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L’Angélus elevates the French experience with a new menu

Known for consistently serving top quality authentic French cuisine coupled with friendly service since 1998, L’Angélus is thrilled to launch an excellent line-up of new dishes to their grand menu!

So Chic had the chance to taste the 11 new dishes – from delectable Entrées to coveted Poissons Et Crustacés, as well as hearty Plats, Entrecôte and À Partager.

New on the Entrées section

Mouth-watering entrées not to be missed include Oeufs Meurettes ($24), comprising two perfectly poached eggs, earthy wild mushrooms from France, lardons (cubed bacon), home-made croutons, as well as homemade red wine reduction, cooked for a day with beef jus, tendons and stock. The comforting entrée is also available as an *option on the Three-Course All-Day Set Menu ($72).

A classic dish at traditional brasseries and bistros, the Ventrèche en Tartare ($34) has been given a twist by using Japanese blue fin Chutoro (tuna belly) tartare, prepared to order to retain the richness of the fatty tuna. The tartare is decadently combined with umami nori (seaweed), home-made seaweed mayo and shallots, and presented with addictive bread chips oven-baked with extra virgin olive oil.

Diners can also look out for the irresistible Jamon Iberico Bellota 50g ($24); as well as the vegetarian option of Brillat-Savarin Salad ($22), consisting of a generous medley of Brillat-Savarin French triple-cream cheese, crisp baby spinach, chicorée endive, seasoned beetroot, crunchy walnuts and a pleasant honey walnut dressing.

New on the Poissons et Crustacés section

Seafood lovers will be pleased with three poissons et crustacés (fish and shellfish) additions. The Calamars Farcis ($42) features approximately 300g of locally wild-caught squid, stuffed with couscous infused with preserved lemon, rosette (ham) and zucchini. The stuffed squid is then pan-roasted with butter and topped with a vibrant Italian-style Romesco sauce and premium ikura.

The La Légine ($52) is a luxurious dish that stars glistening Patagonian Toothfish from Australia, glazed with miso and a sake-mirin reduction; and served in a Bafun uni beurre blanc (French butter) sauce. The gorgeous fish is complete with poached golden French beetroot that is well seasoned with cinnamon, salt and white wine, and beautifully garnished with feuille de brik – a crispy wheat pastry. Not to be missed is the Risotto de Pouple ($40) which presents marinated Spanish Cantabria octopus leg and smoky chorizo bellota on an excellent saffron risotto.

New on the Plats section

For meat lovers, look out for new mains like the Poitrine D’agneau ($44) and Pluma Ibérique ($45) – the former a delectable rack of confit lamb ribs marinated overnight with traditional Moroccan spice mix Ras el Hanout; then sous vide for 12 hours at 80 degrees C and oven-roasted. The dish is then served alongside flavour-packed Aubergine (eggplant) caviar, home-made black garlic purée, and a French rosemary jus. The latter features 200 grams of succulent Iberico pork “pluma” seasoned with shio koji and sous vide for an hour, then pan-roasted to finish and presented with salsify, green apple purée, home-made pork crackling and a traditional soubise sauce that is made with chopped onions, cream, pork jus and Madeira wine.

New on the À Partager section

Beef fans will be drawn to the Bœuf Bourguignon ($132, 800g) comprising prized Wagyu short ribs marinated overnight with reduced red wine and pan-seared, then braised bone-in with tomato paste and stock for five hours, and seasoned with mirepoix (made from cooked diced vegetables). For a treat, indulge in the Yugo Wagyu MS7 ($92, 200g), an award-winning Australian full-blood ribeye boasting a marbling score of 6-7. The impressively tender ribeye is served thinlysliced with fresh seasonal vegetables and a delightful red wine sauce. Both dishes come with a creamy home-made pomme purée on the side.

The Signatures

Guests can also check out all-time highlights at L’Angélus, including the signature Escargots ($20, 6 pieces) – burgundy snails in traditional claypots (free flow every Wednesday!), and coveted Foie Gras Poêlé ($24, 60g/ $36, 120g) – a thick slice of foie gras pan-seared with a unique bak kwa sauce, pickled plums and appetising hawthorn purée; or go for cold entrées like the Pâté Grand-Mère ($18), a home-made pork and chicken liver pâté “Grand-mère Style” with cornichon, sourdough and sweet onion chutney. The restaurant’s most popular à partager (sharing plate) is the Le Châteaubriand ($140, 500g/ $72, 250g), a hearty panroasted beef filet ‘Châteaubriand’ served with potato gratin, seasonal vegetables, and choice of two sauces from red wine, blue cheese or black peppercorn.

Highly sought-after plats include the elegant Confit de Canard ($40) – a home-made French duck leg confit with white beans casserole and confit lardons; the traditional Pintade aux morilles en Cocotte ($66, 500g) – French guinea fowl with creamy morel sauce, smooth pomme purée and green peas, as well as the flavourful Le Cassoulet ($48) – French “country style” baked beans with moreish Toulouse sausage, Vaudois sausage, duck confit and succulent pork belly. Fans of seafood are also encouraged to try the restaurant’s Bouillabaisse ($62), a delicious saffron seafood stew that comprises wild-caught squid, premium tiger prawns, Hokkaido scallops, red snapper, rouille sauce, garlic croutons and comté cheese.

End the meal on a high note with Clafoutis, a warm flan baked to order with indulgent brandied cherries, or the show-shopping Crêpe Suzette – prepared tableside with home-made orange syrup which exudes the pleasant aroma of orange peel, and flambéed with the classic Grand Marnier. Both treats come complete with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A contemporary take on a classic favourite, the Lavender Crème Brûlée is a choice pick – fragrantly infused with lavender buds and well-complemented with tart rhubarb purée as well as a home-made sablé Breton (shortbread).

The Wines

Wine enthusiasts will be delighted with the outstanding selection of tipples available at L’Angélus, many of which are directly sourced and imported by the L’Angélus Group. Start with noteworthy aperitifs like the Kir Royale ($22) – featuring the 2013 **Jean Vesselle, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs de BOUZY Brut Nature, a full-bodied Grand Cru champagne, with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and a delightful brandied cherry. The restaurant prides itself in serving quality labels at excellent value as their house pours, on a rotational basis while stocks last. Look out for the 2019 **Sancerre ($20/ 150ml glass) by Lucient Crochet, a young and fresh Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley which is light-bodied and boast notes of grapefruit, citrus, hay and minerals – now served as a house white and best paired with the entrées, poissons et crustacés and even pork dishes like the Pluma Ibérique.

The house red is Domaine Édouard Delaunay’s organic 2018 Bourgogne, “Septembre” Pinot Noir ($18/ 150ml glass) – light-bodied with notes of black cherry, plum, and liquorice – a perfect match with beef dishes like the Bœuf Bourguignon. Perfect for a date night, the 2015 ***La Dame de Montrose, Saint-Estephe ($148/ bottle) is a stellar second wine from the esteemed Château Montrose – a full-bodied red wine that goes excellently with lamb dishes like the Poitrine D’agneau, and sold exclusively by the bottle.

**Imported directly by L’Angélus Group and exclusively available at its restaurants

***Imported directly by L’Angélus Group

Interesting anecdote: The regular customers of L’Angélus have their own napkins on shelves with a small plate with their names on it. Who knows if you come often to L’Angélus, you will also have your napkin and your name on the shelf too!
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