The wittily-named Pardon My French is one of the most interesting establishments that appeared in the last quarter of 2017. While a lot of people in the industry are playing with the concept of fusion food, Pardon My French avoids it, as they believe that fusion, more often than not, creates confusion. Instead of marrying two cuisines that may or may not work, the restaurant decides to serve both modern Japanese and French-inspired delicacies individually, next to each other.
Browse through the menu book and you’ll find a distinct separation between the two, particularly in the mains section. On the French side of things, think the likes of steak, Chicken au Jus, and Beef Bourguignon. Meanwhile, on the Japanese side, expect menus such as Gojira Rice Burger, Katsu Oyakodon, and Mentaiko Udon.
All the food that we try are pretty good, but let me pick a few of my favorites. Spam & Tamago Musubi serves up Japanese fluffy omelette inserted between sushi rice and thick cut spam—the perfect food for snacking. For a quick meal, Tori Katsu Sandwich is versatile. With the familiar flavors of chicken katsu meets cheese, I could easily imagine eating it in the afternoon with a cup of coffee, or in the evening alongside a glass of icy cold beer. As for mains, Truffle Steak Don, offering US Beef, 63 degree egg (a fancy way of saying soft-poached egg cooked in a water bath), and Katsuobushi beef sauce on top of Kokuho Japanese rice, is definitely worth trying.
If you manage to come during brunch time, do give Cornflake-Crusted French Toast a shot. This dish offers a different take on this cafe-staple by coating the brioche toast with cornflake, giving it a unique crunchy crackling texture. Drizzled with a generous amount of chocolate ganache and completed with strawberry slices, this dish is worth every calorie. Meanwhile, for a comforting flavor, opt for Omurice. Everything from the consistency of the sauce to the omelette, from the rice to the topping, is nicely done. Have a spoonful of a little bit of everything to enjoy a balanced combination of flavors. It’s admiring to see how the kitchen is able to deliver different kinds of food without losing the character of each dish.
Not stopping at food, Pardon My French also pays close attention in how it portrays itself. Kudos to the branding person for coming up with a solid combination of details, including the color selection of the plates, the sofas, and the table, plus the Insta-famous drunk giant teddy bear. They also manage to create a playlist with catchy modern tunes that are not top 40. The music caters to a specific market and makes people go, “Damn, I belong here.”
The ambience during the day is pretty awesome, but seeing rows of whisky and gin, plus the selection of cocktails, I could imagine the place becoming even livelier at night. I look forward to coming back to this place to taste other menus, as the food and the whole experience is pretty damn good. Oops. Pardon my French.