Novus Restaurant & Bar is a modern European fine dining restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Stephan Zoisl. Each dish is attached with an informative placard, accentuating the atmosphere of eating in a museum. continue reading
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Opening Hours
Mon - Sat
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 18:00
Other Info
Accept Credit Cards
Alcoholic Drinks Available
Takes Reservations
Restaurant Website
Signature Dishes
Egg En Cocotte Elderflower Sorbet
Review (9)
photos and more here: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/novus-restaurant-bar-town/I popped by this place for a brunch with friends and the food is rather innovative, and service very prompt – the menu sounds rather typical, with eggs, french toast and common european fare, but it’s the small details and their interpretation of these dishes that made it such a good meal. it’s become one of my current favorites.the place is truly gorgeous, with high ceilings and luxurious finishings. it’s very peaceful, and that bar area at the back looks awfully welcoming. prices were reasonable, portions much larger than you’d expect – and next time I’ll stick to my egg en cocotte, and possibly get a slice of one of those lovely cakes on display. continue reading
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Level4 2012-10-31
You might want to dine in this gorgeous restaurant in National Museum of Singapore only if you have have a slow day. The food and ambiance here are good, but the service is extremely slow. Well, at least it was really slow during my visit. I had the Baked ham egg ($16) for brunch. Gorgeous presentation, and tastes yummy! The toast is slightly crispy, topped with generous amount of sauteed mushroom, ham, and poached egg! Light yet fulfilling. Mac & Cheese ($22) on the other hand is slightly disappointing, as the macaroni is quite dry and hard to chew. Taste wise, very cheesy! Elderflower sorbet ($5) is such a good choice to have in between the main course and dessert. The light fragrant of elderflower is pleasantly executed, very refreshing too! KeyLime chocco ($15) is pretty unique, an eye-opening combination for me too. Didn't I know how well lime and chocolate compensate each other. Impressive. However, the giant piece of Carrot cake ($9) didn't turn out to be satisfying though. The cake itself is quite dry, and the icing layer is overly sweet for me. continue reading
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For pictures and full review, pls visit:http://madamechewy.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/novus/Pleasant dinner with W during Restaurant week a few months back. I had dinner at Boathouse and Lunch at Galribaldi, I felt Novus served the best meal and had the best service.Novus is located at the National Museum of Singapore, serving modern European Cuisine with premium ingredients from around the world. A long bar greeted me upon arrival; a staff was quick to direct me to the adjourning classy restaurant. The food was delectable, portions were satisfying and service was attentive. Novus dessert, Valrhona Chocolate Test was simply divine, creative and a must try!Novus provides an educational information card of the dish before serving it. A very special touch! continue reading
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Level4 2012-05-14
Not only the environment here looks really cosy and comfortable, the foods here are also equally impressive too. Especially their black pepper steak, which is one of the main reason why I have been coming here so often once a month. The steak is really juicy, thick in slice and also very tender too. The taste of it is really fragrant and best to goes along with a glass of their signature red or white wine. The side dish which includes the boiled vegetables and mashed potatoes taste great too! Worth the bulk money you spent on it. continue reading
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Level3 2012-01-24
For more photos, please visit Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow: http://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/novus-restaurant-national-museum-of-singapore/The colors–gold, gray and white–the high ceiling, the modern hanging lamps, and the huge kickass epergnes of white lilies accentuate the elegance of the restaurant. The grandeur and beauty of the architecture of the National Museum extend itself into the decor of Novus. On first glance. But after a while, Wise Guy asked Chiobu, “Are the tables padded” Press, press. Slightly but not much. Strange. We lifted up the table cloth together and saw a styrofoam-like material on the table, quite unsightly. And then our asses started to ache on the chairs. Novus needs better furniture. Hips Butts don’t lie. But this day was the day of opposites, so you’ll never know how this review ends.For lunch, there is a choice between 2 courses ($32++) or 3 courses ($40++). Each dish came with a card, informing the eater how the food is cooked, or the nutrition, just like the information under an artifact in the museum. Thoughtful and fun and we gained knowledge in the process of eating.First impressions count. The gratis bread didn’t come warm but at least it came in a tray with varieties: rye, baguette, roll, etc. The amuse-bouche was a drop of yuzu on an oyster leaf. This was the first time we ate oyster leaf. And at the 4th or 5th chew, the leaf tasted like oyster. Miraculous nature. The day of the Opposites began.StartersWise Guy has a rule: always order the foie gras, even if it is parfait (like a pate or a jam). But his second rule–always let Chiobu have the first pick–cancels out the first rule. Since she chose the Foie Gras Parfait Treated Like a Salad, I chose Jerusalem Artichoke Soup.“Treated like a salad” – what a satirical name. We were blown away by the foie gras parfait. Foie gras parfait is usually made of inferior foie gras so they normally have the iron taste of liver. But not only was this without the stench, it was concentrated and buttery. The creamy saltiness just exploded in the mouth. It was better than oral orgasm, it was spectacular!There are two ways to eat this: spread the foie gras parfait on bread or just eat it like a salad, which consists compressed pear, japanese grapes, pistachio shavings and pedro ximenez vinegar, a sweet-and-sour vinegar without much causticity. The earthly mesclun leaves–so fresh and raw there was a scent of clean soil–were sweetened by the fruits and creamed by the velvety, full-bodied parfait. The pistachio gave it a woody aroma while the vinegar made it edgy. This was one perfect salad.Usually I am the one picking a good dish, but today I made a bad choice. No money to go Jerusalem–any sponsors–then drink Jerusalem artichoke soup lor. The soup came with almond powder, artichoke chips and purple shiso (mint). Although it was creamy, it was bland; we added salt and pepper on our own. It tasted like potato soup and the artichoke chips tasted like potato chips. Neither of us liked it.MainsThe colors for the yellowfin tuna steak were popping! So GORGEOUS!! The bright-redcapsicum and black olive tapenade (minced olive) on a pan-seared brown tuna swimming in a sea of luminous yellow saffron risotto with some coriander vegetation. It’s like an island in a sea. This has to be the BEST design on a plate.However, Chiobu didn’t like the hard texture of the tuna, although she ordered it medium-rare. She gave it to me halfway. I liked it. True that the tuna was tough, but the flavors were fantastic. Spread the capsicum and black olive all over the risotto. I hate olives in general but the flavors enhanced each other perfectly, bringing out the creaminess in the risotto, the capsicum-ness of the capsicum and the olive-ness of the olive.Steaks are steaks right How can you present it well This was the MOST GOODLOOKING piece of meat I’ve ever seen. Hey, if Lady Gaga can Marry The Night, I want to marry this 200 days grain fed Black Angus tenderloin (add $15 to the set menu price). At least mine used to be alive. It looked so mouthwatering like an Abercrombie model!But like all Abercrombie models, looks are deceiving. Too bad our marriage, like 50% of marriages, didn’t work out. It was tough for me although I ordered it medium-rare. I needed some tenderness. So I swopped with Chiobu. Day of the Opposites right She liked it! The poivrade sauce, created from white vinegar, white wine, herbs and stock, made it savory.DessertsThe Valrhona chocolate test passed our oral test with distinction! Another gorgeous plating with information written at each dessert, like a museum piece. You eat from the lowest to the highest: 38% aerated mousse, 55% souffle, 66% sorbet, 72% warm custard and 85% dehydrated chocolate. Do you notice the how poetic it is It’s almost cyclic like the water cycle, starting with aerated mousse–plenty of air (oxygen)–and ending with dehydrated chocolate (no water, no h2oxygen).The souffle and sorbet were amazing. They were so rich but not sickeningly so. When you eat the souffle, there is a wave of ecstasy and when you think you couldn’t get higher, another wave hits you. However, one constructive criticism Chiobu had is the last one,dehydrated chocolate that is like an airy biscuit, was only ok. She said that it would be better if the chocolates were arranged so that the ecstasy crescendos, slowly increasing in the wow-ness and ending with a climax, a bang, instead of a bell-curve, ending with a let-down.The server came so fast to dig a hole in my curd souffle to pour the blueberry sauce in that I’d no chance to take a photo properly. The accompanying buttermilk ice creamhad completely melted. I love ice cream so it was disappointing for me. However, this souffle was good in its own right, and the milky curd went well with the blueberry sauce, which wasn’t yucky sourish like most blueberry sauces. Chiobu loved this and kept extolling its virtues. I just had the best souffle at Gobi at Joo Chiat the day before, so when I compared them, Novus’s was decent, better than many specialty desserts shops such asLaurent and Pave, but not as good as Gobi or Absinthe.We were pleased with the meal… then at the door, when we were leaving, the maitre d’ presented us with a door gift, cupcake each!!! in a Chinese takeaway box!!!The cupcake was actually delicious, pistachio base–soft–with firm chocolate icing. Not diabetely sweet so it was yummy to the last bite. I love it that they don’t stinch–is there such a word from stingy–or scrimp at freebies. It leaves a wonderful impression on us.Service: No complaints here. When a server came to ask us about the food, we told him both steaks were too tough and he actually knew the correct answer: “I’ll tell the chef.” I’d like that he came back with an answer from the chef but the server’s response was adequate for me.Verdict: The major negative thing about Novus is the uncomfortable chairs but the food made up for it. Some restaurants have food that tastes perfect to everyone but Novus isn’t one of them. You have to pick the food that you think will suit you. Much thought, creativity and aesthetic planning have been put in the food. The food here made us realize how culinary art is an art form. We spent $112 for two. It is definitely not budget but it is more satisfying than, say, going to PS Cafe (see Ann Siang Hill & Paragon branches) which would cost about the same. continue reading
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