Saveur is another one of those places I'd never have visited on my own volition. I was under the impression that it was the French version of the dreadfully middling Pastamania. If not for the Hubs being unfamiliar with the local restaurant scene, who fortuitously ordered Saveur through a food delivery app, we wouldn't have discovered this treasure of a find.
A wildly successful chain that grew from a little coffeeshop off Purvis Street, Saveur now has 4 establishments scattered around the central region. The food is unabashedly rustic, unpretentious, and for some reason, reminds me of really delicious canteen food, which may be partly attributed to the breezy, casual vibe of the eatery. Actually, it's more like heartwarmingly comforting French homecooking. At its finest. We're bemused by how Saveur keeps its prices so affordable, because the food is just so damn good.
The Hubs has proferred a rationale: Saveur may be keeping costs low by employing less wait staff, because there was just the 3 frazzled waitresses frenziedly trying to handle the entire dinner service (that was up to 70 diners methinks). I honestly refrained from chasing for water just because the staff looked so overwhelmed.
A must-try appetizer, the Prawn Pasta ($9.90) was a prettily plated capellini roll-up dressed in shrimp jus, and dotted with sakura ebi, caviar, and tiger prawn dice. Served tepid, this was well-balanced and scrumptious.
The Duck Confit ($14.90), a classic French comfort food, was sublime. The skin was paper crisp, and luscious meat was rich without a whiff of game. Sauteed shitake lent an earthy juiciness, while orange segments lifted with its fruity sweetness. We switched up the regular mash with velvety smooth Truffle Mash (supplement $3) for added aroma. A signature for good reason and a must-try.
The Pan-Seared Seabass ($16.90) executed commendably, was sided by a medley of sauteed potato cubes laced with crabmeat and vichy carrot, and tossed in a caper vinaigrette.
Another bit hit, the sublime Oven-Roasted Chicken ($15.90) was half a spring chicken, butterflied and with the most beautifully golden skin. This was topped with buttery stewed savoy cabbage, a mellow jus, and fluffy truffle mash.
Our pick for dessert was the Salted Caramel Lava Cake ($12.90), exquisite and polished, flavoured with maldon sea salt, valrhona dulcey chocolate, and paired with vanilla ice-cream.
Far East Plaza #01-07B
14 Scotts Road
Tel: 6736 1121
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 9.30pm;
Sundays from 11.30am to 9pm