This is one of the two restaurants in Singapore that I would classify as most beautiful, romantic, enchanting and elegant with world class food. Whenever we have guests visiting Singapore for the first time, this will be the place that we are most proud to bring them to. Alfresco dining at a historical museum by the Singapore River overlooking the skyscrappers, it makes for the perfect setting to narrate our history, of how from this very strategic spot rose a very vibrant trading hub that is a major contributor to our economy in the early years.
Stories of our people, LKY, culture, the harmony and peace of living among the various races, infrastructure, education system, language, culture, food, business, our great and promising future, etc. never fail to impress them. That a little red dot could do so much and be so in sync globally simply blow their minds. So much so that even when the meal has ended, you can feel that they are reluctant to leave. We have a truly wonderful country here so be very very proud of it, be very appreciative.
This is the awkward part, pronouncing Indochine. I’ve heard some people pronounce it In-do-chi-ni, In-do-chin, In-do-chyne… no, no, no, pronounce it the way the French does “In-do-sheen”.
Superb food + superb ambience + superb service = superb experience.
Offerings are pretty well varied and you can't go very wrong with any selection. The service staff are knowledgeable and will provide advice if requested.
Price in my opinion is relatively reasonable, in a way, it's even lower than most high end restaurants. Portion served is good for 4 pax and if you average the total bill of about $250 (without wine), it's just about $65 per pax, not that bad at all. I bet Indochine have to pay rent through their noses considering the prime location they are on. When Singapore hosted the IOC (Int'l Olympic Committee) in 2005, Indochine was one of the dining venues for the visiting delegates (Tony Blair, David Beckham were among them).
Alright, on with the food that we just had :
Starter : The Mixed Platter served in a bamboo tray, offers a good tasting portion of Vietnamese rice roll, Prawn Paste in Cane, Sundried Beef, Deep-Fried Spring Rolls.
Salad : Pomelo & Prawn Salad comes in huge chunks of pomelo and big succulent prawns; Green Mango Salad is great too.
Main : Toman Fish in thick coconut cream steamed in a banana cup (this is a very well-known Cambodian specialty called Fish Amok); Drunken Venison; Mixed Mushrooms; Duck in Green Curry, Crispy Fried Tofu with a subtle sweet sour sauce.
Dessert : Sticky Rice with Mango, Pumpkin Custard w/Ice Cream, Lemon Grass Creme Brule, Fresh Fruit Platter.
Lest you scoff at the “mundane” fresh fuit platter that we have taken for granted – for someone who has never seen, touched or tasted a rambutan, mangosteen, dragon fruit or starfruit before, this is the Ali Baba’s “Open Sesame” to the forty thieves’ treasure cave, a new adventure embarks - more discussion about the fruits in Asia. You get questions like "Describe durian", "How does it look like?", "What does it taste like?" - Wah!!! Time to "siam", got to go to the wash room...
Walking home after dinner, hand in hand with the one I love, I’d be humming Manhattan Transfer’s “On A Little Street In Singapore” – way to end a memorable evening.