After hearing so many reviews of the new Les-Amis themed restaurant known as Bistro Du Vin, i trooped down with a few friends to try out the food there.
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We stepped into a little quaint oasis of charm and quirkiness very typical (or so i heard) of a Parisian Bistro - that was obviously the inspiration. Red walls, pictures of artwork, parisian buildings, as well as with marble table-tops and brown chairs make for a lovely atmosphere. Very well-decorated and quaint - if every parisian bistro was like that, i would love to go there anytime.
We were served some fresh bread first - nothing much to shout about, but i did like the unsalted butter accompanying it. it was actually very good that i had some seconds.
ZH had a mushroom friscasee with morels and a poached egg; it was really good. Very earthly flavours of mushrooms and herbs (i was trying to figure out what they were - seemed like some fresh parsley, thyme) - all with a nice poached egg on top. classic bistro fare. served with a salad.
The mains came; myself and J did not order starter since we are not working yet and can't afford to spend extravagantly on food. i ordered a duck confit, while J had a lamb stew and ZH had beef braised in red wine.
The duck confit was excellent; very tasty, with a very crispy skin and very tasty duck fat; the meat wasn't that tender (still fine by me) but it was very tasty, with a nice saltiness and savouriness that a confit is supposed to have. i found it a bit too salty, but i guess some folks like it that way. The tasty duck fat was really oomph-inducing, reminders of why i like french food so much (but is so sadly expensive). A pot of "coffee sauce" accompanied my confit and that really added a new dimension to the dish and went very well with the duck, with a bit of sweetness to nullify the savouriness. The fries accompanying it were a nice touch.
The beef braised in red wine was very nice - very robust flavours of beef and red wine, hearty flavours. only gripe could be that it wasn't as generous as it should have been.
the lamb with green peas was not bad -alot of gamey lamb flavours.
J had a lemon tart which was quite excellent; very tart (pardon the pun), and light, refreshingly ending off the meal.
ZH's profiteroles were bad: the crust wasn't too light, probably because it was kept in the fridge for too long or something.
i had a creme brulee; it was served in a shallow dish to allow for more "burnt caramel" per total caramel; it was excellent, if a bit too sweet; at least real vanilla beans were used. It would be perfect if the dish was slightly deeper and less wide, so that you don't get so much burnt caramel per total caramel - at some points it felt like eating candy.
Overall not bad but not worth the price we paid. Hmm. (7.5/10)
Not value for money!