February 12, 2019
FrapasBar @ The Cathay ~ Affordable Tapas-style French Food With 2-Course Lunch Set At Only $15++
French + Tapas = Frapas
Frapas + Bar = Frapasbar
Putting two and two together, FrapasBar is born as the brainchild of the team behind Saveur.
We love Saveur for its affordable French fare, and now FrapasBar looks set to continue the group's success by offering diners a combination of French cuisine and tapas-style food paired with a well-furnished bar, all set at wallet-friendly prices.
I must say... it's quite a brilliant idea!
Frapasbar's first outlet at Century Square is very well-received, so the group decided to revamp Saveur's space at The Cathay and bring the same attractive offerings to the heart of the city.
We visited during a weekday, where 2-course Lunch Set is available at just $15++ (Monday to Friday, opening till 3pm).
Unbelievably, undeniably value-for-money!
Furthermore, the menu is super tempting with dishes such as Foie Gras ($12), Salmon Tartare ($9), Grilled Brocollini ($9), Valrhona Beef Bourguignon ($14), Seafood Bouillabaisse ($16), and Octopus Leg ($15), just to name a few.
If you like Saveur Pasta ($6) and Duck Confit ($15) from Saveur, these can be found in FrapasBar's menu as well.
We went a tad overboard with the ordering, but fortunately, portions are manageable and the dishes are designed for communal dining anyway. "Share share eat" so can try more variety is the best! Lol!
The Crabmeat Croquette ($9) and Duck Rillette Dumpling ($7) were best enjoyed when served immediately but both somehow survived the photography session I made it went through, and remained hot and crisp even after a while. *two thumbs up!*
Seafood items such as Garlic Prawns ($12) and Trio Of Scallops ($16) were of fresh quality, and the kitchen did the natural flavors much justice by enhancing it with aromatic herbs and simple seasoning.
For instance, the grilled prawns just need a concoction of garlic, chilli oil, and chilli flakes to further bring out its crustacean goodness.
The scallops were big and plump, and paired excellently with the mint, basil, parsley and anchovies sauce.
Sophia's Risotto ($22) was an absolute delight!
I actually deliberated for quite a while if we should order the risotto too, as a rice dish can be rather heavy especially when we already have a whole table of food. So happy we went ahead to indulge anyway.
Besides the well-cooked al dente grains, the touch of local flavors with mackerel, chilli and coconut, made this "otah" risotto a winner. Love the generous topping of crabmeat too.
We shared two desserts, both have their appeal and are equally worthy.
The Chocolate Moist Fudge ($9) lived up to its name with fudge cake that is soft, moist and full of chocolatey happiness. It is contrasted texturally with crunchy cocoa crumble, and... popping candy! There was a mini party going on inside my mouth haha.
If you prefer something lighter and more refreshing, the Lemon Tart ($9) would be an ideal choice.
Love our meal at Frapas. I believe its casual setting, well-executed dishes and affordable prices will appeal greatly to the office and student crowd in the vicinity.
FrapasBar by Saveur
Address: 2 Handy Road, #01-11/12, Singapore 229233
Contact: +65 6735 1141
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-1am | Fri-Sat 12pm-2am (kitchen last order 11pm)
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-35, Singapore 529509
Contact: +65 6789 1121
Opening Hours: Saily 11.30am-Midnight (kitchen last order 9.30pm)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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