Les Amis

VERIFIED LUXURY
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.

The interior design of Les Amis shows patterned carpeting here, polished granite floors there and walls partially fashioned from red velvet to highlight the modern, minimalist interior design style of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star European restaurant located just off Singapore’s Orchard Road in the Shaw Centre shopping mall.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• The exquisite crystal chandeliers at Les Amis add an opulent touch to this hot spot's intimate 76-seat dining room, while a wooden ceiling feature and piece of modern art at one end of the room provide a little fashionable eye candy.

• Still, for all its elegant ambience, the colorful, playful presentation of Executive Chef Sebastien Lepinoy’s delectable modern European fare might be the most striking thing you feast your eyes on during your visit to Les Amis.

• At Les Amis, the attentive staff provides the type of high-level assistance you’d expect from a restaurant of this prestige, but without a hint of stuffiness or pretension.

• Each course is served with a brief, helpful description of the meal. 

• Les Amis's wine cellar is one of the most impressive in all of Asia, with some 13 countries represented in more than 2,000 different labels.
Things to Know
• While the Shaw Centre shopping mall will be easy to find, you may have trouble locating the restaurant. The Four-Star restaurant is around the side of the building, not indoors.

• This fine-dining establishment has a casual dress code.

• Advance reservations can be made via email or making a phone call.
The Food
• The seasonal five-course dinner changes as ingredients go in and out of season.

• On our most recent visit to this upscale Singapore restaurant, we thought the wild Scottish salmon served two ways was the standout course.

• The cheese course is a decadent option for finishing off your meal. Handpicked cheeses that purposely vary by texture, firmness and flavor are often sourced directly from France.

•  The six-course epicurean menu has in the past included everything from grilled dry-aged beef with herbs and mushrooms to the long-standing local favorite of pan-seared foie gras and grilled river eel paired with fruits.

•  The degustation menu is the ultimate indulgence at this lavish eatery; a seven-course culinary extravaganza that could feature such toothsome delicacies as French duck breast with quince and daikon radishes, seared Japanese scallops with teriyaki sauce and candied whole Clementine with panna cotta and sorbet.
The Chefs
• It’s 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 restaurant’s tantalizing tasting menus: a four-course spread for lunch and five- to seven-course feast during the evening.
Getting There
1 Scotts Road, 01-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
TEL65-6733-2225