Friday, June 08, 2012

Saveur [Sah-Vere] - Cheap & Good French Food @ Purvis Street [Singapore]

When one thinks of French cuisine in Singapore, one word that immediately comes to mind for commoners like myself is "expensive". There's another word to describe French food; tiny (as in portion).

Of course there are economical options like French Stall, La Petite Cuisine and recently, a new outfit by the name of Saveur (pronounced as sah-vere). This latest addition has also managed to create a strong following within a short period of time. 

Just to give you a thumbs-up on its popularity - the Gang of Four reached approximately 15 minutes after Saveur opened its door for evening business and we waited 50 minutes to be seated! 

Impatience was killing us slowly but we persevered; if we can queue half an hour for rojak at a hawker center, there is no reason why we could not do it for main meals at a decent restaurant. 

Angel Hair Pasta
Presentation is a winner in this case! The pasta tasted absolutely delightful with mild seasoning that would do some good for my health. 

Pan-Fried Foie Gras
Frankly a bit too charred although chao-ta had a direct positive effect on fatty stuff like goose liver. Mmmmmmm, terribly delicious! And terribly unhealthy! 

Chicken Roulade
For a moment, i thought someone spitted on our chicken (excuse my ignorance)! The buttery basmatic rice was nice whereas i was not sold on the stuffed chicken; chicken rice tasted better in my opinion.

Crispy Pork Belly
This is such a common Chinese dish that it's impossible not to make any comparison. Honestly, it was actually a pretty good piece of roast pork; tender, flavourful meat topped with a layer of crunchy skin. The best part was that the taste grew on me after taking the first bite. 

Barramundi
Yet another dish that caught me by surprise; the locked in flavour of the great ocean was undeniable yet the meat was not as salty as expected. We absolutely loved the minuscule crab potatoes! 

Duck Confit
Given that the duck is the mascot for Sahvere, i would have assumed duck confit is the signature dish. Alas, it was not meant to be. 

Kon compared the meat to KFC original fried chicken and i totally agreed with a little add-on; tougher KFC original fried chicken. It also lacked a fattening duck skin that is the norm for such a common dish. 

Definitely a couple of  notches below La Petite Cuisine

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Location
5, Purvis Street, #01-04
[near to Raffles Hotel and Bras Basah Complex]

Operating Hours
Lunch: 12-2.30pm
Dinner: 6-9.30pm

Price
Angel Hair Pasta - S$3.90
Pan-Fried Foie Gras - S$14.90
Chicken Roulade - S$9.90
Crispy Pork Belly - S$10.90
Barramundi - S$12.90
Duck Confit - S$8.90
[Subject to GST only. No Service Charge.]

Menu
As above. Please note that the menu is subject to frequent changes [according to online checks, i realised that the menu three months ago is different from the one i appended above].

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