Think of Saveur Art as an upper end, though still reasonably priced, version of the original Saveur joints. The menu boasts more fine dining options, with the likes of foie gras, lobster, truffle, etc.
Service is also absolutely spectacular, and we were duly impressed with the complimentary amuse bouches given.
Their incredibly enticing menu. I think I wanted…… every single item.
I enjoyed a glass of red with my meal, and before we knew it, we were presented with our amuse bouche. Served in lovely double-walled glass cups, it was a concoction whose name I’ve forgotten, but was similiar to a mushroom soup. It was earthy yet delicate, and the cream foam on top made for an interesting texture.
We were then presented with a simple wooden plate, with two pieces of Squid Ink Crisps with marinated anchovies and pimento coulis. There wasn’t much flavour, mostly because it was just a tiny crisp, but it was more a presentation for the eyes than for the stomach.
The Grilled foie gras with pickled pink radishes, kohirabi, and radish broth ($14) was a petite piece, presented in a large curved black bowl. The colours of the ingredients really stood out against the black bowl, so top marks for presentation. I would have preferred a portion double the size, as two bites and it was gone. I also found the broth a little too watery for my liking, a richer gravy would have been paired better.
I was anticipating a long slice of salmon (with images of Tetsuya’s trout confit) in mind, so was a tad surprised when this came out as…. a mouthful of salmon. This is their Salmon confit with marinated ikura, cauliflower, and horseradish ($11). The presentation was drop dead beautiful. It looked like a garden, and the salmon was succulent and moist. Delicious.
The Mangalica Pork Two Ways – pork belly, pork cheek pithvier, celeriac puree, sauce perigueux ($19) was delicious and a must-order. The pork belly was meltingly tender, and cooked to perfection. I also really enjoyed the pork cheek pithvier, which was like a luxury pork pie. Saveur Art clearly also know how to decorate their dishes, as the salad leaves strewn around made the dish pretty.
The food at Saveur Art is beautifully presented, and well cooked. Prices are reasonable, but bear in mind this is because the portions are tiny. I cannot stress how tiny they are – they were perhaps amuse bouche or appetizer side at most, and you’ll need to order around 3 mains (!!!) to fill up someone with a decent appetite.