La Maison Fatien
76 Duxton Road
6220 3822 | www.lamaisonfatien.com
Just along from the Berjaya Hotel in a gorgeous renovated shophouse is La Maison Fatien, the brainchild of a Frenchman with a very Spanish surname, Jimmy Lopez.
Without being too fancy or pretentious, the French food hits the spot with reliable favourites. There are six entrées and six mains to choose from and the emphasis is on quality, in dishes such as seabass with braised leeks and tomato basil fondue ($18) and lamb shank with red wine sauce ($26). A weekday cocotte, or casserole special, includes classics such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon ($26 each),.
Complementing the classic food is an extensive French wine list, some from Jimmy’s own vineyard in Burgundy. The Rully (a buttery drop, $16) and the Pinot Noir (cinnamon-y with light berry flavours, $16) were the two standouts.
You’ll love it if: you want to feel comfortable and at home.
You’ll hate it if: cutting-edge gastro food is your thing.
Must try dish: mussels with enormous wedge-cut fries (a weekday special).