#32: Saveur @ Bugis

Saveur serves probably the most affordable french food in Singapore. Despite its low price, the quality and taste is far from poor and it attracts crowd from everywhere throughout its operating hours. For bargain diners, Saveur is worth the long waiting time. With its bustling and hectic atmosphere, it does seem more like a restaurant than a cafe, but its design is definitely cafe-material.

05 Purvis Street
Singapore 188584
T: 6333 3121

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun
12:00 - 14:15
18:00 - 21:15

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It is a cute looking cafe with cosy furnishing at a wonderful location. Hidden amongst the shophouses, it is not a stranger at all to all the white collars in the area as well as everyone else from all over Singapore. With its below-market pricing, as well as its established name in its previous stall at a coffeeshop, it is a hit with the locals. You have to write your name and wait for at least 30 to 45 minutes to get a seat in this popular cafe.

The Place

It might not look classy in all angles, but it is a good place to have hearty meal with a group of friends.

The cute duck which is the ambassador of the brand.

The Food

My companion for the evening, Grace, and I shared an Angel Hair Pasta with Tiger Prawn and Lumpfish Caviar. It has a grand name but the serving really isn't as glamorous as it sounds. We are extremely forgiving since it is only $6.90. The tiger prawn is cut up into small pieces and the caviar is well hidden in between the beautifully-named pasta strands.

The taste is good, I would say. A little on the salty side, which I favour, and not too oily. The tiger prawn isn't as juicy since most of the moisture has been lost after it is cooked in small pieces. I would still recommend this to start off your meal or to accompany your main.

I ordered a Crispy Pork Belly with poached egg and diced vegetable. The pork belly was crispy on the skin, salty and juicy (yes I know it's all oil). It is well cooked so the meat is quite soft. There was nothing to pick on for this piece of meat. The poached egg... was not really poached eggs. It was more like a lump of half cooked eggs and it tasted quite watery and not fragrant at all. I wish it was a better match with the pork belly.

The beans or whatever was quite mushy and a disappointing match with the pork belly as well.

Grace said that the Beef Bourguignon with root vegetables and mixed greens was nice, and again, no opinion from me since I can't eat beef.

The mash potato was quite nice and a refreshing addition to the dish.

The Menu

{ In a nutshell }

As a whole, Saveur strikes a good balance between its cost and quality and the meal was pretty satisfying despite the under-performing sides that came along with one of the dish. There are more appetizing items on the menu which we struggled to eliminate and the "Apple & Caramel" special item really aroused our curiosity. If I have a lot of time on my hands to queue, I would love to visit Saveur again for the good bargain  and tasty food. However, it is the last place I would go to enjoy a quiet afternoon (it'd be closed anyway!)!