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André Wine & Dine 
13th-Aug-2006 10:38 pm
Lugging a huge bag from Riverside Point to City Hall and then down to Telok Ayer is torture! But it's been awhile since my dad has had a business friend and his family in town, so attendence to a more formal dinner was compulsary.

The venue: André Wine & Dine

The restaurant is really no bigger than a small bar. Our table of 10 was the longest table and we took up almost the whole width of the place. But there's a skylight, framed in hanging grapes and the decor is simple, a cozy atmosphere for a family night-out (which the place was full of).

But as a French restaurant, screw the furnishings. The important thing is the food! These are just some of the starters we had and since I love torturing your tastebuds, I'm not LJ-cutting this.

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We were too hungry to take photos of everything, but here's a list of what was had:
  • Cream of caulifower (above with a stalk of asparagus wrapped in bacon)
  • Escargot baked in garlic butter & parmesan cheese (would've preferred it with blue cheese)
  • Onion soup with soufflé
  • Froie gras served with marinated grapes in white wine jelly & raisin sauce
  • Caesar salad
  • Thickly smoothered slices of garlic bread
  • Baked dried shiso crusted cod
  • Ribeye steak
  • Angelhair pasta with slipper lobsters in a butter creme lobster oil, chives and minced garlic
  • Duck confit (duck leg slow cooked with shallot balsarmico sauce)
  • Rack of lamb roasted in parmesan garlic crust and garlic herb crumbs, with roasted herb jus
  • Angelhair pasta with slipper lobsters, mussels and mushrooms in a butter creme sauce
  • Passionfruit cheesecake with a dollop of caramel
  • Live for chocolate (warm dark chocolate cake with thick melted chocolate fudge centre)
  • Caramel banana with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream

Drooling yet?

The food was lovely, but frankly overpriced (mains start at S$24.90 & portions are smallish). The sibling said her angelhair pasta tasted more like maggi noodles & the escargot I had in Finland was a million times more flavourful. The passionfruit seemed to be missing from the cheesecake. The ribeye steak, though very well done, was a little thin for my liking. The froie gras, lamb and the caramel banana are apparently good though.

The maître d' (captain or headwaiter) was wonderful though. The siblings, the SO and I had arrived early and he noticed us loitering outside, so invited us inside to sit at our prepared table in the air-conditioning & gave us chilled water. He introduced the menu, pointed out their medal-winning dishes (aka pièce de résistance) & recommended various wines to accompany them. I can't remember which white we had, but it was delish!

André Wine & Dine is a nice place for a family night-out, but I can think of better places for food.
13th-Aug-2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
I like the first and the last and I'm drooling cyberly like this: :O~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
13th-Aug-2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
The last one came in a coffee mug! My sibling's eyes were -> 0_o
Price tag: S$11.90

Come on, snails are goooooooood tooooooo... very juuuuuuuicy... *evil grin*
13th-Aug-2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
*Drooooooooooolz* escargotttttttt..........<3
13th-Aug-2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Atta girl... *pat pat*
13th-Aug-2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank god I just gulped down a whole glass of goat's milk. ...D: Oh my god~ *attempts to strangle you* These look yummy! *o* And I squeak at the thought of eating snails (as usual).
13th-Aug-2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Wahahahahaha... the world is not safe from my foodie pictures! *sweeps cape*

Come on, it's only snails. Look! sho_no_sekai knows a good thing when she sees it. It's like a very big soo-sook (those sea shells cooked in sambal).

... damn, now I'm drooling and craving for soo-sook.
13th-Aug-2006 03:39 pm (UTC)

*screams in horror* No!! It can't be! It's the Countess of Dark Food Dishes! *hides*

D: I don't like cockles/sea shells or things who live in shelled stuff. haha.. XD mwahaha, now the Countess shalt be dealt with by images of sizzling hot soo-sook!
13th-Aug-2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
... you... don't... like... shell-fish????
Then what about abalone? Crabs? Lobsters? Oysters? Clams? Scallops? Prawns?!?!?!?!
13th-Aug-2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
D: I don't like abalone, oysters(though i like oyster sauce), clams and scallops (i find them all tasteless). o_O; I meant shelled stuff with no eyes and exist either in slug form or... i have no idea what form inside shells. lol..

Crabs and prawns are nice when cooked in a way I like. Eh, crunchy meat for prawns (not the fried version), and tastfully black-peppered for crabs.
13th-Aug-2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
You ALWAYS do this to me! T____T
Ohhh, the sight that is delicious food....
14th-Aug-2006 02:30 am (UTC)
14th-Aug-2006 02:49 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I ate before reading this. *nodnod*
15th-Aug-2006 05:40 am (UTC)
Dang! You've foiled my plot to rule the world's drool!
16th-Aug-2006 02:41 am (UTC)
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