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Fusion flair

Babette's mix of French cooking with Japanese ingredients works best in its main courses

Published on Aug 10, 2014 8:28 PM

The Jalan Besar area is becoming a hipster hangout, with the opening of cafes such as Chye Seng Huat Hardware. So it is no surprise to find other eateries targeting the same young and trendy crowd popping up there.

The latest is Babette, a gastro-bar opened last month by 987FM radio DJ Darren Wee.

The food is a mix of French cooking with Japanese ingredients. With prices ranging from $8 to $13 for small plates, and up to $28 for main courses, it offers casual dining that places more effort on creativity than quality ingredients.

So the flavours are not going to blow your mind, but there is an honesty and simplicity in the food that makes it appealing all the same. And in some instances, the French-Japanese combination works pretty well.

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165 Tyrwhitt Road, Parc Sovereign Hotel, tel: 6341-7727, open: 11.00am to 11.00pm daily

Food: ***1/2

Service: ***1/2

Ambience: ***

Price: Budget about $70 a person


Matcha Lava Cake ($12)

I like how the bitterness in the green tea balances the sweetness in the dessert.