Dad and I found out about Le Bistrot du Sommelier from the papers when we were looking for an angmoh restaurant to go to. This French restaurant’s chef de cuisine, Brandon Foo, has been awarded the Meat & Livestock Australia Rising Chef Of The Year at World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence. The restaurant was quiet when we first got there but started bustling by the time we left. The decor had a rustic charm to it, with a unique chandelier consisting of overturned glass wines.
Pork Rillette ($9.50) – A classic starter that would never go wrong! Their rillette came in pork, chicken and the usual duck. You can even take them away too! Well seasoned, the pork mash went really well with the fresh baguette slices.
Half Boston Lobster Salad, Shavings of Carrots, Carrot Puree & Carrot Dressing ($40) – As we were feeling indulgent, we ordered a lobster salad to share. The salad once extremely refreshing with shavings of carrots that took the place of the usual greens. They were crunchy and sweet, and balanced off with some zest. The lobster was fresh and firm. I could certainly get used to this (sans the price).
Clear Vegetable Soup Simmered w Duck Stock, Chicken Dumplings ($18) – This is not a typical soup that you’ll find in other French restaurants. Despite having doubts on the duck stock, it turned out to be really tasty! The soup was light and contained all the sweetness contributed by nature’s goodness. You’ll find huge dumplings made of chicken in your soup too. Rather similar in texture to fresh fishballs (those you get from wet markets, not factory produced), the chicken dumplings were certainly one-of-a-kind. A must-try when you visit!
Catch of the Day [Oven-baked wild NZ red gurnard w potato gnocchi & leek] ($32) – I didn’t realise that I was eating such a beautiful fish until I googled for red gurnard. Certainly, Le Bistro Du Sommelier did justice to its beauty with its excellent execution. Needless to say, the fish was cooked to perfection. I really liked how potato gnocchi was added to a ‘Catch of the Day’ dish – unconventional is an accurate description here. Notice how there were two sauces in a dish – one on the fish and the other for the leeks and gnocchi – they combined seamlessly.
Fromage Blanc Ice Cream, Berries Compote & Sable Biscuit ($14) – A quick and easy dessert, yet the restaurant spared no effort in making sure that it’s a flawless one. I loved the biscuits to bit!
Le Bistrot Du Sommelier is not your fine-dining French restaurant in the uppity hotels but one of the very rare honest, rustic French fare that turns out to be very hearty, so much so that you would not understand why you’re bursting your bank account for those petit fours and puny tasting portions.
Le Bistrot Du Sommelier
53 Armenian Street
Tel: 6333 1982