Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Les Bouchons, 7 Ann Siang Road

If you're a meat loving carnivore/omnivore who has bouts of craving for flesh of the bovine kind, this is a heads up to read on. Les Bouchons is a small French restaurant located along the first floor of a bunch of shophouses down at 7 Ann Siang Road. This small restaurant was decorated with French posters of cigarette advertisements, old theater plays, booze and unrecognizable whathaveyous on the walls, painting a rather cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Akin to what we would generally romanticize of little street side bistros that one might find in France.

The menu of this place appeared to be limited with the majority of the offerings being grilled meat. The dinner tonight was focused on a specialty of the restaurant known as Côte de Boeuf, a kilogram slab of prime rib for two. Gash your teeth and keep your pants on. Althought the price of the beef was stated at $37/per, that beef platter serves two. And multiples of two. The meat was pre-portioned.

The restaurant provides a free flow of small hard loaves. It was a regular tasting bread and wasn't even heated up. But it went quite nicely with their pâté entree The appetizers we had were the Burgandy Escargots with Garlic Butter and the Terrine "Maison".

Burgandy Escargots with Garlic Butter
Terrine "Maison"
The escargots could do better with more garlic butter. Apart from that, the snails were scalding hot and tasted quite decent. I found the Terrine "Maison" much more interesting. Wonderful infusion of peppercorn with a coarse finish which tasted good by itself or with bread.

On to the main dinner platter.....the Côte de Boeuf.

It tasted pretty much as good as it looked. The meat was a little dry. However the rich beefy flavour were sealed in the meat and I think it appealed to the primeval red meat cravings that I have sometimes which only can be satiated by beef. I'm sure there's a whole lot of you out there that share the same sentiments regarding beef so if you're thinking to let loose some of that beastly urge for large quantities of medium rare beef, you'll know where to look.

Orders of their beef came with a basket of fries and a salad each. For this case of the Côte de Boeuf, it's 2 portions of the rather pleasantly chilled salad.

Le Bouchons doesn't have much of an array of dessert. Apart from ice cream, the only other sweets was a rather nice Creme Brulee with Grand Marnier and the Ile Flottante. The creme brulee here was pretty good and there's enough Grand Marnier in the dessert to be identifiable but not overpowering. It's one of the uncommon renditions which I thought was not bad.

Ile Flottante means floating island? My French is 10 years rusty and the translation was the courtesy of Babelfish. It's a soft meringue topped with almonds and drizzled with caramel, floating on a creamy milky erm...sauce? The meringue was firm yet easily disintegrates in the mouth. It's not too bad.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I am assuming that this dinner was enjoyed by 2 persons and you all still had room for dessert after 500g of beef each??

LiquidShaDow said...

Actually, it was three. You would have to consider that the kilo of beef comes with bone, so you don't exactly get 500g of meat if it was shared between 2 persons. Probably 750g-800g would be a good estimate. So with 3 in the dinner, it wasn't that bad.