Bistro du Vin is a French bistro that's slightly on the expensive side, however the portions are huge and the mains are really good. I really, really enjoyed my ribeye steak, and highly recommend it. My partner quite liked his chicken in red wine sauce, however, he got a little sick of it towards the end (there was just too much of the same flavour). The desserts disappointing. They weren't bad by any stretch, just... not what we expected. My advice is to order starters instead (if ordering anything besides mains at all) and head for dessert elsewhere. Their mains are really good, it'd be a shame to spoil that good impression with the mediocre desserts here.
Also, Bistro du Vin has a lunch set served everyday from 12noon-2pm at $30++ which is extremely reasonable. We wanted to try the set lunch but I couldn't get out of bed (haha). Next time, I'm definitely waking up now that I know what I missed.
The Coq Au Vin ($33) was a recommendation, apparently it's really popular. The chicken was really tender, practically falling apart with a small nudge of the fork. The taste of the red wine sauce was a little on the strong side though, so towards the end it felt like a bit much. That isn't to say we didn't like it though, it was good but maybe a tad too strong for our tastes given that there was so much of it. The sweetness of the carrots and relative blandness of the mushrooms went well with the red wine sauce though. Overall, it was a good dish to try but on our next visit, we'd like to try something else.
So while the chicken was passably good, I thought the steak was great. I love steak, I love it, it's at the top of my list of favourite foods, which is really a statement because I'm a food enthusiast. I ordered my Australian Angus Ribeye Steak ($42) medium rare and it turned out to be one of the most memorable steaks I've had at its price point. That being said, I think it also depends on how you like your steak. My dad likes his steak crispy on the outside and rarer at the center.. this isn't that kind of steak.
The first thing that struck me was how thin it was, only about a quarter inch thick. As a result, the meat was very evenly cooked, slightly bloody but not too raw at its center. What I absolutely loved about it was how there was no tendon, it was all meat and fat-- juicy, tasty fat, literally bursting with arterty-clogging flavour. The seasoning was a little on the salty side, but that still wasn't able to distract me from the quality of the steak. The meat was tender and juicy, and yes, so flavourful I did not even touch the sauce they gave on the side. Two thumbs up for this.
For desserts we ordered the Souffle ($12) was too egg-y, the Chocolate Fondant ($10) was alright, we've had better. Definitely the mains were better than desserts.
I spent $57 per person.
- I also recommend this place for:
- Anniversary, Birthdays, Dinner, Lunch, Romance/First Dates
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