Gunthers is my all-time favourite French restaurant. A bastion of consistency and reliability, the food is elegant if a tad traditional, and the service, warm and gracious. Regular prices may veer towards the extravagant, but their Set Lunches are a steal, at only $38++ per head. If you can get away from the humdrum of a working week day, Gunther's makes for a perfectly languid respite.
A fail-safe, the Carpaccio of Wagyu Beef "Tartare" Style was as exquisite as it looked. This was fresh, and balanced in its complexity.
A favourite of mine, the Grilled Scallop, beautifully seared to a lovely gold, was diced and slathered in a garlicky herb butter sauce. Absolutely smashing.
The Mushroom Cappuccino makes a wonderfully comforting soup, all velvety and frothy in texture and earthy and creamy in flavour.
A vegetarian option for an entree, the daily special Gunther's Creation, was a layered cake of Potato Gratin strewn with tempura-ed enoki, baby romaine, and Hollandaise sauce.
The Tomato Rice, simmered with an umami seafood broth, was finished off with a medley of sparkling fresh octopus, shrimp, fish, and squid. I loved the restrain shown here.
A more substantive option, the Grilled Pork Shoulder, bearing a gorgeous char, was plated with cous cous and roasted root vegetables.
Because the affable chef had extras of his signature special, we were gifted complimentary Suckling Pig, glazed with berry balsamic and sided by fresh leek. This was just about the best crackling ever, with luscious meat underneath.
For dessert, I had the Cheese Platter (supplement $10) highlighting the most popular (and distinctive) of French diary (from right to left): comte, brie, camembert, roquefort, accompanied by dried fruits and nuts.
The Fine Apple Tart (supplement $8) a la dragee, was a sliver of wholesome apple goodness crusted with a thick candied coat, and contrasted with a Havana rum & raisin ice-cream.
Gunthers Modern French Cuisine
36 Purvis Street
#01-03 Talib Centre
Tel: 6338 8955
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 12noon to 3pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Sundays