It’s almost embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to write about Le Bistrot du Sommelier. I’ve probably dined here about five times or more since they first opened at their original location on Prinsep Street. Unfortunately on each occasion I just never seem to have my camera, and would hate to not do their food justice with sub-standard photography. They now of course have moved to a larger, sleeker venue at Armenian Street, sharing a row of shophouses with the likes of True Blue and the Peranakan Museum – classy.
It is very well known amongst the French as well as the food and beverage community that Le Bistrot du Sommelier offers some of the best ‘cuisine Française’ in Singapore, and at prices that are not extortionate.
If you’ve been upstairs at Le Bistro du Sommelier, you’ll have no doubt already seen their spectacular selection of pâtés and assortment of charcuterie treats. It’s a site to behold and perfect for those after-work snacking moments over a glass or three of wine. Just pick the ones you want, and the Chefs will serve you up a lovely platter to enjoy.
Whilst they all have merit, the favourites for us are their Duck Rillette ($10.80/100g) and their super-creamy Chicken Liver Pâté ($12.50/100g). Smeared on some crunchy baguette, it’s a real treat. Of course, if you want to go even more luxe, their Foie Gras Terrine is dynamite ($26.00/100g).
However it’s the meat at Le Bistrot du Sommelier that gets me every time, especially their beef. These guys just make
it so well. Being a total sucker for the Beef Tartar ($32), this is my usual go-to dish, and with good reason. It’s reasonably priced and the serving is hearty. Expect a massive protein overload with a side of fries and salad.
Of course, if you prefer your meat actually cooked, then their alternatives are still excellent, such as the Côte de Boeuf – 1kg Angus Prime rib ($148), a gorgeous medium-rare steak loaded up with a shallot-herb sauce. Juicy, tender and packed with flavour.
As for the wine list, these guys have one of the best wine lists I have seen. However, quality is going to cost so be expected to pay a premium for the wines you want to enjoy. It will however be well worth it and the pours are generous.
Since moving to Armenian Street, Le Bistrot du Sommelier has maintained a very loyal following and will likely continue to do so for years to come. We say, deservedly so.