First published on 7 May 2012. Updated on 16 May 2012.
Above: Brasserie Wolf
For art deco elegance
This discreet haunt evokes 1930s Paris, from the dark wood antique bar to the white-checked floor and art deco Tiffany lampshades. Hearty classics include bone marrow and parsley purée on toasted Poilâne bread ($18), and recipes from chef Frédéric Colin’s grandfather. 66 Tras St (6255 8266). MRT: Tanjong Pagar. Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sat 6.30-11pm. Main courses $31-$38.
For riverside seating
Chef Claudio Sandri, formerly of Nobu in London, serves up classic French comfort cuisine overlooking the river – think Josper-grilled Rougié foie gras with Griottine cherry sauce ($26), crispy duck leg confit with potato rosti and ratatouille ($34) and fall-apart-tender braised beef bourguignon ($33). The wine list is impressive too, boasting a roster of 300 Austrian drops. #01-13 The Pier at Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd (6835 7818). Take a taxi. Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 6-11.30pm; Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-11pm. Main courses $26-$138.
For a boutique atmosphere
Cocotte is a melding of the post-industrial chic and rural France. The dishes are well executed, including a spicy Basque squid stew ($16) and sole meunière ($34), a fresh whole pan-seared sole in brown butter sauce. Mussel Nights are every Monday and Thursday. 2 Dickson Rd (6298 1188). Little India. Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm; Sun noon-3pm.Main courses $34-$175.
The Dempsey Brasserie
For a modern experience
Former Nautilus Project and PS Café chef Danny Ong sticks to French classics – prawn bisque with cognac and puff pastry ($15); chilled house-smoked trout with vine tomatoes, cocktail onions, cornichons and mixed greens ($16); and steak frites ($36/$42). Desserts include traditional apple tarte tatin ($14). #01-03, 7 Dempsey Rd (6473 4500). Take a taxi. Mon-Fri 5pm-1am; Sat & Sun 10.30am-1am. Main courses $20-$42.
For (semi-)alfresco dining
Unpretentious Southern French fare at this authentic joint that spills out onto the pavement. Dishes include
Toulouse sausage quail-stuffed foie gras and braised cabbage with mild mushoorms ($33) or a hearty portion of spicy and pickle-spiked ground skirt-steak tartare with crostini and crisp frite ($26). Or grab the Express Lunch set ($22++) which comprises a two-course meal of mushroom soup and steak frites, plus coffee or tea. 35A Keong Saik Rd (6221 4506). MRT: Outram Park. Mon-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm. Main courses $15-$42.