Located along the enclave of Keong Saik Road in 2011, Taratata Brasserie has proven to be a restaurant that is here to stay. Run and owned by French chef Bertrand Raguin, Taratata Brasserie serves authentic french dishes in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Entering the restaurant, you definitely feel like you’ve been transported to a Parisian cafe or bistro with crimson burgundy banquettes and walls covered in black and white photos each telling a story of the romanticism so often associated with the French city. On top of this, every table has a full setting with white cloth covers, and ready to seat customers. This definitely gives it a upper class vibe further complimenting the whole French theme.
Moving on to the appetisers, we were served a variety of cold and hot dishes that were so wonderfully delicious. Starting with the cold dishes, the Foie Gras Terrine was nicely packed with flavour and the onion chutney spread on the bread along with it greatly complimented the dish. The terrine itself reminded me of blue cheese which I love.
The Tuna Tartare was also a great dish, mostly due to the tuna being of good quality. The avocado spread and blinis did help elevate the dish as well. Lastly, we had oysters which were brilliant and did not even require any extra condiments in my opinion.
Next, we had the hot appetisers. These included Foie Gras with dark cherries that more or less was the highlight of the tasting for me. The fat on the liver and the complimenting ingredients just elevated the dish to the point of euphoria for me. We were also given Escargots baked in Garlic Butter and a Baked Saint-Marcellin Cheese Casserole that were also really rich and delectable.
The mains were served after. Personally, they were a mixed bag.
The Wagyu Beef Skewers or Coquilles St. Jacques and Pan Fried Scallop dishes were both cooked to perfection but the portion sizes were really small as the Wagyu Beef Skewers had only four cubes of beef for one serving and there were only three pieces of scallops on the other dish.The Kurobuta Pork Casserole on the other hand was porbably the most disappointing as the meat was a little dry and I honestly did not feel like I was chowing down on some good ol’ high quality Japanese pig.
The mains that do get the highest praise from me is the Duck Confit and the Beef Bourguigon. The Duck Confit was not only brilliantly crisp it was also seasoned to perfection and the meat was so juicy and tender that it was so easy to remove off the bone. The Beef Bourguigon was also cooked amazingly with tender beef braised in a rich red wine sauce.
For desserts, we were served a wonderfully sweet and flaky Strawberry Milles-Feuille, a beautiful warm and cold Pear Tart served with Vanilla Ice Cream on top, as well as a Chocolate Tart packed with rich chocolate flavour.
I honestly enjoyed all of these desserts except for the Crepe Suzette Flambe. The crepe is cooked on a live station right at your table which is nice, but probably increases the price of the dish making it the most expensive dessert on the menu. I personally am not a big fan of the strong orange flavour that comes through when you bite into the crepe.
Overall, my only gripe is the portion sizes of some of the dishes but i guess that comes with the territory of French food and I genuinely enjoyed my tasting experience at Taratata Brasserie and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a pretty amazing French dining experience at a good price, especially with their newly launched lunch and dinner set menus.
Taratata Brasserie is located at 35A Keong Saik Rd., Ground Floor, Singapore 089142