Les Amis - 2 Michelin Stars
Les Amis, the French translation of ‘The Friends’, is the sophisticated first-born of the Les Amis Group family. Opened on 15 March 1994, it is located in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district at Shaw Centre. In the 1990s, there was a dearth of independent fine-dining establishments in the local food and beverage scene and Les Amis filled the void by becoming the first independent fine-dining restaurant in Singapore.
Les Amis was founded by 4 partners – Stockbroker Desmond Lim, Gynaecologist Dr Chong Yap Seng, Executive Chef Justin Quek and former Sommelier Ignatius Chan. The partners wanted to bring the finer aspects of French cuisine to Singapore, to be served in a setting that offered the ultimate dining experience.
Les Amis has undergone several renovations over the years, the most recent one in 2015 at a cost of S$1.5 million. Designed by local architect Tan Kay Ngee, Les Amis speaks volumes about his classical yet contemporary approach. The 2-storey interior exudes classiness and sophistication with lush velvet and chandeliers that complement minimalistic beige leather chairs, with renowned artworks by Chinese artists like Wang Kun and Tang Zhi Gang. In the eco-friendly kitchen, eyes are drawn to the one-in-the-world customized Charvet island stove that was built from scratch in France.
Executive Chef Sebastien Lepinoy’s unique style and creativity of fusing French techniques with Asian influence, while focusing on the natural flavours of ingredients, ensures a delightful complement to local climate and palates.
There are four private rooms – one on the first level and three on the mezzanine floor. The private room on the first level is the Chef’s Table that offers up to six diners a view of the kitchen through a glass window. The three private rooms on the mezzanine floor are connected and can be merged to form one long private dining room for bigger parties of up to 36 guests. All three private rooms are decorated with individual chandeliers, as well as antique dining tables and chairs imported from Britain and Italy respectively.
Les Amis also boasts one of the most extensive wine lists in Asia and has been on the Wine Spectator Grand Award Winners for 18 years running since 1996. There are only 74 Grand Award Winners worldwide, and 4 in Asia. With more than 3000 bottles housed in a temperature-and-humidity controlled wine cellar, the award winning wine list is designed to complement the modern and contemporary cuisine at Les Amis. Most of the wines are from France, mainly Burgundy and Bordeaux. New and Old World wines displaying high level of quality are also available.