Located on the first floor of V Hotel Bencoolen, which vicinity is currently undergoing construction of the future Downtown Line MRT station, Le Bistrot de l'Olive serves not only French food, but also Mediterranean cuisine. It's a Halal certified restaurant.
Could you see the excitement in the eyes of my hunchbacked bear in front of that huge platter?
Sanbusik (Lamb) S$13.90
Each of the Lebanese pastries, shaped somewhat akin to our local curry puffs, was filled with minced lamb, onions and pine nuts. While the filling was quite flavourful, I found that it wasn't as moist as I'd wanted it to be. Pika's advice: Not a fan of lamb? You can opt for chicken filling instead.
Sauté de Grosses Crevettes à la Moutarde à l'Ancienne S$25.00
I was quite surprised to find out that the prawns in Dijon mustard came with pasta instead of rice. In all honesty, they didn't match well. The former weren't especially fresh. I also found that the pasta could be more al dente, while the sauce was a bit too thick for my liking, albeit having enough garlic.
Mixed Grill S$30.00
Compared to the French main course ordered, the Mediterranean platter with its fair share of meat and saffron rice was certainly more value-for-money. The minced lamb and chicken kebabs were executed well with bold flavours, while the grilled chicken cubes were delightfully tender. The lamb rack was somewhat tough though.
Crème Brûlée (Vanilla) S$6.00
I recall that there were two flavours of the perennially favourite French dessert on the display: vanilla and pistachio if I'm not mistaken. I opted for the former, but it was nothing special. While the caramel layer was crispy and thick enough, the custard could be slightly firmer.
Better to stick to the Mediterranean dishes, I'd say.
Le Bistrot de l'Olive
48 Bencoolen Street
#01-02 V Hotel Bencoolen
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.30pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.
Have a nice meal,