[SG] Poulet @ Bugis+ - amazing roast chicken?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Another place that has added on to the list of affordable French food dining places, along the ranks of Saveur, Black Gold and a few sprouting ones. Serving up its signature roast chicken, just as its name suggests (pronounced as pou-leh), we were pretty surprised by how reviews were ravingly good and wondered how different or great can roast chicken get.

Roast Chicken with Cranberry Sauce and Double Mustard ($17.80)

A special off their menu, we ordered the cranberry half chicken, with accompanying mustard sauce. First mouthful, I was pretty surprised by the juices that flowed out with every bite, and a nicely marinated chicken. I thought the meat was slightly tough, and the skin wasn't exactly a wow version, just slightly savory like what you'd expect of a typical roast chicken.

Ordering this for its cranberry sauce, I was greatly disappointed. It tasted nothing like cranberries, without the sweetness of it and in fact, had a strong resemblance with brown sauce that usually goes on top your chicken chop ordered from the food court. I'm not a fan of mustard as sharpness of it isn't exactly to my palate, but perhaps mustard go-ers would find this a good complement with the variation to excite your taste buds.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Roast Chicken with Mushroom Chardonnay Sauce ($15.80)

This was their classic dish, a taste of the sauce and I thought it went much better with the dish. A light creamy sauce, again, it didn't quite go with the description. It was just slightly flavoured with a tinge of mushroom, and mostly I could only taste the savory-ness of the creamy sauce.

Verdict: 7.0/10

Tiramisu ($7.80)

A classic dessert for any French place, I was hoping that this would be the redeeming factor for my less-than-satisfying meal. A pretty container, we opened up to a nicely powdered top. Digging in, I was overwhelmed by how creamy it was, followed by a mouthful of overly moist sponge fingers. There wasn't a strong coffee flavour in it as well, at least not strong enough for me, and it got too jelat with the rich cream after just a few mouthfuls.

Verdict: 7.0/10

With a half-chicken for dinner, I thought the serving was a little small, with no sides that usually accompanies when you order it at western joints, that I still felt hungry after finishing it. I thought it was a pretty decent roast chicken, but doesn't live up to its claimed 'amazing roast chicken' title. It was quite overrated with the snaking long queues I've always spotted and if you'd really want a shot of it, reach before 7 to avoid the long queueing time!

Overall Verdict: 6.0/10
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+ (formerly Iluma) #04-12 
Singapore 188067

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  1. i just had this a few days ago. I agree with you. You're right on many counts. It is nice but over-rated and you can really just taste the savoriness of the sauce in the chicken. But I also think that with that price, it makes a very decent meal.

    1. Thanks for dropping by! Yup exactly, with the hype over it we were actually expecting something really great. True on that, decent but not fantastic.