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Brasserie Les Saveurs Christmas Dinner

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Chocolate mousse, hazelnut feuilletine, gingerbread sorbet (6)

It’s less than 20 days to Christmas! Have you made plans for Christmas yet? Be it a sit-down home-cooked meal, a party at a friend’s place, or dinner at a fancy restaurant, DO SOMETHING and let your hair down! It’s the festive season and it would be a pity to spend it like any other day. Make the holidays count! It’s no secret that I love Christmas time. I love all the pretty lights and I love the idea of giving and receiving presents. That’s the very reason why I chose to get married in December (although I am beginning to realise that it ain’t that great an idea….no time to enjoy the festivities!)

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - (28)

If you wanna surprise a special someone, at a really special and romantic restaurant, you may like to consider Brasserie Les Saveurs at the St Regis. It is the most romantic, pretty and posh restaurant I have dined at, really it is the whole package! Of course it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a once a year thing, I say go for it!

Lucky me, this Christmas tasting is my 2nd visit to Brasserie Les Saveurs! The first time, I enjoyed a lovely 3 course dinner during Restaurant Week with my BFF. It was an amazing experience and I’m glad to report back that the feeling hasn’t changed even after my 2nd visit. This is what is in store for you if you go for the St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs Christmas Eve dinner. SmileSmileSmile

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Christmas Eve 7- course Degustation Dinner, 24th December 2012
7pm to 12midnight (last order 10.30pm),
$208++ with one complimentary glass of champagne or $268++ with wine pairing

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Champagne

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Mini Baguette with French Butter (2)

Beurre D’Isigny

You know you’re in for a treat when the dinner starts with a lovely mini baguette with decadent French butter. Beurre is French for butter and only butter from Isigny can be labelled to be from Isigny, just like Champagne!

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs -Pan Seared Foie gras, butter squash puree, apple and celeriac chutney, duck vinaigrette

Can you guess what this is?

St Regis Brasserie Les Saveurs - Hokkaido Scallop tartare, caviar, sea urchin, rouille toast (2)

Hokkaido Scallop tartare, caviar, sea urchin, rouille toast

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Dozo

Warning, this is going to be a very long post with lots of pictures of food!

The other day, I met up with a long time friend for my early birthday celebration. I searched high and low for a good restaurant to go to that wouldn’t require us entering the CBD area since it was a weekday. Somehow, I ended up on Dozo’s website even though I’d never heard of it existence before. They have a 7 course dinner set going at $59.00+++ which seemed pretty reasonable considering that there were SEVEN courses. So just like that, I decided upon this place. Turns out, my friend had already dined there at least 3 times but she didn’t mind going again as she’d enjoyed the previous occasions.

Dozo only serves this 7 course set dinner (6 course for lunch). For each course, there are about 5 choices to choose from. There is no ala carte menu available.

Dozo -  Crispy Pasta

Complimentary crispy pasta strands – Quite nice, tastes like potato/corn chips.

Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter Dozo - Chef Selection Assorted Platter (2)

1st Course – Chef Selection Assorted Platter – I absolutely loved the foie gras on bread puff. It was oh-so-melt in the mouth and slid down my throat way toooo quickly. I wish there was more of it instead of that tiny sliver! Foie gras just tastes so good it takes a bad chef to ruin it! The middle morsel was scallop and the last one was smoked salmon. All very tasty and were excellent as a start to the meal.

Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo (2) Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo

2nd Course –  Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayonaise – The Beef Tartare, which is basically raw beef was very nice. It had a very strong flavour to it, although I wouldn’t call it a raw flavour. I didn’t quite like the mayonaise though, it felt more like curry mayo rather than truffle mayo, and there was just too much of it, which I feel kind of cheapens the look of the dish. I still wanted to finish all the beef tartare so for the last few pieces, I scraped off all the mayo.

Dozo Sashimi Appetiser

 

2nd Course – Sashimi – My friend had this. Looking at the huge slices of fresh fish and the huge amaebi, I was a little regretful that I didn’t order this. But then, I had sashimi for lunch that day. The yellow fish in the middle ( i forgot the name) has a very very interesting texture. It’s like biting into a firm raw fish egg sponge. I tried some and it had a tropical flavour for some reason.

Dozo - Gratinated Escargot with Yuzu Butter

3rd Course – Gratinated Escargots with Yuzu Butter – My friend had this and said it was lovely

Dozo -  Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with truffle slice

3rd Course – Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Truffle Slice – I had originally expected a foie gras slice on top of a normal chawanmushi. Instead, what they have done is to puree the foie gras into the chawanmushi. I love chawanmushi on its own, but what I can say is that foie gras mixed into chawanmushi is even better. I definitely could taste the distinct flavours of the foie gras in each scoop of the heavenly chawanmushi. Of course, had the dish come with a slice of foie gras instead, I wouldn’t have been disappointed either.

Dozo - Mushroom Soup with Truffle

4th Course – Mushroom Soup with Truffle – Seems like Dozo really likes using Truffles to enhance their dishes! That little black thing in the spoon is a sliver of truffle.

Dozo - Clam Soup

4th Course – Clam Soup – I had this, which I thought was very ordinary after all the previous dishes. It was clear soup with clam flavour, but no solid pieces of clam in there. It also had a rather strong seafood taste, which some others may not appreciate. Didn’t like it that the sides of the bowl were stained with the soup = failed presentation.

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (2)

5th Course – Kurobota Pork Cheek with Onion Jam – The pork was very tasty and cooked just right such that it was very tender. Really loved the flavour of the meat. Didn’t like the gratin that they piled onto the pork together with the mayonaise underneath the green gratin. Once again, way too much mayonaise to the point that I had to once again scrape off the mayo. I really liked the caramelised onions on the side. If only this was incorporated into the pork, perhaps that would be better?

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (3)

Here’s a close up shot of the wonderful caramelised onion jam

Dozo - Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips

5th Course – Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips – Interesting to note that both the main courses had the same green gratin.

Dozo - Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

6th Course – Warm Chocolate Cake – Cake was average. Definitely not near the best that I’ve eaten.

Cappucino Creme Brulee

6th Course – Expresso Creme Brulee – I loved how this was presented. Was very tasty too, the scoop that I stole from my friend.

Dozo - Iced Fruity Refresher

Dozo - Green Apple Mocktail

7th Course – Iced Fruity Refresher (above) and Green Apple Mocktail – I had the iced fruity refresher, and refresh me it did! I was even provided a fork to spear out the cubes of fruit in the drink. My friend had the Green Apple Mocktail which is her favourite in all the drinks that she’s tried here.

Dozo - Seating Area

Conclusions : At first it seems that $59+++ ($71 nett) is a great price for a 7 course meal, and I did think that the 1st few dishes were wonderful and worth the price. However, the soup was a let down. The main course and dessert while nice, gave me the feeling that I could also get these from any other restaurant or cafe. And the vibe of the place…I get the feeling that the restaurant wants to market itself as a fine dining/atas restaurant. But simple details like the presentation of the soup, scratches on the pillars and a totally atrocious toilet (worse than a Chinese restaurant’s toilet!) lowered my impression. To conclude, $59 is not cheap, you get what you pay for.

 

Dozo – Fine Modern Japanesque

491 River Valley Road

#02-02/03 Valley Point Shopping Centre S248371

Tel: 68386966

Lunch: 11-2.30pm ; Dinner 5.30 –10pm

http://www.dozo.com.sg

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