Violet Oon’s Kitchen

Violet Oon’s Kitchen

Violet Oon's Kitchen - Chicken Churry

Violet Oon…. Well, she’s quite the brand name herself – she’s an accomplished cookbook author and one of Singapore’s home grown celebrities. She’s helmed cafes and restaurants on-and-off over the years with emphasis on what she does best – Peranakan cuisine. Her latest venture sees her teaming up with her family members in opening up Violet Oon’s Kitchen along Bukit Timah Road, just before Old Holland Road, between Bar Bar Black Sheep and Forture Steamboat Restaurant.

Violet Oon’s Kitchen is one of those restaurants that you really, really want to say that you love it so much that a re-visit in definitely on the cards….But, there’s always a But. 

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Le Bistrot du Sommelier

Le Bistrot du Sommelier

Back on the French theme recently, one of the better mid-priced French meals that I’ve had recently was at Le Bistrot du Sommelier.  Throw away the misconception that you have about French restaurants (which in no small part have come from the rise of fine dining restaurants in previous years) that French dining is all about multi-course meals, small portion sizes and ridiculous prices. Helmed by co-owner, Chef Patrick Heuberger, the restaurant serves up hearty, classic French dishes at affordable restaurant prices (and with portion sizes to boot).

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Saint Pierre

Saint Pierre

Hot on the heels of my last review of another French restaurant (Le Saint Julien) in Singapore comes yet-another pictorial of one of my favourite restaurants, Saint Pierre. If you’ve missed out on my previous reviews, here are some of them – ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR. A small disclaimer would be that the Saint Pierre has gone through a few chef changes over the years, and so has the menu (and prices).

If food is not the attraction, then the service is. I was here a few days after my birthday and upon being seated, the assistant manager came around to my table and wished me a happy birthday. It was a small, but really thoughtful gesture. The wonders of Facebook, I’d say.

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Le Saint Julien

Le Saint Julien

It’s not running easy a food-and-beverage establishment anywhere, much less, in a scene with stiff competition; I read with much disappointment that Le Saint Julien will be serving her last diner come January 2013. (See ST article) Let’s face it, Singaporeans want a whiff of fresh air every now and then, especially when old is good. Add that to rising operating costs and difficulty in hiring, I wasn’t quite surprised when this was announced in the papers recently.

Le Saint Julien is somewhat of a stalwart in the French fine dining scene here in Singapore, being one of the few who started up way before big overseas names (a.k.a. celebrity chefs) established outposts here. Other home-grown names that fall within the same peer group include, Les Amis and Emmanuel Stroobant’s Saint Pierre. The restaurant’s own website lists, Raffles Grill, Harbour Grill and Les Amis as its competitors when Chef Julien Bompard left Raffles Hotel, where he was Deputy Executive Chef, first started Le Saint Julien in 2003.

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