Singapore: Saveur Restaurant in Purvis Street

The truth is this. I’m aware of restaurant openings, events, and things to do wherever I go. I have lists of places I want to go to and food I want to try. So when PJ offered to take me out on a date one Friday evening, I let go. I let him surprise me.

And surprised I was.

He took me to an address: 5 Purvis Street. All I know is that it’s on the same street as the Clinton Street Baking Co. and Restaurant. But I was wondering if he was going to surprise me with something else.


Saveur is located at 5 Purvis Street

At 5 Purvis Street is a French restaurant called Saveur (Suh-VERE) which markets itself as “French for everyone”. We entered the shophouse and it’s a casual setting. Tall white walls all the way in. You can see the whole restaurant from the door. This includes the open kitchen at the other end of the long dining hall.


Saveur Menu

They have a three-course dinner set. But we felt like exploring and trying out some dishes ala carte and sharing the starters and sides.

Starters are divided into warm and cold or salad. We had the Saveur Pasta (SGD 9.00) which is capellini (thin pasta noodles) with ebi, chives, shallots, and in pork sauce and truffle oil. It was a burst of flavor with the pork sauce and truffle (which is normally really strong tasting, right?). But we loved the saltiness of the ebi (shrimp).


Saveur Pasta

Being a French casual restaurant, I wanted to try the rotisserie chicken for one of the mains. PJ and I ordered the Rotisserie Baby Chicken (SGD 22.00) and Pot-Au-Feu (SGD 24.00).


Rotisserie Baby Chicken


Pot-Au-Feu (Pork Belly, Cheek, and Rib)

The roasted chicken was tender and I couldn’t stop dipping it in the sauce. The pork belly, cheek, and rib (Pot-Au-Feu) was in this aromatic broth. The pork belly melts in your mouth. Omg. Like… it just dissolves. Lord.

For sides, we ordered the Mash (SGD 6.00) and Braised Lentil & Bacon (SGD 6.00). This is the only way mashed potato should be enjoyed. REAL. Not like your KFC or Popeyes’ Chicken powered mashed potato. The mash was creamy, buttery, with a hint of truffle oil.




Braised Lentil and Bacon

The braised lentil and bacon is a strong-tasting side. At least, in that first bite! I was like, WHAT… an assault on the palate. But after a few bites, I couldn’t help myself. It’s a distinct taste from the mains. Loved it.

We didn’t order desserts at Saveur since I was thinking of taking PJ for Korean bingsu around the corner.


Quite a number of awards for Saveur.

Would I recommend Saveur? YES. It’s French casual and the starters, mains, and sides we tried each stood out from each other. We noticed that the restaurant attracts a sizable crowd. PJ was sweet to make reservations for us.


My date at Saveur 🙂

Location: Saveur is on 5 Purvis Street in Singapore. The closest MRT stations are Bugis and Cityhall. Learn more on their website here. It’s located near the National Library and also near Leslie’s.

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Singapore Sundown Marathon 2014

The route this year for the 10km run was better. There were less crazy turns. Last year it felt like we all had to squeeze into the park connector (imagine the width of a slightly larger sidewalk).


Sundown Marathon 2014 race kit entitlements.

Other awesome things this year:

  • Best Singlet (Fabric was awesome; the worst “singlets” are from Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore)
  • Best Color Scheme for a running event (Black-Blue-White)
  • Illuminated Starting Line… like walking through a portal (whaaat, it was a treat)
  • Race route for 10km was better than last year

On top of that, I clocked in at 1:22 for 10km. It’s slow! I’m aware of that. But it’s the first time I ran with more consistency and energy. I think I could have finished faster because it was a tight squeeze at the beginning of the race. I’ve never run with the herd before haha. Last year I started late so it felt like I had the whole street to myself.


Overall this was the most enjoyable race I’ve joined so far. Even more than the Standard Chartered. I guess seeing the bright city lights gleaming over Marina Bay (or Kallang River) made it magical. I ran several times in May this year (like the Green Corridor Run) so I had plenty of energy. I have a third 10km run in a few weeks at Jurong Lake.

Sundown Marathon Route Maps


Original 10KM Route Map for Sundown Marathon 2014.

The original 10km route map involved heading towards Lavender. I think this was similar to last year’s route. The organisers changed it due to public demand if I’m not mistaken.


Revised 10KM Route Map for Sundown Marathon 2014.

The map above was the final 10KM route on May 31, 2014. Flag-off was at 10:30pm. Below is a map of the area that was removed (circled in red). They expanded the route towards the east making for a less curvy run.


Difference between original and revised 10KM Route Map.

Hopefully next year I can give the 21KM half marathon a try. Below is a map of how it looked like this year. It involves going around Marina Bay (Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade, etc.) which makes it more urban. Must be beautiful.


Below is the 42KM full marathon route map which is similar to the half marathon but involves running along the East Coast. I heard that it started to rain during the wee hours of June 1.


This was my 2nd year to do the 10KM Sundown Marathon. I’m excited to try the HM next year.

The rest I shall leave in photos:


N, Suzie and Kuya Adie


Excited for the race.


N’s first time to join a competitive race.


N and I commuted from Bishan. We took the MRT to Promenade.


The starting pen. My last photo before the race.


The start and finish of the race is at the F1 Pit near the Singapore Flyer.


Free moving screening for friends and spectators.


Intentionally BLURRED out the photobomber behind me lol


My 10km finisher medal + Race photo with N


10km finisher. I’ll try the Half Marathon next year.


Race tent.


N, Suzie and Kuya Adie post-race.


Someone’s sleepy at 1 o’clock in the morning.


With N.


Food truck!


Suzie at the Sundown Marathon podium.


We were waiting for the 10km crowd to clear. It’s hard to grab a cab after the race. So we stayed a bit longer.


Headed to the taxi stand.


Thanks Sundown Marathon for the awesome race.

Hitting the pavement again at the Jurong Lake Run 2014 in June. It will be my last 10km run. I’m planning to do the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014 half marathon in December… and several other half marathons in 2015.


SG Flashback Friday No. 7 – Valentine

Every Flashback Friday I’ll share photos that were taken at some point in the past two years during my blogging hiatus.

(Photos taken from Valentine’s Day in 2012.)

Valentine’s 2012 was a work day.


Playing with the tapes at work.


Unlike this year’s dry spell over Singapore… Valentine’s Day 2012 was WET. 😛

We headed to a Korean resto nearby. No wine and stuff. Just a good dinner.


My boyfriend and I had Korean for Valentine’s dinner.


At Auntie Kim’s Korean Resto


We were seated outdoors.


Auntie Kim’s Korean Resto is located at Upper Thomson.

After dinner at a Korean resto, we had a simple chocolate fondue back home in Yishun.



We kept Valentine’s simple. I hate the commercialism. We know how to make it feel like Valentine’s Day everyday so okay na yun. Haha! Mashado madilim ang photos namin last Valentine’s (duh, it was night time)… so naghanap ako ng photo na last February din ang kuha…


Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!

Plans this year? We just got back from watching My Fair Lady (at the Mastercard Theatres of Marina Bay Sands) which were complimentary tickets I got from the office. Nagtitipid kami ngayon. For Valentine’s evening… siguro ilalabas ko uli ang fondue set. We will keep it simple again this year. 🙂

Same-sex love in 2013

The LGBT rights movement took a momentous leap forward in 2013 with the United States Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. The Obama administration stopped defending DOMA and a colourful roster of characters including Edith Windsor shattered that glass ceiling. Love is spreading.

In California, Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional which restores same-sex marriage in what I consider my home state.

While more mainstream personalities are coming out of the closet and the level of LGBT acceptance reaching historical highs (including Pope Francis’ statement “Who am I to judge?”)… the LGBT movement has setbacks in countries like Russia, India, and Uganda.

Let’s see how this momentum will continue in 2014.