There’s no better way to understand a culture than through its food. So if you’re looking to get to know France inside-out this weekend, it’s time to fill up your tummy. Thankfully, no matter how much you have in your wallet, there’s a good meal to be had. Here are our picks of the best French eateries in Singapore across a wide range of price brackets. Bon appetit!
The French Stall
Little India is probably the last place you’d think to go to for French food, and that’s why The French Stall is such a hidden gem. This roadside bistro is unpretentious and fuss-free — best for those who can’t stand stuffy restaurants. The menu of classic French plates is easy on the wallet too, with mains starting from just $17.80. Sadly, this institution will be closing mid-2016, so head down soon!
Damage to your wallet: $
Address: 544 Serangoon Road, 6299-3544. For more info, click here.
Since its humble beginnings in a Katong coffeeshop, Saveur has made a name for itself for modern, quality, pocket-friendly French cuisine. Prices begin at $4.90 for soup and $10.90 for main courses, so saying it’s a steal is an understatement. Portions tend to be small-ish though, so ask your friends along and order multiple dishes to share (which also means you get to try more treats - yay!).
Damage to your wallet: $
Address: 5 & 6 Purvis Street, 6333-3121, and #01-07b Far East Plaza, 6736-1121. For more info, click here.
Absinthe French Restaurant
Longstanding Absinthe is a reliable and elegant option for delicious French cuisine. Its menu features a good mix of both familiar comfort grub and dishes that are less ubiquitous (at least in Singapore), such roasted rabbit. Prices are reasonable too, starting from $24 for mains. Feeling ballsy? Get a shot of absinthe to complete your meal.
Damage to your wallet: $$
Address: 72 Boat Quay, 6222-9068. For more info, click here.
Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine
This classy mod French joint is consistently named one of Singapore’s best restaurants, so you know the food will always delight. A la carte dishes start from $50 a pop, but there are also great three-course set lunches at $38. A warning: Try the cold angel hair pasta with oscietra caviar and you won’t be able to stop going back.
Damage to your wallet: $$-$$$
Address: #01-03, 36 Purvis Street, 6338-8955. For more info, click here.
This highly anticipated new kid on the (National Gallery) block is a collaboration between former Jaan chef Julien Royer and the Lo & Behold group. Its modern French menu has already drawn more than a few rave reviews, but with great taste, quality and ambience comes a hefty price tag — a four-course lunch costs $88, while an eight-course dinner will set you back $268.
Damage to your wallet: $$$$
Address: #01-04 1 St Andrew Road, 6385-0498. For more info, click here.
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