I have never been too hot about French soup. Typically, I would order a soup only when it is part of my set lunch or dinner menu.

But the onion soup at La Cantine in Asia Square is no ordinary affair.

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Cevennes Onion Soup on a “Foie Gras Royale”(S$28)

Located at Asia Square Tower 1, this casual French restaurant is helmed by 3 Michelin starred chef Bruno Menard. Accolades aside, La Cantine is tucked in a corner beside a more prominent “The Exchange” bar. From the exterior, it feels like an unassuming cozy bistro with contemporary interior.

Back to the said onion soup, it looks rather unassuming too – at least from the picture, which I downloaded from the restaurant website by the way. Served with a white truffle scented Chantily cream, the soup is laid upon steamed foie gras which is not apparent at first glance.

Here’s how you enjoy it. Stir the spoon to scoop some bits of the foie gras together with the onion soup and there you have an interesting texture of the solid foie gras melting in your mouth instantly, leaving a trail of its rich and creamy taste that blends immediately with the light, flavourful onion soup.

At this point, words seem to have failed me but this is definitely one out-of-the-world soup that I have ever experienced! I am no culinary expert but I believe it takes skills to be able to control the temperature and texture of the foie gras and attain the right consistency for the “melt-in-the-mouth” effect. Apparently, the onions used are imported from France. The portion of the soup is huge and this is best shared with your dining companion.

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Our main courses of Caramelized Pork Belly (S$36) and Beef Sirloin Steak (S$39) were very delightful, leaving almost little space for dessert. I opted for the “Baba au Rhum” (S$14), which is an airy yeast cake soaked with vanilla cream and rum. The cake absorbs well and soaks the flavor from rum pretty quickly, so the kick from alcohol could be quite strong. At least, they didn’t try to burn the Baba!

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I will definitely be back at La Cantine to try the other dishes and desserts. The dining experience was pleasant and the food was stellar. I heard that it gets crowded in the afternoon as the restaurants offer a S$39 set lunch. So, if you work in the CBD, don’t forget to make a reservation before heading there.

La Cantine
8 Marina View
#01-01 Asia Square, Tower 1
Singapore 018960
+65 6690 7567 | reservations@lacantine.sg

Image credit: La Cantine

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