First dibs: La Savoir opens doors in Orchard with French menu served on Hermès plates
Step into La Savoir to experience what luxury dining feels like. No mall would be fit to hold the restaurant other than boutique luxury mall Scotts Square in Orchard.
Stepping into the dining hall, I was greeted with an ambience that represented fine dining. In the center, an art collection of the boss’ fine collection of patterned Hermès plates were showcased, almost like in a museum setting.
We started off with appetisers, all recommended by the hosting team. The Caviar Toast (S$22) was served with an egg mimosa and Kaviari caviar atop 2 disc-shaped toasted brioche bread.
Unfitting to the name of this dish, the taste of caviar was unfortunately not significant enough and the overall flavour of the dish could be obtained from a much cheaper egg-mayo sandwich.
The tiny raw beef cubes placed onto dough fritters in the Angus Beef Tartare (S$28) were well seasoned and did not taste gamey at all. This could be attributed to the quality of the meat being a 100 day-aged Angus tenderloin. The other components of the dish which included pomme purée and shaved parmesan were underwhelmed.
We loved the Wild Sprouts Salad (S$18) which had perfectly charred brussell sprouts and juicy fungi coated with a creamy yuzu aioli and topped with bonito flakes. The dish reminded us of the flavours behind the Japanese takoyaki.
To our disappointment, the above-mentioned appetisers together with the La Savoir Butter Board (S$18), Tomato Burrata (S$17) and Truffle Kombu Fries (S$16) weren’t the best at fulfilling its purpose of stimulating one’s appetite for the arrival of the main course.
Thankfully, the main courses fared much better.
The Braised Angus Beef Cheek (S$41) is worth a shoutout for its insanely tender meat. I was initially confused when only a fork and spoon was given for its consumption. Upon first bite, my concerns dissolved just as quickly the beef cheek melted in my mouth.
However, that was the only promising aspect of the dish as its components fell short of flavour and seasoning.
The 2nd main course we selected — Scallop Risotto (S$32) — was easily our favourite dish for that afternoon. Not only were the large Hokkaido scallops well seared and seasoned on both sides, the crustacean broth was suitably thick. Although slightly salty, its creamy consistency paired well with the arborio risotto.
Although beverages and desserts should naturally accompany food, we were not impressed with either during our visit, as we found that both the gin-based and whiskey-based cocktails did not encompass the appropriate ratio of sweet to sour parts. The Strawberry & Basil (S$15) may appeal to those looking for an IG-worthy post but we felt the inclusion of granola and rice puffs to be unnecessary.
Otherwise, they also have an afternoon tea set, with beautiful pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Although we did not have enough stomach space for it, it was a popular option among diners.
Although the atmosphere within the restaurant invited us to take a closer look, we regret to admit that its menu offerings did not meet our expectations of fine dining cuisine. I would recommend jumping into its main dishes and giving the rest a miss!
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