Yes, Saveur has gone Atas. The young owners, Dylan Ong and Joshua Khoo, who started from humble beginnings with a small french stall at a Joo Chiat coffee shop, had expanded the Saveur Group to 2 branches of Saveur (their motto was “Provide french food for the masses”), the Concetto by Saveur and now Saveur Art in a span of a few years.
I had been to all the above-mentioned outlets and would say that while I would keep returning to Saveur for their good and wallet-friendly french fare, I would give Concetto by Saveur (their Italian sister) a miss.
We visited Saveur Art at Ion Orchard while enjoying a staycation at Quincy Hotel nearby and was impressed with the attention to details and impeccable service of the establishment. Read my previous post on a Qool Weekend Birthday Staycation at Quincy Hotel that ended with a Twist. We were happy to see that Saveur Art has created a premium version of their signature Angel Hair Pasta and Duck Confit, which never failed to be crowd-pleasers.
The complimentary Squid Ink Crisps and Seaweed Sabayon – amuse-bouches, literally translated as “mouth amuser” were served to prepare us for the meal and showcase the culinary artistry and creativity of the chef. The young Chinese waitress kinda mumbled uncertainly when she served us the amuse-bouches, otherwise the rest of the staff were knowledgeable in explaining what each dish was.
Egg Confit and Truffle ($12). The chef has cleverly created this dish of contrasting textures and flavours beautifully – slow-cooked organic egg, crispy chips, crunchy macadamia nuts and potato mousseline with delicious truffles.
The Asian Spiced braised short ribs ($28), marinated in cumin, ginger, garlic. Cooked to tender and juicy perfection in generous portion, I found myself forking at his plate repeatedly when I am finished with my own slow-cooked cod which was not so substantial.
The Chocolate & Pistachio dessert ($13), is an enticing combination of Guanaja dark chocolate fondant using gourmet Valrhona chocolate, milk chocolate mousse, white chocolate foam and dark chocolate crisps, with a scoop of pistachio ice cream to complete the experience.
We found ourselves stealing furtive glances at the next table to see what they were eating and they in turn were doing the same. We also tried to speak in hushed tones as the tables were positioned quite close together. 🙂
The damage: $104
With 2-course Lunch for $29, 3-course Lunch for $37, this is a good place for a business lunch or celebrate that special occasion. The 4-course Dinner which I had for $52, was also affordable and value for money, considering the level of presentation, culinary artistry and quality ingredients that they invested into every visually exciting dish. The Saveur owners had really outdone themselves and achieve a milestone with their latest concept.
Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #04-11 Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6634 1141
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm