The duck confit is a French classic dish well loved by foodies all over the world. ‘Confit’ when translated to English means preserved. This traditional delicacy was created centuries ago before refrigerators were made accessible to households. Fortunately, the advancement of technology and widespread affordability of fridges did not see this age-old recipe being made redundant. Instead, the duck confit had become a major staple of the French diet.
An excellent duck confit is one with fragrant crispy skin and succulent juicy flesh. Mastering the preparation of this French gourmet is not an easy feat and many restaurants in Singapore have yet to grasp the timeless French method of cooking it. For our love for duck confits, we have searched high and low across sunny Singapore for tasty duck legs that are worth splurging on and indulging in.
From Saveur’s affordable Duck Confit to fine dining establishment La Brasserie’s interpretation of the French classic, here is our guide to 13 Duck Confits in Singapore You Must Try.
#1 BISTRO DU VIN – S$32
French bistro Bistro Du Vin aims to serve authentic and traditional French fare with topnotch fresh ingredients. From music to décor, the ambience is strikingly similar to the typical eateries you will come across in France. Savour one of their signature dishes, Le Confit de Candar (S$32++) – a delicious duck confit served with pommery-infused mustard mash and mesclun salad.
1 Scotts Road
#02-12 Shaw Centre
Tel: +65 6733 7763
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard
#2 BLACK SHEEP CAFÉ – S$26.50
Tucked away in the basement of Thomson V Two, Black Sheep Café’s secluded location renders an unlikely accidental visit. Instead, the French restaurant solely relies on its regular patrons and word-of-mouth recommendations. Do treat yourself to their popular Duck Confit (S$26.50++) served on Apple Roesti and Tangy Mango Relish.
#B1-30, Thomson V Two
11 Sin Ming Road
Tel: +65 6459 5373
Tue to Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Fri to Sun: 11.30am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Marymount
#3 DB BISTRO – S$38
DB Bistro Moderne is housed in the luxurious The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and celebrated French Chef Daniel Boulud is the owner of this contemporary Parisan establishment. Their Duck Confit (S$38++) is served with Brais Greens, Cranberry Bean “Cassoulet” and Parma Ham. This is one of our all-time favourites.
10 Bayfront Avenue
#B1-48 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 8525
Mon to Fri (Lunch): 12pm – 5pm
Sat & Sun (Brunch): 11am – 5pm
Sun & Mon (Dinner): 5.30pm – 10pm
Tue to Sat (Dinner): 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront
#4 EIGHT CAFÉ & BAR – S$26.80
Quaint restaurant Eight Café & Bar has an international menu of Italian and French cuisine with an Asian touch. Their crispy and juicy French Duck Leg Confit (S$26.80) is served with fragrant basil white wine peach sauce on the side, a generous portion of French fries and fresh greens.
8 Bukit Pasoh Road
Tel: +65 6220 4513
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
Fri to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Outram Park
From the crisp skin to the tender meat inside, Nouvelle’s Duck Confit (S$22) is one of those dishes that will totally keep us coming back for.
2 Orchard Link,
Tel: +65 6834 4063
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
#6 LA BRASSERIE – S$44
Sitting within the luxurious Fullerton Bay Hotel, La Brasserie is a posh European restaurant serving a delectable array of French food. Their Signature Duck Confit (S$44) – served with black garlic sautéed broad beans, field greens and truffle potato mousseline – is an indulgent treat perfect for any occasion.
80 Collyer Quay
Lobby Level, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Tel: +65 6597 5288
Daily: 12pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place
Crispy skin and a warm interior, the duck fats left the meat still juicy, and the baked Lyonnaise potatoes on the side looked more than unassuming but were surprisingly very flavourful. If you are not the biggest fan of duck, Laurent’s Cafe’s classic French Crispy Duck Leg Confit (S$26) might covert you to one.
260 Orchard Road #B1-02C
Tel: +65 6235 2340
Daily: 9am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset
#8 LA PETITE CUISINE – S$17.50
La Petite Cuisine is a no-frills longstanding French bistro that sees regulars constantly returning for their signature Duck Confit (S$17.50). Cooked the traditional way aka in the duck’s own fat, the duck confit might not be the healthiest option but is definitely one of the tastier (and more affordable) ones in Singapore.
10 Jln Serene, Serene Centre
Tel: +65 6314 3173
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Botanical Gardens
#9 SAVEUR – S$13.90
Saveur has successfully altered the mindsets of Singaporeans that mouth-watering French fare can be budget-friendly too. Their iconic Duck Confit (S$13.90) is impeccable and it is little wonder their patrons return regularly for more. The duck leg is served on a fluffy bed of mashed potato with sauté shitake, orange segments and orange-infused natural sauce on the side.
5 Purvis Street, #01-04
Tel: 6333 3121
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.15pm
Sun: 12pm – 2.15pm, 6pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
This Serangoon-based café wishes to be remembered as the café with a unique take on traditional dishes. Apart from their quirky decor with retro notes, the Crispy Duck Leg Confit (S$17.90) – served with chopped salads, fried baby potatoes and orange brown sauce – is also pretty decent.
22 Lim Tua Tow Road
Mon to Tue: 12pm – 10pm
Thu: 12pm – 10pm
Fri: 12pm – 11pm
Sat: 9.30am – 11pm
Sun: 9.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon
#11 THE CLAN RESTAURANT – S$35
The Clan Restaurant did not shut its doors – it basically moved to the area of Selegie and now sits in PoMo. Still serving delightful Asian fusion dishes, you have to try their divine Duck Confit (S$35++) with Plum Mustard, Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables; it had us sold immediately upon first bite.
No.1 Selegie Road
Tel: +65 6222 2084
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bras Basah
#12 TOOTS BRASSERIE – S$19.80
Situated in lobby level of The Sultan Hotel, Toots Brasserie is a traditional French bistro that takes pride in offering a sumptuous range of irresistible French classics.
Toots Brasserie’s Duck Leg Confit (S$19.80++) is well cooked to an interesting contrast of textures; the crispy golden brown skin perfectly juxtaposes the fragrant delicate meat. Served with French beans, mushrooms and thinly sliced gratin potatoes, the classic dish is pretty reasonably priced for its quality.
The Sultan Hotel
101 Jalan Sultan #01-01
Tue to Sun: 12pm – 2.30 pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Bugis/Lavender
Duck Confit is something we have to try if we see it on a menu, and of course, we tried the one at Violet Herbs. The Sous Vide Duck Confit (S$36) has a crackling outer crust and the most tender duck meat inside.
The duck jus reduction that accompanied the duck was just right. We also liked how the duck confit is placed atop a bed of rustic vegetables of herb potatoes and sautéed baby spinach.
81 Tras Street
Tanjong Pagar Conservation Area
Tel: +65 6221 3988
Mon to Sat: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar