We spent the weekend with 2 of my best friends, Cho and Kang. We needed to get them fitted for their best men suits, so we conveniently arranged to have dinner afterwards. Cho wanted some place with alcohol, and Kang wanted his protein fix, so we headed to Bistro du Vin, the casual French arm of the Les Amis group of restaurants. I have to say that we've never had anything less than an excellent meal at their restaurants. It's little wonder Les Amis consistently ranks high on the international dining scene.
We all got side dishes to share and supplement our mains. The Sauteed Mushrooms ($4) would have been excellent, except it was marred by the taste of flat leaf parsley generously sprinkled all over the dish. This was otherwise brilliantly seasoned and sauteed.
I loved the French Beans ($3), simply cooked in butter for that luxurious feel.
The Pan Seared US Scallops ($16) may have been a bit pricey, but the succulent sweet and plump shellfish, perfectly seared, and coated generously with seaweed butter was worth every cent.
The Char-grilled Australian Angus Ribeye ($40), a 200-day grain fed 200 gram piece of full-bodied meat was grilled to a smoky robust perfection and married with a decadent garlic butter sauce.
The French Fries (served alongside the ribeye) was cut thickly, soft inside and crisp outside was evenly salted and seasoned. This was so good even the carb-a-phobes (the Fiance and Kang, both gym fanatics) lapped this up.
The Fiance had the Beef Cheek Braised in Red Wine ($33) with carrots, mushrooms, pearl onions, and bacon for flavour and sweetness. The beef was cooked so well it was practically falling off the fork, with the rich taste of red wine thoroughly infused into the incredibly tender meat.
I particularly liked the Mashed Potatoes (served as a side to the beef cheeks), so simple, so classic, so comforting.
The Pan-fried Grouper ($29), a daily special, with green peas, onions and bacon in a butter-herb emulsion was fantastic. The fish was seared very nicely, so it had that golden caramelised crust while remaining moist and soft inside. I appreciated that this was quite a huge portion, and very value-for-money.
We were all quite stuffed by our mains so we shared the very indulgent Fondant au Chocolat ($9) with vanilla ice-cream. Rich but nuanced and balanced. This was sweet without being overwhelmingly saccharine.
A mini complimentary Baguette was served as a starter with some salted butter. Crusty, freshly made, still warm bread. Good to eat on its own.
Bistro du Vin
1 Scotts Road
#02-12 Shaw Centre
Tel: 6733 7763
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 6.30pm to 10pm for dinner