I made a reservation for Friday night only a day ahead and they only managed to give me an outdoor seat. I was slightly worried as it was due to be pouring on Friday but thankfully the rain halted in time and the evening was a cool one. I wouldn’t actually recommend the outdoor seats as it is exposed to the roads, rather than a private backyard. But on the other hand, the road was relatively quiet as it is not a high traffic road. The only good thing about being outdoors is that the chatter is greatly reduced and is better for a more peaceful meal.
We started off with 2010 Clos Marie Pic Saint-Loup L’Olivette ($88.00++). I personally do not really fancy this, as it is quite tannic and puckery. I prefer something smoother on my palate.
Half dozen escargots – $16.00++
I didn’t take note of the full name but it was escargot in puff pastry topped with what seems like watercress. If you like escargots you can order this with confidence.
Chestnut Ravioli with celeriac veloute and cepes mushrooms – $24.00++
I didn’t take note of the name either. This was rather interesting. However, the chestnut was the only non-savoury thing in this dish wish contrasted with the savoury everything else. I’m not too sure if this makes a good match, but still, everything was good on its own.
Duck Rillette and 18-24 months Iberico Ham
I didn’t take note of the prices for these, but for the takeaway version 100g of ham cost $13.50. They claim to make their own rillete and indeed, the rillete is pretty good! it was definitely better than Saveur’s, which tasted too much like canned tuna. They also had a 24 – 36 months version of Iberico ham but that is supposed to be saltier. The one we had was salty enough. I would highly recommend trying these, as it went so well with bread and wine.
Beef Tenderloin Tartare with French fries – $32.00++
This was supposed to be only 160g but somehow this looks like a lot! Like a huge quarter pounder patty. I couldn’t finish it. it was totally raw, but it was not disgusting. In fact, the flavours were really nice, just that it was cold to taste. It didn’t give me a stomach ache (and I’ve got a relatively weak stomach to start) so it’s safe to consume. I guess for beef tartare, I would prefer those in slices rather than minced. The fries on the other hand, were perfect! If only they were truffled…
Braised beef short ribs – $38.00++
They also serve it in a portion for 2. The mashed potatoes were on the creamy side taste wise, as in it tasted like it had a lot of cream, but it didn’t really appeal to me. the short ribs were perfectly tender and I have no idea why they provided a steak knife. The taste isn’t as pungent as beef cheeks so this is definitely better.
Soufflé – $20.00++
This is for 2. The soufflé was good as it maintained the puffiness and all, but nothing too memorable. Just sweet and eggy, like all soufflés. However, I love soufflés so of course I enjoyed this.
Overall, this French bistro serves pretty good French food. People looking for authentic French fare can try their luck here.
Overall: Pretty good bistro French food.
Le Bistrot Du Sommelier
53 Armenian Street
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm