klyeoh first recommended this new French restaurant Nicolas at 35 Keong Saik Road about 3 months ago at Chowhound:
and then I read a rave review on the local The Strait Times a week later. Since then, this place has been on my radar screen and I finally got the chance to try it over last weekend.
And when I left the place, I concluded that this is going to be the next hottest place in town, right in the same league with Iggies and Gunther's, which I consider the 2 best fine dining restaurants in town right now. Not only was I impressed with the food, the meal was value for money with its 5 courses tasting menu at $95 per head compared to Iggies/Gunther's, though the decor was simple and the service, though friendly but was not refined. The menu was also rather limited and location not really at the best part of town (and parking is a problem if you drive). But nevertheless, the food was so good that you will want to forget the inconveniences.
We started off with scallop carpaccio with ikura and white truffle drop, then really fresh light flavored sea langoustine, proceed with duck foie gras and an asparagus from Luberon. For the main dish, there were 4 options, which I opted for pigeon breast though I also took one small slice of beef tenderloin from my wife's plate. Since the meal was so good and I was not full yet, I ordered an extra chef's pasta with scampi. All the dishes were delicious, and none disappointed me.
I will definitely be back again.