Le Petit Paradis, a 7-month old French restaurant located along East Coast road, may not catch your attention immediately, as compared to its longstanding counterparts such as Carvers and Co., 328 Katong Laksa, and Sin Hoi Sai Eating house. Its seemingly unassuming and minimalistic outlook, with the whitewashed walls, and a relatively small space (70-seater), may not seem as appealing, however, it did catch the eye of my boy, as we walked along the entire stretch, for our plan B as Carvers & Co. was closed for works till November.
The restaurant is opened by the very talented 24-year-old, Enoch Teo, who had caught my attention with his sincere service. After walking to what seemed like the end of the stretch of East Coast Road, my boy decided that he wanted some French food from Le Petit Paradis instead. We walked into the restaurant on this fateful Sunday night, just when they experienced a power outage. What luck we have with food all the time right! The server gave us a heads up about the possibility of having an uncomfortable dining experience due to the humidity and stuffiness, especially after a rainy day. Hence, we decided against having our dinner here and walked around some more searching for an alternative. However, the draw of the French restaurant was too great that we found ourselves walking back to Le Petit 2 minutes later, and to our pleasant surprise, everything was back to normal. Just as we were contemplating whether we should head back into the restaurant, we saw Enoch waving and walking towards us enthusiastically to ask us to come into the restaurant. Obviously, you can’t possibly turn down such a offer by the talented man right?
And it was the best decision we’ve made in the week.
The interior of the restaurant went by the simplistic and minimalist design, with its whitewashed brick walls and black tables, which we thought made a really good background for the pictures of our food because of the contrast. It has a relatively small space, a 70-seater restaurant. A homely place with a comfortable ambience.
I heard that this place was actually part of Alibabar hawker kopitiam, located just a few shops down, beside Aston’s. A good move to have their own space, in my opinion, because this place would be bustling with diners in due time.
They have recently launched a new menu on 13 October, which can be found here! The mains offered range from pasta, to the various proteins, such as spring chicken, duck confit, pork belly, salmon, and beef bourgignion. Looks like they have got every protein covered huh. We had a relatively tough time trying to decide what to get because all of them looked so appealing to us.
In the end, we ordered 2 appetizers, the Shitake and Truffle Pasta and Pan-fried Foie Gras. For our mains, the boy got a Beef Bourgignion, while I had a Sous Vide Spring Chicken.
Shitake and Truffle Pasta ($3.90++): Braised Shitake, truffle oil, garlic chips and capellini. A great appetizer in my opinion, and I loved their braised shitake mushrooms because they were so, so fragrant. The combination of the capellini doused with truffle oil and shitake mushrooms was just on the point, a really, really good dish! Besides, where can you find a dish that costs $3.90 in a French restaurant?
Pan Fried Foie Gras ($16++): served with toasted brioche and cranberry compote. This was the dish that left me hanging. I just want to go back there to have a taste of this over and over again. The foie gras was “melt in your mouth” (I quote the boy) good. And indeed it was. The raspberry compote enhanced the flavors of the dish, and I liked it best with the brioche. My gosh. Just get me 5 of this for my birthday. Every calorie consumed was and will be worth it.
Sous vide Spring Chicken ($15.50++): Half spring chicken with sauteed bacon, mushrooms and mashed potato (which I switched it for some greens). A fairly safe dish, but they have elevated the flavors of the spring chicken with the sauce they used to complement the dish, besides the chicken breast was very moist and tender! Great stuff!
A close up of the yummy chicken!
Beef Bourguignon ($19++): Beef shin braised in red wine with carrots, pearl onions, smoked bacon, served with mashed potato. The beef was so tender and juicy, complemented with the hint of red wine, every mouthful was a pleasant surprise. The boy definitely enjoyed this dish, because every spoonful he offered to me, I just melted into a puddle of OMG IT’S SO DAMN GOOD. Hahahaha!
The food served here was sincere, accompanied with an affordable price tag, I was really, really impressed by its quality.
This little diner is easily accessible if you know how to get to i12 mall at Katong, because it is located diagonally opposite of the shopping mall. With such a sincere and affordable French fare, they deserve every form of recognition they can get. This is one of the rare places, which I actually would want to come back for food for, considering that I am someone who loves novelty and don’t really like to make repeated visits to a diner.
Yet, Le Petit Paradis, small it may be, has certainly charmed us, and I would gladly return to try their other dishes such as the pork chop and of course, be back for MORE foie gras. A definite MUST VISIT, and I just can’t stop raving about this place in all of my conversations these days.
How to get there?
95 East Coast Road
|Take the free shuttle bus from Paya Lebar MRT to I12 Katong Mall. Bus services along East Coast Road include No. 10, 12,14, 32, 40.|