Does quality French cuisine always come with a hefty price tag? Definitely not at Poulet!
This new kid on the block located at level 4 of the recently revamped Bugis+ meets more than the eye. With the signboard touting “Amazing French Roast Chicken“, I could not resist to find out for myself on how amazing are their French roast chicken compared to the many chain restaurants which specializes in roast chicken.
Even before I went down to Poulet to try their food, I have passed by this casual restaurant several times during dinner hours and it is always packed with diners and there was even a queue outside. Seems like this new food establishment has been generating quite some buzz with its pocket-friendly French menu with each main priced not more than $16.
“How’s the food there?” you might ask. Read on as I share my experience of the food I’ve tried.
I could not resist ordering the French Onion Soup ($5.80) since I am here because I have always been in love with this French classic. The soup was filled with a generous serving of caramelized French onions and Fond de Veau (veal stock) and topped with crisp cheese croutons. Although not prepared the traditional method with melted gruyère cheese, the taste of onion is quite rich.
Now for something more familiar to all of us, this Country Side Mushroom Soup ($5.80) is one of the better mushroom soups which I’ve tried compared to other casual restaurants. The cream of wild mushrooms blended with Idaho potato makes it very chunky with a smooth texture. I felt the amount of mushrooms and cream were just nice.
Apart from the usual garlic and butter, these escargots are prepared differently. At Poulét, half a dozen of Burgundy escargots known as Escargot de Bourgogne ($8.80) were given a different treatment. Served with tomato fondue and almond garlic butter, the a variety of flavours began bursting in my mouth which left me in a dilemma. There is a saying, “Too many chefs, spoil the broth.” I would prefer it simple with just almond garlic butter.
However, I like the Salad de Paris ($9.80) which was colourfully presented with a perfection combination of chopped garden salad, dried cranberry, tomato, avocado, black olive and roasted pine nut served with French dressing. Especially for our hot tropical weather, this light, crisp and fresh salad makes a perfect dish at the start of the meal or simply by itself.
The star of the restaurant, Poulét Roti ($15.80 half / $28.80 whole), is more than a bird and more than a plane. What exactly am I talking about? This poultry is marinated in a traditional recipe for a day before bringing it to the rotisserie to be slow roasted till the skin turn crisp and golden brown. When I cut into the chicken with my knife, I was surprise the meat within were moist and juicy.
Finishing it off, the chicken was served with Home-made Mushroom Chardonnay sauce to add a creamy touch to it. However, the chicken was so perfectly done that I can finish it up even without the sauce! Yes, I prefer the flavour traditional marinate which is very tasty and irresistible.
Oh my, this Oxtail de Bourguignon ($15.80) is absolutely délicieux. It is pressure-cooked till the meat and fatty parts of it melts away in the mouth. The sauce was just right and not too overly rich. Served with carrot and onion, this hearty dish was so decadent. Two thumbs up!
Ending with some sweet bites, this Caramelised Apple in Puffy Tart ($7.80) is a modern twist to Portuguese egg tarts. Instead of the usual egg custard, it is topped with caramelised granny smith apple chunks with almond paste and topped with an ice cold scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The combination of sweet, hot and cold sensation makes me crave for more after each bite!
A timeless classic, this Tiramisu ($7.80) is nicely prepared and served in a glass container. Layered with mascarpone cheese, sponge finger soaked in espresso and rum syrup, it is non-alcoholic so children can enjoy this lovely dessert too! The amount of espresso and rum syrup were generous and I love the overall presentation of it.
Now I see why Poulet indeed is drawing in the crowd to try out quality French cuisine at an affordable price. With so many more delicious choices on the menu to check out, I sure will be dropping by again to try other items like the Braised de Canard and Banana Bread Pudding!
- 201 Victoria Street
- Level 4, Bugis+ (formerly known as Illuma)
- Singapore 188067
- 10am to 10pm daily
- Tel: (65) 6509 9411
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PouletSG