Following Mondays in Provence, it’s to Lyon we went at db Bistro Moderne this time! For the next couple of months, the new 3-course Mondays in Lyon menu ($68++, additional $32++ for wine pairing) features signature Lyonnaise dishes that are specialities of chef Daniel Boulud’s native city of Lyon, a.k.a. France’s capital of gastronomy.
Dinner began with something out of the tasting menu, addictive crispy morsels of Alsatian flat bread topped with cheese and wild mushrooms (or bacon). The charcuterie came next, such an impressive platter of cured meats that even I believe it’s a dream come true for any hard-core carnivores. One good thing about being a pescetarian is that I had the chance to sample other meat-less items. So while the others enjoyed the meaty stuff, I polished off the simple frisée salad, a veggie version of the chicken livers and bacon salad. Both soups I didn’t like; onion soup was too cheesy, potato and leek too starchy.
The mains were outstanding imo, especially the poached cod, fatteningly tender with classic accruements of fish-cake-like fish mousse quenelles and sauce Nantua, a timeless seafood sauce that reminds me of a thick and decadent lobster bisque. The huge pot of vinegar braised chicken was served with a side of tarragon rice pilaf that had everyone raving about how fluffy and fragrant it was. Besides being an eye candy, my additional main of Boston scallops were nicely seared and juicy. When I read the menu and came across “cardoon”, I googled immediately cuz I’ve got no idea what it was. Wiki saved the day; cardoon is “a thistle-like plant“, akin to artichoke. Though the cardoon gratin was oozing with flavours, I wouldn’t want that as a main course since it got overly rich and heavy after a few hearty bites.
Desserts were the next best thing! It’s really cruel for them to force diners to choose only one out of the three choices, lol. The apple tart was impossibly thin, paired with a killer cognac ice cream that’s solely for adults, no kids allowed. I usually shy away from meringue cuz I don’t like it. I just don’t. It’s just boring sweet sugar to me, so I wasn’t too enthusiastic about the floating island initially. Except that it was meltingly soft and I actually finished it, haha. Favourite favourite favouritest dessert was the valrhona dark chocolate ice cream with candied chestnut, so so sooooooo yummy that I went for a second serving, yay!
Alsace, Provence, Lyon… What’s next?
alsatian flat bread, fromage blanc, onion, bacon or mushroom
Plateau de Charcuterie
cured meats, duck terrine, homemade pickles
frisée salad, chicken livers, bacon, poached egg
shaved baby vegetables, tomato confit, lemon dressing
Soupe a L’onion
onion and beef consomme, gruyere, croutons
Potato and Leek Soup
fried leek, chives, whipped cream
poached cod, fish mousse quenelles, sauce nantua
Poulet au Vinaigre
vinegar braised chicken, tarragon rice pilaf
Gratin de Cardons “Dauphinois”
cardoon & potato gratin, mushroom fricassée
Seared Boston Scallops
cauliflower coulis, romanesco, glazed radish
floating island, vanilla creme anglaise, pink praline
Apple Tarte Fine
puff pastry, cognac ice cream
Coupe Chocolat et Marron
valrhona chocolate, candied chestnut
a must at Daniel Boulud’s
Special thanks to Philicia and Elzena from Marina Bay Sands for inviting and hosting us for dinner!
db Bistro Moderne
#B1-48, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave