Of the 2 choices given to her, LC chose Fleur de Sel for our lunch date. I was quite excited as I remembered enjoying myself when I dined there last year.
We both had the 3-course Executive Lunch Set ($38++).
Starter – choice of La Boeuf, L’oeuf or La Courgette. Or in English, beef tartare, poached egg or zucchini soup
It was a tough call for me between the first 2 choices but I went with the poached egg since I had already set my heart on the beef for the main course. The poached egg came with sautéed mushrooms, parma ham and chicken jus. It was a bit of a letdown; it was bland and the various parts did not quite come together as a dish.
LC had the zucchini soup. It was fancily presented with the server pouring the soup at the table into the soup plate of tomato, olives and croutons. LC’s face cringed up a little on her first spoonful, which incited me to have a taste. I do agree with her that it was a little weird; it tasted like a sweet creamy fruit soup, with hardly any hint of zucchini. I was not sure what to make of it but she finished her soup anyway.
Service that day was terribly disappointing. Our main course took at least 40min to arrive after the starters. The servers remain friendly and responsive to our (many) chasers but we were really not sure what caused the delay. Bearing in mind this was lunch time on a weekday and part of their set lunch menu, the long wait is frankly not quite acceptable.
We both had the beef short rib and although I won’t go to the extent of saying it made the wait worth it, it was darn good. The beef was “melt-in-your-mouth” tender. It was good enough on its own and I hardly took notes on the accompanying chips, spinach and mashed potato. It may be too small a portion for a big eater though.
We shared both desserts.
The raspberry parfait had layers of cake, cream and strawberries, with marinated berries and coulis. It was a good mix of sweetness and sourness and tasted alright.
Again, LC’s face cringed up when she took a bite of the Sarawak pineapple and she purred: “Very very sweet; take a small bite first.”. So I did. A small bite wasn’t too bad. It is like the solid form of the pineapple filling of CNY tarts. The sweetness was toned down when eaten with the milky vanilla ice cream, and with the tiny not-so-ripe crunchy pineapple bits and rum coriander piled on, it was quite an interesting mix of flavours and textures.
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