Tell me, do bistros in Paris look like Bistro Du Vin? Warm red walls (coincidentally it’s the colour of my room too!), tiled floors, wooden chairs and marble top tables, checkered napkins etc create that so-not-Singapore feel. I love the quaint decor and that casual, unassuming atmosphere which doesn’t make me feel under-dressed wearing my Birkenstocks.
Alas, if only I’m as charmed by the food too. The 3 course set lunch ($30++) started with a salad with sautéed prawns and champagne dressing. Delicious.. Until I mistook a mustard grain for an insect and had it sent back to the kitchen, i.e. never to be seen again.
The only good thing I can recall about the pan fried parrot fish is that it was fresh. That’s all. The ginger sauce was so light that it didn’t impart a much needed flavour to the bland fish. The potatoes on the side did make an impact though, but not in a good way as they were extremely salty! Go easy on the salt, chef.
I quit eating chicken/red meat a year ago so I didn’t try the roasted roulade of chicken in natural jus but it was lavished with praises.
Sad to say, desserts were unremarkable as well. I don’t like tarts usually and only 1 tart has impressed me so far. The peach tart had a strange cheesy taste to it but when asked, the waiter said that it’s almond based and no cheese was added.
Egg custard with caramel was smooth and not too sweet but it was mediocre at best. That said, I must admit that pudding-like desserts are never my favourite so it’s hard for me to like it.
Average seems to be the general theme here. Before I write this bistro off completely though, I think it’s fair to give it another try with the ala carte menu. At the very least, I can have the feeling of being transported to Paris for an hour or two!