Bistro du Vin is one of our favourite casual French restaurants at Orchard Road. It has been sometime since our last visit, so we thought it was time to revisit and try out the Bistro du Vin set lunch 2016. This set lunch had always attracted lunchtime diners to the Bistro. At a price of $34 for a three course lunch with coffee, it is a fairly priced lunch deal.
Nothing seems to have changed at Bistro du Vin. The same dark wood panelling, small marble-topped tables and bentwood chairs create a nice French bistro ambience. One thing that was noticeably different was the relative peacefulness in the restaurant. We remember that it was once hard to get a table without a booking but it was less than half full on that day. Perhaps it was just an unusually slow day or the hot weather was keeping people indoors.
A nice basket of bread and butter were provided very quickly. The bread was warm and tasted very good. Here are pictures of the set lunch menu and the list of wines by the glass.
To counteract the heat outside we decided on a carafe of Rose from Provence ($27). It was mildly fruity and refreshing. A safe wine to go with the different kinds of food we had ordered.
The starters that we selected were the Mushroom velouté with crème fraiche and truffle scented oil and Foie gras ravioli with toasted hazelnut & Port wine sauce. The mushroom soup was good with deep earthy mushroom flavours. But the foie gras ravioli was a better choice. The liver taste was complex but not overbearing. The crunch of the hazelnuts added a highlight to the taste.
For main course we had the braised beef “Bourguignon” and￼ pan-fried salmon trout with sweet peas, white onions and bacon. Be warned that both are very substantial dishes. The beef was cooked till very soft. The dark sauce worked very well with the mashed potatoes. The salmon had a more delicate taste. The skin was beautifully finished to a light crisp. The abundant sweet peas provided a good contrast to the oily fish taste. Both were very good but if we had to choose one, the salmon was preferred.
Our desserts were the chocolate & caramel tart with raspberry sorbet and the cheese of the day. The tart and sorbet was clearly the better choice. You can imagine the taste – dark chocolate and cool sorbet – what can go wrong right? The cheese of the day was a hard, light flavoured cheese, the name of which I cannot remember. Tasted like cheddar, very ordinary.
Overall, a three-course well prepared meal in a French bistro in the heart of Singapore’s Orchard Road for $34++. The Bistro du Vin set lunch 2016 continues to fly the flag for good value meals in Singapore.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Bistro du Vin
1 Scotts Rd, #01-14 Shaw Centre
Tel : +65 6733 7763
12:00pm – 2:00pm, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard