Not far from the CBD and nestled in a pristine shophouse along 9 Craig Road in Duxton is Coucou Singapore, a new, authentically Swiss restaurant from the team behind much loved Italian restaurant Senso Ristorante & Bar. It is not too hard to spot, with its bright red and white signage (Swiss flag colours and Singapore flag colours are coincidentally the same).
Much attention to detail (and décor of the place) is paid by Coucou’s Head Chef Yves Schmid, who grew up in Switzerland himself.
On the walls are an assortment of beautiful, colourful cuckoo clocks (that actually go coo-coo) and majestic portrait photographs of the massive Matterhorn, a mountain of the Alps between Switzerland and Italy. (I just recalled that it was not too long ago, that in solidarity with Singapore, the Swiss had projected the Singapore flag onto the Matterhorn!)
The resulting atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxed and casual for weekend lunch yet also formal enough for special occasions.
The place has a very family-oriented vibe, and is perfect for large gatherings on the weekends or simply for a dinner for two on weekday nights.
I love that there is both shaded outdoor and indoor seating, so there’s always the option to dine al fresco on balmy nights. If you prefer to eat inside the restaurant itself, there’s a skylight which allows the natural light to come in, making the restaurant well ventilated, brightly lit and cooling.
I also love Coucou Singapore’s adorable bar stools with the black and white cow print, and even the chairs indoors look so nice. They’re actually incredibly comfortable and I could probably sit there all day. Another interesting touch was the cool antler chandelier.
After I was seated, I had a look through the menu and had the hardest time deciding what to order. Everything looked so good.
I decided to start off with the Coucou Salade. I must tell you, it is my absolute favourite dish at Coucou Singapore. It is so good that I ordered a second helping! It is probably the best salad I’ve ever had in my life and I still think about it sometimes.
The delicious Grand Pere salad dressing was crafted by Chef Yves Schmid’s grandfather, who was a chef in Zurich, Switzerland. What I love about the Coucou Salade is that it is so refreshingly crisp and clean, yet tasty and tangy at the same time. I highly recommend the Coucou Salade, make sure you order it!
After I polished off the salad, I had the Malakoff, which is a traditional, deep fried Swiss cheese served with a fragrant and rich mustard sauce, a beignet au fromage if you speak French.
I found the Malakoff to be filling and also incredibly delicious, and would 100% recommend sharing this. Or if you’re greedy like me, you can have one all to yourself.
Be sure to order the Malakoff if you are a cheese lover!
Next, I had the Spätzli, which is an egg pasta found in Switzerland and other countries like Hungary, Germany, Austria. The name itself means little sparrows, which maybe describes this intriguing pasta shape (I did not know that other cuisines outside of Italian food had pasta!) The Spätzli was definitely unique and also just so slightly cheesy and doughy. It kind of reminds me of gnocchi, and the menu describes it as a “soft dumpling Swiss pasta style”. The portion, like the food at Coucou Singapore, was incredibly generous!
My main meal was the rosti burger, which is essentially rosti with a beef patty, melted Swiss raclette cheese, onion and rucola (FYI, Coucou Singapore also does fondue!).
I loved the adorable Swiss flag, and only recently realised that the Swiss flag is square in shape, different from most flags from around the world.
The crispy rosti was really nice and hot and went well with the juicy, tender beef. I really enjoyed the rocket which paired perfectly well. As mentioned before, the portion was large, so if you come with friends and family, there will definitely be enough to go around. I can only imagine how delicious this kind of warm, hearty food would taste in the Swiss Alps!
I would love to try all the other mains (and also drinks!) at Coucou Singapore, there’s really a lot of delicious food to choose from, and I can guarantee that you will go cuckoo.
For dessert, there was a lot to choose from, but I decided to order this lovely, light sorbet with really fresh redcurrants. Then, to end my meal, I decided to have a peppermint tea, the perfect calming and detoxing drink after a heavy meal 🙂
The Spring Menu (S$48, no service charge and no GST) comes with Green Peas Veloute, air-dried beef and Sbrinz cheese, Pike Perch Fillet served with Lentils Ragout and Bacon, and a Lemon & Dark Chocolate Tartlet.
Swiss Traditions Menu
With the Swiss Traditions Menu (S$58, no service charge and no GST) choose between the Malakoff & Salade Coucou, Zurich Style Ragout served with Rosti or the Pork Tenderloin with Morels Sauce, Spatzli & Vegetables, and Meringues & Double Crème de la Gruyere (Meringue, Double Cream and Red Fruits).
There is also a Kids’ Menu, at just S$17, it comes with a fruit juice/syrup, veal sausage with rosti, or rigatoni pasta with tomato sauce, or Zurich style veal ragout with Spatzli and fresh fruit salad.
Please note that for islandwide delivery, the minimum order is S$50 with a S$10 delivery fee. For orders above S$150, delivery is free. To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +65 6226 0060 or for Whatsapp/SMS only, +65 9731 3788!
Coucou Singapore’s current opening hours are: Wednesday 6pm-9.30pm, and Thursday to Sunday, 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm. To stay updated on their latest menu offerings and opening hours, check out their Instagram at www.instagram.com/coucou.restaurant or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coucou.restaurantor their website at www.coucou.sg
Many thanks to Coucou Singapore for inviting me to experience their beautiful Swiss restaurant and lovingly cooked food, would definitely recommend it to friends and readers alike. Please try Coucou Singapore and let me know what you think!
Coucou Singapore is located at: 9 Craig Road, Singapore 089669
Tel: +65 6226 0060