Located almost in the darkness by itself at night, we would never have come to Laurent’s Cafe if not for the marketing efforts of the organisers of the Singapore Restaurant Week 2014. During the period from 25 October to 2 November 2014, around 80 restaurants participate in the event, offering three-course meals at fixed prices. In turn, the organisers crank up the marketing blitz and hungry patrons like us sign up online and try out places which we would ordinarily not think of going.
Laurent’s Cafe is located along the narrow and winding Portsdown Road. In the day, the place may be busy with the occupants of the nearby buildings. But at night, it is a lonely restaurant lighting up the darkness. It is a small, basic restaurant run by a pleasant, multi-tasking Frenchman who greets guests, takes orders and serves food and drinks. For restaurant week 2014, it offers a three-course dinner menu at $35. It is a simple menu with just two choices for both the starter and main course.
The prawn cocktail starter was simple and light. Both the fish and duck main courses were well cooked and had a good taste. Unfortunately we think the restaurant is quite understaffed such that the dishes were barely warm when they arrived. Not using warm plates for service may have aggravated the situation. The highlight of the evening was the chocolate tart dessert. As a chocolate bar, its prowess in chocolate creation could be seen in the smoothness and taste of the chocolate tart.
We have mixed feelings about the restaurant week’s events. They are good as it gives exposure to the restaurants and we get to try places ordinarily out of our comfort zone. But the good response seen during this period seems to tax the restaurant’s staff and resources to its limits such that the resulting experience may not as good as it could have been.
Here is a section of Laurent’s regular menu.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Laurent’s Cafe & Chocolate Bar
5B Portsdown Road
Tel : 6475 4182