Poulet Appearlicious Festive Menu (& chance to win a tour in France when you dine!)

You know what is round the corner when the halls are decked! Christmas is one of my favourite festive season of the year as it oozes of warm giving spirit and endless feasting! Speaking of which, we were kindly invited by Poulet for a sampling of their festive Ap-pear-licious Menu.

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It is just irresistible when they put all my favourite ingredients in the new dishes!

First up, their all-time favourite Poulet Roti (it’s French for “roast chicken” not our local understanding of “roti bread”) with caramelized apple sauce (S$17.90++ for 1/2 and S$30.90++ for whole). If you enjoyed their original Poulet in brown sauce with bacon and mushroom, this will surprise you with a tinge of sweetness. The fresh chickens are still brined for a full day in the Chef’s secret recipe but the sauces caters to different taste buds.

One word – I like all their Poulet Roti dishes I tried thus far; no wonder it’s their speciality. Try this for a change during the festive season! 🙂

If you are going with company and haven’t gotten enough of the cinnamon apple fix, try the Cinnamon Apple Winglets with Homemade Fresh Apple Dip (Top up $5.90++ with purchase of any main course). Most dips I tried before are savoury; the Chef decided to innovate with a sweet apple dip as an interesting twist. These are once again marinated before breaded and fried.

The creamy apple dip was a good accompaniment to the wings which otherwise was too “breaded” for my liking. For those who dislike cinnamon, honestly, the taste is really mild. As a fan of the spice, I would prefer more cinnamon! 😀

Kids would love this dish I am sure!

And of course, every meal has to end with dessert! With us this season is the Rustic French Pear & Apple Tart (S$8.90++).  Sandwiched between 2 crispy puff pastry is a generous serving of classic French Vanilla Ice-cream with pear and apple bits. Of all the desserts on the menu, this is actually my favourite! It might be the feel-good Christmas spirit, but anything that has strong contrasting textures always go down well with me.  GREAT combination I say! 🙂

Pair the above dishes with a refreshing new drink – Blood Orange & Minty Cucumber Cooler (S$4.90++). This is a thirst-quenching combination and do crush up the vegetables if you prefer a bolder taste (that’s me). 🙂

For families of young children,  I think you will definitely be able to find something suitable for your young ones in the menu. When all else fails, don’t worry, remember there is still the all pleasing (French) Fries. 🙂

Have you been to one of Poulet’s latest outlet at The Kallang Wave (next to the Sports Hub)?

It is a cozy place with Parisian ambiance. You won’t miss it with the iconic Paris Tower decked in black and white. 🙂

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Hope you will enjoy the festive menu like we did! For a preview of other dishes on their menu, check out our earlier review here. When you dine at Poulet, do remember to join their online contest to win a premium land tour for 2 to the romantic country of France. More details here.

This is early – but an advance greeting: MERRIEST BLESSED CHRISTMAS to all!  :O)

N.B: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting by the kind folks at Poulet. No other compensation were received. All photos, opinions and once again further enlarged waist-line remained yours truly.

Poulet–New Menu!

Media Invite/Food Review

If you have not heard of Poulet, it is a French-themed casual dining chain which had taken Singapore by surprise with it’s rapid expansion from it’s first outlet in Bugis+ in 2012. A total of 10 outlets (including an upcoming one in the new Kallang Wave Mall), it has totally changed the concept of French dining in Singapore.

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Having travelled to Paris a few times previously, French cuisine gave me the impression that it’s expensive, small portions and can take a long time to be served! Perhaps with the aim to dispel such misconceptions, Poulet introduced quality French food at affordable prices.

In celebration of it’s 2nd birthday in Singapore, Poulet introduced a fresh look-menu and new entries too. We were kindly invited for food tasting at their Bedok Mall branch.

 

 

Coming to 5 years old soon, Xi En can read more words and enjoy ordering his own choice of food and drinks from the menu. He can go quite wrong sometimes with the orders but we allowed him to learn these independency skills and told him he had to finish up what he ordered! He’s still a small eater but anything with fries is a winner. Smile 

Good to note for parents: There are high chairs provided for young ones and plastic cutleries upon request too.

Sharing with you a few of my old favourites and some of the notable new delectables.

Starters:

Mention French food and escargot comes to mind. I remembered for my first trip to Paris some 10 years back, I actually bought back a pack of frozen escargot as it was so foreign a dish to me then! Today, you need not go so far.

If you are adverse to the idea of eating snails, just think of it as clams, “hum” or “La La”. The texture is similarly chewy but key difference (which had us licking our fork and spoon) is the fragrant tangy almond garlic butter and tomato fondue. Go on, order half-dozen or more! Don’t worry, edible snails are farm-grown and not those crawling in your way after a heavy downpour. “P

 

Another 3 sides which are recommended: 

Truffle Mashed Potato ($5.90) – If you are a fan of potatoes, you will love this. If you are not a fan, you will be won over by the after-taste of truffle oil! I am a fan of both ingredients and so I loved this! A good choice as well if you have young ones (or older folks without much teeth!) in your company.

Salad De Canard Fume ($12.90) – Chopped Garden Salad with Smoked Duck Slices, Tomato, Pine Nuts and Orange Wedges tossed with Raspberry Dressing. Right mix of everything; a refreshing starter. I specially liked the citrus salad dressing and this hit the right note with me.

Ratatouille ($5.90) – Key note: It’s not cooked by a rat (pun totally intended!). Suitable for vegetarians and you have to like root vegetables to enjoy this classic French-stewed vegetable dish.

If you are a soup person, do pick up the Country Side Mushroom Soup ($5.90) – Cream of Wild Mushrooms and Idaho Potato (a variety of potato grown in the American state of Idaho). This is always the safest bet in any menu; and I’m glad that the chefs got it quite right with a creamy, starchy texture, bits of wild mushrooms and crunchy croutons.

The other one in the soup section is the French Onion Soup ($5.90). Unfortunately, the stock used for this soup is a little too salty for my liking. However if you must have caramelised French Onion Soup and love savoury items, it might be the right soup for you.

 

Next up is the exciting new mainstays in the new menu: Introducing Pissaladiere ($11.90 to $13.90) – simply put “French Pizza”. Commonly appreciated in France, this is an open faced pastry topped with generous portions of ingredients and traditionally served without cheese. I have a weakness for such crumbly, tart-like crust. It is lighter and crispier vs the Italian pizza dough. You can easily wolfed down 2 of these sizes! Most in our dining party that night raved about these. A clear must-try!

 

 

Mains (Plats Principal)

Ah ha, the stars of the dinner and Poulet’s signatures:

Poulet Roti with Mushroom Chardonnay Sauce ($15.90 Half or $28.90 Whole). This is the dish which made Poulet famous and so, seriously don’t leave the restaurant if you never try this before. These tender chickens sit in a special marinate for a whole day and when served with the special chardonnay sauce, it is plate-licking-good! My only grouse could be a bigger serving! Open-mouthed smile Half chicken is seriously not enough for the dead-serious chicken lovers.

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Enter a new spin in the hot favourite above is Poulet Diane ($17.90 Half; $30.90 Whole). No change to the perfectly-roasted chicken except this is served with traditional brown sauce with bacon and mushrooms. If you are not a huge fan of the creamy chardonnay sauce, this will be good news. Browned chicken with brown sauce; it is an age-old pairing and really can’t go wrong with bacon and mushroom to boot! If you are eating with a crowd, order both or better – all 3 Poulet(s) on the menu to share. The other one which we didn’t sample is the Poulet De Cranberry (served in Cranberry sauce with double Pommery & Dijon Mustard). Photos on the website looks alluring too!

Though Poulet means chicken in French, that’s not all it offers as mains. We sampled another favourite in the group: Braised Pork Belly ($15.90). Ordinary it might sound but tastefully executed it is. The feel come close to our Chinese-style of braising but the mustard made it very French and a welcoming accompaniment for this dish. This is not the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly but I still enjoyed the chewy lean parts with the sinful fatty meat, messily eaten with the braising sauce and mustard. 

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For beef lovers, there is the Oxtail De Bourguignon ($15.90). Honestly, this is my least favourite of all the mains. Not the taste; not the texture. I wished there were no bones! To eat it like a fine lady is no mean feat. Thankfully the meat does slide off easily when you get around it, but it is a little embarrassing if I angled wrongly and accidentally flick some pieces of meat onto the face of my date! hahhaaa…  I prefer my beef as a steak or stew. Smile Not their speciality either but an alternative if you must have beef.

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Seafood lovers do not need to fret. These is a new dish just for you – Halibut En Papillote ($17.90). Enveloped in parchment paper is a slab of fresh halibut fillet (no bones, yeah!) served with garden vegetables and white wine sauce. Rightly recommended by Jamie (the PR lady who hosted us for the dinner), you got to eat this dish hot to enjoy the freshness of the fillet as it interacts with the white wine sauce. This light-weight dish is easy on the waist-line and allows room for dessert!

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Dessert; anyone said dessert? Yes, there is always room for something sweet to end off. I don’t exactly have a sweet tooth; I like to taste them but I normally do not finish all.

Desserts are best shared, don’t ya think? That way, you get to have a taste of everything. Which is exactly what we did. We ordered all 5 items on the menu! Creme Brulee is never my first choice of dessert but it surpassed all the rest and came back as an empty plate. The Tiramisu came second close though I wished there is more rum and soft biscuit-fingers.  The rest are possibly menu-fillers and need a little more work in my opinion. Then again as mentioned, i don’t have a sweet tooth so I could be bias. Give me the Poulet any time over dessert! Smile with tongue out 

Overall, we had a great French meal! Poulet is a restaurant which you won’t need to burn a big hole in your pocket and yet able to savour a piece of Paris while admiring the Eiffel Tower (menu). Besides the French traditional style, I liked the twist to make the selections suitable for the local crowd. It’s good to know there are many vegetarian options in the menu to cater to the special diets (I have a vegetarian mother). A place for all occasions; give it a try today and let me know what you think! Bon Appetit!

Details:

Poulet’s oulets: http://poulet.com.sg/restaurants/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PouletSG

Instagram: @Pouletsg (If you are on IG; remember to #Pouletsg to enter an on-going photo contest to win some dining vouchers)

 

N.B: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting session with Poulet. No other compensation was received. All opinions, photos and an enlarged waist-line remain my own.

One Pan Pasta

I first saw this recipe on Facebook. It looks so simple that I know I must try it out!

And so, bookmarked it to try it out one day.

One rainy day, I finally dug out the link and cooked a portion for myself. It was just amazingly unbelievably easy and yummy!!

Pardon the low quality of the photos as I was using my iphone throughout the cooking process. Too lazy to take out a proper camera! 😛

Imagine this: 1) cut ingredients > 2) throw everything into the pan & boil > 3) serve & eat!

It reminds me of Oso and his 3 special steps! (If you know what I am saying; you are a true-blue mummy who watches cartoons!!)

This is a perfect recipe for busy working mummies who wants to whip up a quick dinner or for those days which you don’t feel like eating another pack of instant noodles!

Recipe adapted Martha Steward Living ( Serves 4 )

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces linguine ( I used whatever portion we normally can finish )
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered if large ( I mixed cherry and regular tomatoes as I didn’t have enough cherry ones )
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (I substituted with some left-over chilli flakes from pizzas delivery as I didn’t have any red-pepper flakes at home!!)
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish (I substituted with dried herbs such as basil and mixed herbs as I didn’t have any fresh herbs at home)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving (this is very important; I forgotten to add this on my 2nd attempt and it didn’t taste right…)
  • 2 teaspoons of coarse salt or sea salt (don’t omit the salt as it is important for flavouring. But I tried reducing reducing the salt portion slightly; it still worked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water (a rough gauge will be just enough to cover all the ingredients; too much water will take a longer time)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (I substituted with mixed pizza cheese because I didn’t had Parmesan then)

Directions

1) Cut all the ingredients required

2) Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red-pepper flakes, herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated. It took about 12 to 15 mins in my attempt.

3) Season to taste with salt and pepper if required. Serve onto 4 plates, garnish with some fresh or dried herbs. Add additional olive oil if required. Top with Parmesan or any other preferred cheese.

Viola! Your one-pan-pasta is ready to be savor! (Add some fresh basil/herbs to enhance the color; which I didn’t have at home then).

p.s: for the first attempt, I added some frozen clams as I needed to clear them. It tasted good together too! Smile

This is really so much better than bottled sauces. We had always relied on bottled sauces when we are in a rush to whip up pasta. But now there is an equally fast and healthier option!

If you have tried this, please do share with me what your thoughts. Smile

Happy Friday!