Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pocket-friendly French food @ Saveur

With all the gorging this bunny is doing this week, it's a miracle that I'm not yet the size of a whale... The bf and the bunny finally visited Saveur for lunch after talking about it for a longgg longgggg time.

We visited Saveur at Bugis, located at 5 Purvis Street,  Talib Court #01-04. The restaurant offers French food at pocket-friendly prices and is almost always spotting a long queue waiting to get in.

Saveur's menu cover
The bunny had a hard time picking out what to eat - all the dishes looked so tempting.
It look us some time to decide our orders since all the food were all so tempting. For starters, the bunny had the Foie Gras served with lentils while the bf opted for the Deep Fried Frog Legs with parsley coulis and confit garlic.

The Foie Gras served with lentils & pickled pearl onion ($7.90) was sinfully good. The duck liver was seared nicely to add a thin layer a crisp to the otherwise soft, creamy consistency which melted in my mouth and slid down my throat effortlessly. There's just two words to describe - simply decadent.

Foie Gras - Pan-seared duck liver served with creamy lentils & pickled pearl onion
Foie Gras - Pan-seared duck liver served with creamy lentils & pickled pearl onion

As for the Frog Legs ($9.90), it's decent. Then again, anything deep fried can't go that wrong. The bf likened the taste of the frog to KFC's fried chicken. It is similar, albeit the frog meat was more delicate.

Deep Fried Frog Legs with parsley coulis and confit garlic
My choice of the main was the Duck confit ($10.90). I was a little disappointed when the duck leg turned out to be rather dry. The exterior of the duck is crispy, but the meat was too sinewy and lacked the tenderness of a good duck confit. It is also very salty. I did like the mashed potato that accompanied the dish as it was rich and carried the waft of buttery fragrance. In addition, the potato also took away some of the salty edge from the duck to make the dish more bearable overall.

Duck leg confit, homemade mashed potato, sauteed shitake mushroom, orange segments & orange infused natural jus
The bf's sea bass ($14.90) fared loads better. The fish was fresh and had a delicious mild, slightly briny taste. The skin was seared to a crunchy golden brown while the flesh was still moist and flaky.

Pan-seared sea bass, saute potato with crabmeat, french beans & caper vinagrette
To end off, we ordered the Creme Brulee and Salted Caramel Cake to sweeten the meal.

Today's creme brulee ($6.90) is Earl Grey. Apparently, there are seasonal varieties of the dessert, such as coffee and pandan. I have to say I was quite happy with the Earl Grey version. The aroma of the Earl Grey tea totally permeated the thick, silky custard. The caramel layer was thin and lightly charred to heighten the flavors. It's slightly on the sweeter side, but the acidity from the berries compote balances the dessert perfectly. My only gripe was that the custard isn't cold enough.

Earl Grey Creme Brulee with Compote of Mixed Summer Berries
The Salted Caramel Lava Cake is a must try if you visit Saveur. It's served warm with a gooey center. The cake is dense, chocolatey, sweet and salty all at once. Pair the cake with the light chantilly cream at the side and you'll have a contrast of textures, leading to a blissful, heavenly feeling in your mouth.

Salted Caramel Lava Cake with Maldon Sea Salt Caramel, Valrhona Dulcey Chocolate, Chantilly Cream
For the price point, food at Saveur is pretty satisfactory. Though I've read several reviews that mention that portions are small, the bf and I were comfortably filled at the end of our meal. After all, Saveur serves French food and the French are famous for their petite portions, no?

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