Having just spent a weekend at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, I dare say that it is one of the most luxurious hotels that I have ever been to in Singapore. Offering spectacular views of the iconic Marina Bay waterfront through 10 metre-high floor-to-ceiling windows, La Brasserie has just recently undergone a refurbishment process to to feature refreshed furnishings and new drapery by the famous Jim Thomson. The interiors have been revitalised with a more contemporary influence and a brand new Set Dinner menu has been unveiled to showcase some of the restaurant's best dishes.
Armed with my camera and an appetite, I checked out the newly-refreshed La Brasserie during my weekend stay over at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. One of the things that I personally try not to do is to make any diners uncomfortable so I generally try to avoid people in my photos - oh and no flash photography as well. I was quickly seated upon arriving at the restaurant and I was introduced to the set dinner menu and what it comprises of - diners will have the option of having either a 2-course (S$59++) or 3-course Boucherie Dinner. After looking at the dessert menu, I knew I had to go for the 3-course set dinner!
La Brasserie features a rather interesting selection of alcoholic beverages and while I do not immediately consider it to be extensive, it does feature a number of craft beers, gins, ciders as well as reasonably-priced wines that will go perfectly with your main course of choice. If you are craving for a French cider, it may be worthwhile to order a galette to go with it - La Brasserie offers a galette (of your choice) and cider for just S$28++.
Once the orders have been taken, a small plate of fresh breads and butter was served - there is nothing more satisfying than that crackling sound from freshly-baked bread!
As part of the 3-course set dinner, I started with a selection of fresh vegetables, salads and condiments from the salad bar located at the front of the restaurant. Expect to find organic ingredients, cheeses, nuts, seeds and various other condiments here for you to create a salad with only ingredients you want. Feel free to help yourself to seconds at the Salad Bar if you are feeling hungry but my advice is to save some stomach space for that delicious bread and main courses to come!
During my time of visit, the set dinner menu consisted of six main course items - I am not certain if these dishes will change from time to time or are they more or less permanent (I have an inkling that it is the latter) but I made up my mind the moment I saw Steak and Frites. Honestly, how do you go wrong with a beautifully-cooked Wagyu beef entrecôte steak (doneness to your liking), perfectly-crisp truffle fries and a "café de Paris" sauce - I recommend the béarnaise and some pommery mustard to go with it as well.
If you can't have beef due to dietary requirements or you simply want a French classic, try the Suprême de Canard Confit which is essentially a really good duck confit. In fact, I dare say this is one of the best duck confits that I have had in a while. The skin on the outside is firm and crisp but more importantly, that protein itself is just beautifully-flavoured! A side of salad, mashed potatoes and beluga lentils are also served but the real star of this dish is simply the duck.
For the final course of dinner, I opted for the Profiteroles which was served with chantilly cream, a warm chocolate sauce and a vanilla bean ice-cream. While it was very good, it paled in comparison to the crème brûlée which I honestly thought was the best version I have ever had in Singapore. Knocking the caramelisation on top of the dish gave a satisfying crack but most importantly, that pudding underneath it is so creamy, consistent and rich! Some petit fours were also served alongside dessert but I barely had enough stomach space to enjoy every bit of it.
The set dinners over at La Brasserie is definitely affordable considering the quality that you are getting - the Wagyu beef entrecôte steak alone is worth the price! The new space is beautiful and if you do make a reservation for one of the table that faces out to the Marina Bay area, you could have yourself a very memorable dinner for all those special occassions!
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.