Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Bistro Du Le Pin, Orchard Plaza
I was wondering if you people knew of those 'hole in the wall' kind of shops. The ones which many people write about but do not appear to understand the term 'hole in the wall' and yet still desperately attempt to use that description in their writing so that they can appear to be trendy and informed? Bistro Du Le Pin (#02-25 Orchard Plaza, 150 Orchard Road, tel : +65 6734 5530) is one of those shops. Like Otowa.
Small plates fuelled with sodium, alcohol to help with said sodium and a friendly Japanese helm cooking in a tiny spot of a kitchen with no open flame.
That's potato salad with a dollop of mentaiko cream. It tasted like how it looked and it's hard to go wrong with this combination.
We had black cod, pan roasted with some vegetable which I couldn't identify. The shaven black truffles added a little aroma and no taste but the green stuff on the side was a puree/pesto made with shiso - that was delicious in a refreshing way. So the fish was pretty tasty but pricey for the portions.
There's pan fried scallops with uni and uni cream sauce. And then there's ikura as well. The shellfish was tender and the buttery sauce made me want to lick the plate clean.
Tenderloin was on the menu. Came with pan roasted potatoes and a rosemary scented blue cheese sauce made upon order. How awesome is that coming from a bar? The burnt parts of the sauce was so good.
This was baby lamb - cubed and pan fried with a garlicky black pepper sauce. That green stuff on top is nori. Not so much lamb flavour coming from the meat. I think it was just enough to know that it's lamb but that's all good with the seaweed and salty black pepper sauce. This is stuff that makes people consume copious amounts of steamed white rice.
And for desserts gyu tan with a delicious negi sauce and lemon.