Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Food Review: Saveur @ Purvis Street

Met up with a foodie friend and she suggested heading down to Saveur at Purvis Street for some french food. Seeing all the positive reviews online about this gem, I couldn't possibly say no.

We went on a Tuesday night around 6.30pm and was told that the waiting time would be about an hour. That was totally unexpected but we decided to endure for the sake of good food. Luckily, their call came about 40 minutes later, hooray for my poor hungry stomach!

Saveur must be really popular, because they expanded into the neighbouring shop space and it was still full house. The place was a tad noisy for my liking, there were a lot (a lot a lot a lot) of echoes in the confined restaurant space. I would have preferred it to be open air if not for the weather. It did make conversation a bit hard, but the food totally made up for it.

Confit of Duck with Orange Segments and Saute Shittake ($10.90)

How could we resist ordering the shop's staple. The Confit of Duck with Orange Segments and Saute Shittake was seen on almost every table, so this was the main that we ordered.

After taking the first bite, I finally knew what all the raves was about. My eyes literally sparkled and I feel happy bubbles exploding inside me. It is one of the top ranking dishes that I have ever tried. The mushrooms were so juicy, with just a tinge of smokiness. The mash potatoes were so smooth and creamy. And the confit of duck was totally to die for.

If you have no idea what to try, order this. You'll not regret it.

Pan Fried Foie Gras with Lentils and Pickled Onions ($7.90)

The Pan Fried Foie Gras with Lentils and Pickled Onions was another of their hot favourites. We decided to order this after our main because we still had space in our stomachs. I think they used to have two versions of this, the 35g and the 70g. But there's only one size now. Nevertheless, it was enough for the two of us. We weren't really a fan of foie gras but this dish did surprise us pleasantly. It was slightly crispy on the outside, but soft inside, and it melts in your mouth. But I don't think we'll be ordering this again.

I think they did a slight upward adjustment of their price because the price was different there from what I read online. Nevertheless, this place is still considered really affordable and the price is totally value for money given the quality of the food there. 

My second trip to Saveur can be found here.

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