Saturday, January 14, 2012

La Petite Cuisine, Upper Thomson Road, Singapore - Affordable French Cuisine

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Bread Roll, La Petite Cuisine
La Petite Cuisine
Mushroom Soup, Complimentary Bread Roll, Interior

If I wake up one day and all I have in mind is a quick French meal, (just the mains - no appetizers, not even desserts,) La Petite Cuisine will be the first place that pops into my mind. This was one meal where I sincerely wished I'd cut to the chase. Why did I order such a thin, bland and over-salted Mushroom Soup? Why did I bother eating cold bread rolls? Not even butter can remedy cold bread rolls... don't you think so?

Mushroom Soup, La Petite Cuisine
Duck Confit, La Petite Cuisine
Duck Confit, $16.50

But the mains - that's a different matter altogether. It even startles me how the standard can differ so much from course to course. The Duck Confit was excellently done. The skin was as crispy as it gets and darn tasty. Duck fat is so precious! The meat may not be extremely tender, but it wasn't too tough either and went pretty well with the sauce (though we found it very liberally salted on its own). For my sides, I chose fries, which was served in a separate basket. The best Duck Confit I've had was still at Chez Josephine Dumonet in Paris, but I'm not going back anytime soon and this comes pretty close for less than half the price.

Steak Frites, La Petite Cuisine
Steak Frites (Medium Rare), $15

Looks wise, the Steak Frites was less impressive, being on the thin side and not beautifully browned. Even so, it was tasty and juicy - my two favourite traits in beef. We enjoyed it. On the side, the shoe string fries may not be as crisp as I'd like them to be, but still made for a good munch. The vinaigrette salad was decent too - any place that bothers to throw in arugula makes the cut for me.

Dessert of the Day, La Petite Cuisine
Dessert of the Day

We ended our meal with the dessert of the day as it came included in the set meal we topped up for. I couldn't catch what this was, but it was so sweet that we simply left it untouched after a bite. See what I mean? Cut to the chase! Alternatively, go for the higher priced appetizers (desserts doesn't seem to be their strong suit). From what I've read around the web, their Pan Fried Foie Gras ($17) is worth a try, as is their Escargot in Puff Pastry.

Will I go back? As a matter of fact, yes. Only for their delectable (and affordable) mains!

La Petite Cuisine
227 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6459 0553

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