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So France, Singapore.So France, Singapore.



A hearty Monday Dinner at So France.


Ah, this dinner brought back memories!

Back in 2014, I was forced to stay two additional days in Nîmes during my visit of Southern France, no thanks to SCNF vagaries.

There wasn’t much for me to do after visiting the main attractions, so I spent both evenings sulking in bistros. In the end, those hours sipping wine and struggling to photograph my meals now count among my fondest travel memories.  They also, in a peculiar way, developed a fondness for French bistros in me.

Which was why So France at Duo Galleria immediately caught my attention when I first passed by it last year after visiting Atlas Bar. Ever since, I’ve dined there twice and bought a couple of goods from the épicerie.

On Monday, I decided to head there again for a solo dinner because … it’s the first week of October and this is special to me. As before, the love food and experience didn’t disappoint. On another note, I’m also glad to see that the pandemic hasn’t affected the bistro too badly.

Ambience and Menu

French Bistro in Singapore.
External view of the bistro. Bienvenue!
The bar counter. They don’t just serve French wine here, as you can see.
So France Dinner Menu.
The dinner menu. Wine and drinks are in a separate menu, and there are different versions for lunch and breakfast too. The dinner menu also has an entire section devoted to duck.

To give some background information, the bistro is helmed by Executive Chef Vijayachandran Balaji, who was previously part of the team at DB Bistro Moderne (MBS) and Artemis Grill. His culinary philosophy is to showcase the best of French cuisine, by presenting everyday classics in a modern and refined manner.

The Food!

Oeufs Meurette.
My starter: Oeufs Meurette

I’m not really fond of eggs, but I decided to make an exception this time with the starter. Turns out, this was a good decision as the dish was, well, really appetizing. The eggs were perfectly poached, and once “poked,” the yolk was wonderful with the Bordelaise sauce. The tangy pearl onions additionally added a great finish to the rich taste.



So France Confit de Canard.
My main course: Confit de Canard.

Duck confit is my favourite French dish, and so I’m quite fussy about it. Overall, I’d say So France’s version is superbly prepared, with the roasted meat juicy and tender, and the serving just the right size for me.

There was also no sauce drizzled on the meat, which I thought was great since that preserved the crispiness of the skin. Lastly, the accompanying Mesclun Salad was refreshing and generous in amount. It was a great complement to the gamey freshness of the duck.

French dessert in Singapore.
My “dessert.” Baba au Rum.

Okay … I didn’t have this for dessert on Monday; there was no “room.”

But I did return on Wednesday for me, and ended up ordering the Rum Baba instead of the Floating Island. I’ll say, the yeast cake is fluffy while the all-important syrup is strong! Not overpowering but definitely with an enjoyable kick; exactly the way I prefer this classic dessert to be.

So France Épicerie

Some pictures from the grocery area, which I’ve loved since discovering it last year.

Part of So France’s effort to create the experience of France in Singapore, the épicerie is stocked full of imported and artisanal French food products. Might just be me being silly, but I always get a kick from gawking at the colourful and artsy packagings when in here. Hey actually, I’ve collected a few of the containers since last year.

La Perle sardines.
La Perle sardines. Don’t the illustrations look fabulous?
So France Épicerie
All sorts of French biscuits, ready-to-cook meals, and cold cuts on sale.
French Cheese Shop in Singapore.
Cheese! How could a French food shop not have an abundance of gourmet cheese?
Maison Meneau organic juices.
La Maison Meneau organic juices. I didn’t order any drinks during dinner, so I bought a bottle to bring home.


So France is at 7 Fraser Street Duo Galleria #01-51/56 Bugis MRT, Singapore 189356.
Do check out their online store when visiting their website too.




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So France | Geeky Restaurant Adventures 19
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Pictures from my Monday dinner at So France, Singapore. This relaxing bistro is a quaint, and delicious, touch of France at the heart of Bugis.
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