Even though I’m still in my early twenties, I do consider myself aging relatively fast. Like for instance, I just can’t afford to expand my appetite like I used to when I’m still a teen. Wolfing down a pile of oysters or polish off plates after plates of free flow foie gras on a buffet table. It’s as though my stomach has shrunk! But still, it doesn’t mean I stop seeking the finer things- Like a French dinner on a festive season like Christmas.
Over at Rendezvous Hotel, there’s a French restaurant I’ve wanting to try. Set in an environment that resembles the bistros along the sidewalks of La Ville-Lumière or the city of light that’s what I like to call. I love the authentic Parisian feel. Something which not every French eateries in Singapore can replicate.
Their menu exemplify the usual French classics like the foie gras or half a dozen of escargots to kick start dinner and then steaks, seafood or even lamb racks if you desire. But I must recommend you is the Beef Cheeks A La Cuillere ($28.00) which is basically wagyu beef cheeks carefully braised for 48 hours till really really tender then drizzled with bordelaise sauce and served with mash potato laced with truffles. Or consider getting the Duck Confit ($28.00) though I have to I tried better ones at a fraction of the price.
You can order more of those truffled mash potato separately or other sides like hand cut fries and sauteed spinach provided you can finish everything on your table.
I’m the kind of person that can’t leave a place knowing there’s good desserts but forgo them. Unless, my appetite has shrunk even more. If not, I wouldn’t mind have another Creme Brulee ($9.00) and who says Lemon Meringue Tarts ($9.00) must look like lemon meringue tarts? It was the most tangy and refreshingly ones I had since the first one I had (if I can still remember). If I may so bluntly put my words: Balzac’s rendition is really really really sour for me to tolerate. This is one dessert where I shall you have to order at your own digression.
I love the overall dining experience at Balzac Brasserie though I must say I would expect service to be prompt and quick to respond. This is one of those many French restaurant that doesn’t have the tense feelings that often with the term fine-dining. If they don’t increase their prices, I wouldn’t mind dropping by here again for a semi-causal lunch.
Rendezvous Gallery #01-01
9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559
Tel: +65 6336 0797