Oh Là Là! Here are the 9 Best French Restaurants in Singapore
There’s passion for food, and then there’s French passion for food. For those looking to fill up on French fare (and with it, plenty of butter), we’ve put together a list of 9 exceptional French restaurants in Singapore.
Featuring everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to pâtisseries and romantic bistros, you’re sure to find something to love on this list.
French food in Singapore? Oui, s’il vous plaît!
1. Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine
Named after head chef Gunther Hubrechsen, this Purvis Street restaurant specialises in creating dishes that are as much a treat for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. The food is rooted in traditional French cuisine but with a distinctive contemporary twist, focusing on strange and unexpected flavour combinations to create dishes that are delicious and unique. This is most obvious in their oscietra caviar special, an elegant signature dish that is accompanied by cold angel hair pasta, flavours of truffle and homemade blini.
Just as unique as the food, the decor at Gunther’s Restaurant is simple and stunning with a style unto itself that helps set a sophisticated atmosphere. Gunther’s Restaurant is a multi-award winning and is a must for foodies everywhere.
2. Bistro Du Vin
Established in 2009, Bistro Du Vin is dedicated to providing Singaporeans with the authentic French bistro dining experience. The menu is full of French classics made from traditional recipes, alongside a wine list overflowing with premium French wines to perfectly match the fine fare. The decor here is traditional, the service is fantastic and, of course, the food is brilliant. There’s an excellent set lunch menu to take advantage of during your work day too. Apart another round of duck confit, what more could you ask for?
It’s very clear from the moment you walk in that Bistro Du Vin has gone out of its way to create a dining experience that is not to be missed.
3. Les Bouchons – French Bistro & Steakhouse
Famous for being one of the first restaurants in Singapore to serve steak frites – French-style steak and chips – Les Bouchons also offers a fantastic range of classic French dishes with a subtle modern flair. Their dedication to serving consistent and quality dishes has raised the bar for dining out in Singapore.
Les Bouchons has two outlets in Ann Siang and Robertson Quay, Both of which serve fantastic food and some of the best steaks in the city paired with the restaurant’s signature homemade French fries. Did we mention there’s even a vegan option using Impossible meat? It’s delicious, charming and sophisticated. With this in mind, bookings are essential.
One of the top reserved restaurants in Singapore, the name Bar-A-Thym is a play on the French word baratin, which basically means ‘sweet talker’. A name that also happens to perfectly describe Bar-A-Thym’s head chef and creator, Francois Mermilliod.
Bar-A-Thym focuses on using locally sourced ingredients from sustainable suppliers and blending classic Southern French food with the Japanese dining concept of Omakase which creates a truly unique dining out experience. Expect plenty of finesse and technical culinary magic. The duck rillettes, homemade pâté en croute and mille-feuille are all hot favourites.
5. Les Amis
One of Singapore’s two Michelin-starred restaurants, Les Amis has been a shining light in the world of French gastronomy since opening in 1994. Maintaining its charm, style and sophistication since then, Les Amis combines the classic fine dining experience with an Asian influence, making it not just exceptional but one-of-a-kind. Don your best threads and get ready to dine on caviar, perfectly cooked seafood, sea urchin soufflé, buttery puff pastry and more.
Along with the award-winning food, you’ll find one of the largest wine lists in Asia with over 3000 bottles. All of which are stored at the ideal temperature in a humidity controlled wine cellar. Les Amis is one of the top restaurants in Singapore and is well worth a visit.
6. Merci Marcel
Also one of our favourite spots for brunch in Singapore, Merci Marcel’s stylish venues in Tiong Bahru, Club Street and Orchard offer a relaxing French bistro dining experience. You can catch your breath over coffee and brunch or simply let the hours slip away as you sip on top quality French wine while enjoying the bohemian atmosphere. We are particularly fond of their hip take on the croque madame as well as tarte flambée, crème brûlée, plates of artisanal cheeses and flakey croissants straight from the kitchen.
Feel inspired by the coastal vibes, art and creativity that helps make Merci Marcel so much more than just a place to eat. If you’re after a break from the big city but still need to make it to work in the morning, a table at Merci Marcel is the perfect idea.
7. Mad About Sucre
This one goes out to Singapore’s hardcore sugar addicts. Right next to Outram Park station along Teo Hong Road, Mad About Sucre was voted Singapore’s best patisserie for the past four years. Specialising in all things cake, expect beautiful sponges, tortes and tarts as well as handcrafted chocolates and pastries. Everything has been made from scratch using natural ingredients, seasonal produce and lashings of passion. Choose from elegant flavours like chestnut, rum and salted caramel and French earl grey, apricot and blood orange.
Stefan and Nico are the duo behind Bar-Roque-Grill and have been awarded with a Michelin Bib Gourmand for three years running. If that’s not a sign of an excellent French restaurant, we don’t know what is. The bistro serves a hearty Sunday brunch (great news if you had a few too many cocktails the night before) as well as affordable set lunches and enchanting a la carte dinner options during the week. The menus are extensive, with plenty of fresh seafood, delicate foie gras dishes, charcuterie platters, dry-aged beef and classical desserts like chocolate fondant and madeleines. For a feast with friends and family over traditional rustic cooking in a lively atmosphere, Bar-Roque-Grill is a must.
9. Praelum Wine Bar
No list of French restaurants is complete without a wine bar thrown in the mix. All throughout France, city streets are dotted with charming wine caves and cellars. Praelum on Duxton Hill gives Singaporeans a taste of that coveted lifestyle. In a bright and bold dining space with pops of red and contemporary art, this wine bar stocks their cellar with about 1,000 bottles of wine. Sommeliers are on hand to help you find your dream vino and the kitchen crew whip up plates of French-inspired food (including hefty chunks of premium cheese) to perfectly complement those drops. As one of the few establishments on the island to be awarded the Gold Standard Wine List by Wine & Dine Magazine, Praelum is always ahead of the game and regularly update their wine offering with new discoveries.