Mirabelles at Le Bistrot du Sommelier on Prinsep Street


“For 2 weeks only, we have fresh Mirabelles! They are in season for only 2 weeks! You must try them!” gushed Chef Patrick. There is nothing more mouth-watering than talking to a cook who’s excited about his ingredients and how he intends to use them.

We were supposed to go for the Michel Roux brunch but some couldn’t make the date, so we decided to do a dinner to make-up for the missed Roux opportunity. It happened that the Tuckers are regulars at Le Bistrot du Sommelier, so we thought it would be great to introduce the Andersons and Jeff to the place that we love.


Chicken Heart Pate

To start, we ordered Duck Rillette, the Pork Rillette and the Chicken Heart Pate. The duck was good but the pork blew me away and the chicken heart pate finished the job by burying me in a surfeit of sweetness. You really must try the Chicken Heart Pate.

Patrick was also very excited about the Warm Lamb’s Tongue Salad. Despite the nauseated expressions of some at the table, I went with it since Patrick has never been off his mark.


Warm Lamb Tongue Salad

It was superb; the lamb tongue was tender like a well-braised beef without the overpowering smell of lamb that a lot of people dislike (not me). I managed to persuade Mae to try a piece of the tongue but I think she tried it out of peer pressure. 🙂

Speaking of peers, the nice thing about dining with friends is that you get to try more things. And one of the things I’ve always wanted to try at Le Bistrot du Sommelier is their beef steaks. Unfortunately, there is always something there to distract me.


This time it was the duck. Patrick said that he got a small shipment of ducks from a small village in the south of France. There were two left and each duck is big enough to be shared by two. Mae was kind enough to offer to share it with me.

The duck breast was supposed to be grilled while the legs confit, but what we got was braised duck in red wine sauce. A let down actually because it was unevenly cooked with some under-cooked portions which made me give up mid-way. Alas.


And what of the Mirabelle? A simple sautéed Mirabelle with ice cream was offered along with a Mirabelle Soufflé but I opted for simplicity a la mode.

It looked like at enlarged gooseberry but it tasted like a milder Apricot. It’s sweeter but I suspect that’s because it was burnt slightly in a sugar syrup which intensified the flavors. As the name implies, it was beautiful and wondrous.


Dinner is always fun with the Tuckers and the Andersons. Jeff was a little distracted trying to put his friend who just flew in from Viet Nam at ease with all the food and wine. I never did get to order the onglet du boeuf but Jeff was kind enough to cut me a piece of his to try. I have to come back here and try the whole thing myself but it’ll be a another year before the Mirabelles appear again.

I shall be back.

Le Bistrot du Sommelier is at 46 Prinsep Street, #01-01, Prinsep Place, Singapore 188675, Tel: 6333 1982. Reservations are a must. Closed for lunch on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.


Onglet de Boeuf


Pork Rillette









Tatare du Boeuf


Creamy mash with Olive Oil



Charcuterie – Garlic Sausage, Braised Pork Belly, beef sausage on a bed of sauerkraut

Posted on 14th Sep 2010 in Bistro/Trattoria, Food and Drink, French, Makankaki, Singapore


There Are 12 Comments


yixiaooo commented on September 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm

steak tartare looks divine. i have always wanted to try it and this seems like a good place to start?


ivan commented on September 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Actually, there’s one outside your house that serves a pretty good one. It’s meant for 4 people though, so I can arrange for DSD and the rest to join us.


Cheryl commented on September 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

i swear, theirs are the best. looking at them again without it in front of me, it’s torture.


ivan commented on September 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

@Cheryl: Are you up to introducing raw steak to YX? We can do your noodles again (or try something new).


Camemberu commented on September 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Ze onglet de boeuf! Been wanting to come to this place! Must make it a Sept/Oct makan!


Cheryl commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

My noodles? I never did noodles?? Oh… you mean Korean? I’m in. Totally in!


ivan commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm

@Camemberu: Let’s do a food bloggers dinner part deux. They have a private room, maybe a Sat lunch. 🙂


Cheryl commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

now i’ll be wondering what mirabelles taste like…for a long long time. 🙁


ivan commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

@Cheryl: Let that be a lesson to you for saying no to my invite. 😛


jan commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

oh man, you have to try and stop being distracted and order that onglet. it’s my fav cut of meat and le bistrot didn’t disappoint.


alkanphel commented on September 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Ohh beef onglet! I’ve had it once at Au Petit Salut and totally loved it! Didn’t know they had it here either 😮


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