Novus Restaurant at the National Museum of Singapore

Located in the hart of Singapore Novus restaurant offers fine dining at the National Museum of Singapore. For people who like to sit outside they have a cosy courtyard with a small podium for a band or solo artist to play. Lots of smoking space outside too.

The food they serve definitely falls under the category of fine dining. We started with a tuna carpaccio and had a nice 250gr Agnus beef steak as our main dish. Both dishes very delicious and nothing to criticise about at all. The tuna carpaccio was served on a rectangle shaped dish, first time for me. The steak had French seasoning and was grilled with the fat like it should. Yummy!

At the start of our dining experience the waiters offered us a special menu of a starter, soup, main dish and desert with a complementary glass of champagne. But when we started to add every dish, the total seemed less that their special offer. Unless they charge $30 for the glass of champagne 🙂

The service throughout the whole evening was extremely bad. It started with showing our table without asking if we wanted something to drink. We had to call them to place our order. Then they asked if we wanted plain or sparkling water and walked away without asking if we wanted something else! 🙁

On top of that we were interrupted with our conversations many times, which could have been a lot more subtle. Finally at the end when we ordered a coffee each and the first coffee was served and 45 minutes later the other two. Very bad service for a upper-class restaurant with upper-class prices. 🙁

4 people, 3 course, 2 bottles of wine and two drinks each: $750! 🙁

Novus restaurant courtyard
Novus restaurant courtyard

Cassis

Finding the presentation of French restaurants in Singapore a bit sober, I have to try every single one for sure. Cassis located in one of the black and white houses at Rochester Park automatically earns points if you are looking for romantic dining.

Outside at Cassis
Outside at Cassis

We made a reservation for 7pm which was clearly too early for a Saturday night and most other guest arrived between 8 and 9pm. More people more liveliness, and a remote place like Rochester Park comes to life when at least 50% of th seats are taken. Surprisingly enough it never really got that busy for on this Saturday night.

Being seated and presented with the wine menu it was nice to see that most wines could be ordered by the glass as well. A good thing if you can’t agree on the wine because you’re both having different main courses. The garlic butter served right away really taste like it should. A bit salty, I guess because of the choice of butter and just the right amount of garlic and parsley-like herbs.

The food menu is average in size which makes it easy to decide and the choices are diverse. We had Tuna and the Fois Grass Terrine to start with. The Tuna was perfectly in size and very nice presented. The Fois Grass Terrine on the other hand was a thin slice of Fois Grass and I like them thick. The taste was very good though especially served with the Fig confiture.

We had two delicious main courses beyond reproach. Tenderloin well done exactly as asked and served originally with a nice wine/port sauce and fennel Purée. I had the duck which was also well done and had a nice crust with maximum flavour. Some nice veggies, nicely cooked, to go along with.

Conclusion
Great food at a great and romantic location. The service was good but a little bit to eager to do well. We got served really fast which doesn’t really fit with the relaxed and romantic setting. All together we spent about twice as much as planned. Something makes their prices pretty high compared to other French restaurants like L’ Angelus and Les Bouchons.

Arnaud