Enoch’s European is an intimate little restaurant that started life as a hawker stall selling French food in a coffee shop. Le Petit Paradis operated a store in AlibabaR Hawker Bar for two years before moving into its own premises at East Coast Road. Le Petit Paradis restaurant has been rebranded as Enoch’s European and now serves a range of European food like Sous-vide Chicken Breast, Truffled Mushroom Linguine and 12-Hour Belly of Pork.
Chef-owner, Enoch Teo, started cooking in a zi-char stall when he was only 17. He honed his skills in French cuisine at several well-known Singapore restaurants such as Restaurant Andre, The Cliff and Bistro du Vin. Enoch then started the Le Petit Paradis hawker stall which evolved into the Le Petit Paradis restaurant. By expanding on his culinary repertoire and offering a wider range of European cuisine, Chef Enoch opens a new chapter in his remarkable journey which led to the Enoch’s European restaurant.
The restaurant is small and can accommodate about 30 diners. It is simply decorated with a black and white theme. There is a mix of modernity and small village restaurant charm. The menu is not extensive but you can get a sampling of European cuisine like Spanish Pork, Italian Pasta and French Onion Soup. There are also daily specials on the board.
We went to Enoch’s European for dinner and ordered a petit salad ($4), the duck confit ($18) and the belly of pork ($17). Things got off to a good start when free ice water was served without asking and amuse-bouche of tuna tartare on wafer was offered. Generally, the food was nicely presented. There was nothing too fancy – just simple elegant plating.
The duck leg was served on a bed of mashed potatoes. The duck was well-cured and the outside was perfectly browned and crisp. The meat inside was moist and not gamey.
The signature 12-Hour Belly of Pork was a large cube of crisp skin Spanish pork belly with honey-balsamic glaze. It was served with sous-vide egg on a bed of creamy lentils and bacon. The pork was succulent, moist and tender but the skin was crispy in part and a little chewy in part. The glaze was thick and sweet and added to the enjoyment of the pork. The dish would have been excellent if not for the slight chewiness of the pork crackling.
They have tempting desserts like Creme Brulee and Apple Crumble but, in anticipation of Chinese New Year feasting, we decided to skip the sweets. On the whole we enjoyed our dinner at Enoch’s European. It is on our list of favourite Western restaurants in Katong.
The service at the restaurant was friendly and efficient. We think the prices there are reasonable. Latte is priced at $3.90. There is a set lunch where you get a main plus a choice of beverage for $13.50. There is also a 3-course set dinner menu for $40. The usual service charge is added to the price but no GST is added to the bill.
95 East Coast Road
Tel : +65 6447 0710
Sun to Thu : Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm; Dinner 6pm- 10pm
Fri to Sat : Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm; Dinner 6pm- 10.30pm