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Absinthe Restaurant Francais weekend lunch

If you know me, you’d know that I love dining at French restaurants. I love the immaculate looking dishes and I love the exemplary service that often comes with dining at such restaurants. Yes, it’s not cheap, but just as you would spend money to entertain yourself at the movies, the same could be said about spending it at a restaurant to get several hours of enjoyment.

One of my favourite French restaurants has got to be Absinthe Restaurant Francais. Tried them once when they were still at Bukit Pasoh, and tried them once more for dinner after they had moved to Boat Quay. Third time lucky, I had the opportunity to partake in lunch this time round.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - (5)

Absinthe is one of the few restaurants along Boat Quay that is open for lunch on the weekends. There is a special Saturday ala carte menu which is slightly more affordable as compared to the dinner menus. Saturday lunch is a good opportunity to check out Absinthe, especially if you want a more light-hearted atmosphere. Come in the evening and you probably feel like you have to know which fork or knife to use, or feel like you have to keep your voice down. Although after 3 glasses of wine, everyone forgets about that.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - Finger Food Platter $13

Finger Food Platter $13

I love canapes and so this was a great order for me. Come to think of it, you can’t really get finger food served like this on a menu. You either get these at cocktails (of which is at the whim and fancy of the host of the event), or you are served 1 or 2 items as amuse bouche.

Absinthe Restaurant Francais - Smoked Salmon with sour cream on blini (1)

Closer look of the smoked salmon with sour cream on a blini aka mini pancake. As what my UK Canapés Expert friend would say, it’s hard to go wrong with smoked salmon!

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Absinthe Restaurant Francais at Boat Quay – CLOSED

*Media Invite*

**Absinthe refreshes their menu every 3 months. If you’re ordering the Hamachi, Saint Jacques or Créme Brulée, it will look and taste slightly different from what I had during my visit.

When it comes to fine dining, the French are experts at it. All my favourite fine-dining restaurants are French, from Au Jardin to Absinthe to Brasserie Les Saveurs! And let’s not forget all those French restaurants I dined at during my Honeymoon in France? The experience was sublime!

What I like about dining at a French restaurant is that the entire experience of going to the restaurant isn’t just solely about the meal. Of course, the meal has to be exquisite. But It’s also about the ambience, the service and the conversation. 3 hours of luxuriating, this is not for those like to gobble their food quickly as if someone’s going to take the plate away soon. My only grouse with these romantic restaurants? The dim lighting makes for lousy photos!

Absinthe Restaurant Francais (2)

Our evening at Absinthe Restaurant Francais ticked all the boxes. The ambience was fantastic. Absinthe is located in one of the historic shop houses along Boat Quay. They have done a really good job in making full use and bringing out the character of the shophouse. The dim lighting, the portraits of 1800s women, even the drapes on the windows alluded to a Paris of yesteryear. I had been to Absinthe once several years ago when they were still located at Bukit Pasoh. The boat quay outlet is definitely much more spacious and less noisy.

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Makan Expedition with Fiji Water

Food Expeditions aka Food Trails are getting more popular in Singapore it seems. People are no longer just satisfied dining in a nice restaurant, they now want to make an adventure out of it. And if you have a good weekend afternoon to spare, with some friends who are game enough to join you, I say why not? It’s money well spent, judging from the response garnered by the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition I attended last month.

You can read more about how the Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition works here, but basically for $180, you get to try a signature dish each at 6 different restaurants, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. No need to worry about how to get around as we were chauffeured, and the whole event took 6 hours! After all the food and nearly unlimited amounts of wine, I saw many happy faces near the end of the day. Hic.

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Absinthe (2)

We started off the event by gathering at Absinthe Restaurant at Boat Quay.  I’d been to Absinthe Restaurant Francaise only once a few years ago, and that was when they were still at Bukit Pasoh. I love dining at French restaurants. The meal usually spans 3 hours and even though it is expensive, you are paying for 3 hours of luxurious enjoyment. Definitely not for people who like gobbling down their food fast. Love the shop house location, woody tones with ornate touches here and there! I definitely want to come back to Absinthe again for lunch.

Foie Gras Terrine with Warm Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod (2)

Foie Gras Terrine with Brioche by Chef Francois Mermilliod Served with Konrad Gewurztraminer 2013

Looks like I am having 3 wines, but nope, only 2 glasses are mine. One was the bubbly they served to make sure all the guests start off on a happy note. The Foie Gras Terrine was EXCELLENT. It was smooth and silky, and in quite a generous portion, really the next best thing to eating foie gras itself. The warm brioche was really fluffy and buttery tasting and actually warm when served. Don’t you just hate the 1st world problem where your starter is so good that you want to eat it all, yet you worry it might fill you up too much and ruin your main meal?

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Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition

Want to spend an interesting Saturday afternoon indulging in star dishes from 6 stellar restaurants, paired with suitable wines?

The Fiji Water Signature Creations Expedition is the 1st of its kind event in Singapore and will take place tomorrow 28 September 2013 from 12 noon to 6pm. Only a limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased at www.tuckshop.sg for $180. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Foundation CCF. During the expedition, you will be chauffeured in a luxurious coach to participating restaurants – Absinthe, Fat Cow, Hashi, Prive Grill, The Pelican and Tippling Club, where you will be served a signature dish, each paired with a glass of wine and FIJI Water. You can also enjoy the company of participating chefs.Fresh Live Prawn, Hokkaido Scallop and Mixed Vegetable with Japanese Jelly (Hashi)

And if you love taking food photos like I do, there will also be an Instagram competition to document the trail. Snap a photo of your eperience at each restaurant, upload onto Instagram with the hashtags #FIJIWaterSignatureCreations and #Restaurant_Name. The contestant with the best expedition album at the end of the ay wins dining vouchers from the participating restaurants and ONE year’s supply of FIJI Water!  The best 5 photos will also win a consolation prize each.

See the menu below:

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Absinthe Restaurant Français

Football can be useful after all. During the World Cup, 2 colleagues decided to make a bet on who would win the Holland vs Brazil match. The loser would have to pay for dinner at an expensive restaurant. I didn’t bet at all, but I quickly stuck my head in to be counted as one of the recipients of the eventual dinner. After all, what fun would it be if just the 2 dined together? So, Brazil lost and we all got to go to Absinthe, the French restaurant located at Bukit Pasoh Road near Outram.
You know how it is with atas (fine-dining) restaurants. They lay out all the empty wine glasses, and then when you tell them you’re not having any alcohol, they give you the look before taking the wine glasses away?
I’ve always found those empty glasses pretty much an obstruction on the table. I mean like why on earth do I need so many, and why can’t they be put there only AFTER I order wine? Anyway, the answer is that first you have a glass of champagne to calm your nerves from the day’s stresses, then you progress on to a white wine and a red wine for the appetisers, and then another red wine specially chosen for the meat dish, and then finally a dessert wine.
Everyone’s spirits was high. We managed to secure a nice table behind the full length wine cabinet, so we were nicely hidden from  most of the restaurant. The couple, seated nearest to our table could still see us. Their hopes of a romantic dinner were utterly squashed by the noise generated from our table and they kept giving us the evil eye. So, if you ever go to Absinthe, make sure never to get a seat near to the wine cellar.
Everyone chose the $98 degustation set, which comprised of the following:-
Absinthe Raw Starter

Ceviche of Marinated King Fish with Lime and Coconut, Mesclun Salad

This was so good. King Fish isn’t that easily available in Singapore, and I just love the firm texture and sweet taste of the fish.

Absinthe Soup

Cheese Ravioli with pesto and sundried tomato soup

Absinthe Foie Gras

Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Warm Blinis and Morello Cherries

I hate to say this but this was superb too!

Absinthe Beef Tenderloin

Grilled Beef Tenderloin on mashed potato bed

(you have to say “medium” in French restaurants to get what is “medium-rare” in other restaurants)

Absinthe Coconut Creme Brulee

Coconut Creme Brulee with Coconut Sorbet

Absinthe Restaurant Français

Location: 46 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore, 089858
Phone: 6222-9068
Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

http://www.absinthe.sg

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