La Maison Fatien has its links to a 17th century wine-making house located in Beaune, the heart of France’s Burgundy region. The Fatien family also owns a bed and breakfast mansion called “Chez Les Fatien”, where travellers can stay in any of the four well-appointed suites while visiting the vineyards.
The family produces its own label “Maison Fatien Père & Fils” and the selected wines are hand-crafted in the boutique winery next to the mansion.
La Mason Fatien Singapour is housed in a beautifully restored pre-war four-storey conservation shophouse in Duxton. This is an area that has gentrified over the years and is now home to several good European restaurants.
The first floor houses the bar area where it sells and serves its namesake wines. Dining is on the second and third storeys, with the fourth level reserved as a multi-function space for private and corporate events.
The décor of La Maison Fatien is like a cosy house with many pictures adorning the walls. It has a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere where people talk in hushed tones. The serving staff were friendly and cheerful.
For starters, we ordered the Escargots au beurre d’ail, which is half a dozen gratinated escargot with garlic butter (S$12). They were served piping hot, which meant they likely came straight from the oven. The escargots were soft and tender. The melted garlic butter was fragrant and it was perfect as a dip for the toasted bread.
The other starter we had was Frisèe aux Lardons, which is salad, poached egg, croutons and bacon (S$10). The restaurant was generous with its serving of greens. The vegetables were fresh and although it was a simple dish, it certainly did not disappoint.
For mains, we opted for Confit de canard (S$28), which is duck confit served with “sarladaise” potatoes, Côte de porc “Charcutière” (S$22), which is roasted pork chop with potato purée and sauce “Charcutière”, and Bavette à l’échalotte (S$22), which is grilled flank steak with caramelised shallot and French fries.
As we were told that the duck confit usually runs out, we decided to order this dish in advance when we made the reservation for lunch. The skin of the duck was crispy while the meat was very tender. The accompanying potatoes, which were cooked with garlic in rendered duck fat, were a decadent treat.
The roasted pork chop was well marinated and the meat was cooked just right. The meat was not chewy and surprisingly, quite tender. Most important of all, it was not “porky” in taste.
The flank steak was prepared medium-to-well done. As a result, the meat was tender and juicy. The caramelised shallot infused the steak with extra flavour, while the accompanying French fries were good. We polished off everything on the plate.
We were full after the main courses and had room for only one dessert. The serving staff recommended the Profiteroles (S$10), which is puff pastry with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. The profiteroles were like mini cream puffs stuffed with some fresh cream. The pastry of the profiteroles was done to perfection – it was a little crispy on the outside and soft when eaten. It was simply divine and provided a sweet ending to a satisfying meal.
La Maison Fatien serves classic French dishes at reasonable prices. It is a suitable place to bring a date, to unwind with close friends after a hard day’s work, or for business entertaining if you do not want to go to the hotel restaurants. There is a public car park nearby, which is within walking distance to the restaurant.
Address: 76 Duxton Road
Monday to Friday: Noon to 2:30 pm
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
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