It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen French restaurants top lists of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Michelin Guides. Though Singapore’s food scene is highly influenced by Asian cuisines, the French have definitely made a permanent mark in Singapore. Certainly, they are now stealing the hearts of Singaporeans.
What is so special about French cuisine?
French cuisine is well renowned as the pinnacle of fine dining in Singapore. In fact, it strikes a special chord with the locals through their classic dishes like Pâté, Oyster Mignonettes, Foie Gras, Croquet, Monsieur, and many more.
Pastries such as Macarons, Baguette and Croissants are also fast increasing favorites of local.
Our Lion City is decorated with stretches of French Bistros and French cafes where many houses eminent celebrity chefs, which is highly accessible for us today.
What we can anticipate is that the French bring exquisite recipes, impeccable presentation, and immaculate service.
Keeping all aspects of the exquisite dining experience in mind, we have made this Gallic fare easy for you. Here is a meticulously curated list of the 10 Best French Restaurants in Singapore including traditional as well as contemporary French cuisine.
Having crowned Michelin star in 2016, Rhubarb Le is a low-profile restaurant nesting in the stretch of Duxton Hill. Firstly, being a seven-table venue, it was always meant to deliver an intimate and engaging dining experience.
What makes it extraordinary is that it co-owned and run by Celebrity Chef Paul Longworth. He has thoughtfully been updating hallmark elements such as Foie Gras, Pigeon, and Ballotine to the menu with a contemporary outlook.
Additionally, they are also a sustainable friendly restaurant who serve fresh and premium quality ingredients. This is why, they are a French wonder that Singapore is blessed with.
Hence, don’t wait for the reservations to be filled, it’s truly one of the best on the island!
Must-try: Four-course Omakase menu and the Special Chef’s Surprise menu. Besides, try the Pigeon, foie gras with bergamot and smoked yellowtail. In fact, it is an emulsion of celeriac and black truffle. Don’t miss the scallop with pork belly and cauliflower white chocolate, and the Lobsters and Wagyu beef paired with wine
|Address||3 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089589|
|Contact||+65 8127 5001|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday – Sunday: 12noon – 6pm|
Designed like a piece of fine art in the National Gallery of Singapore, Odette is an aesthetically inclined French restaurant. Honing 3 Michelin stars in its reputation, Odette truly looks like a pastel-toned dream lit up with sheer innovation in architecture.
Furthermore, esteemed and well-experienced Chef Julien Royer composes dainty morsels to elevate the exquisite experience on people’s palates.
Additionally, he revives and inculcates his grandmother’s vision of demonstrating love through food and has been attracting Singaporeans with his seasonal and artisanal dishes for a long time now.
The island is very well familiar with his well-cultivated signatures and their respective wine pairings.
As a result, deserving to be ranked as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2019!
Must-try: Royer’s 55-minute egg – poached eggs shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Upgraded Odette – using pine needles to perfume the eggs. Also, the tasting menus start from $148 for four courses.
|Address||#01-04, National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957|
|Contact||+65 6385 0498|
|Operating Hours||Mon-Sat 12 – 1.15 pm & 7 – 8.15 pm|
3. Le Amis
Being the pioneer of haute cuisine in Singapore, Le Amis is a three-Michelin-starred concept restaurant. If you feel like going all out and indulging in an elegant, discerning, and tasteful fine dining experience, Le Amis is your best classic pick.
Consequently, their team strives to amuse taste buds with polished French methods. Although this might be heavy on your pocket but it’s definitely worth the immersive experience.
After all, the legendary Chef Sebastien Lepinoy has maintained high standards set by his French fore-fathers. Thus, bringing forward the best of Parisian haute cuisine to Singapore.
The magic of his food dwells in the presentation which is as phenomenal as the innovative techniques. Most importantly, their culinary merits are infused with customized service and team effort.
Overall, you can expect a flawless gastronomic experience alongside a matching array of wines.
Must-try: Their succulent, seasonal dishes and choose between classic or degustation menus to sample a taste of Chef Lepinoy’s culinary expertise. So, don’t miss the Caviar and black truffle, beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce. In fact, not even the cold angel hair pasta with kombu, and oven-roasted challans duck breast.
|Address||#01-16, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208|
|Contact||+65 9117 2540|
|Operating Hours||Daily 12 – 2 pm & 7 – 9 pm|
Gunther’s is a modern take on Chef Gunther Hubrechsen’s culinary visions, innovations, and presentations. Above all, this contemporary French restaurant homes luxurious pieces of art, infused in nouveau-styled interiors. Subsequently, featuring natural and flowing patterns.
However, their welcoming style is different from any other French restaurant. Gunther’s introduces diners to an array of uncooked meats and ingredients resembling a still life tableau. In fact, his enormous trays include palm-size scallops, heirloom pumpkins, spiny sea urchins, and more.
Moreover, he offers Cheese and dessert trolleys as part of the course.
Their highlight is the display of their produce trolley. The intricately designed dining room makes a strong base for Chef Gunther’s extraordinary creations, making the angel hair pasta with Oscietra caviar super famous in its purest form.
Chef Gunther’s is among the veterans of Singapore’s French fine-dining world. Most importantly, he is fond of serving seafood and vegetables from Japan and is renowned for adding artisanal mustards and lambic beers, which is imported from Belgium, to his marinades to create signature sauces.
Overall, laying a unique and unconventional French fare for guests to come back for more.
Must-try: Warm angel hair pasta with sakura prawns, Alskan king crabs with comte ‘bons bons’ and depth of comte-stuffed pasta parcels. Côte de bœuf flambéed in au Cognac, and roasted suckling pig with hibiscus sauce. Along with the signature Oscietra caviar pasta, try the oven-Roasted Chateaubriand, pear pepper sauce flambee au Cognac, for two.
|Address||#01-03, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613#01-03, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613|
|Contact||+65 9010 3075|
|Operating Hours||Mon – Sat 12 – 2 pm & 6.30 – 9 pm & Sunday Closed|
Delivering a wholesome cultural and premium culinary experience, Napoleon Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind concept French restaurant. Here’s a shout out to all the wine lovers as well as for connoisseurs for an immersive expedition at the Napoleon with its wine-sharing and pairing menu. In fact, those who are passionate about wine pairings will enjoy their range of, 32 exclusive South European wines (including Grands Crus) by the glass, half glass, and tasting portion.
Certainly, you must be wondering how do they pull this off. Well, they have direct relationships with wineries back home. Thus guaranteeing the origin and the authenticity of the wines they proudly import and serve.
Above all, focusing on its prosperous culinary history and marvelous offerings on the menu, they are proud of serving traditional French brasserie dishes with a modern swing to it.
Moreover, what sets them apart is their tech-heavy approach. They have installed adult soda fountains, welcome guests to taste a selection of their 28 wines before committing to a half-glass, glass, or bottle.
Must-try: Homemade Grand Marnier Foie Gras Terrine, Hand-cut Angus Beef Tartare. Also, Seared Tuna Steak, Duo of Chocolate Ganache & Mi-Cuit Canelé, and some Asian influenced mains.
|Address||206 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068641|
|Contact||+65 6221 9282|
|Operating Hours||Mon – Fri 11.45 am – 12 am, Sat 5.45 pm – 12 am and Sunday Closed|
The Black Sheep Café contributes substantially to Singapore’s French culinary paradise. Moreover, the hallmark of the island has very high gastronomic standards is certainly the presence of multiple French restaurants.
The Black Sheep Cafe falls in the lap of its well-treasured gems. The work experience of their Chef-Owner Ratha Krishnan has translated a multitude of accolades and awards.
Moreover, he has worked with Michelin-starred chefs from Raffles Hotel’s Grill to the Fig Leaf at Fort Canning Park. Additionally, he has taken over from double Michelin-starred Chef Jeremy Hollingsworth.
Consequently, known to serve a plethora of promotional menus during occasions and festivals, don’t get put-off if there is a long line to accommodate you in there. In fact, Chef Ratha personally prepares all the dishes himself with more help from a handful of assistants. Therefore, assuring high-quality and consistency throughout all the dishes. So, worth sacrificing a bit of your time, isn’t it?
Must-Try: Kahlua Souffle or their famous pork cheeks, Lobster Bisque with Leek & Scallop Dumpling Crisp Duck Confit, Potato-Pumpkin Puree, Baby Spinach, and Peppercorn Glaze. Also, the Foie Gras Seared & Served with Mandarin Orange Jelly. Besides, the Seared Snapper on Spiced Tomato Compote, Crispy Baby Squid & Garlic Flakes is great.
For dessert try their Black Sheep’s Tiramisu with Pistachio Tuile & Fresh Berries and Flourless Chocolate Fondant. Also, their Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Raspberry Coulis. Alternately, you can also go for their 3-course sets.
|Address||11 Sin Ming Rd, #B1-30 Thomson V Two, Singapore 575629|
|Contact||+65 9272 1842|
|Operating Hours||Tuesday – Sunday at 11.30 am – 3 pm|
6.30 – 10.30 pm
Introducing your beau to authentic French cuisine? So, this one’s your haven for casual still impactful dates. Also, French Bistros have an unparalleled vibe. Don’t you agree?
Bistro Du Vin is one of those classics of Singapore that is no only quirky with its interiors but also inviting and gregarious by nature. In fact, they have a super friendly and upbeat staff that serves generous portions of uniquely plated dishes. Speaking of dates, it is priced pretty decently where the 2-course ‘express’ lunch starts at $34.
Certainly, being the casual sibling of Le Amis, Bistro’s staples are just as technically on point as the plates at their flagship version. In addition, they have a pocket-friendly French wine list! Moreover, your comfort levels could allow you to indulge in their slow-cooked beef cheeks which are enormously tender and luscious.
In conclusion, Chef Dalton Fong serves a quintessential Bistro fare and gives a laid-back approach to Francophiles on a budget. Thus, providing a homely experience, its popularity with the French population in Singapore is testimony enough for us!
Must-try: Classic French onion soup, duck confit, and coq au vin. Also, the Joue de Boeuf braisee Grand-Mere, Seafood Choucroute, and escargots. Look out for seasonal produce like White Asparagus or freshly flown-in seafood.
|Address||#01-14, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208|
|Contact||+65 6733 7763|
|Operating Hours||11.30 – 2pm & 6 – 10 pm Daily|
8. Saint Pierre
A legend in Singapore’s fine-dine fare, Saint Pierre still proves to be young and relevant in today’s culinary scene. Certainly, having two Michelin stars, their Asian elements in French cuisine have been up to the mark since inception.
While their old guards are still up, their formal dining room still has the city’s best view – Marina Bay Waterfront. Consequently, it is treated as a classic location for an exquisite meal using authentic flavors in Singapore.
Above all, Chef-owner Emmanuel Stroobant is popular for taking the plunge and experimenting with Japanese ingredients like Ponzu, Miso among others. In fact, he has also adopted a highly progressive approach in recent times.
Having been ingrained in the Singaporean grounds, Chef Emmanuel takes inspiration from local flavors and concoctions. For instance, he uses Buah Keluak and Foie Gras, and artichoke with turmeric.
Must-Try: Take yourself on a journey of an unconventional experience through small plates being playfully presented in their Adventure menu ($258)
|Address||#02-02B, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213|
|Contact||+65 6438 0887|
|Operating Hours||Wed-Sat 11.30 – 3 pm & 6.30 – 10.30 pm|
Tues 6.30 – 10.30 pm
Sunday and Monday closed
Nobody is unaware of the magic in celebrated Chef Daniel Boulud’s hands. This Michelin star wonder has already cast his spell on Marina Bay Sands, In fact, this one’s a cross between a New York-style seafood bar and a French bistro. Wow!
Hence, merging the best of both worlds and consuming them in all its glory. So, you can expect an ebullient and vibrant aura with towering triple-tiered platters of jumbo, Maine lobsters, shrimp cocktails, oysters, and much more.
However, the bistro version of the menu is as upbeat and flavorsome as in the countryside one. Gear up for their sharing menu, breath-taking sweet-treats menu, and all those premium French classics and concoctions. In fact, don’t you see all this on fancy food shows and drool over?
Yeah, this is the same! Most importantly, their informed and polished staff adds to their sophistication and oomph! As a result, celebrating French origins and American influences by the legend himself.
Must-try: French onion soup, refined burgers like braised short ribs, foie gras, and confit pork belly between the buns.
|Address||2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-48, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956|
|Contact||+65 6688 8525|
|Operating Hours||12 pm – 10 pm Daily|
10. Bar-Roque Grill
Rooting from the Northeastern region of France called Alsace, Chef-owner Stephen Istel gathered his daily favorites from his Grandmother’s kitchen and made a winner diner.
However, the interiors of this French restaurant are heavily inspired by flamboyant baroque prints and fabrics.
Apart from the unique dishes from his Alsatian memories, they also serve bistro-style classics like coq au vin, rotisserie chicken, duck confit, hand-chopped beef tartare.
Therefore, if you’re looking for an exceptionally flavorsome and chilled out Sunday Bunch option, this is it!
Bar-Rouqe Grill throws a spotlight on their USP which is their in-house produced fares. For instance, from dry-aged meats to terrines, rillettes, cottage cheese. Certainly, this is divine, especially the house charcuterie.
Moreover, fresh milk is sourced locally, from cow ad goat farms, then pasteurized and that is how they mature cheeses in-house! Furthermore, their pork is Organic pork and imported from Australia. Additionally, they provide lamb sausages and beef as options.
In fact, their sausages are dried, smoked, and served in many other variations. Thus, making this spread of charcuterie tasteful and intriguing. This way, Singapore locals have a little piece of France brought to them right on the island!
Mut-try: Tarte flambee (crispy flatbread) and pate-en-croute (terrine baked in puff pastry) are signatures. There are several options for toppings, but the tried-and-true combination of cheese, bacon bits, and diced onions is a classic for a reason. Most importantly, try the warm basket of freshly baked Madeleines with Nutella and raspberry sauces top of the menu.
|Address||165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-00 088539|
|Contact||+65 6444 9672|
|Operating Hours||Tue – Fri 12 – 2.30 pm & 6 – 10.30 pm |
Sat 6 – 10.30 pm
Sunday 11 – 3.30 pm & 5.30 – 9.30 pm
French cuisine is truly the pinnacle of fine-dining in Singapore with celebrity chefs dressed in their Michelin studded hats that will make you want to immerse in classy experiences of a lifetime. To fully experience a day of fine dining, you can spend your night drinking with your loved ones in rooftop bars or wine bars to end your day.
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