|Taken by my lovely camera before its lens went kaputt (S$6.90)|
So Mr Bear said, ok, how about dinner? I reassured that I would have no problem finding a place as long as he told me his budget.
S$20 a head? Wtf? On a Saturday night... Flexing my fingers, I dug deep into the Internet and found Saveur.
Saveur used to operated as a food stall by two Shatec (I missed their old training restaurants, Rosette and Petals) graduates in a kopitiam called Ali Baba Eating House (I kid you not) located along Joo Chiat. It later moved to its current location in Purvis Street. The place is so popular that it does not take reservations. Instead you will queue up obediently for one of its 60 seats.
B1 and I got lost, because I remembered wrongly Purvis Street as the street near Bugis MRT station. Nope, it is near City Hall station behind Raffles Hotel and perpendicular from the National Library. We left our names, after someone kindly told us to (you see, everyone was bizarrely standing in a line, even though the restaurant has opened for dinner). Then we wandered to Mani.cur.ious like I said before.
When Mr and Mrs Bear showed up, bizarrely dressed in bermudas and polo tees, B1 and I were sweating like mad. A middle aged lady had even fainted from the heat. Yup, the food is worth fainting for. Finally we got our seats, where we were served iced water very promptly without being asked, a totally appreciated gesture.
|I insisted that it was a goose when we saw it on the signboard. Turns out it was a Duck|
|Sorry, usually I wouldn't order bread rolls unless I know who made them. (S$2)|
The pasta was most excellent. Al dente, with just the right touch of flavorsome chili oil. One thing I didn't get was why it was minced meat sauce in the menu, when it tasted like tuna to me. B1 liked the crunch of the little sakura ebi (I skipped that because I don't like prawns).
|Mushroom Soup. Ok, nothing exciting. (S$4.90)|
|Just the right amount of sear (S$7.90)|
|Duck Confit (S$10.90)|
|Pan-seared sea bass (S$14.90)|
It was during dinner that we had a pretty wild conversation about foreign brides. It was brought up because Mr Bear realized that he had dressed really down and other diners really dressed up well for dinner. Duh, it's a French restaurant, after all, on Purvis Street. Besides cheap and good eats then party in some club downtown is a good idea. I pointed out to Mrs Bear that there were a lot of local girls dressed up and eating with Caucasian men. I remembered a conversation with an online friend, who said that the Thai women who migrated to his country were ugly and married to really old men. I realized that these women were actually smarter than me. They get to stay at home and keep home without having to worry about where their next meal was coming from. Whereas I studied all the way to MSc, but have to work like mad everyday.
Mrs Bear replied "but they have to please the old man, you know?"
"We have it worse," I retorted. "We have to please our bosses at work. Come home and have to please the old man at home too." Got the evil eye from B1 for that. hehe.
|Braised short rib (S$14.90)|
|Strawberries with basil sorbet (I forgot what was the price, it was a special)|
|Textures of Citrus (S$6.90)|
|Chocolate and Hazelnut (S$7.90)|
In a nutshell,
5 Purvis Street,
Talib Court #01-04