Les Amis has been established in Singapore in 1994 and 15 years later it still retains its reputation as the best restaurant for fine dining, classic French food.
The architecture still feels fresh and modern despite not being new, and the high ceilings and sober and classy deco certainly have an impact as soon as you walk through the door. The service was extremely discreet, professional and attentive, definitely above Singapore standards.
I went for the lunch menu, priced at $60 for 3 courses including dessert. For $80 you get the chance to chose two appetizers. We were served this Spanish ham amouse bouche which set the tone to a high standard for the rest of the meal.
The crunchy spring vegetable salad was a classic French salad with vinaigrette and croûton.
The smoked eel soup was incredibly good. Chunks of tender and juicy eel were served soaked into a warm soup with onions and garlic with a delicate smoky aroma. I would highly recommend this.
The crispy skin red snapper was topped by two potato ravioli on a bed of mushrooms soaked in a mushroom flavoured sauce. The strips of skin were outstandingly crispy.
The chicken with truffled potato puree was another classic dish which might not sound or look so exciting but yet it was so well executed that I could have it again any day.
The strawberry dessert with creme fraiche, sponge cake and a wafer thin chocolate decoration was perhaps not the type of dessert I would have normally chosen, but yet it was simple and delicious.
At the end of the meal we were served coffee, tea and a selection of canele and chocolates (matcha, black sesame and classic).
Overall I was very well impressed with Les Amis. I had always been wondering if its reputation was as fake as some other 'reputable' restaurants in Singapore (no need to quote names, I am sure you can count a few). From this one experience, the food seemed up to expectation. The only downside to the place is its price range, given that you are also paying for service and ambience. The final bill was S$160 for lunch for two, including a bottle of sparkling water. Dinner prices revolve around the S$200 mark per person.
1 Scotts Road
#02-16 Shaw Centre