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Audace Bar and Restaurant

James Chan

Audace Bar and Restaurant

Audace (pronounced Aw-daz) is a quaint little casual French restaurant in the heart of Little India. The Mbassadors had the privilege of whetting our palates at their restaurant most recently and we have but only good things to say about our experience.

Chef Jeremy Gillon helms the kitchen and he produces gastronomical creations that leaves diners in awe and wonder (us included). In a brief conversation I had with him, he mentioned that he changes the menu every couple of months to keep things fresh for his diners.

As you enter the restaurant from the get-go, you’ll notice an assortment of herbs (with names I literally cannot pronounce) lined up just above the kitchen service counter. Chef Jeremy actually visits France every now and then to forage for his own herbs! There are herbs that are reminiscent of prawn crackers and seaweed, there are some that taste like oats and there was even one that smelt like chamomile!

The Food

La Reine Des Pres

With Celtuce as the main ingredient in this dish, I did not know what to expect. (I’ve never had Celtuce in my life) Texture wise, it resembles that of an extremely tender asparagus and has a mildly sour after taste. I could eat it on its own for days even and not grow sick of it.

However, Chef Jeremy takes it to the next level with pickled onions, salted seaweed, a sweet syrup extracted from one of his herbs and a parsley garnish. This mash up of flavors produces a well-balanced and meticulously thought of dish that raises the expectations for the other dishes that follow after.

La Matricaire

The initial thoughts I had about this dish were with regards to how fresh the Mackerel was. There’s no denying its freshness. Any fresher and you’ll have to catch it yourself.

Then we delve a little deeper and look past the first layer of taste to find the spinach with its creamy notes and semi-mushy texture. The Matricaire oil at the base has a pleasant chamomile scent. Don’t worry about the green color, it’s just the chlorophyll from the spinach. I feel it adds another dimension of creaminess to the dish. Imagine all these flavors augmented by a dash of horseradish to give this dish an added “oomph” or complexity. Brilliant.

 

Cote De Veall

I think a moment of silence is necessary for the calf that contributed to this AMAZING main course.

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Okay, moment’s over.

You can tell that Chef Jeremy places a lot of emphasis on respecting the dish and its ingredients. The meat was tender and cooked to perfection with each bite just bursting with flavor. Whilst I would once again say I could enjoy the veal just cooked as is, Chef Jeremy utilizes all his experience and expertise to provide a deeper and more meaningful way to appreciate the veal.

This dish is all about texture. There’s the Rutabaga which gives this dish an added crunch due to its raddish-like nature. Then there’s the caperberries that are strategically thrown in so that you get an occasional seedy and fruity bite.

You can be sure that you won’t leave Audace feeling like the portions were lacking because this main course is HUGE! For the price you’re paying, it’s just so much value!

James Highly Recommends Audace Bar and Restaurant

Yeap, you heard it right, I don’t often say this but this is a must-try. If you’re reading this, you’ve come so far, all you need to do is make a reservation and you won’t be let down! Bring a date, bring your parents, plan a proposal there or even throw a birthday party there. You’re in for a treat.

Make a reservation HERE

 

Audace Bar and Restaurant
2 Dickson Rd
Singapore 209494
Tel: +65 6298 1188
Opening Hours:
Daily Breakfast: 7.30am – 10.00am, Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.00pm
Afternoon Tea: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 12.00 midnight (last order 10.00pm)
Sunday Brunch: 11.30pm – 4.00pm

 

*This is a sponsored post (Thanks for the food Audace)

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French for a Day

Pei Xia Ang

The 14th of July marks the day of the Storming of the Bastille, also known as Bastille Day, or the National Day of France.

Here in Singapore, there are many ways you can celebrate this day. And champagne isn’t the only thing that we have on the agenda.

To eat

Bastille Day eclairs

indulge in eclairs by L’eclair by Sarah Michelle

Éclair

Loosely translated as “flash of lightning” in France, this snack is so named because of how consumers tend to finish them in a heartbeat.

Invented in the 19th Century, this pastry is very easily customisable. Flavours range from vanilla and coffee to rum and pistachio.

This Bastille Day, pop by L’Eclair by Sarah Michelle along Clemenceau Avenue for a treat! Featuring over 10 unique flavours daily, this is Singapore’s first éclair specialty shop. Classic flavours include Tahitian Vanilla and Pecans, Ispahan (rose, raspberry, lychee), and 66% Dark Chocolate.

Bastille Day crepes

crêpes were invented accidentally

Crêpe

The crêpe was born as an accident when 14-year-old waiter Henri Charpentier burnt a pastry intended for then Prince of Wales. Luckily, the Prince did not mind at all. In fact he liked it so much, he even bought gifts for Charpentier afterwards— what a way to get off the hook!

This “burnt pastry” can be found in many places selling French cuisine, and The Daily Roundup is one of them. The crêpes are entirely made of buckwheat flour from Britanny (the birthplace of crepes in France), while other ingredients are sourced globally.

I’ve been meaning to try their Chorizo Completè ($18), made with Iberico chorizo, French comete cheese, and sunny side up egg. It is all the ingredients for a perfect breakfast in a simple, fuss-free crêpe.

Bastille Day french wine

champagne was once associated with royalty

Champagne

Most people know that champagne is so named due to its origins from Champagne France, however, fewer know that it was originally referred to as “vins de Reims”. Additionally, most are unaware that during the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, champagne was mostly associated with royalty.

Indulge in the drink of royalty at City Space, with a breathtaking view of the city from the Swissotel. Selection of champagne range from King Grande Curvee ($420), to Don Perignon Rose ($770).

A definite must for Bastille Day, just don’t get too wasted though. Champagne somehow does that if you’re not too careful.

To Wear

Bastille Day le coq sportiff

Le Coq Sportiff

With an estimated worth of €108 million, this company had its humble beginnings in a small workshop in Champagne. Going back to their roots, the logo of a rooster is derived from the national symbol of France.

Bastille Day hermes

Hermes

Thiery Hermes was born in Germany to a French father and German mother. He started out this eponymous brand with the aim of serving European noblemen. Now, Hermes has established itself in the industry as the go-to brand for quality leather goods.

Bastille Day louis vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Established in 1854 on Rue Neure des Capucines in Paris, France, and Louis Vuitton first started out with the  practical invention of flat-bottom trunks that are lightweight and easy to stack. Since then, Louis Vuitton has gone a long way and won the hearts of consumers who go for quality, with products ranging from shoes to watches to sunglasses.

To Do

Bastille Day at alliance francaise de singapour

Alliance Francaise de Singapour

Head down to Alliance Francaise where you can bask in all things French. Take part in quizzes to win attractive prizes, or simply try out the complementary snacks and drinks.

PS do come dressed in blue, red, or white in the spirit of Bastille Day!

Saturday 15th July, 5.30pm till 7pm

Bastille Day ginette restaurant promotions

Ginett

Savour French wine and nibbles as French singer Margot Anna and her band serenade you with their live performances. As a special promotion, Ginette is also offering whole organic chicken and a bottle of Rosé for $52. Valid till 16th July.

Friday, 14th July, 7pm till 11pm

Bastille Day o comptoir

Ô Comptoir 

Party the night away in true French style with servings of crepes, galettes, cider and wines served all night long.

Saturday 15 July, 6pm till late

 

With so many French influences around us daily, being French for a day turns out to be not too much of a trouble after all! Happy Bastille Day!!

The Weekly Glutton (17/4 – 23/4)

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Saveur

Saveur positions themselves as a dining establishment that offers authentic French cuisine for an inexpensive price.
Their set lunch 3 course menu comes with an appetizer, a main and a dessert all for the price of $22.90++.
Does the not so hefty price tag come with a trade-off?
“Yes. Indeed it does”
The portions are miniscule or maybe I just eat a lot and some of the dishes did not impress me. However, their service is fast and the waiters and waitresses were really attentive (The Cathay branch).
Let’s talk about the dishes that particularly stood out

Saveur specialty pasta

Saveur’s Pasta

Note that I was super hungry by the time this arrived so I couldn’t really appreciate it to its fullest capacity.
Other than the dried shrimp generously sprinkled as a garnish to give it texture and flavor, this is a simple dish with great taste.

Saveur duck confit

Duck Confit

Duck confit is homologous to French cuisine and no French restaurant should ever mess it up.
Saveur doesn’t disappoint with this savory dish. You can taste the delicious duck fat that’s been used to cook the meat. The mash and slices of orange give a good balance to the stronger and fuller flavors of the duck and mushrooms.
I’d recommend this to anyone visiting for the first time.

Saveur pork belly

Pork Belly

On the other hand, there’s the Pork Belly. This is a disaster. I’m trying to find something decent to comment about this dish but nope I’m coming up empty.
The crackling wasn’t crispy or how we Singaporeans like to say “It was lao hong”.
The stew the pork was swimming in was a tad blend.
Probably the only decent thing about this was the egg but honestly, who can mess up cooking an egg?
Avoid ordering this at all cost. You have been warned. There’re beans in it too (beans create gas pockets in your stomach and probably not an office friendly thing to consume)
That aside, you won’t ever find French cuisine in Singapore that’s as affordable as Saveur. Give the Pork Belly a wide berth and you’ll have a good time.

Saveur Cathay
2 Handy Road #01-11/12
The Cathay
Singapore 229233
Make your booking today!

 

Saveur Far East
14 Scotts Road #01-07B
Singapore 228213
Make your booking today!

 

Saveur Purvis
5 Purvis Street #01-04
Singapore 188584
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*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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