went with a friend to try out immanuel french kitchen at salute coffeeshop at alexandra village on 19.3.2015.^^
my interest was piqued by the saw a write-up on ST Life on enochximmanuel 6-course dinner menu 3-day event.
i did not managed that but did went with my wife to enoch’s the evening before. so today, it’s time to try out immanuel french kitchen.
it’s not easy to get parking even at 11.45am. anyhow i managed to parked at SCAL (singapore contractors association limited) building.
salute coffeeshop is really an interesting concept. all the stallholders are “boutique restaurants” in a non-air con environment.
the “people in white” wearing the stew kuche tees seemed to be policing the place. i was early & place was quite empty so i sat at a 4-seat table. they asked me to move to the next 2-seat table. reasonable ask, good practice i guess – so comply, not that there was a choice!
they did that to a young couple again who came to sit at the table i vacated. well, at least it was consistent & diligent.
we came mainly for immanuel french kitchen. chef immanuel tee has rather illustrious pedigree, having worked at jaan with chef andre chiang, restaurant andre (where he met & worked with chef enoch teo), michelin starred guy savoy & pastorale, & keystone.
young chef was busy. there were another 3 helpers.
we ordered the duck rillette & the kakuni style braised belly pork. both were good!
the belly pork was excellent. i guess sous vide, & very well done for taste, texture, with the onset egg & croutons. very enjoyable dish, big for 1pax & quite perfect to be enjoyed by 2pax or 3.^^
i love the duck rillette. it was a very good helping too, & served with pickled gerkhins, which i liked too. the baguette was good too & excellent taken together with the duck rillette. i want to eat this again!
the stew ruche menu did not look exciting. we were not going to take the knuckles, & the pasta did not look great. of course could not tell until you tasted it but on photos alone, think my own pastas are better than any of them.
1 reviewer commented that the ramen burger had nice bulgogi but the burger tasted like maggi instant noodles snack!
my friend decided to try the mussels pot from seasalt. this was poor really! & such a simple dish to make. mussels were just slightly overcooked & not so juicy & succulent. the sauce gravy was ordinary.
worse, 1/2 the mussels had beards that were not removed, quite “dirty” really. no chance i would try this again.