The first time I had Poulét was at Great World City in 2014. It was a bistro-style rotisserie that produced really succulent roasted chicken and nothing else. Since then, Poulet at Great World City is closed, but there are still outlets in Raffles City, Kallang Wave, VivoCity, Ion Orchard, Bugis+ and now finally at Causeway Point.
When we went to Poulét in 2014, it was still a novelty to have affordable French bistro food in Singapore. Managed by the Minor Food Group, it is now in 9 locations and definitely doing some right from all the long queues during mealtime. Not only is it affordable, it is easily accessible across Singapore. Its affordability enables us to enjoy typically expensive French food, with less guilt on both the wallet and the tummy.
The formula is really simple – grill your chicken properly! The size of the chicken for the broiler is around a kg each, and would be just enough for two persons to share if you are not ordering anything else.
It comes with a choice of one of three sauce – the perennial favourite mushroom cream sauce (shown in the picture), the French classic Diane sauce (without alcohol as this restaurant has since became Halal Certified), and the sweet and tangy Thanksgiving essential cranberry sauce.
The chicken was still moist and tender with a nice crispy skin that can only be achieved with a rotisserie. It could do better with more baby spinach, and the sauce was too watery and too little mushroom for my liking.
And for a limited time, they were offering the French cassoulet Summer seafood stew. It was a really flavourful and rich tomato-based stew with a strong taste of fennel and saffron. The seafood were pan grilled before throwing into the stew, indicating that the two components (seafood and stew) were prepared separately. That’s why the seafood had not incorporated the taste of fennel and the stew did not have a strong seafood flavour. Good as a soup, it’s almost a good replacement of the bouillabaisse.
And what better than to mop up the stew with their toasted baguette. The baguette was garlicky and crunchy that we ate it all with justo. Too bad we cannot order the garlic baguette as a side order.
And of the proper sides, we had the buttery and creamy mashed potato, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Both came with the full rotisserie chicken order, and were perfectly executed.
In the past I would skip the sweets, but these days I could not resist the proper end to the meal.
Salted caramel crepes with banana chunks, crushed nuts and salted caramel ice cream. The crepe was made fresh at the bistro so expect a wait for this dessert. But the wait was worthwhile as the warm crepe and cold salted caramel ice cream were like ebony and ivory. And slices of banana which came au natural and flambé were excellent compliment to a delicious crepe.
Vanilla French toast with strawberries and blueberries and yoghurt ice cream. The toast could be grilled some more, but the rest of the toppings were generous. There were a lot of crème fraîche that covered the ball of vanilla-flavoured yoghurt ice cream. And the strawberries (a bit sour though) and blueberries that were placed all over the cold pyramid of sweetness were topped with crushed almonds and drizzled with sweet, sweet strawberry sauce. Made my heart fluttered when it was served.
The initial slow start of the service staff (Note: we were the first to be seated) was uncharacteristic, but when the service started to flow into the tempo, everything moved along like clockwork.
The food was good, the desserts were divine. I am just glad Poulét is now available close to my place.
Poulét French Roast Chicken
1 Woodlands Square, #B1 – 25 Causeway Point, Singapore 738099
Tel : +65
Visited in Jun 2022