Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DB Bistro Moderne - Splurging at The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

After a series of posts about Hawker Centers, S$3 Hainanese chicken rice meals, street side kopi shops selling kaya toast -- you know that when I'm in Singapore my proclivities are cheap, good, local food.
What then am I doing blogging about DB Bistro Moderne?
DB, as any pa-class na foodie will tell you, stands for Daniel Boulud - world renowned French chef, tv celebrity, restaurateur extraordinaire. His empire spans across the globe and recently, he opened a restaurant at the chi chi, uber luxury mall, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Along with Wolfgang Puck's Cut, Mario Batali's Osteria Mozza and a few other celebrity chef restaurants, DB Bistro Moderne occupies prime space very near the Theatre.
My friend and I were at the Sands to see Lion King and we went early to see the place and have dinner.
Since we were completely surrounded by high end, luxury premium brands, it seemed rather inappropriate (and well, kuripot) to have a pre-dinner bite at the Food Court (yes, indeed there was a Food Court at this mall).
So, we decided that we would try DB Bistro Moderne.

While this is labeled a "bistro" don't even think that you will find typical hearty, working class bistro fare as you would in France. The menu may not be high end French cuisine but it still offered more refined dining choices.
Of course, they have the famous DB Burger, a Boulud original that has been touted as the most expensive burger ever -- a towering excess of sirloin, prime rib and foie gras -- try and beat that!

We were lucky to have walked in early since we had no reservations but they gave us a nice table near the entrance.

The interiors are definitely more elegant than you would expect from a real bistro but it was still warm and welcoming and comfortable.

Freshly baked warm bread and light and airy cheese pastry puffs were served immediately after we were seated.

I had to have a glass of cold Tiger beer -- no wine for me! This is still a bistro after all and we working class folks will always have the beer!

I ordered the Slow Baked Ocean Trout and was quite surprised that it was a slab of salmon.
It came with nicely done croquettes, baby carrots, green peas, mushrooms and some kind of hollandaise sauce.

My friend ordered the Yellow Fin Tuna A la Plancha, with corn kernels, mushrooms, watercress and a piquant sauce.
The food was good -- service was quick and attentive and surprisingly, even with a glass of white wine and a beer, the bill was certainly not unreasonable.

It was definitely a different and pleasant dining experience. Not that I will forsake Hawker Centers, street food and S$3 chicken rice meals but once in a while, it's good to indulge and see how the other half eat!

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