No.16

Les Amis

Singapore

On the pass:

Sebastien Lepinoy

Pastry chef:

Cheryl Koh

Style of food:

Classic 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, the French translation of 'The Friends', is the sophisticated first restaurant of the Les Amis Group family. In the 1990s, there was a dearth of independent fine-dining restaurants in the local food and beverage scene, and Les Amis filled the void, becoming a trend-setting fine-dining restaurant when it opened in 1994.

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.

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