La Brasserie is a French fine-dining restaurant located in The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. It recently underwent an interior makeover, boasting 10-metre-high floor to ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the Marina Bay waterfront.
Post-renovations, La Brasserie now has a new light Herringbone floor and colour scheme, centred on a grey, burnt-orange and ivory theme. There are also redesigned furnishings and new drapery by Jim Thompson, lending the restaurant a more lively contemporary ambience.
The food at La Brasserie sees the harmony of French brasserie classics and dishes that are characterised as ‘cuisine du soleil’, meaning ‘cuisine of the sun’. It is representative of food from the southern part of France, a region that is said to be blessed with the sun for 330 days a year! Hence, the food has Mediterranean flavours and a lighter touch, with ingredients that evoke the ‘essence’ of the sun.
Every table is served with a complimentary bread basket consisting of baguette, sourdough and organic unsalted butter. We also got to try the duck rillette, and all of the above are made in-house, except the butter from New Zealand. The breads were very fresh and they went very well with both spreads.
To start our meal proper, we had the Traditional Onion Soup ($19++), made up of white onions, beef stock and gratinated cheese crouton. The beef stock is simmered with beef bones and trimmings without the fat for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, the soup is topped with a day old sourdough with gruyère cheese, as per what you see inside the bowl here. The soup was very robust, owing to the long simmering of the beef stock. I enjoyed the sourdough in the soup too, partly because of the cheese and that it absorbed the soup, making it a delight to eat and drink the soup at the same time.
The starter Aubergine Caviar Tartine ($19++) consists of black eggplant, tomato confit, buffalo mozzarella and Poilâne bread. The Mediterranean eggplant is whole baked under very high temperatures until it is completely charred. Then, the skin is removed and eggplant mixed with chopped fresh Roma tomatoes, garlic, parsley, basil and Italian extra virgin olive oil. You can dip the Poilâne bread into the eggplant mix or eat it with the mozzarella or tomatoes. I particularly like the bread as it was crispy.
Appetiser number two was the Hot Smoked Balik Salmon ($21++), featuring salmon, quail eggs, fennel, red onion compote, dill and creme fraiche. The whole NZ king salmon is cured with salt, then smoked in-house over charcoal, sous vide and torched. The local free range quail egg is cooked Oeuf Mollet style by boiling for six minutes and placing in an ice bath to achieve a creamy yolk consistency, and then panko-crumbed before deep frying. This dish was nicely executed.
The Lobster and Scallop Carpaccio ($33++) is the restaurant’s signature since it opened in 2010. A dressing of black truffle oil and fresh lime juice is drizzled over thinly sliced fresh ‘live’ Boston lobster and hand-dived Hokkaido scallops, and then topped off with black truffle shavings. The lobster and scallops were very fresh and smooth! Appreciated the black truffle too, which are sourced from France, Italy and Western Australia.
And now the meal gets even better. For the mains, their well-acclaimed Côte de Boeuf ($99++) of 500g thyme butter-basted Australian A4 Wagyu rib-eye on the bone feeds two people. The rib-eye is grilled over charcoal and black cherry wood. Thereafter, the meat is basted with thyme butter, then topped with garlic and finished off in the oven to a recommended medium rare doneness. It was grilled perfectly and at medium rare, it wasn’t too bloody. On the plate, it is served with Béarnaise, Champignon and Bordelaise sauce. Guests can also choose from a selection of 3 salts and 9 mustards, which are presented tableside (for dinner service only).
Being a French restaurant, how can La Brasserie not serve duck confit? This Suprême De Canard Confit ($39++) was very delicious! The duck meat was very tender and fell off the bone easily. The Beluga lentils were a good addition, while the usual Pomme Puree was very soft and delightful.
Perhaps not so much of a French/Mediterranean food, but the Lobster A L’Americaine ($68++) is not to be missed! The presentation alone is enough to wow you – one whole lobster served on a bed of angel hair pasta! The ‘live’ Boston lobster claws are blanched, and the remaining parts are poached, pan fried and simmered with fresh Roma tomatoes and fresh basil. You can taste the freshness and firm bite of the meat. The angel hair pasta itself – tossed with the sauce and finished off with butter and Italian extra virgin olive oil – was so good that I actually wanted to finish it all!
Galettes are a new addition to their menu and we tried the La Complete Galette ($23++). It’s a gluten-free and dairy-free buckwheat crepe, encasing honey baked ham, gruyère cheese, and a free range egg with the wobbly yolk beckoning you to burst it. I love crepes and galette for its crispiness, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. A very good savoury option, especially if you’re not a big fan of the meats. For an additional $5, you can pair this with Cider too.
French desserts and patisseries are one of the best in the world, and there’s no passing of it here even though we were all stuffed. The Profiteroles ($13++) came with three chocolate-coated homemade choux pastry filled with crème pâtissière, warm chocolate sauce, chantilly cream, sliced almonds and a scoop of double Tahitian vanilla ice cream. They were very light and not overly sweet!
Last but not least, the Tarte Tartin ($32++) was served in a skillet for us, where the Granny Smith apples are baked with caramel and topped onto a housemade mille feuille. Each guest is also served a scoop of ice cream. The apples were soft but still retaining a bit of a bite, which was very enjoyable to eat. This portion is for up to four persons.
La Brasserie is a highly recommended restaurant with its excellent food, ambience and service standards. It certainly makes for an exceptional waterfront dining experience for every occasion.
Address: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Telephone: +65 6597 5288
Opening Hours: Weekday Set Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm; Dinner Daily 6.30pm – 10.30pm; Saturday Brunch with Create-your-own Bloody Mary station 12pm – 3pm; Sunday Brunch with Champagne 12pm – 3pm