Whenever French cuisine is mentioned, the image conjured is usually that of an immaculately dressed couple in a chi-chi, no-nonsense setting. Soft classical music plays in the background, while said couple discreetly cuts bite-sized portions from a minuscule dish.
Not at Poulét.
Touted for its Poulet Rôti (roast chicken), this casual restaurant is fast gaining a reputation for dishing up hearty, yet affordable meals. And judging from my recent visits, I’d say that’s a reputation that’s well earned! 😀
Read on and I’ll tell you why. 😉
With its modern, open-air concept and lush interior, Poulét seemed like an ideal place for our team’s lunch. Thanks to my colleague’s recommendation, we had a side of Sauteed Garden Vegetables. Subtle in taste and appearance, and just nice for the three of us who shared it.
Nothing much to shout about, but hey, it’s a great way to balance your meal! 😀
Being an avid fan of mushroom soup, I went straight for the Country Side Mushroom Soup for my starter. Served with a few crisp croutons, this was absolute heaven.
I could almost picture myself sipping away on a cold, rainy afternoon and feeling as if the world would be a better place with this comforting broth. Yes, it’s that good. 😛 Though it would have been even better if they were a wee bit more generous with their croutons. 😛 Oh, and let’s not forget that a few chunks of mushroom wouldn’t hurt, either. 😛
After hearing countless rave reviews about their signature dish, the Poulet Rôti, there was no way I was going to miss out.
Crispy, delicate skin and succulent flesh roasted to perfection; who could ask for more? 😀 The home-made mushroom chardonnay sauce tasted surprisingly sweet, which added a much needed oomph to an otherwise ordinary dish.
And yes, those are mushrooms chunks tucked underneath half a bird’s worth of deliciousness. 😛
Eager to explore new culinary boundaries, my colleague had the Braise de Poulet (Slow-cooked Chicken Leg with Potato, Onion, Garlic and Leek in White Wine Sauce). Unfortunately for her, it didn’t quite live up to her expectations, and resulted in her sneaking spoonfuls of my cream-based sauce to “salvage the taste”, so to speak.
Truth be told, it did look like it belonged in a Chinese menu. The flesh was slightly oily, and the sauce reminded me of the sauce that we use for our Chinese stir fry dishes.
Still, that doesn’t mean it’s less palatable! It’s quite an interesting dish really. 😀
Chicken and Fig Marmalade Sandwich, which I couldn’t help peeking at throughout the meal. I mean, where can you find croissants that are stuffed to the brim with such mouth-watering ingredients? :O
Like my Poulet Rôti, there was a juxtaposition of sweet and savoury flavours that blended oh so well. The shredded chicken was tasty and plentiful, with the fig marmalade adding a unique dimension.
It’s quite filling on its own, but if you’re really hungry, there’s always a side of crispy fries to fill you up! 😉
We ended our meal with another signature, Tiramisu in a jar! 😀 All conversation ground to a halt as we tucked into this sweet treasure trove of Mascarpone cheese and sponge fingers soaked in Espresso and rum syrup. Best shared with your buddies especially after all those filling sides and mains. 😉
What amazes me about Poulét is how it serves up wholesome meals at an affordable price; something which many restaurants fail to achieve. That, and how deceptively simple dishes can pack so many flavours without either one overwhelming the other. If you’re looking for quality meals that don’t burn a hole in your wallet, Poulét is the place to go. 😀
1 HarbourFront Walk
Contact: 6376 9087 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm