Thursday, June 18, 2015

Les Amis @ Shaw Centre

photo credit: Les Amis

Les Amis, ranked 13th on San Pellegrino's Asia's Top 50 Restaurants list in 2015 has recently undergone a $1.5 million facelift. I was privileged to be able to check out the new look with its new furniture, carpets and paintings. The sparkling gem of the whole revamp has to be the one-in-the-world customized Charvet island cooking suite hand-built from scratch from France to complement the eco-friendliness of the kitchen.

Bread Basket 4.2/5

The dinner experience at Les Amis started with a Bread Basket of a warm in-house bakes. In the basket, there were bacon and mustard breadstick, tomato and basil bread, sourdough and baguette.

White Asparagus "Blanc Mange" 3.5/5

Shortly after, a light and delicate jelly of asparagus with oscietra caviar was served. The White Asparagus Blanc Mange was a pleasing starter with the priced caviar.

Foie Gras & Eel 4/5

I though the Foie Gras & Eel pairing is rather rare. The pan seared foie gras and French river eel were served with citrus fruit compote and dashi. I like the addition of sesame giving it another layer of flavour adn texture.

Organic French Camus Artichoke 3.8/5

The Organic French Camus Artichoke is a new tasting experience for me. The artichoke is stuffed with tomato in combination with smoked eel and dashi. It felt as if I was eating portobello mushroom.

Wild Scottish Salmon 4.2/5

Following that I had the Wild Scottish Salmon served in two way with aromatiques aromates. Like the way it is lightly pan seared on the exterior while retaining a nice moist and pinkish melted in the mouth inside.

Charcoal Grilled Pork Loin 4.5/5

For the mains, we moved on to the Charcoal Grilled Pork Loin. Grilled to a nice tender, the layer of fats which is just appropriate, enhanced the whole play of texture and enjoyment. This is definitely the highlight of the night for me.

Japanese Omi Beef 4.5/5

Another option for the main is the Japanese Omi Beef with asparagus and traditional poivrade sauce, one of the three most famous kind of beef in Japan. Cooked perfectly to a nice juicy pink medium rare, this is heavenly on the palate.

Dark Chocolate P125 Souffle with Tahiti Vanilla Cream 4/5

Petit Fours 4/5

Wrapped up the dinner on a sweet note with the Dark Chocolate P125 Souffle with Tahiti Vanilla Cream and Petit Fours. The intensity of the valrhoha P125 chocolate gave the souffle a sinful bittersweet richness that is so hard not to go back for more of it.

It is really an experience dining at Les Amis. The quality of the food and service has been top notch. No wonder it has been ranked among the elite restaurants around the world. Even though so, pricing has been kept rather reasonable and affordable for an exquisite experience.

Les Amis
Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road
Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 67332225
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 630pm - 930pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Follow the underground walkway to Shaw House/Isetan. From Shaw House/Isetan walk to Shaw Centre and onto the road outside. Turn left on Claymore Hill and walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

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