La Brasserie is a classy restaurant on the lobby level of the Fullerton Bay hotel with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the marina. Until the end of this month they are having a French twist to Singapore’s famous chicken rice, namely Truffle Chicken Rice, available on their weekday lunch and dinner menu for $30 including a French soda and coffee or tea.
The restaurant is bright and airy with tables spaced comfortably apart so it doesn’t feel too crowded even though it gets quite busy during weekday lunchtime.
There is a choice from five different types of French soda drinks, either lychee, wildberry, mint, peach or orange. I had the “Minty Fresh” which has cucumber syrup, mint syrup, fresh lime juice and artisanal soda in it and my friend chose the “Peach Fruity” which has peach syrup, citrus jam, fresh lemon juice and artisanal soda in it. Mine was ice cold and refreshing, perfect for the hot weather in Singapore.
We were first given some complimentary bread served warm with butter and after around 15 minutes we were presented with our Truffle Chicken Rice set.
As soon as the dish was placed on the table I caught a faint whiff of truffle aroma but after trying the actual chicken and rice itself there was only a very mild truffle flavour. In fact the truffle shaving looked nothing like the fresh shavings of black truffle on La Brasserie’s website and had very little flavour. The chicken was tender and juicy and the sauce that came with it was surprisingly sweet but was pleasantly nice. The rice was tasty and mixed with bits of truffle as well as brown enoki mushrooms but had more of an enoki mushroom flavour. The soup was light and had a tasty onion flavour which again is a French twist on the usual chicken broth that comes with Singaporean chicken rice. You’re also given dipping sauces of sweet soy sauce, ginger sauce and chilli sauce to eat with the chicken. Overall it was an appetising meal although the truffle was a little disappointing but I guess you can’t really expect to have quality fresh truffle when the entire meal only costs $30.
Service at La Brasserie for the most part was friendly and polished, they actually smile there which is a rarity in Singapore. However towards the end of the meal the restaurant was setting up for an event afterwards and although they were apologetic and offered to move us to another area we felt that we were being politely rushed to finish and unfortunately weren’t offered our coffee/tea that was supposed to come with the lunch set which we completely forgot about in our hastiness to leave. Apart from that we had an enjoyable meal and will probably be back again.
Address: Fullerton Bay Hotel Lobby Level, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326 (Nearest MRT: Raffles Place)
Tel: 6597 5288
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
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