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Oenotheque by Wine Universe

It so happened that I managed to lay my hands on some vouchers to enjoy a business set lunch for 2 at Oenotheque Wine Universe. I’d heard of Oenotheque before when I was browsing through the Restaurant Week participating restaurants, but I’d never tried it before. I have the feeling that not many people know about Oenotheque Wine Universe, so do drop me a note should you visit Oenotheque after reading my post! I’d love to know that my review came in useful!

Well, as with any other vouchers that I have, it seems like I only remember its existence when it’s a few days to its expiry! I had planned to take my parents with me to enjoy the set lunches. We’d have 2 complimentary and 1 paid one for $44++ (3 course) or $36++ (2 course). Divide the price amongst 3 people and it would be a great meal out at a very low cost Smile.

And so….at the height of the HAZE, on the faithful day that it topped 400 PSI in Singapore, we made our way to Oenotheque. Okay it was about 300 PSI during lunch time to be exact, but I recall us taking deep breaths, hopping out of the car as quickly as possible and dashing into to the restaurant just in front of the Millenia Walk car park. It felt like being part of some apocalypse movie scene! And because the whole restaurant is glass-walled, we felt like we were dining in the depths of an abandoned misty city, with no one else spotted on the roads. God forbid that we should have to endure another period of Haze like we did back in June!

I have to say, the business set lunch was the highlight of that hazy day. Totally don’t regret driving all the way from the office to enjoy it!

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Beef Tartare with potato puree (2)

Beef Tartare with potato puree

I chose the beef tartare as my starter. It was one of the most fantastic beef tartares I have ever eaten! Probably the best one was the time I had it in Luxembourg, but this comes a close second! The sesame oil dressing on the tender diced beef complemented the meat so well! It was just pure enjoyment at it’s best and the even better part was that the portion was very generous too! The potato puree placed atop the beef tartare was equally delectable, helping to enhance the flavours of the beef tartare due to its more subdued flavour.

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Hotaru  with apple and celery iberico ham stock

Hotaru  with apple and celery iberico ham stock

A very interesting broth using a combination of squid and iberico ham, don’t see that often do you? The broth was refreshingly light yet savoury. The squids were unexpectedly a little bland and actually quite nondescript. I love how the wasabi has 3 uses in this dish. First, the bright colour just draws you to the plate, next it is placed in an alternating fashion with the squids, giving the dish a balanced look. And lastly, it is meant as a dip.

Wine Universe Oenotheque - Duck with orange and pea and pumpkin puree

Duck with orange and pea and pumpkin puree

With my expectations set really high thanks to the incredible beef tartare, I was overjoyed to find my duck selection as mains another winner. Really, I think you can almost from the picture how tender the duck was. The rosy hue was still retained on the flesh. The duck was also cut in to numerous slices, which probably helped the meat to soak up more of the sauce. Putting each sliver of the duck into my mouth was sheer pleasure. It didn’t taste heavy or oily either, unlike most restaurants that cook or fry the duck to death! I thought the addition of orange slices and pea and pumpkin puree helped to lighten and brighten the dish even more. This duck is probably the most tender and most delicious duck I have ever eaten in a restaurant!

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Hard Rock Cafe

When I told my friends that I was invited to a food tasting session at Hard Rock Cafe, many of them told me that they had either been there once eons ago, or never at all. This caught me by surprise, as I was under the impression that people liked going to Hard Rock Cafes all over the world to buy their memorabilia as evidence of having been to the respective countries. Perhaps that’s just it, they go only for the souvenirs but not the food.

Personally, the first and only time I was at Hard Rock Cafe was way back in 2007. It was the birthday of our American intern, and he specifically requested for a celebration at Hard Rock Cafe to remind him of home. The birthday meal was fun, and I believe he even received a small birthday cake compliments of the house! It’s interesting to know that Hard Rock Cafe actually started as an American diner in London, and not in USA! I’ve been to London’s Hard Rock Cafe, and I have a Tshirt to prove it too, heh.

Fast forward to last week, and I was there once again to sample Hard Rock Cafe’s new Seafood Menu with the URBAN TEAM bloggers I made friends with during our Greenwich V Amazing Race. I even had a special guest with me, the winner of my Hard Rock Cafe contest!

Hard Rock Cafe is a very lively place. A stage and a huge ceiling to floor projection screen take centre stage. Loud music is played and MTVs are shown on the projection screen. Needless to say, music memorabilia such as guitars and photos of singers decorate every wall available. When you’re in it, you know you’re in Hard Rock Cafe alright. By the way, did you know that there are more than 70,000 guitars, drums pianos etc on the walls of over 163 Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos in 52 countries around the world? And the 1st guitar ever donated, which started the collection going came from Eric Clapton!

Hard Rock Cafe - (2)

I ordered this Mocktail for $10 to get things started. If you don’t know what to order, I would highly recommend this drink. It’s pretty humongous and lasted me the whole evening!

Hard Rock Cafe - Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28   (2)

Seafood Platter with an assortment of grilled prawns, calamari rings, battered sea bass fillet, soft shell crab served on a bed of french fries with tartar sauce $28

I love it when someone at the table orders a seafood platter. It’s always such a feast for the eyes. However, the downside is that with nearly everything being covered in batter, it can be very unhealthy. I only tried the calamari rings and soft shell crab. The soft shell crab was very nice but the squid was a little on the soft and mushy side.

Hard Rock Cafe - Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20   (2)

Crab Fried Rice, wok fried with succulent crab meat, prawns and diced portobello mushrooms, wrapped in an egg omelette $20

Out of the entire seafood menu, this was my favourite dish. First of all there is a generous amount of crab on top of the rice. That’s good because when the crab meat is hidden within the rice, if not done properly, the flavours can be lost. At least with the crab outside, you can savour it separately. The olive rice was also pretty fragrant, and was kept piping hot by the enveloping thin egg omelette. A lime was provided which added an extra tanginess to the rice.

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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

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