The latest addition to the Saveur Group, Saveur Art, is an upscale version of Saveur, encompassing the use of posh ingredients such as truffle and lobster. Conveniently located on the 4th level of Ion Orchard, Saveur Art debunks the notion that French Cuisine has to be expensive, without compromising on flavour and quality.
The restaurant offers attractive value for money set lunches ($29 for 2 courses and $37 for 3 courses) and a 4-course set dinner at $52.
Lunch started with an amuse bouche of Seaweed Sabayon. The server spoke softly and quickly, and all I could catch “roasted potato broth”. It was rather bland, hence we didn’t enjoy it.
Accompanied with cauliflower, horseradish and adorned with marinated ikura, the tangy Salmon Confit ($11) starter perked our appetites.
Served in a rustic wooden bowl, the Egg Confit ($10) seduced with its wobbly egg, truffle potato mousseline and browned butter. Personally, I’d have like this more without the roasted macadamia nuts, which I feel overshadowed the earthy truffle flavour. Crispy potato chips add texture to the creamy dish.
We totally devoured the fork-tender Asian Spiced Braised Beef Short Ribs ($22). Elements include jalapeno & rosemary crumbs, diced green apple complimenting the flavoursome meat and baby carrots on the side.
The presentation of the Poached Maine Lobster (half for $29, whole for $49) isn’t all that appealing, but hey, don’t judge a book by its cover ! It will take you a few mouthfuls to discover the delights of this main course- juicy butter poached lobster, excellent lobster ravioli, spiced lentils de puy and lovely lobster jus. The serving for half a lobster may look small, but its surprisingly filling.
I wish I could say that I was impressed, but the Vanilla Parfait with lavender meringue ($11) was somewhat disappointing. The rhubarb was way too sour while herbs made the dessert taste bizarre.
Despite the misses, Saveur Art is pretty decent and worth a visit.
#04-11 Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: 6334 1141