Bistro Du Vin is a restaurant that I have been meaning to try for the longest time. During restaurant week earlier this year, almost made reservations for lunch but these fell through due to a busy week.
I am happy to say that I finally visited this lovely French restaurant for lunch this month with delightful company and had a most wonderful time there.
The restaurant is decorated in a quaint and charming way, with brass tops and wooden panels and quirky paintings and posters scattered throughout. Decked out in warm tones and very European furnishings, it gave us a really cosy and inviting feeling.
At S$26++, I felt the lunch ‘prix fixe’ set was a pretty sweet deal. With around six choices each for Entrees, Mains and Desserts, it was almost like a mini a la carte – it is always great to have more choices! Well, most of the time.
My friend W started with the Foie Gras Ravioli with Shaved Mushrooms and Port Wine Sauce, and I took the Ratatouille with Deep-Fried Brandade.
Presentation of the foie gras ravioli was simple but it was fairly delicious – I had a small bite and thought the sauce was tasty while still allowing the distinctive taste of foie gras to come through. I felt that the mushroom slices could have a bit more character though.
My ratatouille with deep-fried brandade (a kind of cod fish potato vegetable croquette of sorts) was pleasant to eat, with a nice crisp exterior and mushy soft insides.
W opted for the Stewed Pork Cheeks, and I the Char-grilled Lamb Spare-ribs coated with honey mustard, with Provencale herbs and green peas.
His was nice but we both found it a tad salty, while mine was ooh-la-la delicious – the lamb ribs were tender, sufficiently juicy, and bursting with layered flavours. The sauce and peas were good too, and I was happy.
For dessert, we had a traditional creme brulee and the house’s special ‘Pink Tiramisu’.
W’s creme brulee was very light and took a spin on the usual one that we see in most restaurants. There was a hint of cinnamon and citrus notes and was smooth and soft.
And I really savoured every bite of my Pink Tiramisu, because firstly – it was just so pretty that I couldn’t really bear to demolish it; and secondly, because it was so delightful with its mix of creamy mascarpone ice cream, whipped cream, tangy icy raspberry sorbet and meringues.
Satisfying and not too sweet.
I had a really pleasant experience at Bistro Du Vin, and would like to visit it again, maybe for dinner this time. And wouldn’t mind going for the lunch set again too – there’s still their popular classic duck confit and the banana tart tartin (with ginger and lemongrass ice cream, mmm doesn’t that sound good) that I also wanted to try.
A nice cosy place with reasonable prices and tasty food, to me. Service was not too shabby as well, so I’d say we had a positive experience across all elements!
Haven’t tried the other branch at Shaw Centre though, maybe will go to this one the next time?
Bistro Du Vin
56 Zion Road
Tel: +65 6836 6313
Open daily from 11.30am to 4.30pm for lunch, and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner (information from Hungrygowhere).