Two shatec buddies behind Joo Chiat’s foie-gras-serving hawker stall Saveur have moved up. They serve affordable french cuisine in Bugis.
What's not to love?
One certainly has to applaud the duo helming the restaurant for their audacity and courage in daring to serve French food in such a casual setting, at what some may call rock bottom prices.
A plate of duck confit at Saveur will set you back at just under $10, a third of what you'd expect to pay outside. Their in-house signature, the pasta with Sakura Ebi shrimp, is a mere $3.90. Don't be misled by the prices, the dishes are actually very good. You definitely pay for (or pay less) for what you get.
In Sunny Singapore, where inflation is threatening to ensure that none of us are ever going to retire, this is, indubitably, a fantastic thing.
Mushroom soups are (pardon the pun) mushrooming across the country in most restaurants. Walk into any restaurant and they'll tell you that the soup of the day is Cream of Mushroom.
The mushroom soup at Saveur is different from the others in that the taste is simply divine. That's how much work and effort the chefs put into each dish - even the mushroom soup ain't simply poured out from a lousy Campbell can and blended with extra mushrooms
I've also tried the crispy duck salad, and for mains, the steak as well as the fish with crab potatoes. Both were superb, I finished up every last morsel on my plate.
Usually, it's at this juncture that I insert a "but .....". In this case, I shall desist because there's really nothing to hate about this place. I absolutely love it!
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Affordable and good
French food has got to be one of my favourite cuisines however, most french restaurants comes with a hefty price tag. When I first heard about Saveur and how it boasts having authentic french cuisine at a fraction of the price, I was more than just skeptical.
Upon arriving at the Purvis street outlet, the white doors that greeted me gave me a subtle lavish feel on the place. The tables were arranged a little too close for comfort in my opinion, I could hear the conversations around me clearly without the intent of eavesdropping.
The food did not disappoint though, their signature pasta and duck confit has been my favorite from day one. The crispiness of the duck skin was just right, the meat was juicy and fall-off-the-bone tender and the pomme purée that came with it was extremely smooth and buttery. For less than $10, Saveur’s foie gras was decent and well marinated, making it extremely palatable and smooth. Lastly, the pistachio panna cotta has to be one of my favorite panna cottas around. The texture is extremely creamy yet light, almost ambrosial.
I would definitely go back when I’m craving for something fancier yet affordable.
Affordable French Food, A Pity About The Service
Saveur is well-known for their pocket-friendly French cuisine and lunch sets, as well as their signature Saveur pasta. Located on the street level of Far East Plaza, Saveur is a popular choice amongst the lunchtime crowd. Where else can you find a 3-course set lunch (consisting of a starter, main, and dessert) for only $22.90?
I visited Saveur recently with my family. The dishes were good, particularly their chilled Tiger Prawn Pasta starter, which was topped with fish roe, crispy pink ebi and a juicy tiger prawn. Very refreshing. All the dishes we ordered were less than $20 each, and based on the price and quality of the food alone, I would say that Saveur is up to par.
However, our dinner experience was marred by slip-ups in the service. Only 3 out of the 5 mains that we ordered arrived at the table, with the others failing to make an appearance even after several queries to the service staff. In the end, some of us had to start eating first as we were informed that the kitchen had yet to prepare the remaining dishes.
While Saveur has succeeded in serving up accessible and value-for-money French food, I feel like their service standards can definitely be raised. After all, good service and good food is what makes for a great dining experience.
Delicious and yummy, Saveur serves up great French cuisine at a fraction of the price, but with all of the quality. For under $15 you can get tender duck confit that just falls off the bone and smooth mashed potatoes that mesh well with the duck, as well perfectly cooked fish served with potatoes. Their mushroom cappuccino, which is mushroom soup served in a coffee cup with salty froth on top, is a great way to start a meal.
I've not had a bad experience at Saveur before- the service is great, the food excellent, and the vibe very relaxed and enjoyable. A great place if you want to indulge yourself without breaking the bank!
The Saveur owners had outdone themselves with a new concept - Saveur Art
Yes, Saveur has gone Atas. The young Saveur owners had really outdone themselves and achieve a milestone with their latest concept this time. 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. 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.
However, 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. Overall, we were impressed with the attention to details and impeccable service of the establishment.
Really cheap food
The first time I visited this place, I had $5 in my wallet, and was with a whole new group of friends, so I was reluctant to borrow.
Luckily for me, Saveur is one of the cheapest places in town to eat at, and I managed to have a meal for under $5, a price unbeatable at most restaurants (granted, I ordered a side dish, but still). Since the prices are so low and the portion sizes aren't huge, you are able to sample a variety of dishes, even with little cash in your wallet.
I've heard that the meats are pretty good, and I concur, they do flake apart pretty nicely in your mouth, and are not too dry, nor too chewy.
The queues and long wait times are a downside, but I guess the prices make up for them.
To-Go Place For Affordable French Cuisine
I love having french cuisine but many times, I find myself scrolling through websites recommending restaurants that are so expensive to dine at. That was until I stumbled upon Saveur. It is now my to-go place to satisfy my french food craving.
Other than the restaurant's signature Duck Confit, I highly recommend the Pork Belly for main course. It's so good that it's hard to find words to describe the level of awesomeness! The skin is very crunchy. And that thick layer of fat... The pork belly has been cooked for so long that the fat liquifies in your mouth and gives the meat underneath its juiciness and tenderness.
The prices are very reasonable and affordable given the quality of food served. That very well made pork belly main dish is only slightly over $10.
The restaurant has rapidly gained popularity since it's opening. However, the waiting time is short. I love the system they have at the Far East Plaza branch where you make a reservation at the door and they will give you a call when there's a table available.
Cheap and Good
Saveur is my go to for affordable French food. I've been there probably more than 10 times now and I've never left disappointed. My favourite dishes are of course the duck confit, angel hair pasta and sea bass.
However, over the years I've noticed that slowly but surely, their prices have started to increase. I've been told that it's mainly to offset the increasing price of their ingredients as they rely heavily on imports. Hopefully, we won't be looking at $15 duck confit at Saveur any time soon.
Affordable French cuisine
It used to be so difficult to get a place there when it was only at Purvis Street. I'd only go there when my dining companions were willing to wait for a seat there. But the opening of the Far East Plaza outlet really made Saveur so much more accessible. The queues were not as long as before. Usually we see the quality of the food being compromised with the expansion of the restaurant, but not for Saveur.
I always order the duck confit and the foie gras when I go to Saveur. I haven't heard of anywhere else which sells the sinful goose liver dish for under $10. What really impressed me is the thought that they put into the smaller elements of the dish. The mash potatoes that they serve as a side dish are definitely one of the best I've had. It's buttery and smooth, and complements the duck very well. I think that their desserts are all quite experimental, but they do work.
I'd definitely go back if I'm thinking of having something affordable and fancier than usual.
Amazing and value for money!
I've finally made a trip down to Saveur for dinner last week. We were there around half an hour earlier before they opened because we didn't know they only open at 6pm for dinner, but were really glad we went early afterwards because it gets really crowded.
We ordered the Saveur's spaghetti, a salmon confit, the duck confit, a side dish the potato au gratin and also a cookies and milk as the dessert. The duck confit is their signature dish and also my favourite! The duck meat is so soft, and it is presented with mushrooms and mashed potato, which all tasted perfect. The potato au gratin was also another favourite of mine and was very cheap since it was a side dish.
The dessert was the most memorable one. When it was served, it looked like just soap on a plate and we were like wondering what was it and it attracted the people sitting nearby and one of them even asked us what was it. It was cookies and cream ice cream sitting underneath that foam, and when you put it in your mouth, it has a fizzy feeling and pops in your mouth.
The only thing that I didn't really like about that place was that I felt that the tables were placed a little too near for comfort. But overall, everything there was just so good, you really have to try it for yourselves. It is also really affordable french cuisine and I am already planning my next trip back there.