French Food Review: Mag's Wine Kitchen at 55 Keong Saik Rd., #01-06, Singapore 089158

Occasionally I would be struck with a desire to eat something fancy/expensive. And I'm glad when that happens I always have some friends who would want to go with me. For this particular desire, it was quite surprising but we managed to score a table at Mag's Wine Kitchen, which I've heard much about and walked past several times without having actually dined in there. Finally! So the place is actually a long shophouse with an open kitchen concept. Our table was just right beside the kitchen so we could observe the chefs hard at work. 

On our right from the high table seating, there is a bunch of regular tables that stretches inwards. Despite the open kitchen however, there isn't a strong grease or food smell.

Here's the dinner menu (as of August 2021) divided into 3 courses. A very petite menu, which I adore. Life's hard enough with so many choices!

The Scallops (S$24) were really well done (but not overcooked) - the scallops themselves were seared perfectly with the optimum bouncy texture. 4/5

The Burrata (S$18) with the pomegranate gel and olive soil was so creative yet familiar and simple. This is why I love dining out. Because there's no way I would be able to have this at home. 

Next, the main courses. We had 3 mains amongst the 5 of us bird eaters. Though I must say the portions here are not big at all so it was just nice at the end including the 2 starters and 2 desserts. First we had the special Octopus (seasonal price) main with its ink.. and this was delicately done as well. It's as good as it gets - no complaints. 4/5

Then there's the Beef (S$48) tenderloin served simply with a big generous side of mash and buttered spinach with veal jus. If you could just look at the pink, so gorgeous. It was very beefy and tender. I think by this point you could see where Mag's strengths lie. 4.5/5

The best dish for me though (so many to pick from) had to be the Risotto (S$46) which comes with a Boston lobster tail, asparagus and sage brown butter. That explains the price. But the risotto was so savoury yet light, acting as a perfect foil for the lobster tail. Delish! 5/5

Lastly we had 2 desserts - the Basil (S$12) panna cotta, raspberry coulis, fresh summer berries which was fresh and not too sweet with the infusion of the basil bits into the creamy panna cotta. No complaints. 4/5

The dish I felt was lacking the most unfortunately was the Chocolate (S$14) fondant with vanilla ice cream. In essence a lava cake, but the chocolate was too bitter and overall not very pleasant. Please go on a holiday, dear chocolate and come back like Basil, refreshed. 3/5

Overall though, Mag's Wine Kitchen is one French restaurant that I think can be relied on simple but brilliantly executed dishes patrons can enjoy. I would love to go back again to try more of their dishes in 2022!

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Mag's Wine Kitchen
55 Keong Saik Rd., #01-06, Singapore 089158
Mondays to Saturdays 12–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm
Closed on Sundays
Reservations call 64383836 or visit their website

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