Whisk your other half away for a romantic dinner at one of these newly opened French restaurants. It’s almost like being in the City of Lights!
In search of a French restaurant for a romantic dinner with your beau, or for an intimate dinner with friends? Say, ‘oui!‘ to these recently-opened bistros you should book.
Merci Marcel Club Street
Where: 7 – 9 Club Street
Info: Visit www.mercimarcel.com
Frenchie fave Ô Batignolles may have shuttered its doors, but its owners have opened their second Merci Marcel outlet at Club Street. We’re happy to say that it looks as good IRL as it is on Instagram, and is a great place to grab brunch or dinner. Don’t miss out on the eatery’s signature dish — Raviole de Royans, aka dumpling pasta with Tête de Moine cheese ($18 for a small portion, $28 for the large).
Atout @ Harding Road
Where: 40C Harding Road
Info: Visit www.atout.sg.
Taking over Au Petit Salut, Atout (which means “asset” in French) is less stuffy as compared to its predecessor. A charcuterie counter, lined with Chef Patrick Heuberger’s delicious pâtés and terrines, takes pride of place, while other focuses are on the cheeses, affordable wines and vibrant salads. The French restaurant serves a wallet-friendly three-course set lunch at $42 nett, as well as weekend brunch at $136++ for two people.
Where: 38 Craig Road
Info: Visit www.macuisinesg.com.
This gastro wine bar that won a Michelin star in June 2018 has a big focus on wine (“food for wine-lovers”, its website proclaims), and is, therefore, the perfect place for long conversations over luxurious dinners. The wine list features around 600 labels, and includes unusual offerings from Hungary and Lebanon. The menu is ever-evolving but tends towards the rustic, with family recipes and dishes like Tournedos Rossini (filet mignon with foie gras and black truffle slices). Expect to drop at least $80 per head here, especially since wines do not come by the glass.
Where: #01-51/56 Duo Galleria, 7 Fraser Street
Info: Visit www.so-france.sg.
A combination of bistro, bar and gourmet grocery, So France is a one-stop shop where you can eat, drink, and take provisions — like bread, cognac and caviar — home. Located at Duo Galleria, the French bistro and épicerie offers high-quality ingredients sourced from different French regions. It’s got an extensive menu of classic French dishes. A shared plate of cold cuts is $28.50.
Where: #01-62, 106 Clementi Street 12
Info: Visit www.summerhill.sg.
Want to serve French fare at a soiree at your apartment? Summer Hill serves take-away kits that’ll have you looking like a gourmand in front of your guests. Think dishes like roast chicken with gravy, spuds and sprouts ($45) or grain-fed Angus beef with green peppercorn sauce, baby potatoes and sprouts (from $198) that you can whip up in your home. You can dine at Summer Hill, but be warned that the setting is highly casual. Its small menu echoes its takeaway options, with a half-chicken costing $23. Look for other offerings, such as croissants ($3) and cocktails (around $16).