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One hour into my French dinner and still I see that same crowd within this semi-causal bistro as I did back sometime ago. This “full-house” phenomenon is clearly evidence of their really affordable, nicely plated, lip-smacking if not highly relish French cuisine. Did I mention about the line of organized crowd phenomenon accumulating outside the doors as well?
Knowing all these phenomenons all too well from past experiences, arriving five minutes before the bistro is open for dinner at 6pm was the only solution to assure my five other partners of my famous phrase: “Today we’ll be having French!”
I know it’s rude to start without everyone but well, I just can’t resist having a few entrees for starters. My other dining partner and I went for the Mesclun Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette And Crispy Duck ($3.90). I found my bowl of green to be subtly refreshing though my partner kept her distance from the oranges.
Saveur’s Angel Hair Pasta With Sherry Minced Pork And Sakura Ebi ($3.90) tucked in a clean white bowl with hairs of an angel woven beautifully, laced in a puree of minced meat and Sherry wine mixture and then carefully sprinkled with a heap of petite shrimps is definitely pleasing to both the eyes and the palate…
Served sizzling was the other crowd pleaser. Pan Fried Foie Gras With Lentil And Pickled Onion (70g/ $14.90). Almost everyone relished over the two servings of rich buttery fatty goose liver. I said almost because someone didn’t enjoy fatty livers as oranges but hey, at least she gave it a try.
Although Saveur’s rendition of the Confit Of Duck was not to my liking, that however should not stop me from introducing Duck Of Confit With Orange Segment And Saute Shittake ($8.90) to my friends. I personally didn’t give the Confit a second try so I shall not infer from my previous encounter.
It is my belief that all good things should be share so when I saw two of my dinner guests decided to share the Crispy Barramundi With Crab Potato And French Bean ($12.90), it was surely an act of good gesture between good friends. I recon it’s a safe dish because my previous dining partner (He’s a angler.) said so…
I too shared the Crispy Pork Belly With 62.5 Degree Egg ($10.90) surrounded by sea of green lentils with everyone. While it didn’t won everyone’s heart, I personally appreciate the slab for the juiciness of the fatty meat as well as the crispness from the seared skin.
Finishing our dinner was a personal favorite of mine. The Burgundy peasant dish, Beef Bourgulgnon ($13.90) was nothing short of juiciness and tenderness, particularly with the unison of red wine. If this is the type of quality they’re whipping then I can’t wait to savor their Wagyu Beef!
A few repetitions, a few more side dishes and that dreaded GST & Service Charge accumulate to a bill of $126.70. I thought it was good deal considering the amount of food brought to our table. I doubt you could find another similar place in town that serves up comforting and affordable French food but if you do, please share with me alright?