Every year without fail, the (sis + mom) in law and i will feast thrice in April and May — yup, lunching is now a luxury to us. We feast only on special occasion.
This year, without giving it much thought, i picked Nicolas Le Restaurant as our first lunch menu.
Outside Nicolas lies the not that notorious red-light district of Keong Saik Road. In the same breath, this charming nondescript looking restaurant also sits in a conservation area that is known as Bukit Pasoh Conversation Area.
Inside, the mood is calm and serene. The restaurant exudes casual smart opulence with its cheery, sunny, airy interiors and high ceiling (not so much on the tables inside but more on the tables at the courtyard which was where we sat), all contained in a restored pre-war shop house in art-deco architectural style.
We didn’t bother looking at its ala-carte menu. Their set lunches sounded excellent for the famished us. Time was essence when one three were hungry!
Slices of very crispy bread served with goose pate i believe.
The bread was toasted till very dry, hard and crispy. I must say, i is not a fan. But the rest were quite enamored by it.
Left, clockwise : Homemade Bavetine Pasta Quail bolognese Confit leg, Raw Hokkaido scallop with seafood bisque and Organic Hen Egg ‘A La Coque + Crunchy pastilla of blue prawn
While the pasta was decent, my favourite gotta be the raw hokkaido scallops. Juicy and fresh, the naturally sweet scallops went swimmingly well with the robust tasting seafood bisque. As for the hen egg that was infused with truffle oil, well well… if you like egg and truffle oil like me, this egg will never be on the bad side.
Rack of Lamb : let’s just say, my fussy pot *oops – i didn’t say that!* mom in law, devoured most of it by herself. :)
Atlantic Cod Fish : my favourite! gotta love the crunchy cereal bits that encrusted the fish. those bits added a whole new dimension to the firm, juicy and tender fish that melts in your mouth. and the green lentils… aahhh.. i love lentils. period.
Crispy Berkshire Pork Cheek : hmm.. strange, i’ve no recollection on this dish! Bummer!
Desserts and Cheese
Three Surprise Sweets : Poached pear in juice, molten cake, dark chocolate ice cream and lemon cheesecake.
Being a sweet tooth monster, this course is my favourite course of all. I found the desserts were just alright except the lemon cheesecake which was rich but fluffy at the same time. Savouring it made me wanna dash home and bake a whole cake myself. :P
Cheese (NOT included in the set lunch) : we expressed our preference and the service staff proceeded to pick 2 from the lot which he thought we might fancy. True enough, we did!
Verdict : another lunch at Nicolas? Don’t think so though the food was pretty decent. With the price we paid, there are simply too many other fab places to check out. Lunch at Nicolas didn’t warrant a second visit for me. Perhaps dinner yes, but never lunch again.
Nicolas Le Restaurant
31 Keong Saik Road
Tel: +65 62242404
Fax: +65 62229123
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday: 6.30pm to 10pm
(Closed on Sunday and Monday)
I’ve recently gained quite a bit of weight. :(
It’s no longer the extra 2kg.. Now, it’s friggin’ 4 (!!!) — i’m so doing something about it.
To hide the folds and bulges, concealing meself behind a baby doll dress is a must, hence my pregnant-looking dress below, from Asos.com no less.