La Cuisson Bistro and Wine Bar: Affordable French food
Some of you may remember Le Cuisson, a simple stall serving affordable French food at a coffee shop in Queen Street then Holland Drive. The brainchild of local born Chef Kenneth Lin who made waves in 2011 by bringing French comfort food to the masses, has now ventured into a full restaurant at Prinsep Place.
Housed in a quaint shophouse, Chef Lin continues to serve up homemade goodness and honest French food at affordable prices. Other than the classic French dishes like Pan Seared Foie Gras ($22) and Escargots ($10), there’s also more exotic dishes such as the Ox Tongue Salad. An appetising starter, Langue De Boeuf ($16) is a plate of savoury chewy Sous-vide ox tongue with mesclun salad. Another must-try starter is the Homemade Duck Rillette ($8), served with fruity orange reduction sauce and orange peel shavings, which goes well with the fragrant bread.
Chef Lin emphasizes cooking everything from scratch in his kitchen whenever possible. Most of the charcuterie is produced inhouse like the Foie Gras Terrine ($20) mixed with figs and apricots. Another classic European dish is the Pork Head Terrine ($8) or ‘Head Cheese’, made from the flesh of the head of a cow and takes two days production process, which is actually quite palatable. You can also opt to sample all with the Charcuterie Platter ($22).
Star of Chef Lin’s menu of hearty rustic European dishes is the 200day grained fed Australian Angus, 200g Shoulder Tender ($28). The Beef Shoulder is the most tender part of the cow with quality equivalent to the filet mignon, this cut is so good that butchers often keep it for themselves. Best served medium or medium rare, this dish is a rare find definitely not to be missed for all beef lovers. Carnivores will love that the meat delights here come in pairs. Lamb Duo ($68) of delicious lamb rump and tender braised lamb shank with yummy sauce made with generous amount of red wine. Served with Kipfler potato gratin and garden salad, this hearty dish serves two but there’s limited portions so while stocks last. Pork Pot Au Feu ($29) will give you flavourful sous-vide pork shoulder and pork sausage braised for two hours with mixed vegetables in aromatic pork jus.
If you have room for dessert, go for the light Poached Pear ($10) with vanilla ice cream and beetroot puree to pair with a great Capuccino. Want something with more oomph, the delightful Dark Chocolate Ganache ($13) with Valrhona chocolate, white chocolate sesami crisp, chilli pistachio brittle, pomelo pieces and green tea mousse, will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Chef Lin also handpicked the wines at La Cuisson for their drinkability and affordability. For both Old World and New World wines, the prices range from $50-$80 per bottle. If you are having red meat dishes, we recommend the Australia’s Brand’s Laira Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2010. Happy Hour at La Cuisson Bistro and Wine Bar is from Tuesday to Sun day, 5pm to 8pm, where the second glass of housepour is 50% off.
Besides dinner, La Cuisson Bistro and Wine Bar is also open for brunch on weekends. The brunch menu includes breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict (12.50), Steak Sandwich ($22) and other interesting French breakfast items like Oeufs En meurette ($17) with poached eggs, Breakfast Cassoulet ($18) of cassoulet beans with purple cabbage slaw, classic french sandwich Croque Monsieur ($17) or Croque Madame ($18) which is topped with additional egg.
La Cuisson Bistro and Wine Bar
44 Prinsep Street, Prinsep Place, Singapore 188673
Tues – Fri: 5pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Sat: 10:30am to 2:30pm (Brunch), 5pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Sun: 10:30am to 2:30pm (Brunch), 5pm to 10:30pm (Dinner)
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