Restaurants serving Set Lunches are now dime a dozen but in my opinion, in terms of value vis-a-vis price the best deal goes to none-other-than, Saint Pierre. Make no mistake, their set lunch is not what you would categorize as, affordable, but you do get what you pay for! A lunch affair here would set you back between S$28++ to S$48++, but trust me – it’ll be the best S$48++ that you will spend on a lunch!
And I just have to reiterate the fact that Saint Pierre changes their menu on a weekly basis!
Label me as a bore but this was in fact, my third visit to Saint Pierre for their set lunch and I’m proud to say so! My first visit to Saint Pierre can be found here , the second visit to Saint Pierre here.
Pictured above is a deep fried hollow bread stick – okay, it’s not bread, but it’s a stick. It came with hints of banana and was extremely crispy.
Pictured above are more nibbles – the Black olive Chips (Beige) and Sundried Tomatoes Chips (Orange).
And just when you thought that that was the end of the nibbles, there’s more – Cod fish in air dried parsley crumble, Fried Sardines accompanied by an Aioli sauce and Anchovy paste.
I was surprised when I was this being presented to the table.
A simple amuse bouche made up of a truffle slice, with cold coconut cream (almost like ice cream) was a delight to savour. Both could have held their ground on their own, but paired together, it seemed like a match made in heaven!
I have to apologize – for I have forgotten to jot down what the tiny little orangey bits were.
My partner’s appetizer of poached crystal bay blue prawn with water cress puree, mussel emulsion and green apple was simple yet awesome to eat.
I must add that the prawns were really fresh and the mussel emulsion combined well with the prawns. The chopped up green apples added a hint of sweetness.
I had something similar the previous visit, so when I saw risotto was on the menu again, I just had to go for it! What was a Duck Confit risotto with smoked duck breast then, is now a Risotto of Duck Confit scented with fennel, lightly spiced duck jus and drizzled with walnut dressing. 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. All in, I loved this dish.
My partner’s low temperature braised beef cheek with creamy pommes puree, glazed baby onions, forest mushroom fricassee, summer vegetables and Xeres sauce came across as decent.
Yes, the beef was fork tender and the sherry wine vinegar sauce was an excellent accompaniment but the the beef cheek itself somehow lacked flavour.
Oh yes, the portion did seem rather small.
I realized that on each and every of my last 2 visits to Saint Pierre, I had ordered the white miso marinated black cod. But on each occasion, the presentation of the dish differed; this time it came with pea puree, celariac, almond oil and red wine sauce.
Out of all 3, I have to say that this has the best presentation! The pea puree tasted great with the miso cod fish and the fish was timed perfectly, as usual.
You know what’s funny – I had just weeks earlier, prepared a white miso marinated cod at home and used pea puree as a side as well! Talk about being coincidental!
Both of us decided against having desserts, but Jan, the Matre’D offered us a small complimentary dessert.
Green apple sorbet paired with sweet tomatoes (pictured in the background) and a tomato jelly on wafers (pictured in front) concluded the meal.
Alright, the next time that I’m going to Saint Pierre, I’m going for dinner!
Saint Pierre by Emmanuel Stroobant
3 Magazine Road
#01-01 Central Mall
Tel: +65 6438 0887