3 Magazine Road
#01-01 Central Mall
Tel: (65) 6438 0887
(not open on Sundays and Saturday for lunch)Foie Gras Classique
My love affair with this restaurant is hardly a secret, and I would have recommended this restaurant to anyone in a heartbeat. I’ve loved Saint Pierre for a long time and my previous experiences as a diner there has always left me thoroughly satisfied, wanting more and dreaming of my return visit. However, sometimes there comes a time in a relationship where you know you have to go let go, move on and go your separate ways for a while or longer.
Dinner was disappointing. The company was fantastic, but the dinner was just about par, which is rather disappointing for this award-winning restaurant. There was a few moments of “mmmm, this is nice”, but there were also moments of “ermm.. what is this?!”
Let me explain,Nosh:
We had the degustation menu (summer 2005)CAVIAR ET BLINISmaison joulie salmon roe scented potato blinis with wasabi tobiko, organic lime scented crème fraiche and new harvest oscetra caviar
Any form of caviar is rather good on its own. The wasabi tobiko was interestingly balanced with the lime scented crème fraiche, but the blini was a little dry and hard, and it seemed like it was sitting around for a while rather than cooked a-la-minute.SALADE DE TOMATESnicolas potel japanese tomatoes crusted with fleur de sel served with gazpacho granite
Kudos to using quality ingredients, and to preserving the integrity of the various elements, resulting in a fresh summer dish.ECREVISSES A LA NAGElive red claw crayfish poached in chardonnay scented court bouillon
This was well executed, the crayfish wasn’t overcooked, and the sauce was rich but not too heavy, topped of with some flavoured oils, it was simply presented and good to eat.SALADE D’ESCARGOTnicolas potel warm salad of escargot petit gris with dentelle bread, caramelized garlic and carpaccio of organic mushroom with asparagus shaving
Creative, innovative, and wonderful balance of flavours, this is my pick for the best dish of the night. The vegetables brought freshness and crunch against the deeper flavoured escargots. The salad dressing was fantastic; very modern-Asian tasting with a hint of soy sauce and something that I can’t quite decipher.FOIE GRAS PRESSEdashi poached lobster with roasted foie gras terrine, avocado puree, green cabbage effeuillee with lobster coral vinaigrette and iced green crab soup
The terrine was wonderful, but the iced green crab soup was a little too rich and had a bitterness that was rather sharp and made it difficult to swallow. Alternatively, you could pour the soup over your terrine and eat it together. The green cabbage was too bitter on its own, but with the terrine it isn’t too bad and it helps balance the smooth, rich creamy foie gras.FOIE GRAS CLASSIQUEclassic pan-fried foie gras with caramelised green apples and old port sauce
The signature and the plat de la resistance that was heavily anticipated fell flat. The foie gras was OVERCOOKED.CABILLAUD AU ROUGAILmaison joulie white miso marinated cod with tomato confit, mango, slow braised organic onions, wild thyme, caramelized giant garlic and nasu in shiraz dressing
Scene at the table:
Waiter (arrives with plates): This is the miso cod, enjoy
Us: Thank you.
H (picks up fork, pushes the tomato confit and mango off the cod, cuts a piece of cod and puts it in his mouth, chews, drops his fork): This is bad.
N (eats cod): Yes. This is bad.
Overcooked, the cod had no more firmness and crumbled. All its natural juices were gone that it hardly tasted like cod, it tasted like a flaky fish.SELLE D’ANGNEAUrosemary scented chargrilled lamb saddle with etorki and piquillos infused fork mashed ratte potatoes, green bean flageolet and piperade dressing
This was slightly redeeming after two rather disgraceful courses, the lamb was cooked to a nice medium rare, good but not “wow”.CITRON GIVREdomaien de durban whole lemon confit filled with citrus flavoured soufflé served cold
I’m not big on sweet, so I didn’t quite take to this, although if you like lemon tarts, you would like this.GATEAU AU CHOCOLATgrandma stroobant flourless belgian chocolate cake with acacia tree honey tuile, tahitian vanilla ice-cream and caramelized apricot sauce
This was comfort food, a wonderful moist, chocolate-ly cake that wasn’t too sweet, with the crispy and sweeter tuile, creamy and colder vanilla ice cream and the sweeter and slightly tart apricot, would leave you saying, “mmmmm…”
The menu is seasonal and always sounds interesting, but the main stay-ers on the menu are the foie gras classique, the duck confit, rack of lamb and the miso cod. Chef Emmanuel is innovative and creative with flavours, and the menu can sound rather intimidating to the uninitiated, but that’s the beauty of the food at the restaurant - the layering and the balancing of flavours. The flavours and the menu is still captivating and the plates that are presented are still simple and elegant, but the cooking is occasionally careless, which is a real let down for such a reputable restaurant. Dry overdone fish is terrible, and the quintessential foie gras being overcooked is toeing the line of unacceptability.Pay:
S$90+++ for the degustation, additional S$65 for wine accompaniment, S$12 for classique foie gras, and S$10 for cheese plate.
A-la-carte will set you back about S$80-S$100 for 3 courses.Service:
Very efficient with the water and bread, with small inconsistencies. Some waiters will serve us ladies first, but some would just serve whoever they were closest to first.
On the flipside, an unfortunate incident happened when we were there. When we do go out to restaurants to celebrate events, I the family/resident concierge will usually tell someone in the restaurant to prepare something as a surprise and the restaurants are usually more than happy to help you celebrate and to partake of your joy. The last time we celebrated something here, they made a lovely dessert platter for us. I forgot to tell them on the phone this time, so I arrived at the restaurant a little earlier just to talk to the waiter to inform them of what we were celebrating and they said that they could arrange something, and so he said, maybe a welcome drink or something, which I thought that was wonderful and good until I little shell-shocked when I found an additional S$70
on my bill.
There are two issues I’m in contention with. Firstly, if you had every intention of putting something on my bill, there is something ethically wrong about picking out the most expensive item and putting it on my bill without much consultation. Secondly, as a wait staff, I don’t think they offered a good explanation for miscommunication and worse still, offered no apologies, and a very feeble attempt at trying to appease the situation, it left a rather bad taste in my mouth.With much regret:
Dear Saint Pierre,
I'm sorry, things have changed. You have changed. It is you, not (maybe) me.