About Au Petit Salut
Au Petit Salut is home to some of Singapore’s finest French food. In the beautiful, verdant surrounds of the Botanic Gardens, Au Petit Salut at Dempsey Hill in Tanglin is a smart, sophisticated restaurant for Singapore’s French fanatics. Harding Road is an inauspicious place to keep a fine dining establishment like Au Petit Salut, but diners are flocking there in droves for fine French food, excellent wine and an evening spent is good company.
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- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Wednesday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Thursday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Friday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Saturday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Sunday 10:30 - 15:00
Au Petit Salut’s upmarket stylings are a nod to the restaurant’s chic, modern attitude. Set in the beautiful gardens of Au Petit Salut’s landscaped surrounds at Dempsey Hill, diners can choose to sit outside with their meal in the summer and take in the sights and sounds of the garden’s relaxed ambience. Whether you opt to sit on the terrace or in the main dining room, guests are treated to culinary delights regardless. Opt to visit for lunch and take the set menu and choose from delectable delights like salmon trout tartare, oven baked red snapper and a pear tarte tatin, rounded off with tea or coffee.
If instead you opt to dine at Au Petit Salut in the evening, we recommend taking the tasting menu to sample the best of the kitchen’s considerable talent. This five course extravaganza of French cuisine at Dempsey Hill is a wonderful contrast to Tanglin’s busy streets. Au Petit Salut is a formal restaurant, so diners are encouraged to reserve a table before arriving at the restaurant, and the restaurant enforces a dress code prohibiting shorts and flip-flips at all times. Family should also note that prams are not permitted in the Au Petit Salut indoor dining room.
Excellent food! Plating was appetising. Ambience was quiet & romantic. Service was prompt & with finesse. APS crew was professional & friendly. Especially DeeDee, Fidz & Rowell.
Prompt service! Excellent food! The set lunch was definitely worth the price!
Food was decent, enjoyed in particular the salade nicoise and smoked salmon starters. The great ambience and attentive service made it a very memorable experience.
Nice french food and service from the staffs. Cosy garden environment with indoor and outdoor options. The beef, cod and orange cake are done nicely.
I am a regular patron of this restaurant and have always enjoyed their superb and authentic French fare. It is always a delight spending time with friends and loved ones here, with the excellent food and charming ambience. This particular visit with a friend from Canada, however, did not turn out as fabulous. She ordered the oven-baked snapper for her mains and the fish and vegetables turned out a tad salty. She highlighted this to the Manager (Filipino staff with no name tag) and he brought it back to the kitchen to ascertain that the feedback was genuine. As with most food, it will take more than a mouthful to verify the quality of the food fully. In this case, you must eat more of it to ascertain whether it was indeed salty. He came back to say that the kitchen staff did not find it salty and politely and slightly condescendingly, told my friend off by saying that there was nothing wrong with the food and that it was her palette that was “different.” In other words, she was at fault. With that, he promptly walked off without an apology or provided any recourse. Our reaction must have registered disbelief and shock, when after about 20 minutes, he came back with two Shirley Temples and offered it to us, again without any apology and in his condescending manner, said that it was to make up for the main course that my friend did not finish. With that, he walked away. I guess Au Petit Salut needs to look into retraining their managers and staff on service quality and standard, especially service recovery skills.
We ate dinner here, after having made a booking for a table via their web site in the late morning. The booking process was a breeze, and confirmation was received by email quite soon after. Au Petite Salute has been around since 1998. The cuisine is French, and the restaurant has many followers. Very popular at lunch time as many, including myself, have been there to eat their 3 course set lunch which is good value for the buck. But tonight it was for a special dinner. The service was attentive, polite and cordial. When my wife mentioned feeling a strong draft, the waiter immediately adjusted the blower of the air conditioner to lower the this. The ambiance is plain, with floor to ceiling glass panels on both sides of the dining room, and the room ends decorated with red brick tiles. Warm lighting made the place very cosy and comfortable. A well stock bar occupies one end of the room. There was piped jazz music, not my favorite. I thought the atmosphere could be more romantic with a better selection of music. The single white tulip flower on each vase on every table looked pathetic! We had the 3 course set dinner menu instead of the 4 course as we both cannot eat much, ordering, for our starters, the Smoked salmon, with fresh vegetables, sour cream & dill, capers, micro herbs, with balsamic reduction; the Lobster Bisque with lobster ravioli, and fresh tarragon. The main course was a Crispy French duck leg confit, with roasted potato, caramelized onions, orange & Piment d’Espelette, and brown jus. My wife had the Red wine braised beef cheeks, with carrots, button mushroom, and Pommes Mousseline. For deserts, I had the Choux buns and vanilla ice cream, with warm chocolate sauce and sliced almonds; and my wife had the Creme Brulee with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans and chocolate pearls. This was finished with a coffee and a tea. The duck was pretty delicious and well seasoned. The skin was crispy, and the flesh tender enough to fall off the bone. I like the orange flavor, but found the Brussel sprouts a little undercooked. The Beef cheeks were tender, but I found the smell of beef a little too overpowering for my liking and would have struggled to eat this dish. My wife however, didn’t think this was so, but then she has problems with smelling due to medication affecting her smell senses. The deserts were very good. I enjoyed the crunchy almond bits and the vanilla ice cream with the chocolate sauce. My glass of red wine was obviously poured from the last drops of the bottle. There was so much residue that it was unpleasant to drink the bottom third of the glass, but at $18/- a glass, one tries not to waste too much! In all a pleasant evening which could have been better. A place which I would return for special occasions, and hopefully, find fewer negative points than tonight. Four stars for the moment.
Well hidden gem in Dempsey hill! classic stand alone French restaurant with amazing food to boast. This place has its own parking area that leads to a grand entrance to the restaurant. The dinner selection was interesting with several authentic French delights such as French onion soup ( highly recommended), duck confit & quail with foie gras. We had the French onion soup, lobster bisque with lobster ravioli, seafood platter & saddle of lamb with ratatouille. The onion soup was flavorful with lots of melted cheese, caramelized onions & croutons injected into the dish. The lobster bisque was equally flavorful and the ravioli was prepared al dente. Would be better if the ravioli was stuffed with more lobster meat. The seafood platter delighted us with their presentation; cod on squid ink couscous, grilled prawn with lobster emulsion & pan seared scallop. Fresh tasting seafood which would have tasted better if it was served when hot. The saddle of lamb was cooked to perfection; medium rare. Meat was tender and seasoned well. Ratatouille was stuffed in piquillo peppers and was delicious! We picked a bottle of Argentinian Malbec 2012 and it was A perfect accompliment to our dinner. We ended our dinner with a palette cleansing lychee & berry sorbet with fresh fruit. Downsides to this restaurant: there wasn't much enthusiasm when guests enter the restaurant. This was rather disappointing. No recommendation for wines to pair with food.
It is priced for a top quality food and experience. There's a choice for indoors or outdoors and the latter is quite nice even though there is no air conditioning. Au Petit Salut serves traditional french, with french ingredients. Even the butter they serve for your bread is not from the local grocers. I have never received bad service, food was served in a comfortable pace. Seasonal delicacies are also available, we had, untop of our set, oysters from bretagne. I've always been there for special occasions, and will definately go back.
I brought my girlfriend to Au Petit Salut for her 21st birthday and we enjoyed the great food and lovely ambience. Highlights were the seafood vol-au-vent or puff pantry that was chocked full with prawns, scallops and squid in cream sauce; crispy duck confit and pumpkin puree which was heavenly; seared black codfish in lemon butter sauce - the codfish was really fresh; and lastly chocolate and salted caramel tart which was rich in flavour. The pineapple mojitos were surprisingly refreshing too!
We used to go to Au Petit Salut very often, but hadn't been for about a year. We had the lunch set menu. Ordered snails & smoked salmon salad for starters. Snails were good, salmon not so great - nothing really popped on the plate, plus the helping was tiny compared to the snails! Mains we had tenderloin (with a top-up of $15) & pork belly. Both dishes were well cooked, but lacked seasoning & sauces, and the portions were TINY. Dessert was creme brulee (biggest disappointment - tasted eggy & lacked a crunchy crust, the best part of a creme brulee!) & profiteroles (delicious, just the right amount of everything). Overall, lacklustre food & service. Don't think we'll go back.
I have been coming here on and off for the last 12 years, and it is consistently one of the best experiences in Singapore for reasonable money. There is a marvelous airy terrace surrounded by greenery, with the quieting sound of running water and even frogs. The service is always very friendly and professional. But you should really come for the food: consistently excellent classic French dining, with a few outstanding dishes like the French quail filled with mushrooms and foie gras, and with a light truffle sauce. There remains one point for improvement: although they have an excellent wine list by the bottle, the selection by the glass is a bit underwhelming. An investment in a vinomat to keep open bottles of premium wines fresh would definitely make my experience there complete...
Warm friendly service. At the end of the lunch service, the staff had to reset the dining room for dinner. Instead of kicking us out as some places do, my friend and I were invited outside to the lounge area to continue our conversation and we were served water without asking and were welcome to stay as long as we liked. Well done Au Petit Salut!
Wonderful dining experiences on Au Petit Salut~We take up their lunch set menu, quite reasonable price. The staff recommend today's special ,beef chick,the meat was so tender. The dessert was nice though. I celebrated my hubby's birthday , so previously i inform the staff to put candle and wordings on the dessert. It turn out nice and my hubby really enjoy the lunch.
Al Fresco area was under renovation; which was not that big a deal as the weather did not warrant it. Service was acceptable and food had innovative French variance. Foie Gras dish as example - generally paired with apple but pear was used instead to give the sweetness with pomegranate for tartness. Table of four had variations of the set menu. All mains were pretty good with the exception of the Black Cod which seemed overdone on the sauces. The Snapper was perfect and a better option. And I'd have to mention that the tenderloin was done to perfection. Medium rare was done correctly and so was medium. Simple things like these were hard to come by these days in Singapore's fine dining establishments. This was only my third visit in over a decade. Standard consistent and well maintained.
The restaurant was situated in a quiet place. Ambience was really good for dining in. Staff in the restaurant responded to my request very well and was really friendly. Food waiting time wasn't too long and transition between dishes was smooth. Of course the food was very nice. Overall very positive experience in Au Petit Salut!
It's a very enjoyable dining at Au Petit Salut. The Bavette Steak was tenderly done & blended well with the chef's signature mashed potato. The coffee was well blended. The ambience is relaxing with attentive good service provided by each staff. Highly recommended for good bonding with family, friends & business associates.
Service & food were excellent, just right for a friend's birthday lunch at the end of the week. We sat outside & it was cool & airy. An ideal location to celebrate with easy parking & easy access. Thoroughly recommend Au Petit Salut for a girl's lunch.
We visited at the weekend and the restaurant was at full capacity. I think they were quite short staffed as we were seated but no one offered us water or a menu for 10mins, until we asked for service. Despite the dress code, it was a very casual restaurant with plenty of people turning up in shorts and sandals. There was also a table with children and they were running around, making quite a racket, which somewhat ruined the ambience. The food was good, though nothing worth writing home about. However by Singapore standard, I trust it was marginally better than the norm. The recipes were very safe and classic with little surprises - no complaints. Given the range of restaurants in the neighbourhood, I don't think I will be coming back.
The atmosphere was quiet and cool inside. The restaurant was busiest around 8:00pm but everyone kept conversations to their tables and music was still audible. We had a view of the outdoor patio with the three water falls on one side and the rich green foliage on the other side. Beautiful setting, terrific mock tails, excellent food! The servers only appeared on occasion so we were not bothered and finally enjoyed a delicious, hot and relaxing dinner without our three young children. We used the Entertainer buy one get one too. We will go back for different entrees and to sit outside!
Overall pretty satisfying experience. 1st time in the evening and it was a more quiet and relaxing without ungoverned children running around. Food was good with more pluses than minuses. Only a slight dissatisfaction with the sauce accompaniment of the cod. Somehow did not match the great quality of the cod. And the foie gras itself - which I felt, could be of slightly better quality (we knew it was duck and not goose - but not as good as other times). Staffing was a bit shorthanded, but they coped well.
We enjoyed ourself at Au Petit Salut earlier. Quite Sur0rised that the restaurant don't state allergen list in the menu, thankfully my allergy son not with us today. So far, we decide we will go back again for Luch one of these days.
We had brunch today at "au petit salut" with our two children (9 and 12 years old). Great location and very relaxing atmosphere (doesn't feel like you're in the heart of a big city). We liked the service which was professional and attentive. Had the brunch menu with many options and plenty of food. Food quality was high. Ample and free parking. Overall very positive experience and we will be back.
The food standard today is still very consistent - I have been dining here for many years and the experience and ambience is still pleasantly enjoyable, after a hiatus of 1-2 years. Price is slightly on the higher side note that the set lunch price has increased. I'm glad my parents and brother appreciate it as well. A note for first timer... Please do make reservations in advance for indoor air-conditioned sitting and limited. (Unless you don't mind the outdoor sitting.) Thank you.
Food was not too bad for the price paid for. My 2 appetisers were great for Main Lobster though a bit blend, subsequent Foie Gras was heaven. It was seared in golden brown on the outer layer. The aroma lingers and melts in the mouth eventually. I wanted a Pork Belly but feedback that the meat consists of 80% fats instead. Then I decided to go for their signature Duck Confit. It was slight salty but it was still ok for my palate. Overall experience is ok! Staffs are attentive to our table too. Wine is slight on the high range category!
Good variety of choice for weekday 3-course set lunch menu. Standards have been consistent over the years and the quality of food as well as portion more than reasonable. However, the Filipino server with a crew cut who welcomed us made us feel rather unwelcome. He hardly smiled the whole afternoon unlike the other servers. This is rare for a Filipino as they are usually very passionate about service. After serving us coffee and tea, he also did not bother clearing my dessert plate though I was obviously done with it and his hands were empty.
Great food and service! A bit disappointed because they are having renovation outside these two weeks. There was a slight smell of paint. The waitress had a megamemory, recalling all our 9 items ordered. She also took note of food restrictions well. The ambience was nice and quiet. The dishes were presented very aesthetically as expected. The set lunch was reasonably priced at 38.
Food, service & setting were all excellent, not too mention good value for money & not pretentious. It's not often you get a menu where it's hard to decide because of all the good choices. Portions were just the right size, allowing for the full 3 courses without feeling over full. We've been before and will go again, it never fails to disappoint.
You have to be patient as it takes quite a while to welcome the first plate ( service to be improved). But once served, then we've had a great experience about tasting high quality cuisine and drinking a good and well-balanced Pouilly-Fume.In others words, we've found the real French cuisine spirit, and I know what I'm talking about as born in Burgundy nearby Chablis and still linked to my homeland. A great chef's cuisine experience.
My friends and I have a memorable birthday celebration at Au Petit Salut Dempsey with good food and service. We look forward to come back again for another pleasant dining experience.
A delicious dinner in a lovely setting. I had never eaten in the outdoor area before. It was lovely on a cool evening. We shared the bone-in prime rib (perfectly cooked, and flavorful), roasted fig salad, onion soup (delicious and not too rich), lobster bisque (delicious and rich), and fondant cake (good), and creme brulee (perfect). Service was attentive and helpful -- a step or two above our experience in similar Singapore restaurants lately.
Great romantic getaway hidden in dempsey area, giving any special couple the feeling of a secret getaway to some mysterious place. Dinner environment is conducive and lights are dimmed, with a flower (instead of candle) on the table. The steak i ate was excellent, every inch of it screaming with taste n juiciness. The service was great as well. Highly recommended.
The set lunch is really good value for money with a very large selection of choices. It is worth paying a little more to get the lobster bisque, which is rich and flavourful. Service was also excellent. If the weather is good, go for the outdoor seating. Pleasantly surrounded by greenery accompanied by the soothing trickling sounds of running water.
The moment I walked it, I felt like I was back in Belgium. Popping out for a nice lunch with colleagues and the restaurant down the road from our office. The ambience was JUST LIKE EUROPE and I forgotten how much I missed it. The food was great - will definitely be back for more. And that PETIT POT AU CHOCOLAT - OH MY GOD, that was heaven in my mouth!
The ambience of the restaurant is great, especially if you would like a quiet evening with your dining companion. The place is inaccessible though so it would be better to go by car/cab. Food was awesome, we had lobster bisque, pork cheeks, lobster pasta, dessert platter. Everything was delectable and we managed to finish every bit. The waiters were extremely attentive as well. Overall, an awesome dining experience!
Terrible customer service and the food is only average. We made two bookings at Au Petit Salute, a dinner and a lunch for the week after. During the dinner we had to ask twice for cutlery. When a diner complained that the dish was too salty, instead of an apology and dish replacement, we were told that the dish was meant to be very salty! (Because extra salty food is delicious?!) After we paid the bill and we leaving the restaurant, a waiter shouted at us for taking the wrong receipt. We were only given one receipt and did not appreciate being yelled at for an error that was not our doing. We insisted on cancelling the upcoming lunch booking but we told to speak to another waiter. WRONG! That is not how you get returning customers or appease diners who are obviously unimpressed with your establishment. We would not be going back and would definitely not recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for an enjoyable night out.
Food and service were equally impressive. Au Petit Salut never disappoints! This is no wonder my late husband insisted on dining there before he returned to eternal glory!
It was so easy and speedy to reserve with Quandoo at Au Petit Salut. THe food and ambience/service was great. Would certainly use Quandoo to reserve again.
Good service, attentive staffs, food live up to our expectations, atmosphere a little noisy, overall thumbs up and will recommend others to dine at Au Petit Salut.
Wonderful food with reasonable price. I would recommend this Au Petit Salut to anyone who want to try out french cuisine. They also have free car parking.
Still my favorite restaurant! Thank you for catering to my request and making my girlfriend feel special on her birthday. Indeed, we have a very pleasurable meal. As always, the quality and the taste of food is consistent; I have never been disappointed. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Keep it up!
It was a nice set lunch in a great location with ample parking. Food quality was great, portion size was just right for lunch, a good variety of choices for each course. On the downside, wine was expensive and the service was a tad rushed, with each course arriving too quickly after the previous, perhaps the result of it being a weekday lunch.
great ambience, great service staff. we are a party of 4 and they remembered who ordered what. it was my daughter's birthday and we love the little attention she got .. even if it's just a little candle on her dessert. thanks guys for making the day so nice and pleasant !
I love the decor of the place and the fact that there is an indoor and outdoor seating option. Several groups of people were celebrating their birthdays there (we included) and it was a nice and thoughtful gesture by the restaurant. The food is great too! Will recommend people to come here!
Hubby and I had lunch at Au Petit Salut for our 1 month anniversary. We loved the service, food and ambience there. Will definitely go back.
Had a wonderful time. Food was good as usual. My favourite place to hang out. There was a little hick up earlier. I made a reservation for 8 but an hour before the appointed time, I called to increase to 9 but when we got there, the table was set for 8. Whoever took my message/call obviously did not do anything.
nice ambience; I would prefer outdoor if not for the humid weather. Friendly staff who seem to be quite knowledgeable in the food; can make appropriate recommendation. Good food and value for money. House red wine has room to improve though. Overall, very enjoyable dinner with my family. Would strongly recommend to first timer to start with the set lunch.
Excellent presentation. Every dish was delicious. Outstanding service. Beautiful environment We returned to Au Petit Salut for a celebration and it was the perfect choice!
We had an excellent meal at Au Petit Salut...service, quality of food and wine and ambiance were all excellent . We will definitely be returning
I booked for lunch one week ahead for two. I was disappointed that I was given a table right at the door. I had to request for another table which was available . It was a better and more private location. I was not too pleased with my linguine (the main course of a set lunch) as the sauce was too thick. It feels like the sauce had thicken due to cooling. On a positive note, the burgundy snails were very good and so was the coffee. The Creme brûlée could be slightly warm at the surface.
My fifth visit to Au Petit Salut, one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore. Staff were professional and food quality was excellant, as usual. Will definitely be back again!