DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands


Friday night, we were tired from work and she wanted to try DB Bistro Moderne. I was keen because I heard many bloggers write good things about it.

I like bistros for the basic reason that it’s simple, uncomplicated food that you can sit down, forego the pretensions and just enjoy a good meal with great company. And having walked past DB Bistro Moderne and studying its menu for the umpteen time, we thought why the hell not.


Having arrived at 30 minutes late, I found her seated at a corner table which is nice because we were seated perpendicularly which makes for better conversation rather than having a table separating us.

After ordering wine by the glass (an Italian red for her and a nice Riesling for me), we decided that we weren’t that hungry, so it was mostly an appetizer dinner to pick and choose. Which is nice because you just nibble and chat over wine.

I’ve had the opportunity to taste quite a fair bit of the actual Alsatian Tartes and rather enjoyed the thin crisp bread with superb toppings. Unfortunately, the Tarte Flambee and the Mushroom Tarte Flambee we ordered weren’t very good. The bread was thicker than expected and not as crisp; in fact it was a little soggy. And the toppings seemed flat and rather tasteless which was surprising since I like mushrooms. The Chop-Chop Salad (her choice since she liked the name) had a sesame dressing that was a strange fusion which was neither Japanese nor Chinese. It just tasted odd and the slightly limp vegetables didn’t help much.


On the brighter side, the Duck Terrine was perfect; smooth tasty and lots of flavor that went very well with the bread (when it finally arrived). The Snail and Chicken Oyster Fricassée was a mixed thing for me because I don’t like Spätzle. I find Spätzle rather pointless other than a stomach filler. The snails were a little blah but that’s because the Chicken Oysters overshadowed everything. We were amazed that they could get crispy almost crackling skin on the oysters and the flavor had a very long mouth-filling finish. An absolute delight.

The highlight of the dinner was dessert. I had the simply but aptly named Pomme and she had the dessert of the day which was a Peanut Butter Souffle and a peanut butter ice cream. By the time the Souffle reached us, it’d deflated slightly but the entire ensemble was still delicious but not awe-inspiring. But the Pomme was; I was amazed and delighted that everything on the plate paired off perfectly from the Armagnac ice cream to the razor-thin apple slices and the doughnut. I insisted that she try it (even though she was stuffed) and she wasn’t disappointed.


The food at DB Bistro Moderne is decent but not awe-inspiring. Service is a tad clumsy but well-meaning. I didn’t try the burgers because some how having burgers in a French bistro seems incongruous. However, the desserts were superb.

For me, the jury is still out on DB Bistro Moderne: I love the setting, the bustle and comfortable surroundings. The restaurant seems designed for couples to linger on and talk over food and wine, much like the Le Grand Colbert scene in the movie “As Good As It Gets”. But oft-times, for a nice evening out with someone, that is enough.

DB Bistro Moderne is at 10 Bayfront Ave, #B1-48 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, Tel: +65 6688 8525, Lunch: 11am – 2.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (daily)




Posted on 12th Dec 2011 in American, Bistro/Trattoria, French, Modern European


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Bugger commented on December 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Ah DB Bistro…I think your review is right on. They were really pretty good when they first opened. They have changed the menu a couple of times since and I find that each change is not for the better but in fact quite the opposite. Pity.

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