Mondays with db Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands

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Fine dining on Mondays can be difficult in Singapore because a large majority of the restaurants I like are closed after a busy weekend. It’s also ironic because most times, the best tonic for a big bad busy Monday is a nice dinner.

This is where db Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands comes in with a series of nicely designed menus to take you on a tour of the culinary regions of France.

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This time it’s Provence whose cuisine, according to Wikipedia, is the result of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate.

This was clearly represented in the Soupe au pistou, a Basil-infused vegetarian soup that was surprisingly hearty. It is best served cold or hot, so there was a brief confusion when it was served lukewarm.

And what better way to represent Provence than the Soupe au pistou? Bouillabaisse of course. From the humble fisherman origins of “let’s just throw what we have in a boiling pot of sea water and herbs”, Bouillabaisse has been elevated to a classic and very refined dish served in the finest restaurants. And I’m pleased to say that db Bistro Moderne has upheld the standard.

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The other highlight for me was the combination of Lamb Ravioli and Ratatouille. The lamb was stewed to bits and then reconstructed in the Ravioli. The liquor (sauce is too mundane) was rich, thick and tremendous. Unfortunately, getting to the lamb required some industrious sawing through the thick floury pasta sheet.

The Ratatouille was perfectly done. Rich and tasty. It’s slight tartness was the perfect foil to the richness of the lamb, giving your palate some respite from the richness; a great complement.

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Dessert at db Bistro Moderne has always been good and with the new pastry chef, I am pleased to report that standards have been upheld.

We were treated to the Tarte Tropezienne and the Mousse au Chocolat au Lait both were delicious but what generated most comment were the Madeleines; small but packed with buttery goodness, not strictly Provence but no one cared. These are a must-have.

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While weekends are traditionally the busiest and best times for restaurants and cafes, it does leave dining options severely limited on a Monday. While most restaurants at hotels and casinos are open on Mondays, I feel db Bistro Moderne has not only stepped up to fill the gap, it has raised the game to a different level with its culinary tour of France, making Monday less mundane.

db Bistro Moderne is at B1-48 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, Tel: +65 6688 8525

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Posted on 23rd Oct 2012 in Food and Drink, French

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