Top 5 Affordable French Restaurants in Singapore with Yummy Dishes
Eat & Drink |
March 22, 2023
French restaurants in Singapore offer authentic French tastes paired with the best wines. But does it always have to be super expensive? These top five French restaurants offer great value for money, especially with their set lunch menus, where you can enjoy three-course meals and not break the bank.
So whether you’re looking for a romantic date night spot or just in the mood for some foie gras or French cheese, head to one of these restaurants for a nice French meal in a beautiful setting that’s sure to make you feel like you’re in Paris.
Go back to the basics with L'Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro. This French eatery was the first restaurant by Deliciae Hospitality Management (DHM), which now has seven different brands.
Its idea is simple: a juicy steak with fries, which happens to be a French classic. While their steaks and sauce are famous, that’s not the only thing on the menu. They do other quintessential French foods just as well.
With three locations in Duxton Hills, Customs House, and Holland Village, this bistro has spread French flavors all over the city.
- Steak cooked to perfection: The restaurant has perfected its steak, as it’s the only main dish on the menu. The L’Entrecôte steak is cooked to your liking, whether you prefer it rare, medium, or well-done. And the portion size is generous, accompanied by freshly fried, unlimited fries.
- Legendary steak sauce: The steak and fries bistro is famous for its amazing trimmed steaks, but it’s the sauce that makes them so good. The buttery and tangy sauce perfectly complements the juicy meat and fries. Additionally, they generously top up the sauce, ensuring that it lasts till the very last bite.
- Classic French appetizers and desserts: The steak may be the star of the menu, but plenty of French entrees will tease your taste buds for the main event. And then, when you’ve filled up on steak and crave something sweet, you can have one of the many classic French desserts like Mousse au Chocolat or Profiteroles.
LOOK & FEEL: The original L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro, located at Duxton Hills, has a casual Parisian bistro setting. In contrast, the Custom House location has a more contemporary look. With its understated decor, L’Entrecôte offers a more relaxed version of French dining, where food and wine are meant to be enjoyed casually.
- The a la carte menu offers several entrees, including oven-baked beef marrow, escargots, and onion soup. The main focus of the menu is the L’Entrecôte steak, served with free-flowing sauce and fries. For dessert, there are both classic and modern French options available. Additionally, the menu offers cheese and charcuterie choices.
- The set lunch menu offers a three-course lunch, including the signature steak as the main.
- The drink menu offers wine, non-alcoholic wine, champagne, beers, and cocktails. Some of the wines are from France.
- Trimmed L’Entrecôte Steak
- Riviera’s Pâté en Croûte
- Beef Carpaccio
- Profiteroles de L’Entrecôte
- Lunch set menu $48+
- Steak $39.80
- Appetizers from $8
- Desserts from $14
- Wines from $78
The Napoleon Wine Bistro provides a French fine dining experience, complete with exquisite French wine selections from the bar.
The restaurant pays homage to the French emperors Napoleon I and Napoleon III, who revolutionized the country and spread its influence throughout the world. With Bordeaux wines at the bar, the restaurant continues the legacy of Napoleon III, as he classified these wines in 1855.
- Beautiful, cozy, and dim-lit design in a speak-easy style: The restaurant’s decor features several architectural details that point to French heritage, such as walls covered with limestone bricks imported from the Burgundy region and wooden beams on the ceiling that give the place a vintage feel. However, the highlight is the portrait of Napoleon I, created by French artist Gabriel Dafourcq using original documents from the leader’s era.
- Fresh and high-quality French and Australian ingredients: The restaurant utilizes high-quality meat and seafood for its recipes, air-flown directly from France and Australia. Chefs pay close attention to flavors and use their impeccable skills to plate dishes in an appetizing fashion
- Premium wines from France: The Napoleon Wine Bistro takes its wine game to the next level by importing high-quality wines from different regions of France, including Bordeaux, Loire Valley, and Provence. The bar features over 32 French wines in enomatic dispensers. The display on the dispenser indicates the flavor profile of the wine, which is a nice touch.
LOOK & FEEL: The restaurant has warm, subtle lighting that creates a romantic ambiance. Everything, from the furnishings to the plates and glasses, is high-end. The interior features architectural elements that nod to French castles, making it even more impressive. Additionally, there’s a smaller outdoor seating area that can accommodate up to 12 guests.
- The chefs at Napoleon have curated a delicious menu of authentic French cuisine, featuring protein options such as beef and seafood. Guests can also enjoy a sharing menu if they are looking for a lighter meal to accompany their wine.
- While primarily a French bar and restaurant, the menu also includes some Italian favorites like Prosciutto and Burrata. For those looking for something unique, Napoleon also offers a “French version of pizza,” made with flatbread from Alsace.
- In addition to the a la carte menu, there is also a 3-course set lunch menu with plenty of options for each course.
- Jamon Iberico de Bellota
- Tartare de Boeuf
- Poulpe Grille
- Tartare de Saint Jacques
- Foie Gras Maison
- Starters from $10
- Mains from $33
- Caviar (30 g) $118
- Desserts from $10
One of the oldest French restaurants in Singapore, L’Angelus is a well-known name in the restaurant industry. It does classic French food like no other, serving French cuisine staples like foie gras, duck confit, and escargots made with premium-quality ingredients.
Starting in 1998, it has maintained the same quality of taste and service that has earned it the reputation of being the best traditional French restaurant in the country.
- Authentic French taste with high-quality ingredients: The restaurant serves authentic and traditional French cuisine, with dishes made from premium ingredients sourced from various places, including France. From eclectic charcuterie to tasty caviar and snails in clay pots, it offers all the classic French staples that one could desire.
- Vintage and romantic ambiance with artifacts: Decorated with vintage posters, floral arrangements, and traditional French artifacts, the restaurant transports you to the Parisian cafes of the 90s. The classic charm of L’Angelus has been carefully maintained over the years, paying homage to the City of Love.
- Amazing variety in the A la Carte menu: While L’Angelus offers set lunch and all-time meal options, its a la carte menu is the real star. Celebrating French culinary culture, the menu features classics like Foie-Gras Terrine, innovative dishes like Risotto with octopus leg, and sharing platters like Le Chateaubriand, a beef filet served with sides, sauce, and wine.
LOOK & FEEL: The decor and ambiance at Aether House are reminiscent of vintage cafes in Paris and perhaps even the famous salons from back in the day, providing a warm, homely feel that’s perfect for date nights and family dinners.
- L’Angelus offers an extensive menu with many choices for entrees, mains, desserts, and wines. The mains (Plats) include French classics featuring a variety of proteins. It also offers seafood options with fish and crustaceans. Dessert options are limited but will satisfy your cravings for French sweet classics like Tarte au Chocolat and Creme Brulee.
- The wine menu offers a great variety of red, white wine, and rose, most of which are from France. There are a few cocktails as well.
- The three-course menus include two entrees, one main, and one dessert. One set menu is for lunch, and the other is available throughout the day.
- Charcuterie Platter
- Pate Grand-Mere
- Confit de Canard
- Boeuf Rossini
- Calamars Farcis
- Le Chateaubriand
- 3-course lunch menu from $35
- 3-course set menu (all-day) $72
- Charcuterie platter $48
- Caviar $98
- Entrees from $18
- Mains from $40
- Platters from $72
- Wines from $78 per bottle
The idea behind Aether House, a bistro, cafe, and wine bar, is that a French dinner cannot be complete without good wine. Aether Wines & Spirits, a French wine store in Singapore, has started this cafe-style restaurant/bar with the aim of bringing some of the best French wines together with great French food.
Although a new entrant in Singapore's fine dining scene, it is quickly climbing the ranks with its tasting menu and cheese platters that perfectly complement the wines.
- French wine galore for oenophiles: For those who love wine, Aether House is the perfect French bistro, offering some of France’s best wines (over 350 selections). Whether you’re a red wine person, white wine person, or Champagne fan, the menus for wines by the glass and by the bottle will satisfy all your wine cravings.
- Extravagant two to four-course lunch menu: The lunch menu at Aether House offers two, three, and four-course options, with both classic and modern French dishes. The main choices feature both white and red meat, complemented with delicious sides.
- Cafe menu for coffee lovers with cafe cocktails and French cheese: Aether House fully embraces the French culinary world. In addition to French wines, it also brings out the Parisian cafe culture with its coffee and cafe cocktails menu. The exquisite coffee-based cocktails offer a delicious blend of rich coffee flavors and unique spirits, creating a delightful and energizing experience. Like with wine tasting, the cafe beverages can also be paired with aged and matured French cheeses.
LOOK & FEEL: Aether House boasts a contemporary decor that showcases striking emerald, gold, and white tones, setting it apart from the other establishments on the iconic Robinson Road. The well-lit space exudes a chic and upscale ambiance, reminiscent of a sophisticated wine-tasting venue in France, complete with stunning wine bottles that adorn the surroundings.
MENU: Aether House has recently updated its menu, offering
- a lunch menu with two to four-course meal choices
- a dinner menu comprising a few main dishes and smaller bar bites
- a cafe menu with coffee and cocktails
- an extensive wine menu (by the glass and bottles).
The menu also features cheese and charcuterie, with a selection of French cheese and cold cuts.
- Duck Leg Confit
- Wagyu Tartare “Au Couteau”
- Seared Scallops
- Baked Camembert
- Aged & Matured French Cheese
- 3-Course Lunch $38+
- Small Plates from $9
- Desserts from $12
- Cheese from $32
- Wine glasses from $14 to $30
- Wine bottles from $75 to $245
Allo is a modern French restaurant with a relaxing ambiance that is reminiscent of courtyards in the South of France. The restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Andrew, who has a decade of experience as a chef and restaurateur. He previously headed Napoleon Wine Bistro before opening his own restaurant.
- French cuisine that’s delicious and borderless: Chef Andrew’s specialty is European cuisine, which shows in Allo’s menu, as it has France at its heart but with a European flair. Among traditional French dishes and desserts, you’ll also find tastes of France’s neighbours like Italy with the menu’s pasta options.
- Great value set lunch menu: French cuisine is often seen as heavy on the wallet, but this is not the case with Allo’s Set Lunch menu (from S$15.90). The La Pasta option of the set menu is the most affordable, including a starter, main, and dessert. Even the regular menu is accessible, making it a great spot to grab lunch or dinner without spending extravagantly.
- Presentation that’s out of a cooking magazine: Allo’s chefs pay great attention to the presentation of each dish, adding little touches to make the food stand out. Not only is the food delicious, but it’s also very Instagram-worthy!
LOOK & FEEL: Allo is a French bistro, so its vibe is very casual and relaxed. It offers indoor and outdoor seating areas with a warm and bright ambiance. With marble-top tables and cane chairs, its decor is inspired by the French cafe culture.
- Allo’s menu is inspired by traditional French cuisine, but it’s also fresh and modern, with influences from other cuisines.
- The à la carte menu offers bisque, cheese platters, and creative appetizers like Salmon and Mango Tartare, as well as mains featuring all types of proteins, from traditional Duck Confit to light yet hearty Barramundi with Caviar D’Aubergine. It also serves breakfast, with a menu predominantly featuring eggs. The menu includes a variety of carb-rich dishes, such as pasta dishes. And for dessert, Allo offers the quintessentially French creme brulee.
- The Set Lunch menu has two choices, one with a focus on pasta and one with a focus on protein.
- Lobster Bisque
- Foie Gras Terrine
- Beef Tenderloin with Potato Dauphinoise & Seasonal Vegetables
- Wagyu Beef Sirloin with Pomme Puree & Seasonal Vegetables
- Prawn Algio E Olio
- Valrhona Dark Chocolate Feuillantine Cake
- Set lunch menu starts from $15.90
- Cheese platter starts from $20
- Appetisers start from $12
- Mains start from $22
- Desserts start from $11
- Wine starts from $60
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