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!
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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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