When the foodies gang went down to Bukit Merah Salut Coffeeshop last month to check out Two Wings, my foodie radar picked up a lone figure at the other corner of the premises painstakingly preping for his stall hours before the opening. I could sense the passion in the man behind the chef apron. I made a mental note to return and try the food at Immanuel French Kitchen. After getting home that day, I got a message from Catherine who found the man behind the chef apron familiar, is non other than Immanuel Tee formerly head chef of Keystone at the young age of 26 who has worked in the kitchen of Jaan, Restaurant Andre, Guy Savoy Singapore and two Michelin starred in Pastorale in Belgium.
Duck Rillette 4/5
I was quite surprised that I can get Duck Rillette ($8.60) at a coffeeshop stall servicing casual French cuisine, served with gherkin and bread. I applaud the serving of gherkin to go with the duck rillette fatness. This shows the thoughtfulness of the chef in his food and for his customers. I look forward to trying the chicken liver pate in my next visit.
Foie Gras 3.8/5
For me the Foie Gras ($12.60) coated with black miso, served with dashi and daikon noodle has it hits and misses. I can't expect more in the quality of the ingredient as we are not dining at a restaurant. I like the pairing of the sweet black miso with the creamy foie gras, accentuating the enjoyment to a new level. I only hope that the foie gras could be more seared on the sides instead.
The Frog ($12.60) sauteed with shallot, garlic and parsley received mixed opinions among the gang. While we all agreed on the butter aroma, some felt that the seasoning can be heavier. I thought otherwise then. If the seasoning is too strong, it will mask the natural mild sweetness of the frog.
French Duck Leg Confit 3.5/5
A classic French dish is the French Duck Leg Confit ($15.90) that is served with mash potato, braised cabbage and au jus. I thought the braised cabbage was something very out of the norm and not French. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it. The fact that the braised cabbage comes with some acidity helped to cut through the gaminess and fatness of duck confit. The duck leg confit itself has a nice crispy skin while the meat could be more tender.
Pork Belly 4/5
From the Foie Gras and now to the Pork Belly ($16.90) braised in Kakuni style shows that Immanuel likes to incorporate Japanese influence into his French cuisine. The braised pork belly is served with duxelle mushroom, onsen egg and potato foam. I like the interpretation of the pork belly but the portion seemed a bit small.
Actually I am quite excited to chance upon Immanuel French Kitchen. I didn't expect that the humble little stall is actually run by a top chef who has bags of experience working into various top restaurants. I am sure with his culinary training and experience, it is not hard for him to helm any restaurant but he has chosen to sweat it out in a tidy space labouring his passion for his food. I look forward to Chef Immanuel bring his vision and cuisine to the next level.
Immanuel French Kitchen
Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Nearest MRT: Queenstown (EW Line), Redhill (EW Line)
Tue-Sun: 12pm - 11pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Queenstown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Queenstown MRT station (Stop ID 11149). Take bus number 195. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Redhill MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Redhill MRT station (Stop ID 10201). Take bus number 33 or 120. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time 10 minutes. [Map]