Etoile is the newcomer to the area. But it is different to anything we have in the area. It's always a welcome change to introduce variety into the neighbourhood. I can only hope that it does well enough to sustain its awkward position tucked away from the main road and right in the midst of what we've come to call Opera Estate, taking up an operatic address on Figaro Street. (It's accessible through Jalan Tua Kong, and has taken over what used to be a coffee shop).
|Scallop Carpaccio topped with Uni and Yuzu|
|French Onion Soup|
|Wagyu Beef with Pan fried Foie Gras|
|Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream|
Food wise, there is little to fault at Etoile. But there are many nits to work out eg. cover up wires from a bad interior decoration finish, don't advertise a discount if no one in the restaurant remembers until shown the message from Etoile's very own FaceBook page, don't make servers wear a grey polo shirt with the "Etoile" work scribbled on the back, and don't play Richard Clayderman. It's just not that kind of place, at least the menu does not suggest so. The other nit was training - the staff didn't know who the chef was when we asked. And so he finally came back with "Joseph" and we went, "Joseph who?". Took another journey to the kitchen for him to tell us he is "Joseph from Les Amis", to which we went, "really!?".
But the biggest nit was still dessert. How can a French Japanese place not serve dessert? When we sat down to dinner, we were told that the oven had broken down and no desserts would be served, not even ice cream - go figure. Then midway through our meal, our very nice server told us the oven was fixed and that we could order dessert. We chose something else when we were told the tart would take an hour. Then when our nice server came back to tell us that the chef was just pulling her leg and that it would take the usual time of 20 minutes, we changed our order to the tart. Long and short, it did take a full hour and they should just be thankful the joke wasn't on us.
Here's hoping the jokes stop here and that they manage to work things out. I would go back just for the food.
1 Figaro Street
Singapore 458322T. 6445 5669