Bistro du Vin

A homely bistro style French diner belonging to the Les Amis umbrella of restaurants, this place was a quick lunch stop before our movie at Lido. My brother loves the steak here, and what more when they allow you to have it as part of the set lunch, with additional charge of course, but we didn’t mind because my brother got the best of both worlds – set and steak! Another good thing was the fact that they actually offer the set lunch on Saturdays, and at only $30++.

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Foie Gras Ravioli with Shaved Mushroom & Port Wine Sauce – This was really really yummy, tasted like it had truffle in it too. It’s just one huge ravioli with lots of sauce. I thought it was a good ingredient combination and a nice starter.

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Baked Salmon Trout with Mussels in White Wine – Huge portion for a set meal. The salmon was well cooked, just nicely pink in the centre. The ratio of meal to broth was also just nice. A good choice if you want something healthier.

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Walnut Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream – Chocolate-y and caramel like tart. I felt like its name misrepresented it cause it was not at all heavy on the walnuts. My brother really enjoyed it, and I would say it was probably the best of the three desserts we ordered.

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Pink Tiramisu – Their take on a tiramisu, using what I think is Rosé wine. As you can tell, it was in deconstructed style and was served with mini meringues and a strawberry sorbet at the bottom. I wish there was more mascarpone though.

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Banana Tart Tartin with Ginger & Lemongrass Ice Cream – The ice cream was very interesting, an acquired taste in my opinion. I didn’t fancy it that much, though my dad did. Having tried a small amount, I must say that the ice cream does balance out the sweetness of the tart, and so it might be a good dessert to order if you don’t want something too sweet. It is however, on the heavier side, especially since we were already so stuffed by the dessert course.

I didn’t manage to get a picture of the other appetizers and main courses but I got all the desserts. The meal was very satisfying and the portions aren’t small so you really get your money’s worth. The ambience is also nice if you’re looking for a place to bring a loved one. I also especially like that it’s situated in town cause that makes it very accessible for everyone, and also a go-to for when you’re craving French fare after shopping or watching a movie. They do also offer an a la carte menu but I don’t see why order a la carte when you can have the set lunch!

See the menu here: Bistro du Vin Set Lunch

I’ve only ever visit Bistro Du Vin once but my family has been here a few times already. I wouldn’t say anyone could go wrong with a Les Amis restaurant. They also have another outlet at Zion road which serves Weekend Brunch, but I’ve yet to try it.

1 Scotts Road

#02-12 Shaw Centre

Tel: 67337763

Lolla

Upon walking into Lolla, what struck me first was the bar seating, I hear they’ve a communal table too but it wasn’t opened when I went. The other thing that was interesting was that I got to see the chefs prepare my food (and they got to see me eat my food). Overall it was a good experience, though it was slightly pricey, especially since the portions are small. It’s probably best to go for drinks and snacks, and not when you’re extremely hungry or have friends who are big eaters.

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Gem Salad with Anchovies and Garlic ($14) – There wasn’t anything bad about this salad but it wasn’t anything fantastic either. For its price, I wish they’d given a bigger serving or a salad with more substantial components, I mean I probably could’ve bought ten times the amount of anchovies, greens and garlic at the supermart for $14.

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Sea Urchin on Squid Ink Pudding ($19) – THIS WAS AMAZING. A sure must try! I don’t know what words to use to describe it cause I don’t think my words can do it justice. It’s a really small portion but you won’t regret it. It’ll be your best $19 spent!

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Sweet Clams with Fig and Kimchi Broth (approx. $20) – Clams were well cooked and there weren’t any empty shells (i.e. you get your money’s worth), and the broth was yummy. My only question was: why separate the clams and the broth? Cause I ended up eating them together anyway.

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Duck Fat Potatoes ($13) – I ordered these because I missed the duck fat fries I ate in Berkeley. However, these were a far cry from the delicious truffle-like tasting fries I had in Berkeley and so I was quite disappointed. But I must say the potatoes were well cooked, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, a pleasurable texture to eat.

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Doughnuts with Lemon Curd ($12) – I think the curd was the winner component in this dessert. The doughnuts were nice and fluffy but the curd was what really made the dish. In fact, my dad and I slurpped up all remaining lemon curd after we’d finished all the doughnuts. It was that good. It feels like the dish should’ve been called “Lemon Curd with Doughnuts”, instead of vice versa.

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Steamed Dark Chocolate Pudding ($15) – It was served hot and molten and struck a nice balance between cake and pudding. Accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream from Creamier, it’s the perfect end to a meal at Lolla. In fact, I would actually go back just for this. 

As you can already tell, Lolla is quite pricey, especially relative to it’s small serving portion. It was a good meal experience, made special by the sea urchin pudding and the steamy dark chocolate pudding. I don’t know if I will go back again, maybe if I were around the area and wanted to have something light.

 

22 Ann Siang Road

Tel: 64231228

Au Petit Salut

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40C Harding Road

Tel: 64751976

Pollen

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Eating here made me forget that I was in Singapore. Apart from the amazing food and service, they also provide a buggy service to and from the restaurant, plus free entry into the flower dome. It wasn’t exactly a cheap meal but it was worth every cent. Visit this place to celebrate a special occasion, you won’t regret!

18 Marina Gardens Drive

#01-09 Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

Tel: 66049988

Viognier (vee-oh-nyay) Restaurant

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Saveur

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5 Purvis Street

#01-04

Tel: 63333121

dB Bistro Moderne

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10 Bayfront Avenue

#B1-48, Across from The Theater, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Tel: 66888525

Antoinette

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#02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery

Tel: 68369527

Bar Boulud

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La Petite Cuisine #2

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La Petite Cuisine

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10 Jalan Serene

 

#01-05 Serene Centre

 

Tel: 64688850

 

Choupinette

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607 Bukit Timah Road

#01-01

Tel: 64660613

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