A little while ago, after a particularly trying Monday, N and I decided to venture out for a long lunch on a random Tuesday which involved some delicious (and cheap!) french food, and excellent company.
Cheap and good french food. Who would have thought it would be possible? It's like some kind of Utopian dream come true, at least from the Culinary point of view. We owe all of that good flavour (and absurdly affordable prices) to two young entrepreneurs, Joshua Khoo and Dylan Ong (both of whom are in their 20s), whose brilliant brainchild of an F&B concept prides itself on serving up french food minus the airs.
Their perpetually packed restaurant has already made several rounds on the blogsphere - and has been covered in grand detail by tastebuds far more refined than mine. But I thought I'd share my humble take on the dining establishment, in the off chance that one of you hasn't had the opportunity to check it out yet.
The decor at Saveur is cute but fuss free (mismatched chandeliers, exposed bar, clean colour palette of black white steel and dark wood), the service friendly (though not the most attentive), and the food's phenomenal (for the price you pay). N and I decided to stick with the crowd favourites - Angel Hair Pasta With Sherry Minced Pork And Sakura Ebi, Confit Of Duck With Orange Segment and Sauté Shittake, and the Crispy Pork Belly With 62.5degree Egg With Diced Vegetable - and we were well rewarded for our decision.
Now my descriptions of these delightful dishes will pale in comparison to the many veteran food bloggers' out there. My tastebuds can't talk, unfortunately. But here goes: The pasta was done just right - al dente, and the flavours blended perfectly. I think they managed this by blitzing the pork into a paste so each strand of pasta was bathed in its goodness and then topped with a few pieces of shrimp. Genius. The confit wasn't the best I'd ever had (I've had a lot of confit in my life time), but it was pretty darn good for the approximately $10 price tag. Crisp skin over a layer of tasty fat and lots of tender meat, accompanied by slices of orange and shitake mushrooms - a nice light touch on the side to balance out the heavier flavours of the duck.
But the winner (winner chicken dinner!) of the afternoon was most certainly the crispy pork belly. Oh my mama. Served with a delicately runny egg over a bed of super tasty lentils and a sprinkling of veggies, it was simply divine. An explosion of flavours and textures and all that porky goodness. I mean, it's not the succulent little pig of Catalunya, but it's a tenth of the price (actually, no, it's even less than a-tenth of the price), and packs so much flavour!
Surprisingly, I was not plagued by the problem that many others have faced - the impossibly long queue. I waltzed in and was immediately shown to a table. Luck was on my side apparently because right after I was seated the infamous queue started up all over again. So you know that old saying is true - good things come to those who wait.
My only complaint? They don't serve coffee! Now what kind of decent establishment doesn't provide their patrons with a decent cuppa after an incredibly filling meal? We need it to keep on slogging through the work day. Hopefully they'd have fixed it before the next time I roll around.
SAVEUR - 5 Purvis Street, #01-04. Singapore 188584
No reservations. Please bear with the queue. It's worth the wait.