The buzz: This stalwart French establishment, which used to be at Central Mall, has reopened at Quayside Isle, helmed by chef de cuisine Daniel Grobnick and the irrepressible chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant.
The vibe: A tad more casual than the original location. Gone are the white table clothes and staid dark wood. Instead, the two-story space is outfitted with light wood furnishings, mosaic tile floors, deep red walls and big glass windows (showcasing the great waterfront view). All of it contributes to a breezy approachable feel in the day and a romantic, almost exotic, atmosphere at night.
The food: It’s a revamped menu including more vegetarian and seafood options. Some dishes on offer include quinoa risotto with hijiki seaweed ($30), hamachi a la plancha ($34) and roasted lobster with braised fennel ($64). One thing that has stayed the same though is their stellar selection of cheese (from $15) featuring everything from mild tomme de savoie to pungent epoisses. The eatery also has a new Saturday Brunch ($38) and an English Sunday Roast ($68).
The drinks: A fine range of mostly French wine labels (from $15/glass, $45/bottle), arranged by region. There’s also a good selection of magnums (from $150), which work great for special occasions.
Why you’ll be back: Sure, it’s a bit of a schlep to get out to their new digs at Sentosa, but for unfaultable French fare with a lovely sea view, this can’t be beat.
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