Where: 200 Victoria St. Bugis Junction #02-51 Singapore 188021
Dining in the ambience of an English cottage while feasting on French-Japanese cuisine in the middle of Bugis Junction is a strange but wonderful experience.
The homely feel of Ma Maison will draw you in with its cozy, barely-there lighting, fringed curtains, charming old clocks and crockery lining the walls. You get the feeling you’ve just been invited into the kitchen of someone’s loving old granny (well, okay, someone’s European granny, that is).
Ma Maison means “my home” in French — and it is every bit as warm as its moniker suggests. If there is one downside, it is the fact that the dim lighting can be rather inadequate, so walking around the restaurant in the evening may require some groping around.
The day my companion and I were there, the service staff were extremely polite and the food was excellent.
We tucked into a velvety mushroom soup and a fresh crisp salad — two starters that came with the hamburger set. The yummy pork and beef hamburger comes doused in its special black sauce, creating a perfect blend of meaty flavors.
Next, we tried the Neapolitan ketchup and herb pasta, cooked to al dente perfection and served in a generous portion. This simple but delicious dish is bound to be a favorite with kids.
I highly recommend the Panfried Dory in Basil Cream Sauce. The light and flaky fish comes swimming in a fantastic basil cream sauce, with soft, golden roasted potatoes on the side. It seems Ma Maison can do no wrong when it comes to their sauces. Perfecto!
(As told to Elizabeth Low)