Au Petit Salut

Average: 2 (1 vote)

This restaurant’s reputation for fine French cuisine draws an ever regular stream of patrons, so remember to make reservations even on weekdays. Their appetizers like the steamed Boston lobster and crab meat salad served with green asparagus, mesclun and tarragon dressing, as well as the hand cut pasta with braised lamb meat, brown jus, tomatoes, garlic and parmesan cheese keep the diners coming back.

For a restaurant that requires reservations almost a week in advance, we expected a good dining experience. Our first appetizer, a steamed Boston lobster and crab meat salad served with green asparagus, mesclun and tarragon dressing was light and refreshing.

However, the dining experience took a nose-dive when we dug into our Le Cassoulet de canard—traditional cassoulet with duck leg confit, homemade sausage, lamb shoulder and smoked bacon in stewed white lingot beans. The duck was scrumptious but when we proceeded to dig around the stew of lingot beans for the lamb shoulder, it wasn’t there. We brought this up to the wait staff, and they told us that they were out of lamb shoulder and therefore did not include it in the dish. One would think that a restaurant as esteemed as Au Petit Salut would have the decency to inform its guest that a key ingredient was not available before they ordered.

We also had to ask the waiter three times for our Earl Grey teas and waited almost 10 minutes for the bill. And what a big bill it was too. Though the menu is interesting and the ambiance cozy, Au Petit Salut needs to work at maintaining higher standards.

Venue Details
Address: Au Petit Salut, 40C Harding Rd., Singapore, 249548 Singapore
Phone: 6475-1976
Area: Dempsey
Cuisine: French
Price Range: $$
Open since: July, 2007
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm
Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: at restaurant carpark, Dress requirements: Smart Casual
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