New group executive chef Laurent Brouard stirs up the broth at Bistro Du Vin
Gone are the loud burgundy walls at Bistro du Vin. In its place is an understated grey and cream colour scheme, accented by hardwoods. At the verandah-esque seats by the window, find yourself easily shifting gears to flâneur mode as you watch the world pass by. Apart from a change in ambience, the restaurant has gained a new executive chef in Laurent Brouard, who was formerly based in Hong Kong where he helmed Jules Bistro, a French bistro named after his grandfather. Brouard’s philosophy is to find inspiration from tradition and to respect carefully sourced ingredients. Since arriving at Bistro du Vin a few months ago, he has streamlined the dishes on the menu and added some new ones along the way.
One new addition is tarte de sardines, or Brittany sardines served with basil tomatoes concassé warm tart ($22), a sultry melange of textures in one bite. Another is the hearty côte de porc grillée ($35) a tender char-grilled pork chop featuring Corsica Lonzo pork loin. You can enjoy these dishes à la carte or as part of chef Brouard’s new omakase-style set menus, called The Faites Confiance Au Chef or In Chef We Trust. These seasonal produce-forward meals are priced at $58 (two courses), $78 (three courses) of $98 (four courses).
Don’t miss Bistro du Vin’s stalwart favourites on your visit too. We recommend going for their amazingly plump and juicy foie gras poêlé ($28), pan-seared foie gras with griottes cherry in Armagnac and poultry juice; their confit de canard ($32), duck leg confit, salardaise potatoes and green salad; and the mouth-watering joue de bœuf braisée grand-mère ($35), braised beef cheek with bacon and mashed.
End your meal with satisfying choices such as apple tart with vanilla ice cream, ($12); and the soufflé au Grand Marnier ($18). Also look out for their off-the-board specials and changing lunch sets (from $28 for two courses).
#01-14 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. Tel: 6733 7763; 56 Zion Road. Tel: 6836 6313