The French Stall to close by mid-2016

French chef Xavier le Henaff, owner of The French Stall at Serangoon Road.
French chef Xavier le Henaff, owner of The French Stall at Serangoon Road.PHOTO: ST FILE
The French Stall, a French bistro at 544 Serangoon Road, will close in the middle of next year.
The French Stall, a French bistro at 544 Serangoon Road, will close in the middle of next year.PHOTO: NEW PAPER FILE

Back in 2000 in Victoria Street, The French Stall was one of the first food businesses selling French food at affordable prices.

In the middle of next year, chef-owner Xavier Le Henaff will close the French bistro at 544 Serangoon Road.

He says that he has been putting his other plans on hold and now "needs to move on".

Popular dishes on the menu since it opened include chicken liver pate, French onion soup, charcoal-grilled sirloin steak and pan-fried dory.

In those days, his three-course meals cost just $10.80. There were also a la carte dishes such as fettuccine with basil and tomato ($6.80), and duck a l'orange ($11.80).

This was way before the likes of Saveur, Immanuel French Kitchen, and the now-defunct Le Petit Paradis, which have brought French fare to the masses here.

Over the years, chef Henaff has added more items to the menu, including pork rillettes, pan-fried foie gras, and duck leg confit. Desserts include baked Alaska, and thin apple tart.

In line with its Parisian terrace dining ambience, the brand has resisted moving into shopping malls. It was previously located in Kovan, Yishun and MacPherson.

The French Stall at 544 Serangoon Road, opens from 3 to 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday. For more information, call 6299-3544 or go to http://tfsbistrot.com/.