Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vday dinner @ La Cuisson

The bunny was left to make dinner plans for Valentine's Day since the hubby was in camp for reservist. I settled for a reservation at La Cuisson since I've always wanted to try their food but they have been moving from place to place - first at Queens Street, to Holland Drive and finally to Prinsep Street where they're operating now.

La Cuisson at 44 Prinsep Street
I was hoping to sample the ala carte menu but was told that the restaurant only served the Valentine's Day set menu after we were seated. A copy of the set menu wasn't even provided and the hubby and I had to plow through La Cuisson's Facebook page to find out what we were going to eat.

Screen grab of La Cuisson's Vday menu from Facebook
Service was a major let-down. I'll admit that I'm not a very patient person but the 4-course dinner took f**king 3 long hours! There were long gaps of time in between for the next course after we were done with the previous and this was despite repeated requests to the wait staff to serve the food faster. The main course was a half-hour wait and so was the dessert. Initially, the hubby and I were told that we had to leave at 8.30pm when we reached the place at 6.15pm. At 9pm, dessert wasn't even served.

Bunny playing with the phone while waiting (not so patiently) for the food to be served.
Having said that, food was still largely decent.

Freshly Shucked Oysters served with lemon and mignonette
The freshly shucked oysters were plump and juicy and very fresh. While I actually prefer my oysters to be unadorned, the vinegar-peppercorn mignonette sauce did not take away too much limelight from the oysters as it was done with a rather light touch.

Blue Swimmer Crab Salad
The crab meat in Blue Swimmer Crab Salad was accompanied with lemongrass, chilli and shallots, which helped to remove any fishy odor but it overwhelmed the taste of the crab as well. On the brighter side, the greens were crisp and fresh. The citrus-y tasting sauce of the salad did work quite well to stimulate our appetites.

Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallops
The Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallops was one beautifully plated dish. I was however disappointed that the scallops were a twinge overcooked. The exterior had the lovely crisp, brown crust but the insides were bordering rubbery.

Pan-seared Magret Duck Breast
The Pan-seared Magret Duck Breast was the hubby's favourite. The duck breast was done medium-well so it was still pink and juicy in the middle. Parts of the skin of the duck was seared to the gold crisp, which the hubby happened to take, but the parts I took were not so. The duck could have tasted better, but the 1/2 hour wait and two repeated reminders to the waitresses we had to endure had effectively killed my appetite.

Valrhona Chocolate Ganache with Chocolate Mousse
It was another 1/2 hour wait for the dessert. By the time, I was already fidgety and really pissed-of and the hubby had to run to the car to put yet another parking coupon. When the dessert finally arrived, the chocolate ganache was slightly bitter and very rich. The white mousse on the other hand was on the sweeter side. It was easy to get sick of the chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse. In addition, the 2 did not pair together very well. The sweetness of the chocolate mousse intensified the bitterness of the dark chocolate in the ganache.

Macaroon and White Chocolate Praline Petite Fours
Please work on your time management skills La Cuisson. You already know that you have a full house in advance and you're serving the same menu to all your guests. There is no excuse for the tardiness.

La Cuisson
44 Prinsep Street

Tel: 83320302

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