No.12

Les Amis

Singapore

On the pass:

Sebastien Lepinoy

Pastry chef:

Cheryl Koh

Style of food:

Contemporary French

Standout dish:

Caviar on Potato Salad - Kristal caviar surrounded with petals of Roseval potatoes with capers, smoked salmon and fresh herbs

Contact:

1 Scotts Road, 1-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

+65 6733 2225
http://www.lesamis.com.sg/

Contemporary French fine dining stalwart in the Orchard belt

A piece of history: Les Amis opened in 1994 as a result of a business collaboration between four parties: stockbroker Desmond Lim, gynaecologist Dr. Chong Yap Seng, executive chef Justin Quek and sommelier Ignatius Chan. The French fine dining stalwart has undergone several major renovations through the years, the latest being a S$1.5 million facelift focused on a major kitchen redesign.

Who’s the chef? The executive chef is Sebastien Lepinoy, an alumnus of the now defunct Cépage in Hong Kong and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong. Lepinoy spent a total of 17 years with Joël Robuchon before he joined the Les Amis group.

What he does in his spare time: When he’s not cooking at Les Amis, Lepinoy is either mountain biking, engaging in Muay Thai boxing or spending time with his Korean wife Olivia Lee, a TV Chef and cookbook author.

Signature dishes: Classic Lepinoy dishes include cold angel hair pasta with kombu, caviar and black truffle; line-caught sea bass from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in France, served with a traditional Americaine sauce; pan-seared foie gras from Vendee and French eel with citrus compote and dashi.

Other ventures: Les Amis recently opened Vue 46 in Jakarta, where Lepinoy serves as a consulting chef.

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