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.
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
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.