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In an area full of tired-looking pre-war shophouses, you’ll be tickled pink to find fine foods like pan-fried foie gras! The nostalgic feel of this particular pre-war shophouse unit has been fully tapped to great effect. At a glance, it looks like any local coffeeshop; yet, surrendering to its cosy interior, you could just imagine being in a local cafe in Paris! And when you visit from 3pm to 10pm daily, except Mondays when it is closed, expect unpretentious French food at truly pleasant prices.
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4 Jul 2013 17:39:12
In an area full of tired-looking pre-war shophouses, you’ll be tickled pink to find fine foods like pan-fried foie gras! The nostalgic feel of this particular pre-war shophouse unit has been fully tapped to great effect. At a glance, it looks like any local coffeeshop; yet, surrendering to its cosy interior, you could just imagine being in a local cafe in Paris! And when you visit from 3pm to 10pm daily, except Mondays when it is closed, expect unpretentious French food at truly pleasant prices.
The French Stall May 3, 2007 by ladyironchef Today is the worst food-adventure i had so far. And its not because of the food. The food is excellent, price reasonable, service acceptable. Its because i bloody forgot to bring my canon ixus on a day where i arrange to have dinner. So thats the explaination for the lack of pictures in this post. Thats not it, i tried to use my chocolate phone to take picture (it has 2.0 megapixel), but when i reach home, i found that the pictures that i took was gone, or rather its not there. O well. Pls bear with my description and the lack of pictures.
I was really happy when I saw the executive salmon set on the menu cuz it’s my “dream menu”, i.e. what I would have ordered ala carte anyway.

Executive Salmon Set (from $28.80++):

Leeks with vinaigrette dressing;

Grilled salmon chunk with red wine sauce and spinach, “Genevoise”style; and

Homemade tiramisu.

I’m rather fond of leeks, especially leeks that’s served cold with a tangy dressing and boiled till so tender that its stringy fibrous texture became more delicate than tough.

Salmon was just salmon, nothing memorable.

Surprisingly, the tiramisu was way better than decent! Very moist and nice balance of mascarpone cheese to soaked ladyfingers. In fact, I enjoyed this even more than what I had at top Italian restaurants like Garibaldi and Otto.

Though the food was generally good, I wouldn’t come back anytime soon. Lack of air conditioning is one, the obscure location is also another reason. And if you notice, prices are not exactly cheap after all the additional surcharges have been included in the final bill. That said, the concept of making French food affordable for the masses is still a great one!

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The French Stall did it again. The fuss-free French restaurant that can be likened to the French equivalent of Botak Jones is now closer to home for lucky residents in Ubi. Only this time, it is bigger and better in both service and space.

THE FOOD:

Helmed by chef-cum-owner Mr Xavier Le Henaff, a two-star Michelin chef with more than 15 years of experience in 5-star hotels, The French Stall offers an extensive menu in a casual setting with wallet-friendly prices.

A three-course set meal here costs $16.80 and comprises of an appetizer, a choice of main course as well as a choice of dessert. Iced water is served free.

To work up the appetite, the French classic onion soup comes with two bite-sized slices of baguettes well soaked and topped with squiggles of cheese. Here, the meal begins with a slight disappointment, as the cheese is not authentically baked with the soup.

Next, the main course of Baby Chicken with Mashed Potatoes arrives promptly - a tender, moist chicken leg perched on a bed of well-seasoned and buttery mashed potato.

For the pork lovers, try instead popular main course, Pork Belly with Lentil and Red Wine - three thick slices of slow-braised pork belly accompanied by a mishmash of lentil, tomato cubes and brown sauce. The light, bland taste of the lentils offsets the guiltily intense flavour that oozes out of the tender braised pork belly in between bites which can be an overkill.

The classic crème caramel, a melt-in-your-mouth silky smooth egg pudding crowned with caramel sauce, ends the meal on a sweet note. Here, the dessert is not willfully drowned in sauce but tastefully sufficient.

Also, try the lemon sorbet. The refreshing scoop of sweetened ice leaves a sourish-sweet tingle on the tongue.

A word of advice: Go with an empty stomach.

The French Stall is the least french here with its generous portions.

Despite some disappointments such as an unauthentic non-baked onion soup, the food at The French Stall gives bang for your buck and remains a good choice for french food in the area.

THE MOOD:

Like its flagship restaurant in Little India, the quaint French kitchen offers fuss-free French dining. What’s more, the second and bigger branch offers comfortable spacing between tables and ample parking spots. Baby seats are provided for families with kids and the crowd comes in a good mix of locals and expats.

The restaurant is non-conditioned with mostly alfresco seating - cosy seats beneath rustic ceiling fans which evoke a laid-back atmosphere and that furthers tempts the appetite with periodic aromatic whiffs of freshly baked thin-crust pizza.

For images, visit http://www.freshgrads.sg/index.php/articles/lifestyle/food/778-the-french-stall.html!

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