Saturday, December 21, 2013

La Cuisson - La French Fine Dining Restaurant [Closed]

La Cuisson Bistro & Wine Bar
44 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188673
Opening Hours: 
Tue - Fri: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Contact: +65 8332 0302

In the midst of finding a restaurant for our monthsary + pre-xmas celebration on a Friday night, I chanced upon La Cuisson's introduction in Hungrygowhere's newsletter. Rated 84% on HGW with several good reviews, we hence decided to give it a try.

For people who don't drive, I'd suggest you to alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and walk over to La Cuisson, directly opposite PoMo and literally right next to the famous Strictly Pancakes restaurant. However, for people who drive, please do NOT follow your GPS. Your GPS/google map is correct. Sadly, there's a construction (see the map below) going on in the middle of Prinsep Street which splits the road into half and you will not be able to reach La Cuisson using your GPS (we came from ECP's Exit 15, Rocher Rd). Drive in from Middle Road into Princep Street to be safe. :) The outdoor coupon-parking spaces along Princep Street is very limited. Fortunately, there are 2 other carparks nearby and we parked at the Mosque's carpark at 51 Bencoolen Street, $2 per entry after 6pm on Mon-Sat and $2 per entry on Sunday.

La Cuisson's exact location, credits to
We finally found the restaurant after 30min of re-routing + finding carpark with heavy traffic. We saw a stretch of restaurants along Princep Street upon turning right from Rendezvous Hotel. La Cuisson stands at the very right end of the stretch, with Strictly Pancakes on her left.

La Cuisson Signboard

La Cuisson on the most right
La Cuisson has two levels of seating. First level with only 5 tables, including kitchen and counter; second level with more tables and single toilet cubicle (don't worry, it's clean). We chose a table at the most corner on the first level. It was only nearly 50% full on a Friday evening, while there's a long queue outside Strictly Pancakes, quite a big contrast.

La Cuisson Level 1
Table Setting with Menu
We ordered Beef Carpaccio (SGD 16) as our appetizer, Shoulder Tender 200g (SGD 28) as my main dish, Pan Seared Salmon (SGD 26) as BF's main dish and Poached Pear (SGD 10) as our dessert. The drinks menu contains the usual beverages with tea and coffee. However, there's no hot chocolate in the menu. Thankfully, they were able to prepare hot chocolate (SGD 5) for me, out of the menu. =)

Hot Chocolate - SGD 5
The hot chocolate was nice and foamy - even to the last drip! They should seriously consider inserting this drink to their menu.

Beef Carpaccio (SGD 16) - Thinly sliced raw beef with a shiitake vinaigrette, shaved onion and micro cress

I love their Beef Carpaccio! Good quality beef, so fresh and sweet! I'd recommend beef lovers to try! Please don't eat too much if you have a weak stomach, cause the beef isn't cooked. =P

Pan Seared Salmon (SGD 26) - Crispy skin, lentils, raisin caper pesto with fennel endive salad
The mains were served at the same time - good job, I don't favor restaurants that serve one by one such that everyone has to wait for everyone else's food to be served before they can start eating. Pan seared salmon lived up to it's description. The skin was indeed crispy! My BF commented that this was the best Pan Seared Salmon he has eaten. The sauce complements well with the salmon too. Yummy yum yum.

Shoulder Tender 200 grams (SGD 28) - 200day Grain Fed Australian Angus served with mashed potatoes, confit shallots, roasted celeriac and garlic

Close up of Shoulder Tender

Sliced by the chef
The shoulder tender looked so good. Rest assured, the red liquid flowing out from the beef wasn't blood, it's red wine. No doubt, the quality of the medium-rare beef was fantastic. However, I'm not a fan of red wine. (I prefer White Wine.) The red wine added made the beef tasted slightly sour and it wasn't very much to my liking. Nevertheless, I still managed to finish the entire plate as the beef itself was superb.

Poached Pear (SGD 10) - Poached pear served with vanilla ice cream and beetroot
The dessert was special. It was my first time trying poached pear so I found it quite interesting. The vanilla ice cream tasted good - ice cream can hardly be bad! The taste of combining a slice of poached pear stained with beetroot and ice cream tasted alright, not fantastic but unique.

I think that La Cuisson deserves appreciation from more people as the quality of their food is excellent, with generous portion (not big big plate and little little food kind, yea Singlish saying), service is good and ambiance is great too. It's a good place for couples to celebrate their anniversaries, also a suitable venue for group gatherings. Also, they have a wine list, I didn't look at it as we seldom consume alcohol. Furthermore, they only charge 10% service charge, no 7% GST. Well, the 7% will soon be added in if they manage to have a turnover of more than 1 million SGD for a year.

Do make a reservation/walk-in if you wanna give this French restaurant a try! :)

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