Au Petit Salut
40C Harding Road
+65 6475 1976
The glass walls of the simple interior make the most of the surrounding greenery; or you can eat alfresco in fan-cooled comfort.
Both Roy’s French onion soup ($14) and my lobster bisque ($18) with tarragon and lobster ravioli were substantial, classically delicious and arrived piping hot; his thick and hearty and mine delicately foamy. We then had the degustation plate for two ($36) of duck terrine, seared duck foie gras, duck sausage, rillette and ravioli – outstanding, and served with a glass of chilled Sauternes.
My oven-roasted Welsh lamb rack ($45), the only European lamb in Singapore, according to brilliant Swiss executive chef Patrick Heuberger, was divinely succulent. But top accolades are reserved for the cassoulet ($40), a big, thick stew served in traditional style in a copper dish straight from the oven: duck leg confit, sausage, lamb shoulder and smoked bacon with white beans.
Having half-expected the sort of nouvelle cuisine that leaves you barely satisfied after three or four courses, we had over-ordered, and had no room whatsoever for dessert.
Weekends are fully booked; you may be lucky during the week. But the excellent-value lunches are chock-a-block. This is a great restaurant for any special occasion, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse.