GUNTHER'S MODERN FRENCH CUISINE
THE BUZZ A stalwart in the local French dining scene, Gunther's Modern French Cuisine is an award winning restaurant and has been listed among Asia's Best Restaurants for several years. Some of the restaurant's recent accolades include “Restaurant of the Year” and “Outstanding Caterer of the Year” at the World Gourmet Summit Excellence 2012, and “Top Choice 2015" by Liangorg.com for it’s exquisite menu and friendly service.
AMBIENCE Spanning 2,000 sq ft in floor area, the restaurant's art-nouveau styled interior which features tastefully designed furniture pieces, panel art pieces, as well as highly stylised flowing, curvilinear designs that embodies fauna and flora motifs, exudes opulence yet affable style.
The Restaurant show high flexibility with its main dining room that can accommodate up to 25 customer and 2 private rooms with separate entrance for private parties from 2 up to 18 customer; simultaneously one can enjoy a great selection of Champagne on the comfortable sofa at the small but elegant bar.
FOOD & DRINK After settling comfortably into our seats, one of the waitstaff appears at our table with a tray filled with fresh seafood and meat, and does a stunning presentation of the day's specials, such as where each ingredient is from and how chef and his team would prepare it to bring out the best flavours.
The short presentation definitely got us excited and we were eagerly anticipating the first dish.
The first appetiser we had: cold angel hair pasta with oscietra caviar (S$60), which is also one of chef Gunther’s signature dishes, set the tone for the rest Offering a good variety of classic as well as unconventional French fare, Gunther's is an address to add to your little black book. of our meal. Featuring pasta that was cooked to al dente perfection, and served with specks of black truffle and topped with oscietra caviar, this dish was absolutely delicious and indulgent.
If you're up for more unconventional French fare, try the toro with fresh uni served with rice, which is a sheer delight to the taste buds. Next up, the deepfried egg served in a pumpkin-cheese sauce and topped with truffle shavings, was another highpoint. We love how unassuming it looks, but the moment we tasted it, we were blown away – we especially love the pumpkin-cheese sauce, which was creamy and had all the umami undertones, without overwhelming the other elements.
Before the main course arrived, we were served another stunning dish: roasted carabinero gambas (S$55) – we loved how the sweetness of the prawn complemented perfectly with the tomato flavoured risotto which was spiked with chilli Monte Poro for a slight spicy kick.
Another coup from the kitchen is the charcoal grilled Japanese wagyu – the highly marbled and rich piece of meat yields easily to the knife, and was seductively tender and succulent. This dish is given various textures from the accompanying corn and carrot.
For desserts, we had the fine apple tart (S$25) – don't be fooled by its simple name: one mouthful of this tart prompted nods all around – the unfussy rendition boasts a mouthwateringly buttery but still light and flaky pastry that crackles with every bite, with just enough glaze to lend it a touch of sweetness. Paired with a scoop of rum and raisin ice cream, this dish is a wonderful textural treat, and the perfect way to end a great meal. ADDRESS #01-03, 36 Purvis Street
Mon to Sun: noon to 2.30pm (Lunch), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner)
PRICE Starters from S$18 Mains from S$28 Desserts from S$15