We’ve been to celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Singapore outpost at Marina Bay Sands once to try their highly acclaimed burgers. Didn’t take photos that time and hence didn’t blog about it, but that meal was a wonderful introduction to db Bistro Moderne’s excellent offerings.
Besides burgers and a la carte menu, db Bistro Moderne has a seasonal menu on a rotational basis. Starting 2 July 2012, you can savor this special set menu highlighting the flavors of summertime in Provence, France every Monday evening.
The S$68++ set menu is a 3-course meal that consists of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Add S$32++ for wine pairing.
At a recent media tasting, we were given a glimpse of the dishes available in this Mediterranean-inspired Provencal menu.
Dinner kicked off with three kinds of vegetarian-friendly bite-sized canapés:
- Caramelized onion and rosemary tart;
- Tomato compote, basil pesto and smoked mozzarella crostini; and
- Eggplant and goat cheese crostini.
For the appetizer course, you have 3 items to choose from – a soup, baked dish, and salad.
The soup is a light and flavorful vegetable broth with coco beans, yellow and green zucchini, carrots, cabbage, red onion and potato, garnished with basil pesto and oil.
If you like stuffed vegetables, you’ll love the second appetizer choice. Rustic and yet elegantly presented, there’s baby zucchini, baby eggplant, red onions, and purple artichoke stuffed with a mixture of minced lamb and beef, then baked in the oven. The stuffing mixture is seasoned with grilled peppers, onion, zucchini, rosemary, thyme, garlic and rice. Both the vegetables and stuffing are so flavorful and juicy they explode in the mouth!
A modern version of the classic Nicoise salad, this one has no creamy mayo, but relies on a light, tangy lemon dressing to wake the palate. Beautifully confit and seared tuna are the main stars in this dish, alongside a supporting cast of butter head lettuce, olives, capsicum, artichokes, quail egg and anchovy-tied olives.
For the main course, you can choose one from these 3:
db’s bouillabaisse — the classic Mediterranean fish soup — is a luxurious and intense version that brims with the umami, sea-salty flavors of the ocean.
The fish broth — made with crushed fish, saffron, Pernod and fish stock — is so thick and rich it’s almost like a bisque.
On top of the broth sits roasted fennel, tomato confit, potatoes, John Dory fish, red snapper, scallop and tiger prawn, garnished with saffron rouille made with roasted capsicum, egg yolks, parsley, potato, garlic and olive oil.
Meat and lamb lovers will embrace the second main course option.
The stuffing of the ravioli consists of tender, pulled lamb shoulder meat that’s been slow-braised in red wine and lamb stock. After the ravioli has been blanched, it is glazed with rosemary lamb jus.
And here’s ratatouille — another rustic French dish, but presented most elegantly. Eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, red onions stewed with tomatoes and basil, and served with baked quail’s egg and crispy polenta cubes.
On to desserts! Instead of the usual cherry clafoutis, the pastry chef at db presents an apricot version.
Served warm, the clafoutis is garnished with almond tuille, honey marinated apricots, bourbon foam and almond ice cream.
And knowing that everyone can’t resist a good chocolate dessert, the dessert chef prepared a surprise for us!
This delectable entremet is composed of chocolate hazelnut biscuit, praline gelee, milk chocolate mousse and praline glacage (glaze). On the side is cherry gel and a scoop of lemon-hazelnut ice-cream.
Of course, no visit to db Bistro Moderne is complete without their mini madeleines. Freshly baked and steaming hot, these little delightful morsels are unbelievably fluffy, light, crisp on the exterior and wonderfully citrusy!
Mondays in Provence is currently available every Monday for dinner at db Bistro Moderne, 5.30pm to 10pm. You can visit their website for updates or more info.
The portions pictured here may not reflect actual serving sizes as this meal was prepared for a media tasting.
db Bistro Moderne
B1-48 Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (across from the theater)
2 Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 6688 8525
Monday to Friday: Noon to 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11AM – 5PM
Sunday & Monday: 5:30pm to 10PM
Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30PM – 11PM