We have visited So France @ Duo Galleria previously and were impressed with the selections especially in the gourmet store. We get to sample only the oysters at Bistro and so this round we returned for some hearty authentic French Food at So France Bistro and Epicerie.
There is a common mis-conception about French food. Unanimously, the response is that after a French meal, there is a need to go back home to have some instant noodles to fill the stomach. This is not true of Authentic French Food.
At So France Bistro and Epicerie, they serve hearty substantial classics French food without frill. 2 menu are available at the bistro; first is a menu for lunch (Le midi) and the other is known as the menu (La Carte) for dinner. For lunch, you will find 2-course lunch set while this option isn’t available for dinner.
Skipped the lunch menu and dive straight into the dinner menu since that was what we were there for. On the menu ranging from Appetisers, Oysters, platter of cold cuts and cheese, stew, grill and desserts are available.
Begin with platter to share; Assortiment de charcuterie / Assorted cold cuts ($28.50) and Assortiment de fromages /Assorted French cheese ($28.50). Each assortment offers 6 varieties. The selection differs from time to time. The platter is not only pleasing to the sight but also to the palate. I love dipping my hard cheese with the jam.
Subsequently, moving to the stews. First is the Cocotte de poulet supreme aux champignons / Chicken mushroom stew ($24). Cooked using the sous vide method resulting in a tender juicy chicken breast meat. I am not a fan of both chicken breast meat and sous vide though. I can’t deny the tasty sauce of the stew though.
Anytime, I would prefer the Cocotte de joue de boeuf confite / Beef cheek stew ($26) to the former dish. Chunky Beef cheek absorbed the essence and was easy to the jaw.
Finally, our last stew for the night was the Cocotte de parmentier de canard / Duck confit gratin ($26). Duck masses well-distributed through the wholesome potato mashed.
Out of the 8 available desserts, we tried 3 of them. Started with the lightest, Pomme cannelle confite à la crème / Cinnamon apple confit with soft cream ($6.50). Overwhelming cinnamon flavour within the apple pieces which will find delight with fans who love this spice.
Followed by the Les canelé de Bordeaux en profileroles / Caneles from Bordeaux ($12). Simple vanilla ice cream sandwiched between caneles.
Lastly, our favourite dessert among the 3 choices was Le coulant au chocolat noir / Dark Chocolate lava cake ($9.50). Bitter-sweet Valrhona chocolate was used to baked this lava cake. To a bitter-sweet chocolate fan like myself, I find it too sweet.
Enjoy a hearty dinner of authentic French fare, the answer is So France Bistro and Epicerie.
So France Bistro and Epicerie
7 Fraser Street, #01-51 to 56 DUO Galleria, Singapore 189356
Tel: +65 6828 1536
Mondays, Wednesdays – Thursdays 1130 to 1500, 1800 to 2130 | Fridays & Saturdays 1130 to 1500, 1800 to 2230 | Sundays 0900 to 2130 | Closed on Tuesdays
Mondays, Wednesdays – Thursdays 1630 to 2300 | Fridays & Saturdays 1630 to 0000 | Closed on Sundays and Tuesdays
- East West line & Downtown line – Bugis station (EW12/ DT14)
- At or opposite Plaza Parkroyal along Beach Road 100, 107, 107M, 961, 980
- Before Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197
- Near Bali Lane, along Ophir Road 48