February 18, 2018

La Petite, Singapore…a laid-back neighborhood gem

La Petite is Singapore’s affordable, approachable, laid-back French restaurant.

The sauce in the escargots (6 pcs) with croissant and salad is almost as delicious as the escargots themselves.

In this age of Intagram, it might come as a surprise, then, that the most brilliant dish at La Petite is also the downright ugliest. To roll out a cliché: Looks aren’t everything. I had the Confit de canard w/gratin potato. Damn, it’s a good dish, both thrillingly new and comfortingly traditional.

La Petite doesn’t blow you away in in the same way that other spots like Les Amis do, nor does it intend to. It’s an assured, steady-handed restaurant. Tres bon, La Petite, tres, tres bon. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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August 14, 2016

Le Scossa, Paris…makes you go ooh la la

Set on the corner of the busy Victor Hugo Place, Le Scossa is in almost every way an unexpected find. A particularly cosy and beautiful restaurant full of French charm, good food, friendly service, it is also great for people watching.

For starters, I had escargot – they call it Snails XXL on the menu – which was the best I had in Paris on my most recent trip. That and “the real pepper steak, 200gr beef filet” are high points. Both were masterpieces of seething, aggressive flavor. The steak cut was tender, well-marbled and oozed blood-tinted jus. The finesses of the cooking here are shining examples of why the French have for so long led the world when it comes to gastronomy.

A dignified gem, Le Scossa couldn’t feel much more Parisian. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 19, 2013

Brasserie Gavroche, Singapore…not so FAB

In my opinion the most reliable test of a french restaurant trained chef is the escargots, and it just lacked any real depth of flavour or sense of accomplishment, the rest of the meal followed suit. I’m not describing my escargots plate, let’s just say I’d rather to stay hungry than eat it again.

None of the food wowed me.  I made the mistake of bringing a business partner there and let me just say if it wasn’t for the company the experience would have been ruined. The Crepe Suzette was a disaster that tasted like a bottle of peroxide – too booze-y for my taste. Though the shrimp and avocado salad and pan roasted grouper and scallop were not bad, I expected a ton of flavour but didn’t get it.

Bottom line – not so FAB. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…


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