Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Younger Petit Salut

Good (food) memories are often difficult to replicate especially with inconsistent cooking. That is why I am thankful for places like Au Petit Salut. Even after shifting to Dempsey, its food and service has retained their standards. While the flagship restaurant is at Dempsey, a bistro has opened in its previous place.

And I am glad to report that Bistro Petit Salut, like its full-fledged restaurant brother, has good food. At the bistro, the popular 3-course set lunch costs $25 and the menu states that there is strictly no sharing. Hey, I don't think a 1.5-course set lunch is very enticing. But I would order a set for each person and gladly share the food around. More fun that way too.

Moving on to lunch!

Warm bread was served freeflow, which is always a good thing as I tend to be hungry each time I visit the Petit Saluts. Besides, delicious sauces need to be mopped up badly.

One of my favourite starters here is the 1/2 Dozen Baked Escargots with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Butter. To be honest, it's not so much the escargot but the . I LIKE the garlic butter which coats the palate with an incredible slick fragrance and salty-savouriness. The cherry tomato comes in to add a burst of acidity, preparing the palate for the next round of garlic butter.

Pop one escargot with the melted garlic butter onto a piece of bread and you'll be thankful you didn't snub the bread.

The other starter we tried was the Seared Baby Bay Scallops with Cocktail Potatoes, Shallot Vinaigrette. The baby scallops were really small but tender and maybe hence the name. Certainly a dish with very light and clean flavours.

For mains, the Provencal-styled Slow Braised Pork Ribs in Tomato and White Wine, Gratinated in Mixed Herbs offered meltingly tender meat in a rich and hearty tomato and herb sauce. A great dip for french fries!

My usual choice of main course here is the Seared Onglet Beef with French Fries "Cafe de Paris". With the exterior just slightly charred and with a medium-rare pink inside, it's difficult to hate it. For me, I just love it. The meat can be relatively tough but the sweet beefy flavour keeps me loving it.

Finally, desserts- a sweet ending to some people and THE main course for others. The Homemade Baked Cheesecake with a Scoop of Sorbet arrived at the table promptly. The cheesecake was ordinary and I was more happy with the sorbet which was refreshing.

The other dessert that we ordered is the Mixed Tropical Fruit Crumble Infused with Vanilla Beans. Hot crumble is always nice especially when spiced or flavoured with vanilla. This one had quite a distinct pineapple taste in its tropical fruit filling. The small pile of chopped fruits at the side was flavoured with mint which I thought didn't go very well with the crumble.

Oh well, lucky I don't live on desserts. Give me cow. Give me cow.

Coffee/tea rounded up the leisurely lunch. Yes, leisurely lunches like this is definitely one of life's small pleasures.

Bistro Petit Salut
44 Jln Merah Saga
Tel: 6474 9788
Opens: 11.30am-14.30pm
Closed: Sundays

Chew On This: Citibank card holders enjoy a 4-course set dinner at $48!

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