The Place Located at Wanderlust Hotel, Audace Bar & Restaurant is a part of Unlisted Collection’s group of boutique hotels and restaurants. The restaurant took over the space of Cocotte, and has retained the same interior as its predecessor. The restaurant’s name is the short form of Audacity, which takes on the restaurant’s audacity of having a French Michelin Chef helmed a restaurant in Little India precinct.
The Food Open throughout the day from Tuesday to Sunday, the restaurant and bar serves up French Bistro cuisine with a contemporary touch, providing guests with a different dining experience from breakfast through to dinner. I went for the Sunday brunch recently, which is down the communal style consisting of 6 Appetisers, 5 Main Courses and Side dishes, and 5 Desserts. Priced at S$68++ per person, there are 16 different dishes to try and the portions will be customised according to your party size.
For appetisers, we had the Arugula Salad, Parmesan, Lemon And Olive Oil Dressing; Pumpkin Soup; Asparagus Salad Chorizo Iberico; Focaccia With Cooked Ham & Mascarpone Black Pepper; Salmon Gravlax Beetroot; Duck Terrine & Pickles. The pumpkin soup is easily my favourite of the lot.
On to the main courses and side dishes, we had a mix of the Grilled White Tuna, Origan; Pearl Grouper With Orange Paste; Braised Pork Belly; French Breast Duck; and last but not least, Beef Tartare; served along with sides like the Creamy Polenta, Broccoli Mash, Baked Carrot, Risotto, Baked Rutabaga and Aubepine.
The ones which worked better for me are the beef tartare and grilled white tuna. The former is surprisingly delicious as it is well marinated without the overly raw smell and taste of beef tartare which I am quite adverse to. The texture of the grilled white tuna is just right for me, and it is relatively light to complement the rest of the meats and side dishes.
For desserts, you can expect Lemon Cream Tartelette & Candied Berce; Macaron Speculoos; Cookies; Dark Chocolate Mousse With Salted Caramel; and Pomelo, Black Pepper & Honey. They are all served in relatively small portions which is not a bad thing. I like the Macaron Speculoos, with its dense and perfect texture.
Rants Parking space is limited along Dickson Road outside the hotel, though valet parking is available by the hotel. The hotel does not have parking within the building.
Will I Return Again? S$68++ per person for brunch is not cheap, although the selection is rather impressive. The selling point of the Sunday Brunch at Audace is the offering of 16 French dishes, and do not expect your usual eggs and pancakes. That said, I personally find that the price could be more competitive, and it would be better if a beverage can be included as part of the brunch menu. Though, if you are looking for something different for brunch this weekend, in a nice space and price is secondary, you have it at Audace.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Tuesday to Saturday: 7.30am to 12 midnight
Sunday: 7.30 am to 4pm
Closed on Mondays
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