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Le Bistrot du Sommelier

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Address: 53 Armenian Street, 179940
Le Bistrot du Sommelier fits the rustic décor and which serves mouth watering dishes that every Singaporean or Foreign will love.

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 23:00

Closed: Sun

+65 63331982
$95 based on 126 submissions
Dinner (40 votes), Wine Lists (24 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (23 votes)

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living up to the hype

Has it been 3 years? Or 4? Still living up to the hype of being one of the best french bistros. Albeit pricey but good quality nosh. 
Drivers park at public car park besideperanakan museum or SMU. 
Place only has 1 washroom on main dining hall. Another washroom on level 2. 
Housed in old prewar building, you can feel walls vibraye ever so slightly when trains and cars move below and outside. All the charm eh?
I sat near the door and warm humid air hits like an unwanted sales man when someone enters and leaves. 
Service is personal and fab. They know the food. we wanted 3 appetizers and they said better not. Too rich. We listened and they were right. 
But you MUST order thier duck rilette. This is shredded duck meat spread thick or thin on toast. OmG the flavour profile is complex and ootw. interestingly it's cheaper for takwaway than dine in. Rilettes I mean. 
we also had mont d'or which is molten cheese to dip your bread in. This is rich but not that jelak. However its a huge tub so must share. 5 of us shared this. 
the chefs special ribeye is not on menu but on wall. Usually available. Done medium rare and served with caramalised onions and softened garlic. this was rustic french at its finest. 
We also had welsh lamb and oven baked crispy turbot. The lamd was ok. Nothing is better than the beef. The turbot came with a side of piquant mini cheese ravioli in ratatouille like stew. It came very close to knocking the beef off its throne. And it complimented the beef tres well. 
We had dessert as well but nothing spectacular. 

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• 30 Aug 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Food Poisoning and Terrible Service

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I had food poisoning after having a dinner with friends at this restaurant. 

I used to love this French restaurant, but the manager has changed and the service is very poor.   

I will not go back to this restaurant and will not recommend to any friends.  

You would not want to suffer from food poisoning, it is not worth it.   



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• 05 Jun 2015 • 13 reviews • 0 follower

Countryside food at Michelin prices

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As we entered, the 1980s show "La verite est au fond de la marmite" was playing, showing a recipe for sausage and chestnut soup. It set the tone for the type of food served: hearty, true-to-tradition, rich and simple French countryside food in a style that has all but disappeared from restaurants, even in France let alone abroad. You spend a day walking around orange woods shooting woodcock in a domaine in the Nievre, and then you find a nice inn somewhere where you can stuff yourself full of rich food in complex sauces. It's that kind of place, except in a shophouse next to Fort Canning.

Although the meat was good and well cooked, and the sauces adequate, the prices were rather painful. For example, the hanger steak with fries is $32, the same price as l'Entrecote who at least serves it with a walnut salad and more theatre. Wine by the glass is limited to 5 choices starting at $22, which is understandable as it can be hard to find decent wine at lower prices in Singapore and the "sommelier" must uphold his reputation, and because a smaller choice keeps the options fresher as the bar goes through more bottles; but we still chose to avoid having any as a result. Desserts, although fantastic and rare-to-see choices such as charlotte aux poires and souffle (which is quite hard to pull off well), started at $25, which again felt excessive. 

The interior is quite funny, with many touches reminiscent again of these small countryside village places down to the wooden table with crumbs in the gaps (we dined upstairs). 

I really wanted to like this place, and in a way I do, but I don't think I'll be back when a famous chain of "friends" also with "Bistro" in the name offers similar food at much lower prices. It's not that I'm not recommending it; it's more that this is a place for those who don't care how much they blow, and I'm already a regular at much cheaper and equivalent other places, and I can cook quite a bit of the food myself at a similar level. I almost feel bad writing this review because the chef clearly knows what he is doing and is not compromising his offering. I guess the prices are high because there is a faithful audience.
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• 18 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

My $30 salad came with a side of oversized dead moth with no apology

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 Disclaimer: this review is only focused on service and food hygiene.
 I went back here for the 2nd time for lunch because I really enjoyed the food on my first visit for dinner. Unfortunately this second visit was so disappointing. We found a giant dead moth snuggled in nicely underneath amidst our $30 salad, which we then pointed out to the male staff. His lack of response was the surprising factor here, not a word of apology what so ever. He just proceeded to take the bowl away, not a word, came back with a new bowl and acted like nothing happened.
 
 For the price I'm paying, I'm expecting good restaurant service and to not have my salad with a side of oversized moth. This is superbly disappointing to the point I'm not sure I'm going back no matter how great the food is. The least they could have done was apologize for ruining my lunch.
 For the price I'm paying, I'm expecting good restaurant service and to not have my salad with a side of oversized moth. This is superbly disappointing to the point I'm not sure I'm going back no matter how great the food is.
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