Garçons Classic French
Many a time I have sat on bus 163 that passes by Upper Thomson Road where many good food lurks around the area. So one day, I head down there with a friend to try some of the food. At first we headed over to Udders because I had the ever random, ice cream cravings! After, we walked for a bit and spotted Garçons!
The shop is relatively small with cozy interior and a romantic lighting. Tables are rather close to each other because of the lack of space but somehow it still feels that there is some privacy between each table! Interestingly, it shares the same shop as One Man Coffee operating on different shifts and they have a tv showing old cartoons like The Yogi Bear Show and The Road Runner Show which really spiked my interest since I love old cartoons!
Anyways. since we were in a french diner, we had to try their signature Escargots ($12.90) , a classic french dish consisting of cooked snails.
For a start I have to say, the Escargots were really something! I could hardly resist digging into the escargots with its profound garlic & butter aroma filling my nose as soon as it arrived at the table! It’s not the first time I had escargots (The first was at Saizeriya) and I thoroughly enjoyed it, again! The texture is similar to that of clams, mildly chewy, but much bigger. On its own I doubt there is much taste to it but the garlic butter sauce complemented the escargots so well that it feels as though garlic, butter and escargots are a match made in heaven!
For my main I had the Oxtail Stew ($19.20) while my friend had the Chicken Coq Au Vin ($15.90) – It’s on the Specials menu. Since both dishes are cooked over long periods, it means that the meat would be off-the-bone tender!
Next, the oxtail stew that I had were utterly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Tender meat with flavourful stew, I can hardly contain my taste buds for more! Garçons prepares the food in a way that feels rustic and homely, unlike most french restaurants now which strives for modernism with fancy plating and modern cooking techniques like sous vide food and what not. I found the flavour of the beef really comes through the dish with a hearty stew filled with carrots, onions and mushrooms.
I believe they use the same cooking method and the same base ingredients such that the flavours of the Chicken Coq Au Vin is similar to the Oxtail Stew – flavourful yet not over powering. A down side of the Chicken Coq Au Vin is that it was a tad too salty, where my friend had to rinse her tongue with water midway through the meal because it was too salty.
On my second visit to Garçons, I went with my other friends and of course we had the signature Escargots as I recommended, we also tried the Duck Rillette ($8.90), Braised Lamb Shank ($19.90) and Carnivore Platter ($39.90)!
I love the flavour of the Duck Rillette which is wonderfully seasoned, and has a texture similar to a Pâté! It comes with sliced baguette and eaten like a spread with a few pieces of gherkin to cut through the saltiness and also adding a bit of crunch!
I really loved the Braised Lamb Shank! First off, the flavour of the braised meat is superb, off the bone tender! My friend actually picked up the bone and all the meat fell off, leaving nothing on the bone at all! Similar to the Oxtail Stew and Chicken Coq Au Vin, the dish has mushrooms, carrots and onions adding on their lovely nuance flavours!
I found the Carnivore platter Okay, it wasn’t as satisfying as I though it would be. I felt that it seemed more like a tasting dish, so I won’t complain. However, hats off to the 12 Hour Crispy Belly of Pork, from the seasoning to the tenderness of the meat, to the crisp of the skin, and lastly the honey balsamic dressing which just melds everything together!
On the plate are three different sausages (Spanish Chorizo, German Bratwurst, Chicken Cheese sausage – I like bratwurst the best) and also half a roasted chicken! Sadly though, with the high level of food served I expected the chicken breast to be a bit more moist than what we would get outside. The salad was a nice addition, just to clear the heaviness of all the meat on one plate!
Overall, the experience was great, atmosphere was relaxed and cozy even though the place was small and kind of squeez-y. I would recommend the Escargots, Duck Rillette and Braised Lamb Shank, simply extraordinary! The price compared the quality of food is quite fair.
215R Upper Thomson Road
Can be reached by bus no. 52, 132, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 410, 855, 980
There are also outlets at
Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Monday to Saturdays
[email protected] Pinnacle, 1 Cantonment Rd
#01-01 Singapore 080001
11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm, Monday to Friday
11.30am-10pm, Saturday & Sunday