It was my birthday and what better than French for the one who loves anything French - culture, music, books, movies, history and yes, food!
So, yes. the surprise dinner was at Au Petit Salut, located prominently on Dempsey Hill at 40C Harding Road, Singapore 249548 - a lone, lovely bungalow upslope. The number to dial is 6475 1976.
I loved the secluded setting of this classy, elegant French restaurant - the indoors exude old-world charm while the outdoors lends serenity from nature, with its gently flowing waterfalls and rocky walls. The ambience was totally tranquil, marvelously enchanting and romantic.
After ordering, the friendly and polite waiter brought us the bread basket aka Amuse Bouche- where we feasted on soft, buttery and warm fluffy rolls gently buttered, while waiting for the mains to grace the table.
Then our shared appetizer of Pan-Seared Foie Gras was served - buttery smoothness of savoury delicacy that draped our tongue with utmost sumptuousness. I loved the strawberries pairing - both great in juicy tastiness and looks.
My Black Cod came next - another buttery smooth delicacy but with the light, fishy succulence instead of the heavy richness of the appetiser. The lobster bisque that graced the fish was awesome - it was the icing on the cake!
The Venison Loin was also served - another tender chunks of savoury delicacy that sprang to life in the mouth. The venison loin was chewy and boosted of the richness of beef, but came with a slightly gamey hint - subtle, easily masked with the lovely sauce and cream it was served with.
Then my Chocolate Cake on the house in celebration of my special day. Au Petit Salut was being a real sweetie for this. It was sweet and melted in the mouth; loved the wealth of chocolate flooding my teeth and pleasing my soul.
The usual glass of Red Wine to polish off the delicious but sinful dinner. I loved every morsel of these delicious dishes so artfully presented! Would I come back to this serene, picturesque place? You bet!
Our total damage was SGD180.00, and every cent was well worth it.