It's not everyday that you see a restaurant built just for a house-brand French wine. So we were really surprised to read that Maison Fatien, a wine company in Burgundy, had opened their first overseas outpost here in Singapore.
Located at Duxton Road, the interior of this shophouse has been transformed into a rustic French restaurant. The atmosphere here is casual, and the food is rustic French.
As recommended by the friendly service staff, we had their inhouse 2008 Maison Fatien Volnay. The wine was easy to drink. It tasted even better after the wine was allowed to "breathe" for a while.
For starters, we had the Escargots (S$12) - 1/2 dozen gratinated escargots garlic butter. The escargots were really juicy and tender, and filled with the wonderful fragrance of butter and garlic. Mop up the garlic sauce with the toastes provided.
Aother yummy starter is this Onion Soup (S$12) served with crouton, gratinated with Emmental cheese. Unlike most onion soup, their version here is not too salty. Yet it retains the creaminess and sweetness of the original french onion soup.
French mustard for our mains.
We went through the one-page menu. Decided to order the popular Duck Confit (S$28) served with "Sarladaise" potatoes. The chef did a wonderful job, and the skin of the duck was crispy but not too oily. The duck meat was tender and flavourful. I also enjoyed the potatoes.
Another good mian dish we had was the Roasted Pork Chops (S$22) served with potato puree and sauce "Charcutiere". The pork was slightly chewey, but we find it quite flavourful.
Managed to finish our wine before desserts were served.
As we were too full, we shared just one dessert, which is the Creme Brulee (S$10) - Vanilla custard and caramelized brown sugar. It was one of the best Creme Brulee we had in Singapore. The surface was crunchy and the custard within was creamy. Excellent.
La Maison Fatien
76 Duxton Road