Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bistro Du Vin, Zion Road

There has recently been an influx of French bistros in Singapore - with Brasserie Gavroche, Maison Fatien, etc.suddenly this city has started to offer good homely authentic French cuisine with good bistro fare as one would get in Paris. Bistro Du Vin was probably one of the earlier bistros, as its first outlet opened sometime in 2009 (?) - here, we went to the sister outlet which was just opened at Zion Road.
The decor was quite lovely, and really exuded Parisian charm - one could imagine being seated along the Rue de Rivoli, or the Boulevard St Germain, etc.... except that when you look out, all you see is the tacky Great World City, and not a lovely 18th century Roccoco-styled facade. Ah well - we can talk about tackiness another day. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, regarding the decor.
Besides the bread, which was delicious, my first course was the Cod Brandade, which I realise to be an emulsion of salt cod and olives. Whatever it was (this was the first time I had it), it was just delicious. Utterly rich and creamy with the addition of a hollandaise-style sauce, with a poached egg (I believe) and the brandade, it was a hearty, tasty, appetizer. Deliciously done. (8/10)
My mains were just as good - this was a pork shoulder with mash. The pork shoulder (with the fats) had been slow-cooked to perfection, with a lovely succulent texture of the fats melting in your mouth, and a very robust pork taste (strong, but not smelly). Just the way I like it. The gravy helped to cut through the richness slightly. Overall, very well executed. (8.5/10)

Creme brulee is standard fare for a French bistro, and this one was excellent. One of the best I have had so far in recent memory. The use of a flat tray is important, and the addition of vanilla beans elevates it from a mere dish to something superlative. (8.5/10). 
The set costs just S$30++ (for lunch), which is probably a steal considering the items on offer.

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