A much welcomed addition to the new Bugis+ (formerly known as Illuma), Poulet is a French bistro that offers a casual dining experience with her cheap and simple dishes. Nestled on the fourth floor of the shopping mall, the restaurant is established with an open- concept dining area that simulates alfresco dining under the roof of the building. I have been told that akin to the overwhelming crowd that Saveur (Seah Street) has been experiencing, Poulet seems to be really popular with the locals and foreign expatriates as well.
French Onion Soup ($5.80)
The first dish that was served to us, I was surprised by Poulet’s rendition of the French Onion Soup for it had rather surpassed our expectations. The kind of food that quietly delights, I was comforted by the deliciously tangy notes and the belly- warming sensation that our satisfying bowl of soup had provided us with.
Escargot de Bourgogne ($8.80)
Heavily buttered, the Escargot de Bourgogne lacked character as it was disappointingly one- note. The flavours were too subdued by the excessive use of Almond Garlic Butter and I would opine that it would surely be a turn off for the more health- conscious eaters. A few of my friends found delight in accompanying the Burgundy Snails with the sweet tart tomato fondue though there was not much of it.
Poulet Roti ($28.80 for Whole Chicken)
The house signature of the restaurant, we spotted their all-so-popular Poulet Roti on almost every table. Boasting a delightfully crispy skin, the roasted chicken was executed to juicy tenderness and it surprised with a delectable sweetness. Furthermore, the poultry was endowed with a deep savour from the home- made Mushroom sauce based that was packed so full of flavour. Most of us took pleasure in the uncommon combination but one of my friends had preferred to have the Chicken meat on its own. The star item is certainly a must- try should one pay a visit to the restaurant.
Braise de Canard ($15.80)
The Braised Duck leg was cooked decently and the meat did have quite a bit of bite but all in all, the dish was not particularly impressive in the taste department. I had found the Sweet Wine sauce base to be rather bland as well though the Cranberry bits tossed in, gave the dish a nice fruity tang. Other than the generous serving of the Duck Leg, there was hardly anything to shout about if we were to compare this to the other items.
Oxtail de Bourguignon ($15.80)
A huge hit with the customers, the Oxtail de Bourguignon was my absolute favourite dish from all that we had for our dinner. Offering gratifying textures with each bite, the pressure- cooked Oxtail was cooked till both the meat and fat were delightfully soft and a couple of us found the experience to be soul- satisfying. The dish hit the right notes with its complementary flavours as well, the Red Wine Sauce added depth to the meaty flavours of the Oxtail.
A familiar dessert to many of us, I did not exactly fancy Poulet’s version of the Tiramisu though I did like the interesting glass container it was served it. The portion was indisputably generous but they could have gone a little easier on the Rum syrup and Mascarpone Cheese so that the fragrance of the Expresso notes come through more significantly.
Poulet serves surprisingly affordable plates and those unfamiliar with the French cuisine, will certainly be won over by the simple yet tasty menu. The long line outside Poulet is demonstrative of her popularity she has been enjoying and unfortunately, the dining area is rather small and the restaurant does not accept reservations. I do think that the queue is worth the wait and this is definitely one of the best dining options in the recently rebranded shopping mall.
201 Victoria Street
Contact Number: 6509 9411
Mondays to Sundays, 11.30am till 9.30pm