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Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne – Dinner

After our first visit to DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, we were so pleased with the experience I brought my parents there again 1 week later to celebrate my mother’s birthday.

Dinner was more expensive than brunch, and my pockets were visibly lighter after the meal. Nevertheless, it was a delightful evening with good food. Service was also impeccable and our server who is from Korea, went out of her way to attend to all our questions and requests.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Steak Frites

Steak Frites (10 oz Grilled Sirloin, Mesclun Salad, Pommes Frites, Sauce Bearnaise) $42 – The steak was juicy, tasty and cooked to the right level of doneness that I requested. I felt the sauce Bearnaise to be a little bland. On the whole, I felt that the entire dish was just too heavy a combination. Sauce Bearnaise is chock full of butter, plus the steak, and the fries, it was just too much oil for a meal. Perhaps I have something against steak frites. I tried steak frites a few weeks back and once again thought it to be overwhelming.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Special Seabass

My father ordered the special fish dish of the day which was off the menu. Our server recommended it as DB Bistro Moderne had just received a fresh batch of the seabass. It was an excellent recommendation as the fish tasted so fresh and flaky. The combination of sauces and vegetable garnishings paired very nicely with the fish. A non seabass lover like me liked it and that’s saying a lot.

DB Bistro Moderne - Lamb Couscous

Lamb Couscous (Grilled Brochette, Merguez, Moroccan Vegetables, Lamb Jus) $35 – My mother had this dish of couscous with lamb skewers. The meat was very tender. The juices of the lamb and the sauce were absorbed into the couscous, making each mouthful explode with a variety of flavours. I loved the couscous and helped my mother to polish the whole pan clean. To summarise, DAMN GOOD.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Alsatian Rabbit Fleischnecke

Alsatian Rabbit “Fleishnecke” (Baby Spinach, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Grainy Mustard Jus) $28 – This was also partly the reason why we chose to dine at Daniel Boulud again. I don’t believe I’ve ever come across any restaurant offering Rabbit until we went to DB Bistro Moderne. When the Partner saw that, he just had to try it out. It’s fairly common enough in New Zealand I believe, but definitely not in Singapore, although this may change given that it’s the year of the rabbit?

This dish is basically minced rabbit meat rolled up in pasta into a wheel-like shape. I can’t say I have much experience in eating rabbit, but I thought the wheels to be quite dry and slightly tough. The Partner said it was fine though, but for me I just can’t stand anything that is tough and dry. Flavours wise, rabbit doesn’t seem to have a very strong flavour. If you told me it was chicken or pork, I would have believed you. Still, it was interesting and I definitely want to try more rabbit again sometime in the future.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Aioli Provencale

Aioli Provencale (Olive Oil Poached Cod, Shrimp, Mussels, Sweet Garlic Dip, Quail Eggs, Crudités) $26 – We ordered this as a starter and I would definitely recommend this if you’re dining in a group at DB Bistro Moderne. It’s good enough for 4 or even 5. The poached cod tasted fantastic in particular. The vegetables were also fresh. Great starter especially if you’re having a heavy main course. Also loved their special garlic mayo dip, which added an extra oomph to the healthy vegetables.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate (2) DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate

Clafoutis tout chocolate (warm flourless chocolate cake) with vanilla and chocolate ice cream $15 – Thought we should also try out the dessert to round off the meal but it was a let down. The chocolate cake was quite below expectations. It was rather dry, and the centre was just moist, but not oozy like what I was hoping it to be. For this price I’m sure I can find chocolate cake twice as good as this.

DB Bistro Moderne - Ice Cream

We’d asked for the chocolate ice cream that comes with the chocolate cake to be changed to the mango-guanabana sorbet. They agreed but forgot, so we got an extra mango-guanabana sorbet on the side as well!

DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket (3) DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket

Once again, the complementary bread basket didn’t let us down. Really like the breads here. My favourite is the mini baguette, which must have loads of butter in it because it tasted so wonderful and satisfying. If you finish the bread, DB Bistro Moderne will offer you more. I always wish I can have my fill of the tasty bread but saving space for the mains seems to be the proper protocol… 🙁

DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff (2)

When we were there, they also offered us cheese puffs. These were great as well! A crisp texture and a cheesy taste, what’s not to like about it?

Read about my 1st visit to DB Bistro Moderne for brunch

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Directions to Marina Bay Sands)

Monday – Friday
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am – 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm

Telephone: +65 6688 8525

Dress Code: Smart Casual

DB Bistro Moderne Brunch Menu

DB Bistro Moderne Dinner Menu

http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistroSingapore.html

Daniel Boulud db Bistro Moderne Singapore

Daniel Boulud Yankee Burger

We were at Marina Bay Sands yesterday and fretting over what to have for lunch. My cousin had a birthday celebration at Ku De Ta some weeks ago, but being a scaredy cat who is afraid of heights, I didn’t want to have to scale the 65 floors without a super special occasion as reason. I’d heard about the opening of Rasapura Masters (the Foodcourt) from Tiny Island (the mall spy) so we thought we’d try it out, even if it costs $14 for a bowl of prawn noodles, or was it $17?

Enroute, we went past a nice stretch with 2 restaurants with really cool looking exteriors. One was Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, owned by the famous Mario Batali, and the other was Daniel Boulud db bistro moderne, owned by ….Daniel Boulud. Rasapura Masters went out the window and we stood there wondering whether to go to Mozza or Daniel Boulud.

db Bistro Moderne (2)

Daniel Boulud won after we looked at the brunch menu so we went in. According to the Marina Bay Sands website, originally from Lyon, France, it is in New York that Daniel Boulud’s name has become synonymous with fine dining. His Manhattan restaurant Daniel, is considered one of the ten best in the world. The interior was equally delightful. I loved the woody and heavy decor. There were booth seats, table seats and high sofa seats.

db Bistro Moderne Seating Area

db Bistro Moderne bread basket

A restaurant that serves a bread basket is nice. What is even better is if the bread tastes good. DB Bistro Moderne provided us 3 lovely types of bread. My favourite was the right one. It must be the cousin of croissant because it had a really wonderful buttery taste to it. It looks like the simple baguette you can get from any neighbourhood bakery, but tastes 10 times better. Why can’t we get bread this good outside? I wanted to finish it but then i had to leave space for my main course. The middle piece of bread had a really interesting flavour. It must have been the cousin of the pretzel because I could have sworn the flavour was just like a pretzel even if the texture obviously wasn’t.

db Bistro Moderne Omelette Espagnole (2)db Bistro Moderne Omelette Espagnole

Omelette Espagnole $19 – The Partner had this dish of eggy goodness. The omelette was very light and fluffy. The ingredients are not cooked within the omelette but are instead placed on top of it. The caramelised onions were very light and sweet, and together with the salty chorizo, they brought a new dimension to the otherwise plain omelette. I really liked the breakfast potato cubes too. They were crispy on the outside while still retaining their potato flavours. A simple salad was also provided on the side. A couple of token cherry tomatoes split in half would have given some colour to the also plain heap of salad leaves

Daniel Boulud Yankee Burger - Copy

db Bistro Moderne dips (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NY Yankee Burger $20 – You know I have never figured out how to properly eat a burger after al these years. The minute I slice into one, everything falls apart and I end up eating it like how you would tackle a steak on a plate. Anyway it was worth the effort since the burger was so good. At first, I thought the minced beef patty was overcooked. The outer layers were charred and pretty tough. However, after I got past the outer rim, soft moist and juicy mince awaited me. There was hardly any gristle or fat in the mince so they must have used pretty good parts of the cow. They also provided 3 different types of dips: mustard, tomato sauce and mayonnaise. I suppose this is why
DB Bistro Moderne isn’t a pure French restaurant, but a fusion one, as French chefs can be particularly brutal to diners who request for tomato sauce.

db Bistro Moderne caffe latte

Cafe Latte – Quite good I have to say. Intense without being too bitter. And a good sized cup too. I finished most of it. Actually I don’t have high expectations for coffee at restaurants because I feel that’s not their expertise. I rather have lunch/dinner then hop over to my favourite coffee joint for coffee instead. Luckily this one was pretty good.

Conclusion: We liked the place very much, the service staff are so attentive. We are going to return again for my mother’s birthday celebrations! Besides, it is one of the rare few places in Singapore that serves Rabbit, and the Partner is hell bent on trying that!

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Monday – Friday
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am – 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm

Telephone: +65 6688 8525

Dress Code: Smart Casual
DB Bistro Moderne Dinner Menu (Lunch menu is slightly different)

Directions to Marina Bay Sands

Marina Link Mall

I think I caught the mall bug from Tiny Island, I went mall visiting today. First to Marina Bay Sands, then to the newly opened Marina Link Mall. In contrast to the crowds at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Link Mall was a total ghost town. I’m not surprised either. It’s a good 10 to 15 minute walk from Marina Bay Sands and is next to the new Marina Bay Financial Centre. It’s Sunday today so there are no office workers to patronise the place. I’m surprised it’s even open. If I wasn’t in a mall hopping mood, I would have just stayed at Marina Bay Sands.

The new Marina Bay Financial Centre is cool. The sea views from the offices must be fantastic. I should know since I used to work in one of the Shenton Way buildings facing the sea. One big blue expanse of sea, the sight was enough to calm your nerves on the most stressful of days. The view will only get better when the gardens by the bay are completed. What a pretty picture. The banks and big businesses know it and have offices there.

Here are some pictures I took of Marina Link Mall. Maybe I should return again on a work day when the shops aren’t empty. It would be nice to feel the buzz of the lunch time crowd, especially if I don’t have to go to work!

Fruit Frolic

Pain Reliever Fruit Juice

I had a fruit juice from Fruit Frolic after my 15 minute trek to Marina Link Mall. This concoction of lime, orange, pineapple and some other fruit is supposed to relieve pain. Well I don’t know about that but I think one of my resolutions for 2011 is to eat more fruits. Instead of coffee every morning, I shall strive to have a fruit juice instead. Fruit itself would be better but hey, baby steps!

Madison DeliMadison Deli Menu

Madison Deli – Heard that the owner felt a lack of New York styled sandwiches in Singapore so he set up Madison Deli to fill the gap. I do love checking out new delis and cafes for their sandwiches. That’s another 2011 resolution I have, to eat more sandwiches and salads for lunch. Going to decrease my intake of fried noodles, white rice and cooked food.

Yamakawa Super

Yamakawa – Store selling Japanese snacks and drinks

Swiss Bake

Swissbake – Similar to Cedele in that they have lots of European breads here. There is also a Cedele at Marina Link Mall.

Four Seasons Gourmet Market

Four Seasons gourmet market – They sell a lot of organic stuff here. They also have a lot of interesting food items not available in the usual Cold Storage or NTUC. You can get things like pheasant pate here and rabbit.

Pel-Freez Rabbit

Rare bit of rabbit. Rabbit is a very healthy meat you know. Don’t believe I’ve tried it before but I will soon. Daniel Boulud @ Marina Bay Sands offers rabbit for dinner and the Partner is quite keen to go. Hardly see rabbit in Singapore, and today alone, I’ve encountered it twice. Wonder if it is because of the upcoming Rabbit Year? Don’t bother with buying the gold rabbit ornaments or rabbit toys, eat more rabbit!

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe – Another deli/cafe! Opened by the Four Seasons Gourmet Market.

There are many more stores and restaurants. You can get here via the Raffles Place MRT station.

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