Monday, August 20, 2012

Bistro du Vin, Singapore - My Kind of French Bistro

Monday, August 20, 2012
Bistro du Vin
Complimentary Bread, Bistro du Vin
Complimentary Bread

I like French bistros. They are laidback, relaxed and yet, still kinda classy. What is it about the French? It seems like they've got it all - an irresistibly sexy language, the most classic fashion, gorgeous wines and amazing food. French butter, too, is leagues above the usual stuff, and never fails to surprise me in how it gives a simple bread and butter so much more appeal.

Pan-seared Foie Gras, Bistro du Vin
Pan-seared Foie Gras, Bistro du Vin
Pan-seared Foie Gras, $26

That night, we indulged on pan-seared Foie Gras. An amazing slab thick enough for the insides to be completely wobby beneath the beautifully seared exterior, melting the minute it touches your tongue. Woah. I'm beginning to think that Foie Gras is something I want to indulge in only when it's done perfectly and worth the heart attack. The ones at Kazu and Bistro du Vin, for example, really hit the spot. This is what pan-seared Foie Gras is meant to look like, isn't it? A full slab evenly charred, not bits and pieces like so (whoops).

Baked Burgundian Escargot, Bistro du Vin
Baked Burgundian Escargot, Bistro du VinCoq au Vin, Bistro du Vin
Escargots, $15, Coq au Vin, $33

The Escargots, however, weren't nearly as impressive. It was a tad dull, as though the lemon, butter and herbs hadn't had time to befriend the bashful creatures. I give my vote to the ones at Les Bouchon and La Maison Fatien, which are completely delicious. The Coq au Vin, on the other hand, was a wonderful melting pot of mushrooms, carrots, salt pork and browned chicken, all infused with a certain depth courtesy of whichever red wine graced the occasion. We loved it. Some parts of the chicken were tougher than others, but this really has more to do with the genetic make up of the fowl than the recipe or chef.

Bistro du Vin
Bistro du Vin
Charming decor

Bistro du Vin works. Charming decor (even if it's a little kitsch, if we're going to be honest), great food and warm service - it's my kind of French bistro. There are certainly more than enough reasons for me to return. It's quite perfect for a first date too, isn't it?

Recommendations: Pan-seared Foie Gras, Coq au Vin

I'll skip: Escargots

Bistro du Vin
56 Zion Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6836 6313

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