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“Celebrated Cuisine...”
Review of LE SAINT JULIEN - CLOSED

LE SAINT JULIEN
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Marina Bay
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Celebrated Cuisine...”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

On the ground floor of the Old Water Boat House, next to the Fullerton Hotel, Chef Julien Bompard has been cooking up a storm for some years. The restaurant boasts an excellent and distinctly French menu or an ever changing set menu. Apart from a very varied wine list the restaurant offers Grand Cru wines by the glass. Wonderful atmosphere with a great view of the Singapore River.

  • Visited October 2011
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A good approach of French Cuisine”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Located at The Fullerton Boat House, Le Saint Julien is usually considered as a fine dining place although Chef Julien Bompard wants to give another image of his restaurant and of the French Cuisine in general. Indeed, fine dining is a short way to summarize French Cuisine.

From Chef Julien point of view, French Cuisine differentiates itself by the particular attention given to the origin of the products. Indeed, there are in France many labels certifying the origin and the quality of the products. Such labels are called AOC for Appellation d’Origine Controlee, which means “protected designation of origin”. It means, for instance, that a sparkling wine can be called Champagne only if it has been produced in the Champagne region in France and if the production complies with all the label’s requirements. Many French products are AOC certified and this aims to ensure the quality of these products that will be distributed all around the world.

Therefore, Chef Julien makes a point to use quality products from France in his menu such as foie gras, Challans duck, Marennes Oysters, Arbois wine, Echire butter, and a selection of cheeses from his la fromagerie.
We had a special set menu for a meeting in a private room: a gazpacho for appetizer, the Frisée salad with poached egg and bacon for starter, the Angus beef with Béarnaise sauce for main and the chocolate tart for dessert. This menu is refined, nicely presented, generous and simply delicious!

From Chef Julien and other professional I talked with, it doesn’t really make sense to select “The Best Restaurant” or “The Best Chef”. Indeed, on which criteria can we base this ranking? There are many professionals working with quality products who manage to make beautiful things out of it. The recognized reference is the Michelin guide that distributes its stars based on technical criteria. Therefore, different Chefs are recognized for their talents in their field and not for following a trend or investing in marketing to fill up their restaurant. Chef Julien’s idea is therefore to gather professionals that are as passionate as him and work to give a complete image of what French cuisine is.

To see more reviews on French Cuisine in Singapore, visit my blog! http://frenchcuisinesingapore.blogspot.com/

  • Visited April 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Left in need of Mcdonalds !”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

OK, ok so we never learn and always go out somewhere special for Valentines day.

This year we tried St Julien and left not only very disapointed with the service but also so hungry we headed straight for Mcdonalds.

The set meal came with free flow champagne which was far from flowing. We continually had to ask to have are glasses re filled sometimes 3 or 4 people before it was actually done.

The lady who seemed to be in charge was so rude to us. She was part way through filling our glasses and another customer called her over they must have been important as she left mid way through filling our glasses to go and serve them instead ! HOW RUDE.

the food i have to say was tasty but the portions were so small it was comical, and i mean reall, reall, really small. The portions were like tasting menu size you know when you have 10 courses but here you only get 3 !

All in all a very very disapointing experience. We will never be going back on Valentines day, or any other day for that matter.

  • Visited February 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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“Over priced.”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

Restaurant had nice cozy atmosphere. Service was pleasant. However, quality of food was not up to expectations after having such great reviews.

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Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not A Family Restaurant!”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

We are a family of three adults and each ordered an appetizer and main dish. We shared a two-person portion dessert truffle (steam egg white with sweet Hot chocolate source). Overall food serving portion was smaller than expected. The hot chocolate source was too sweet hence the dessert came out was somewhat disappointed!

  • Visited January 2012
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