I must be one of the last few gourmands to try this highly raved French bistro, and I probably wouldn’t have made the effort to if not because a friend suggested it. I blame it on the perpetual queues and long waiting time that everyone keeps warning me about. I waited in line for approximately 15-20mins on a weekday before I got a table. Yes, there was a queue even at 9pm on a weekday. The crowd was young and boisterous, but I thought the lively atmosphere was rather welcoming.
There were so many things on the menu I wanted to try, so I opted for a ‘three course meal’, starting with a soup and finishing it off on a sweet note with some strawberry dessert.
Mushroom cappuccino ($4.90) Rich, earthy soup made with mushrooms and topped with a salty foam. I would have enjoyed this hearty soup more if not for the tinge of sourness.
Saveur’s pasta ($4.90 for entree, $6.90 for main): Saveur’s take on our local bak chor mee (minced meat noodles). Capellini pasta tossed with chili oil, fine-chopped konbu and sakura ebi with minced pork sauce. The pasta was cooked al dente and coated with just the right amount of sauce. For some strange reasons, the mushy meat sauce was reminiscent of a chicken mayo spread. That aside, the dried shrimps added a nice bite to the dish without overpowering it like how the usual hei bi (dried shrimps) can be.
Rib eye steak ($22.90 for 180g): Rib eye steak served on truffle mash. Well seasoned and flavourful, the steak was a decent considering the price. Unfortunately, it was a little too rare for medium rare doneness. Sorry no photo to substantiate my claim because the bloody photo (no pun intended) will put you off. Though it was a steak dish, the truffle mash stole the limelight. Creamy and fragrant, it certainly was a delight just eating it on its own. The truffle mash should be available as a separate side dish!
Beef tenderloin ($24.90): Beef tenderloin with potato au gratin (pronounced grah-tan), carrot puree, button mushrooms, red radish, baby carrot and beef jus. The steak was well seasoned and sufficiently rested, evident in the juices that was retained despite being cooked to medium doneness (as requested by my friend). The tenderloin was less flavourful than the rib eye steak, but that’s purely due to the cut of the meat. More on that on a separate steak post. So if you prefer beef with a milder taste, this is for you.
Strawberries and cream ($9.90): Basil ice cream, macerated strawberries, meringues and strawberry leather. This was undoubtedly the star of the night for me. The basil ice cream paired surprisingly well with the sweet strawberries and doubled up as a palate cleanser too. The meringues were a nice play on the textures, and I particularly liked it with the strawberry leather.
Overall, this is the place to go for decent food with a French twist in a relaxed and casual setting. Not forgetting warm service and affordable prices too. That said, do go to the restaurant with reasonable expectations and bear in mind the amount you are paying.
Saveur is located at (1) 5 Purvis Street #01-04 and it is open Mon – Sat: 1200 to 1415 & 1800 to 2130 (last order) and Sun: 1800 to 2100 (last order) / (2) Far East Plaza #01-07B and it is open Mon-Sat: 1130 to 2130 (last order) and Sun: 1130 to 2100 (last order)
It is a short walk from (1) City Hall MRT station and (2) Orchard MRT station respectively. Parking spaces along the streets are limited but there are a couple of basement car parks in the area. Do keep a look out for the obscure entrances.