Le Bouillon – Fine French Cuisine at a Food Court by Saveur’s Ex-Chef
French food is often thought of as an exquisite cuisine of indulgence, which also drags along a heavy price tag most of the time. And this mindset is ingrained into us even more by the severe lack of its presence in food courts or hawker centres. However, slowly but surely, we are now seeing more and more of it. Le Bouillon is one of them, and a legitimate one too.
If you are Saveur’s long-time fan, I believe you will be able to spot some physical similarities? Hmm…
But relax, it’s not what you think it is. It turns out that Le Bouillon is led by the former head chef, Chef Yew Tee at Saveur. Well, I’m excited to see what he and his team have in store for us. Shall we see how the dishes fare?
The staff filled us in on the Pork Ragout Angel Hair Pasta ($5.90) which was available on the day of our visit. I guess we got lucky as it’s only available from time to time! Abandoning the Linguine Pasta served with Crab Meat Sauce, we went with the staff’s recommendation. Little pork cubes bathed in a rich tomato-based sauce was generously drenched over the twirled pasta. Instead of an angel, this dish revealed itself to be just a mortal after all. There was nothing much that wowed us, but we think that it will be a hit among children. Do note that this is not a regular item, which explains its absence on the menu.
The Pan Sear Duck Confit ($15.90) bears a striking resemblance to Saveur’s, but taste-wise, there is a marginal difference. The flavours are more well-balanced in Le Bouillon, showing off the perfectly-honed skills of the chef. Crack open the crispy duck skin to expose the moist flesh which falls apart easily. Needless to say, we polished this plate clean. If anything, just don’t duck this plate of excitement.
The signature Half Roasted Spring Chicken ($13.90) features chicken thighs perfectly roasted to a stunning brown, laying atop a bed of warm mashed potatoes. The sauce used is a unique concoction of bacon, garlic, olives, capers and chicken jus, which jazzed up the basic flavours of the chicken. Despite the protein being slightly undercooked, the meat itself was tender and juicy. Moving on to the sides, I love me some good mashed potatoes and Le Bouillon’s definitely ticked all the right boxes for me. Creamy, buttery and smooth; you will wipe that all out!
Although the setting ain’t the most romantic or spectacular, the food is fine as hell and most importantly, inexpensive. If CBD is your second home on weekdays, heed our advice and make your way to Clifford Centre during lunch. (You can thank us later.) You might be glad to know that it opens on Saturdays until 3pm as well.
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #B1-01/10, Clifford Centre, Stall #13, Singapore 048621 (NTUC Foodfare)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-7pm. Sat, 8am-3pm. Closed on Sun.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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