UPDATE (07/03/2015): The eatery has moved to 48 Bencoolen Street.
Being Singapore's first Halal French bistro, Le Bistro Parisien is located not far away from Bugis MRT station. Serving classic French fare, the bistro doesn't have an extensive menu, but perhaps enough to make one ponder what to have. Don't expect fine dining; the server told me that the dishes might not appear according to the order they were supposed to be. One thing for sure, she was friendly.
Bourguignon d'Escargots S$18.00
It may not be an appetising picture to begin with, but I suppose it's better than the sight of a bowl of soup for a start. Baked on a bed of sweet green pea purée which was akin to mashed potatoes in texture, the escargots (lit. snails) were chewy, but not rubbery. Topped with fresh tomato cubes, it was a refreshing appetiser.
Crème de Petits Pois aux Lardons de Boeuf S$8.00
Served hot, the soup made of green peas was adequately thick and creamy. The sweetness of it was balanced by the savoury beef bacon bits which, of course, would be better if there were more.
Placed on a nice basket, the bread was nothing to complain about. I enjoyed the sourdough bread more as it was nicely chewy and airy. The oatmeal bread was a tad hard on the outside, but it wasn't the case for the inside.
Sautée de Grosses Crevettes à la Moutarde à l'Ancienne S$25.00
My choice of main course was a dish of prawns with whole-grain Dijon mustard. The oh-so-luscious prawns were covered in the rich and creamy mustard with a bit of acidity from vinegar, I believe, as a substitute for white wine. The spinach was cooked with lots of garlic, while the rice had a slight fragrance.
The bistro doesn't have a dessert menu. Instead, you're invited to look at the display to see for yourself the offerings of the day. As you know, I have a soft spot for crème brûlée, and it was my first time having one with a green layer of mashed pistachios at the bottom. Well, while the amount of pistachios used wasn't substantial, the dessert itself was satiny-smooth and not excessively sweet. How I wished the caramel layer would be thicker.
Saumon Grillé en Sauce Beurre Blanc S$25.00
My friend's main course of Norwegian salmon fillet with lemon butter sauce was also accompanied by the same spinach and rice. While the sauce was very much buttery with a nice tang of lemon, it could be slightly thicker. Also, it was a pity that the salmon wasn't that juicy, although the meat was firm.
Pistachio Crème Brûlée S$6.50
I've got no idea why, but I wasn't really in the mood to eat red meat the other day. I'd love to come back to try their beef casserole.
Le Bistro Parisien
20 Baghdad Street
(Daily: 11.00am - 11.00pm)
(Daily: 11.00am - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)