La Petite Cuisine at Serene Centre has expanded both their premises and their menu. In addition to the few tables along the corridors, they now occupy a very cosy outdoor platform just a few steps down from the cafe. Lit with tiki torches, this is a very pleasant area when the weather is in your favour. Do note that I think they only open up the platform when the restaurant gets crowded.
Their menu has also gotten somewhat of a facelift. At least there’s now more than just the duck confit to order, which delicious as it may be, is not exactly the healthiest option if you’re eating here on a semi-regular basis. They’ve included a Magret de Canard (duck breast) dish, but it’s for 2 persons at $40. They also have quite a high end offering of veal tenderloin with chanterelle mushroom pasta, at $28. I haven’t tried that yet but it does sound quite enticing.
On Sunday we had a chicken liver salad, and the filled salmon pasta. The salad was great – the livers were perfectly cooked so they were still slightly runny inside, and the sauce/dressing wasn’t too tart and sour. It’s a bit much for one person but perfect to share.
The pasta is essentially penne-like pasta stuffed with a salmon puree, and served with a light cream-based lemon butter sauce. We’re both not penne fans, but it’s a whole different story when it’s filled with salmon. This is really good and not too rich or heavy either.
The tarte tatin was a bit less outstanding. I think it's because there wasn’t enough caramel, and the apples oozed a fair amount of water during baking so it was swimming in apple juice. At $6 I can’t really complain, but I’d rather save my calories for a kick-ass apple tart somewhere else, like maybe Cafe de Amigo.
If you come here on weekends it gets quite packed – a far cry from when we first started coming when they just opened. More proof that sometimes you don’t need to be too fancy; just serve simple good food and people will come.
This place is still one of my favourites.
La Petite Cuisine
#01-05 Serene Centre
10 Jalan Serene
Tel: 6314 3173
Weekdays 11.30 am to 10 pm, Weekends 11 am to 9.30 pm