Ce Soir Review: New Luxurious Restaurant In Singapore Serves Beautifully Plated French Cuisine

Ce Soir Review: New Luxurious Restaurant In Singapore Serves Beautifully Plated French Cuisine

Lifestyle Food
By Karmen on 11 Jul 2022
Digital Editor

Ce Soir is yet another floral-themed dining establishment that just arrived on the Singapore culinary scene. But what sets it apart from the others - including the cafes created by the same team: Le Jardin and Cafe De Nicole's Flower - is it's fine dining concept with reasonably priced multi-course meals.

The journey to Ce Soir will take you to the serene and remote Portsdown area, where it's hidden behind Under Der Linden cafe.

Ambience at Ce Soir

Set in an old black & white colonial bungalow, Ce Soir's interior has an air of subdued opulence. There is definitely a sense of luxury from the finishings and furniture; I recognised the sculptural tables that could be the award-winning Clay tables by Desalto. At the same time, the upscale aesthetic is grounded by a muted colour palette and floral arrangements that bring a comforting, home-y touch.

Ce Soir main dining roomPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Ce Soir main dining roomPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Offering a more intimate dining experience, the Private Room makes an extravagant statement, covered in black walls and dramatic floral arrangements creating a cosy, cocooned ambience. This room is available with a minimum spend of $1500 for lunch and $3000 for dinner.

Ce Soir private dining roomPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

My first impressions of Ce Soir - luxurious yet unintimidating - were furthered by the restaurant manager and servers who welcomed us warmly and didn't make the whole affair seem too formal.

Menu at Ce Soir

Led by Chef Koh Han Jie, who has established his expertise in French cuisine through years in Michelin-starred establishments, Ce Soir offers course menus featuring classic French dishes with a modern Asian touch and floral elements. These menus will change seasonally so diners can always be surprised with something new.

Lunch:
Bloom Menu - $78
Lustre Menu – $98
Irisdescent Menu – $198
Wine Pairing – $128

Dinner:
Irisdescent Menu – $198
Wine pairing – $128

Food at Ce Soir

My selection was the Lustre Menu ($98), a lavish 6-course meal.

It began with assorted breads and butter, including a plain one and a spiced version. The pillowy soft truffle bun made for a lovely appetiser while the other breads worked well as palate cleaners between courses.

Assorted breads with butter - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

A moment later, Chef Koh emerged with the pretty and dainty Canapes served on elevated dishes, and explained the recommended tasting order from the mildest to strongest flavours.

Canapes - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Things got to an impressive start with the Gougères, a wonderfully fragrant and airy puff pastry with a medley of cheese, truffle and onion flavours. After that was a refreshing burst of umami from the Salmon Roe Tartlet with crème fraîche, followed by the crispy Charcoal Kuih Loyang with smoked eel.

Gougères and Charcoal Kuih Loyang - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

The next course was another stunner. Arranged in a rose shape, the Hiramasa Kingfish was layered with thin slices of green apple and surrounded by a sauce made with boiled apple juice infused with chrysanthemum and goji berry tea.

Hiramasa Kingfish - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

This dish had wonderfully balanced flavours that were pleasing and light, with tanginess from the apple and subtle fruity aftertaste complementing the natural sweetness of the fish.

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But the seafood course that really hit the spot was the Ora King Salmon. Expectations were already high since this fatty fish is often regarded as the wagyu beef of the seafood world. Still, I was amazed as this was the most perfectly cooked salmon I'd ever come across (and I eat a lot of salmon) with a beautiful medium-rare doneness. The meltingly soft flesh was packed with juiciness while still having the light, flakey texture of cooked fish.

Ora King Salmon - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

The presentation was also on point, plated like a work of art with tiny dollops of chervil root, Maitakae mushroom and asparagus. The rich beurre blanc elevated the clean-tasting salmon, giving it a luxurious mouthfeel and a bright, buttery taste, while the foam added a hint of lemongrass. If Ce Soir ever introduced an a la carte menu with this salmon, I'd make plenty of revisits for it!

After that dazzling course, my dining partner and I were presented with an ornate Japanese box containing different knives for our choosing. When asked how to best pick the right knife, the restaurant manager advised us to "go for the one that's calling you." Neither of us were the discerning type when it comes to knives, but we appreciated this little gesture and the bit of fun it added to the experience.

Selection of knives - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

That said, the knife I chose was barely needed with the Yukimoro Snow Aged A4 Full Blood Wagyu (+$32) as the uber tender meat tore apart with ease. Not to be dramatic, but I felt actual despair after the last bite of this incredibly luscious steak. It was delightfully rich, well-marbled and juicy without any cloying fatty taste.

Yukimoro Snow Aged A4 Full Blood Wagyu - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

But unfortunately, the 10/10 streak ended with the other main course -the Kurobuta Pork with pumpkin, sansho pepper and asparagus.

Although the doneness was just right, the pork was a tad dry and lacked the succulent quality expected of Kurobuta pork.

Kurobuta Pork - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

The other choice of main course is the Lumina Lamb with morels, wild garlic and carrot.

After that was a pre-dessert, which was not on the menu, for us to clear and prepare our palates for the main dessert. We let out a "wow" as the flower-filled plates landed on the table, but the dessert itself was the real star of the show.

Pre-dessert - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Inside the glass bowl was shiso sorbet covered in a milk foam. There was an unexpected ginger zest that harmonised well with the refreshing and tart flavours.

And finally, the most extravagant-looking course - Prickly Pear. This creatively plated dessert was served on a doughnut-shaped glass bowl that created the illusion of the food resting on flowers.

Prickly Pear - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

A mascarpone-centred dessert, it had a velvety rich cheese flavour that was elevated by the tanginess of strawberry. Completing the dessert was almond crumble and a biscuit ring decorated with more mascarpone and strawberries.

Our elaborate lunch ended with the Mignardises - earl grey macarons with lavender and mini madeleines topped with shaved lime.

Macarons and madelaines - Ce SoirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

To sum up the experience at Ce Soir, it was indulgent, relaxed and oh-so satisfying. The food quality was stellar and every course was creatively designed with refined and balanced flavours. The ambience was undeniably posh but still casual enough for us to feel like we were dining in our own stately home. On the service front, the servers were always attentive yet made sure every table had their own personal bubble. And it was most certainly worth every cent of the $98.

Ce Soir
Address: 5B Portsdown Rd, Singapore 139311 (17-minute bus ride from Commonwealth MRT station)
Opening hours: Weds to Sun: 12 - 4pm Lunch, 6.30 - 11 pm Dinner. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.
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