Created on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:43
Written by Elaine
The French Stall did it again. The fuss-free French restaurant that can be likened to the French equivalent of Botak Jones is now closer to home for lucky residents in Ubi. Only this time, it is bigger and better in both service and space. THE FOOD:
Helmed by chef-cum-owner Mr Xavier Le Henaff, a two-star Michelin chef with more than 15 years of experience in 5-star hotels, The French Stall offers an extensive menu in a casual setting with wallet-friendly prices.
A three-course set meal here costs $16.80 and comprises of an appetizer, a choice of main course as well as a choice of dessert. Iced water is served free.
To work up the appetite, the French classic onion soup comes with two bite-sized slices of baguettes well soaked and topped with squiggles of cheese. Here, the meal begins with a slight disappointment, as the cheese is not authentically baked with the soup.
Next, the main course of Baby Chicken with Mashed Potatoes arrives promptly - a tender, moist chicken leg perched on a bed of well-seasoned and buttery mashed potato.
For the pork lovers, try instead popular main course, Pork Belly with Lentil and Red Wine - three thick slices of slow-braised pork belly accompanied by a mishmash of lentil, tomato cubes and brown sauce. The light, bland taste of the lentils offsets the guiltily intense flavour that oozes out of the tender braised pork belly in between bites which can be an overkill.
The classic crème caramel, a melt-in-your-mouth silky smooth egg pudding crowned with caramel sauce, ends the meal on a sweet note. Here, the dessert is not willfully drowned in sauce but tastefully sufficient.
Also, try the lemon sorbet. The refreshing scoop of sweetened ice leaves a sourish-sweet tingle on the tongue.
A word of advice: Go with an empty stomach.
The French Stall is the least french here with its generous portions.
Despite some disappointments such as an unauthentic non-baked onion soup, the food at The French Stall gives bang for your buck and remains a good choice for french food in the area. THE MOOD:
Like its flagship restaurant in Little India, the quaint French kitchen offers fuss-free French dining. What’s more, the second and bigger branch offers comfortable spacing between tables and ample parking spots. Baby seats are provided for families with kids and the crowd comes in a good mix of locals and expats.
The restaurant is non-conditioned with mostly alfresco seating - cosy seats beneath rustic ceiling fans which evoke a laid-back atmosphere and that furthers tempts the appetite with periodic aromatic whiffs of freshly baked thin-crust pizza. The French Stall
83 MacPherson Lane #01-263
Telephone (65) 6746 0183 Opening Hours
Sat & Sun: 3pm-10pm
Closed on Mondays