I loved my previous visit to Saint Pierre so much that I just had to have my French fix again the following week. So this was, essentially, two consecutive visits in just two weeks.
As mentioned before, Saint Pierre has a relatively affordable set lunch menu that ranges from S$28++ to S$48++ depending on the number of courses. Unlike other restaurants who just claim to change their menus frequently, Saint Pierre holds true to their word. With the exception of 3 mainstay dishes (The Foie Gras, Miso Cod and Grandma Stroobant’s Chocolate cake), the menu was revamped and had no similarities withe the menu on my previous visit.
The entry on my previous visit can be found here.
So, lunch started with the amuse bouche – Salmon mousse with home-smoked salmon crusted with capers and yuzu zest, ginger dust, citrus and saffron gel, and olive oil powder.
I loved the Duck Confit risotto with smoked duck breast. I loved how texture of the risotto rice. I loved the simple wine reduction that accompanied the risotto. I loved how tender and how well-smoked the duck breast was.
I knew that lunch was going to be an excellent affair.
My lunch partner’s Olive Oil Marinated Mackerel apparently fell short of her expectations. A comment worth mentioning was the rather bland bouillabaisse jelly base and rouille dressing.
Prelude to Main Course
I love how Saint Pierre serves a small dish as a prelude to main course (And it usually is excellent!)
This time around, a Langoustine Tortellini with Lobster Cream, Lobster Jelly and Lobster Bisque, was served. Both my lunch partner and myself wished that this was served as a main course portion. That pretty much sums up how good this tasted.
On the previous visit, I had the miso cod and wanted to choose something else. So, when I spied upon a Roasted Lamb Saddle with Spinach and Mascarpone Stuffing, Ratatouille and Fondant potatoes on the menu, I jumped onto it. (Okay, that was exaggeration in the making for, there was a pork dish on the menu too that sounded very tempting!)
The lamb was cooked to the right done-ness, retaining much of its natural juices and tenderness. If there was one thing that I did not quite take to in this dish, it would have to be the fondant potatoes. They were a tad bland for my liking.
My lunch partner had a Saint Pierre signature – the White Miso Marinated Black Cod!
Although presented differently and accompanied with different sides from my previous visit, I was pretty sure the cod dish was excellent for she cleaned up her plate pretty quick!
Desserts at Saint Pierre were never one of their strong points and this lunch’s dessert, the Granny Smith Apple Tart did not fair any better. Although, I must admit that I adored every spoon of the almond ice cream.
Saint Pierre’s signature dessert – Grandma Stroobant’s Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake, was my lunch partner’s dessert of choice. One thing’s for sure – the quality of desserts remain consistent. Just like during my previous visit, while was creamy, smooth, and moist, it was a tad too sweet and rich for me.
An excellent lunch at an affordable price in the midst of adorable company.
What else is there not to like about Saint Pierre?
For my lunch partner’s review on Saint Pierre, do visit her food blog at http://myfoodsirens.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/saint-pierre/
Saint Pierre by Emmanuel Stroobant
3 Magazine Road
#01-01 Central Mall
Tel: +65 6438 0887