The Place Opened about a month ago, I was excited to check out Restaurant Beurre as it has been awhile since there is something new in Bukit Pasoh. Beurre prides itself as innovative French cuisine, where its interior is contemporary yet simple, and sets the tone for a casual fine dining. The layout is a typical long shophouse space, where you get a glimpse of the open kitchen if you are seated to the front of the restaurant.
The Food The team here is fairly young as I noticed while walking past the kitchen, and I understand that there is a big love for butter in the dishes here. The menu is concise and easy to interpret, a one page design which splits the food into small and big plates. I started with what seems like an ‘atas’ brunch dish, the Omelette with Crab (S$18). Served with lobster bisque and topped with lumpfish caviar, the omelette here is wrapped with crab meat. The flavour is well-balanced, though I could only wish that the portion is bigger.
In contrast, I enjoyed the Portobello Mushroom Tart (S$19) more. Mushroom is one of my weakness, and this version did not disappoint. The crispy tart texture is a delight, while the leek cream adds the a slight buttery creaminess to the dish. Do not neglect the mini poached eggs on the tart as well!
On mains, I decided to try the Pork with Corn (S$24) served with Szechuan gremolata, sweet corn pureee and salted popcorn. My first thought was, why the popcorn and pork pairing? It is quite a unique combination, though it does not quite complement each other flavour wise. The popcorn inspiration stems from chef’s childhood memories, where he was only able to have his popcorn once he finished his food. Regardless, the texture of the pork was a tad too dry for me, and the saving grace for the dish is really the Szechuan gremolata, adding more punch to the dish.
You can’t go very wrong with the Umami Capellini (S$26) if pasta is your thing. I like the slightly spicy flavour here, and the strong XO emulsion and ‘hae bi’ taste. Topped with uni and caviar, the overall flavour of this capellini is quite strong.
For dessert, look no further than the Peanut Butter Tart (S$14). It is an interesting presentation, served with toasted almonds, sesame ice cream and cognac. I was telling The Rantee, wouldn’t it be better if this were to be a peanut butter mille-feuille instead?
Rants Personally, I find the choice of loud music here to be incongruous with the cuisine served.
Will I Return Again? Restaurant Beurre seems to take on the direction of casual fine dining at accessible prices. Some of the dishes I had are indeed a twist on the conventional French cuisine, though I do feel that it could be enhanced further. It was overall a decent experience if you are looking for a restaurant to try in the Outram enclave.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
23 Bukit Pasoh Road
Tel: +65 9660 0597
Tue-Sat: 11am-3pm, 5-10pm
Ranted by The Ranter