FOOD, Food reviews - Singapore SIMPLE FRENCH FOOD @ SAVEUR 7 June 2012

5 Purvis Street, #01-04
RATING: ???–

I’ve actually been gagging to go to Saveur for ages now. In fact, I did go to the one in the East side, but was so disappointed that it was closed after having made the trek! 🙁

Saveur prides itself on affordable French food, which is it’s calling card and charm. It started off in a hawker center (read: cheap) and now has this branch which is more cafe-style. It’s totally packed at lunchtime with the office crowd, so go early!

One annoying thing about Saveur – they charge 40c for tap water. It’s not a huge price or anything, but I’m personally a strong believer that decent restaurants offer drinking water to diners. Why bother charging 40 cents in the first place?




The menu is pretty small, but very enticing. I zero’d in on the Crispy Pork Belly With 62.5degree Egg With Diced Vegetables because, really, how can one possibly resist pork belly? 🙂 Happily, the pork itself was really tender and juicy, with a delicious flavour. The cracking, however, wasn’t actually ‘crispy’ as titled. It’s a very very small piece (see photo below in relation to size of fork), so just be warned this main dish isn’t filling at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the half-cooked egg though – it was ooey and gooey and delicious mixed in with the diced vegetables 🙂

Crispy Pork Belly With 62.5degree Egg With Diced Vegetable


I thought the Confit Of Duck With Orange Segment And Sauté Shitake was the best value-for-money dish. The duck had a very ‘fresh’ flavour and the meat was so soft. The skin wasn’t particularly crispy but the fantastic duck meat made up for it.

Confit Of Duck With Orange Segment And Sauté Shitake


I was surprised that the Beef Bourguignon With Root Vegetable And Mixed Greens was the most expensive dish we ordered, but came out so small it can only be classified as an Appetizer, IMHO. It had around 5-6 thin slices of beef the size of half-a-palm, and easily needed double the portion. That said, the beef was so tender, and absolutely luscious 🙂 More, please!

Beef Bourguignon With Root Vegetable And Mixed Greens


The desserts were my favourite part of the meal. Oh HELLO luscious Pistachio Panna Cotta With Roasted Pistachio Nuts, so so so so creamy we couldn’t stop ourselves. There was a very generous top coating of crushed pistachios, which really brought out the flavour of the silky dessert. Would get this again anytime!

Pistachio Panna Cotta With Roasted Pistachio Nuts


The Chocolate and hazelnut dessert was a simple chocolate mousse  with a crisp wafer. The mousse was thick rich, though it was oddly served in a really large dish considering it was nothing more than a small dollop of mousse.

Chocolate and hazelnut


I’d be keen to go back to Saveur to try out the other dishes, and will be hoping their portion sizes would have increased. As such, they are enough for a light eater for lunch, and that’s about it. A bit of a bummer, because they have a great concept and are quite a nice place.



  • Andrea posted on June 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I’m with you on the charging of water. 10 cents, 40 cents.. it’s just wrong 🙁 Especially if you order food. I wish it was like in the U.S where it’s illegal for eating places to do so.

    • Beverly! posted on June 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      FULLY AGREE. I think it’s illegal in Australia too. SG really needs to get with the times! I get so irate when places do this… :X

  • Sarah posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Yay you got to try their food! I’ve yet to visit their new place. Good feedback by the way – I’ll pass it on to the owners 🙂

    • Beverly! posted on June 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Oo yeah forgot you know the owners! Yeah the new place is much comfier (yay for aircon). But I think they cater more for super small eaters, haha!


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