Affordable French Fare at Saveur


For a consistent and reliably good feed, the hubby and I have to take our hats off to Saveur. We first came across this modern French bistro when it was a one shop operation on Purvis Street in Bugis. Since then, the restaurant has expanded to open an outlet in Far East Plaza, a fine dining concept Saveur Art at Ion and an Italian restaurant called Concetto at The Cathay.

The Saveur motto is to provide high quality food at affordable prices. I think the Saveur group is onto a good thing - bridging the market of cheap (but often low quality) hawker food on the one hand and the myriad of mediocre sit-down restaurants in shopping malls on the other.


As the hubby had booked a massage at The Damai Spa (see our previous review here) and I was seeking some comfort food, we decided to eat at the Fat East Plaza branch of Saveur for dinner.

While we have seen some changes in the menu, I was happy to see that our favourite dishes were still there: the Saveur Pasta (SGD 4.90++) and the Duck Confit (SGD 13.90)++.

The Saveur Pasta is a signature at the restaurant and even though I've eaten the dish dozens of times, I still look forward to having it again the next time round. It's a delicious combination of angel hair spaghetti, chilli oil, finely chopped konbu, minced pork sauce, chives and sakura ebi (a very small shrimp, pink in colour). 


Similarly, the duck confit is always consistently well done - crispy skin and tender pieces of meat falling off the bone on a bed of truffle mash. It was previously accompanied with mushrooms and mandarin slices, but the version we were served this time came with mushrooms and a sweet onion relish instead of citrus.  


On previous occasions, we haven't been wowed by the desserts, so we opted to get just one dessert to share. I was excited to see a new item on the menu - Salted Caramel Lava Cake with homemade vanilla ice-cream (SGD 12.90++). This was easily the best dessert I have had at Saveur. The lava cake was warm and oozy in the centre, and the salted caramel flavour was strong but not overpowering, especially when paired with the vanilla bean speckled ice-cream.



For those who are interested in trying out Saveur, I would highly recommend getting the 3 course set (SGD 22.90), which is great value for money. The serving sizes are the same whether you order the set or a la carte (we know this for sure because the hubby ordered his duck confit on its own, whereas my duck confit came as part of the 3 course set). 

For good cooking, a boisterous atmosphere (there is an open kitchen) and a night out that won't break the bank, you can't go wrong with Saveur!
  
xx Amanda

amanda@lslookbook

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