The Place The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s La Brasserie is a contemporary French dining restaurant, with one of the prettiest decor amongst French restaurants in Singapore. The first thing I noticed when I stepped into La Braserrie was the 10m high ceiling, followed by the long designer fabric Jim Thompson drapes which accompanied it.
The whole interior and ambience is a fine line between being overly opulent or contemporary classy act, and I thought it is more befitting of the latter. The overall tone of the restaurant is warm, inspired by the sunset hours by the waterfront bay. The spacious restaurant also boasts a waterfront dining view, be it from the main dining area or the private dining room.
The Food The theme of La Brasserie is ‘cuisine du soleil’, or ‘cuisine of the sun’ with highlights from Southern France and Mediterranean inspired flavours. We started off well with the complimentary baguette and sourdough baked in-house along with organic unsalted butter from New Zealand.
I can’t do without a good Traditional French Onion Soup (S$19). The version here is rich and thick, the way I like my Onion Soup to be. The rich flavours is largely attributed to the beef stock used to prepare the soup, not forgetting the aromatic white onions which are caramelised with olive oil and butter. The best part of it all is probably the day old sourdough which topped the soup and gruyère cheese within.
The Lobster and Scallop Carpaccio (S$33) has been the restaurant’s signature since 2010 and I can understand why. The fresh flavours of the Boston lobster, Hokkaido scallops and hints of black truffle coupled with lime dressing are such a divine combination. Seasonal black truffles from various countries such as France, Italy or Australia are then used to top off the dish.
If you love salmon, the Hot Smoked Balik Salmon (S$21) is sure to delight your palate. The lightly torched New Zealand king salmon is cured with salt, served along with quail eggs, fennel, red onion compote, dill and crème fraîche. The most surprising element of this dish for me was the toast, fried to a nice crispy texture and went so well together with the salmon.
For mains, the 500g Côte De Boeuf (S$99) is undoubtedly my favourite. The huge serving is good for sharing amongst two people, where the ribeye is prepared over Josper grill. The succulent flavours of the meat was good on its own, though I was also spoilt for choice with the full range of complimentary sauces and condiments – selection of three salts (fine red, viking, truffle) and nine mustards (green peppercorn, pommery, truffle, mild, English, hot English, honey, lemon zest, curry).
Alternatively, the Suprême De Canard Confit (S$39) is another safe bet in every French restaurant. The texture of the duck confit here was tender, while the skin had a nice and crispy flavour.
If you love seafood, go for the Lobster A L’Americaine (S$68), a generous serving of whole Boston lobster with the angel hair pasta.
For something lighter, there is always the La Complete Galette (S$23 or S$28 with cider), a gluten-free and dairy-free buckwheat crêpes with honey baked ham, gruyère cheese and free range egg. There is an option to have the galette along with a Apple cider from Louis Raison, which has a refreshing and light flavour.
For desserts, we tried the Profiteroles (S$13), served with a warm sauce of 55% Valrhona Equatoriale Noire and a scoop of double Tahitian vanilla ice cream. I’m not a fan of profiteroles, but I enjoyed the rich vanilla ice cream.
There is also the Tarte Tatin (S$32), with Granny smith apples, caramel, toffee sauce, chocolate cookie crumble and served along with double Tahitian vanilla ice cream. This generous portion is ideal for two to four diners to share.
Rants French fine dining restaurants are often priced above other cuisines and La Brasserie is no exception.
Will I Return Again? In every aspect, the dining experience at La Brasserie was a memorable one. The food was good and consistent across the dishes, while the nice ambience of the restaurant by the waterfront adds to the charm of dining here.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 6597 5288
Weekday Set Lunch Monday to Friday: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner Daily: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday Brunch with Create-your-own Bloody Mary station 12pm to 3pm (last pour at 2.45pm)
Sunday Brunch with Champagne 12pm to 3pm (last pour at 2.45 pm)
Ranted by The Ranter