A touchstone establishment among Singapore’s culinary elite since its debut in 1994, Les Amis is an intimate 76-seat restaurant where Executive Chef Sebastien Lepinoy’s epicurean playgrounds are set prix-fixe feasts of modern European foods infused with subtle Japanese influences and ingredients. Combined with mouth-watering sweets from Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh and one of the biggest and best wine lists in Asia, it’s easy to see why Les Amis remains one of the hottest tables in town two decades after first opening its doors.
It’s also no surprise why Lepinoy and Koh were recruited to helm the kitchen in mid-2013. Lepinoy honed his culinary chops under celebrity chef Joël Robuchon, later taking on executive chef duties at Hong Kong’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Cépage, an award-winning restaurant under the Les Amis Group umbrella that’s now closed. It was at Cépage where Lepinoy first teamed up with Koh, a native Singaporean whose own impressive résumé includes stints at acclaimed restaurants in Paris (Lasserre), Dubai (Burj Al Arab) and Macau (Don Alfonso 1890).
Now running the show at Les Amis, Lepinoy and Koh’s considerable talents are on display in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant’s tantalizing tasting menus: a four-course spread for lunch and five- to seven-course feast during the evening. Individual courses change with the season, but with cuisine this consistently tasty, even if we don’t know what exactly to expect, we know it’ll be delicious.