Last Saturday we had dinner at Bistro du Vin, which was an interesting experience.
The restaurant totally breathes European bistro feeling with noise of people having conversations, tables being moved, bit of chaos and we did enjoy it. It felt as if we were back home again.
The food is basic French fare, no frills. Everything served on old simple white plates, no garnish or extras. We both started with the foie gras, which was served with some fruit compote. It was very tasteful but there were some stretchy things in the foie gras and personally I don't like stretchy things in my meat.
I then had the duck confit which was really nice and came with some 'choucroute', sour cabbage. My dining partner had the fish and | thought the piece of fish was a little small to be the main dish for 40 sgd
Dessert was great: mont blanc for me with chestnut cream, meringue, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. They were pre-made as everything was a bit frozen.
Madeleines were fresh out of the oven and came with chocolate mousse. Fresh out of the oven meant a nice crisp thin crust but I have to admit, there was a certain taste in the Madeleine I did not like. I can't really put my finger on it.
There was a lot of staff running around and still it was hard in the beginning to get something to drink...menu was already right in front of us but we had to wave to get the wine list....
It was a very busy evening as it turned out, they had a jazz band playing that evening. This is something they should have pointed out when I made the reservations though cause when these guys were playing, conversation was pretty much over. It was great though but if you were there for conversation, this was not the night.
They also lost my reservation and I had to show my confirmation email to the staff to get a seat. They made up for it with a complimentary glass of champagne which was very attentive.
However, when something goes wrong normally the rest follows so for dessert: mine was served asap and my partner's dessert did not come through. So after 10 minutes I enquired and first answer from one of the waiters was: yes, but the Madeleines take about 10-20 minutes. Fine but then serve both desserts at the same time.....Quiet often in Singapore people don't care about eating dishes at the same time, very interesting habit of waiters.
This waiter went to the kitchen to enquire and found out the Madeleines were forgotten altogether.....so he offered us free coffee. And 5 minutes later one of the staff brought a colonel around to apologize for the forgotten dessert.
So we had a lot for free that evening. I do like the gesture of the staff which quiet often does not happen as well. So we had a very pleasurable evening at the bistro. I would recommend it more for a quick dinner to people then for a night out unless they have one of those live sessions again. Order some wine and enjoy the night out
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