Tired of eating at the same old places in Singapore? They are likely to be located in crowded shopping malls or in shophouses with no parking nearby. We suggest escaping the city and going overseas for lunch, at Sentosa Island. Sentosa Cove Quayside Isle, to be more precise. That was what we did recently when we had lunch at the Bistro French Quays, a French restaurant in Sentosa with a view like this.
The Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove is a small cluster of food and retail outlets next to the W Hotel and the condominiums. There are 13 restaurants there, serving Greek, Indian, French, Spanish and other cuisines. They all looked enticing but we decided on the Bistro French Quays on account of its simple unpretentious decor.
There was some initial disappointment when we were seated in the restaurant. The quaint checked table cloths turned out to be plastic sheets. The antique frames of the large wall mirrors were actually trompe l’oeil decals on the edges of the mirrors. Things were not what they seemed from a distance. Fortunately, things got better as the food arrived.
Here are some pictures of the Bistro French Quays menus. There is a weekday set lunch menu which looks quite attractive and a 30% discount deal for senior citizens on some days.
Our lunch started with a basket of bread ($5) and escargot ($11). We had a bottle of Marrenon Petula Rosé from the Rhone Valley ($59). A simple but fresh, fruity wine with a lovely salmon pink hue.
The dish that arrived first was the escargot ($11). The snails were small but the taste was good. Better when eaten with a piece of baguette.
The coq au vin ($26) was another French classic that we tried. It was very well presented and it tasted as good as it looked. It was very well cooked till the meat glided off the bone with minimum effort .
There were two items that caught our eye in the menu. Described as “the Brunch on a Board”. There was a “meat board” and a “seafood board” for two persons. We decided on the meat board “Plateau de Charcuterie pour deus” ($66).
As you can see the meat board was a generous spread of delicious food. We cannot identify all the items but the menu tells us that it included items of grilled rib eye, lamb chop, duck rillettes, pork terrine, vine ripened tomatoes, purple grape mustard toast, sunny side up eggs and braised white beans.
The meat items were initially cooked to a “rare” condition, which seemeds to be the default setting. They were returned to the kitchen to be cooked to our preferred medium-well state. Once that was resolved, the meat board was a most interesting and satisfying dish. With so many items, it was fun to eat from different parts of the board at the same time.
The board was so pretty that it looked good even after we started eating and messing it up.
Once we overlooked some parts of the decor, the lunch at Bistro French Quays at Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove was a pretty enjoyable experience. Sitting and eating near the sea somehow brings about an “on-vacation” feel. Looks like we will be back to explore the other restaurants in Sentosa Cove soon.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Bistro French Quays
31 Ocean Way
#01-11, Quayside Isle
Tel : +65 6268 8633
Mon-Fri: 12:00 – 23:00
Sat-Sun & PH: 11:00 – 23:00