2011 at the most unlikely place – tucked away in a corner of Ali Baba coffee shop at East Coast Road. My mum used to buy the pasta and duck confit home, and it was amazing it still tasted good even hours later.
Photo: Saveur

Saveur

The coffeshop stall became so popular that the duo moved into proper restaurant premises along Purvis Street within a year.

Saveur

There is no reservation system so either get there promptly when the restaurant opens, or be prepared to wait up to an hour. Tiny secret – there is a hidden table for 1, so if there’s only 1 of you, go ask and you may be able to whizz right through the line, hiak hiak.

Saveur

If zee French are eating here, it muzz be goodzzz… ;)
Due to the low pricepoints, most of Saveur’s crowd are youngsters and casual gatherings among friends.

Saveur

The menu is short and sweet, focusing on the most popular dishes. Also do look out for the seasonal specials.

Saveur

The restaurant is always a FULL HOUSE.

Saveur

Duck Salad ($5.90)

Saveur

My uber fave – Pan-seared foie gras served with creamy lentils & pickled pearl onion
Go for the apple-infused port wine version if you like it sweet (I prefer this).

Saveur

Seasonal Specials

Saveur

Chef preparing the restaurant’s popular dish – Saveur’s Pasta

Saveur

SAVEUR’S PASTA tossed with chilli oil, fine-chopped Japanese konbu
& sakura ebi with minced pork sauce ($4.90)
At $4.90, it is a complete steal.

Saveur

What to have for mains – fish, duck, chicken or beef? :)
I have to qualify that all the food shown were amassed from several visits, not just a SINGLE visit although I look like I can eat for an entire village, haha

Saveur

Beef Bourguignon
Beef short rib braised in red wine served with root vegetables, meslun salad
& potato au gratin ($16.90)
OMG, the meat was so tender it melted in my mouth. The starch-phobic in me even managed to finish up the potato au gratin! Fat me die.

Saveur

Duck leg confit, homemade mashed potato, sauteed shitake mushroom,
orange segments & orange infused natural jus ($12.90)
The duck is dry and not oily (which I like!), and I was able to finish the entire portion without getting sick of it. Nice.

Saveur

Pork belly served with creamy green lentils, soft boiled egg & natural jus ($10.90)

Saveur

CHICKEN ROULADE – thigh stuffed with foie gras-infused chicken farce,
creamy basmati rice & parmesan sauce ($9.90)

Saveur

Pistachio Panna Cotta ($6.90)

Saveur

Mmmmmm…desserts make me a happy gal! :)

Saveur

TEXTURES OF CITRUS – Blood orange jelly with orange granite, freeze-dried pineapple,
feuilletine, citrus segments & lime zest ($6.90)
A must-order for those who like sour foods, will definitely perk you up.

Saveur

Crème Brûlée with compote of mixed summer berries ($6.90)
My fave activity is to hit the crust with a spoon, that’s so fun! :D

Saveur

Tofu Cheesecake with Passionfruit Sauce
And the final dish, is SO pretty I didn’t have the heart to eat it – for 5 whole minutes. Gluttony got better of me, and it was yumz!

Saveur is a great place for casual dining with your friends (or first dates) and not burn a hole in your pocket. The dishes are quite standard but well-made, but do not come expecting delicate, fine French food. I will definitely visit the restaurant whenever I crave for the sinful foie gras, or urge for some affordable gourmet indulgence.

SAVEUR

5 Purvis St #01-04
Singapore 188584
Tel: +65 6333 3121
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 12:00PM – 2:15PM, 6:00PM – 9:15PM

Far East Plaza #01-07b
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213
Tel: +65 6736 1121
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30AM – 9:30PM; Sun 11:30AM – 9:00PM
Website: http://www.saveur.sg


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For the love of fish – Fish Mart Sakuraya

Fish Mart Sakuraya

Two of my super fave foods – uni and ikura!

Ever since getting injured, mum has been feeding me fish everyday to ensure that I heal well. I got a bit sick of having steamed fish everyday, so I decided to show her my kind of fish :)

Fish Mart Sakuraya

Fish Mart Sakuraya @ Parkway Parade
This shop is a little gem located in a neighbourhood mall which I will go to to satisfy my sashimi cravings. It looks like a typical Japanese grocery store selling imported Japanese snacks, frozen food, fresh fish and sauces from the shopfront, go to the back and you will find a restaurant area where you can have your selected seafood freshly prepared by the chefs. The restaurant is highly popular with patrons who go there specially for their sashimi.

Fish Mart Sakuraya

The attractive display of the day’s catch has already set my tastebuds salivating.

Fish Mart Sakuraya

Fresh Sashimi – Take your pick
Pick your sashimi from this counter and ask the chef to prepare it for you on the spot. I like being able to choose my fish since I don’t eat some fish, just too fishy for me. Tuesdays and Fridays – these are the two days that Sakuraya Fish Market gets their fish freshly delivered to their outlet, so are also the best days to visit. Just don’t get too carried away when selecting – you can end with a super huge platter and a hefty bill!

Fish Mart Sakuraya

Asari Miso Soup
These clams have to be fresh to have a sweet soup taste

Fish Mart Sakuraya

Fried Kaki
The only sinful indulgence of the day

Fish Mart Sakuraya

My favourite – stinky Natto Maki

Fish Mart Sakuraya

California Maki

Fish Mart Sakuraya

And the star of the day – Sashimi Platter
I had the ika squid (crunchy), salmon belly (melts in your mouth) and mekajiki (so creamy and good). Any fresher and you will have to fish them yourself. Mmmmmm, craving satisfied :) I wanted the ootoro as well, but mum shot me a killer stare, hee.

We had a good meal, and the fish were as fresh as expected. Cooked food-wise, it was normal and nothing to complain about. The meal wasn’t budget, but definitely value for money. I’m already craving for another bowl of uni and ikura don. Yuuuuuummm, oishi ne!

Fish Mart Sakuraya
Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road #B1-84D Parkway Parade
Singapore 449269
Tel: +65 6345 4714
Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 9:30PM (Mon-Thu, Sun & P.H.); 11:00am-10:00pm (Fri & Sat)

West Coast Plaza
154 West Coast Road #B1-50/51/52 West Coast Plaza
Singapore 127371
Tel: +65 6773 6973
Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 10:00PM