Sunday, April 10, 2011

DB Bistro Moderne

Michelin starred Daniel Boulud recently opened a branch of his award winning DB Bistro Moderne (originally from New York), at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This top rated French- American bistro, in the words of Daniel Boulud, aims to provide Singaporeans with a "convivial, delicious and affordable" experience.

The Place & Menu

The place is reminiscent of a typical Parisian bistro with its "sidewalk" seating and striking red booth seats at the corner. Coupled with dark tones and cream backed chairs, the whole setting presented itself as soothing with a tinge of formalness. And tables are spaced far apart enough to ensure privacy during conversation, but get the booth seats if you can or the "sidewalk" seats if you are somewhat of a voyeur or enjoy being gawked at.

Croque Monsieur, Barramundi Grenobloise, Poached Eggs Benedict, Pot De Creme & Crepes

I didn't try any of the above stuff so no comments.

The Original DB Burger

Is it just me or is the size of the patty a little on the large side? Alright, large is a ridiculous understatement. The entire burger looked absolutely lopsided in favour of the beef (no complaints though!) and the buns, nothing more than puny pieces of window dressing. I asked for my patty to be done medium and it honestly looked rare but I attribute that to the sirloin short ribs being braised in red wine. Taste wise, the patty had the makings of a good burger - inherent beefy taste, juicy with bits of fat and a nice mildly uneven texture. It's only pitfall(s)? The absence of any foie gras taste (I see it, but I don't taste it) and the copious amount of salt that went into it. I like salt but trust me, this was salty. Not salty enough to keep me and my continuously refilled glass of iced water from polishing up every last morsel of it though. Ironically, the fries could have done with some salt but I guess the serving of mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup sufficed.

Profiteroles au Cafe

I am quite a fan of this classic French dessert and when I learnt that it was going to be drenched in chocolate syrup, I was sold instantly! And boy oh boy, was it drenched in chocolate. The profiteroles were stuffed with coffee rocky road ice cream, marshmallows, nuts and covered with a thin layer of chocolate. Hot chocolate sauce was then poured slowly over to melt the chocolate and coat the profiteroles were a thick layer of decadent, happiness inducing chocolate syrup. The richness of chocolate coupled with a smooth strong coffee taste - very good. Just don't consume too much as it might prove overwhelming hence the magic number of 3 per serving (I ate 4 and it really got to me).


On my part, I paid about $62 for a belly bursting brunch in a nice environment, great company and great service. My burger was decent, just too salty but the profiteroles were sinfully good. I'm not sure the burger warrants the hefty price tag of $38++ though, seeing that I can probably get similar quality at Mortons and Spruce at a lower price or a significantly higher value ratio at Smokinn Frogz. However, if you are of the opinion that $38++ is small change, you are more than welcome to indulge in it and for something more luxurious, there is the black truffle variant, which costs a cool $88++ and is available only during dinner.

Final Verdict:
Food:7/10 (I would have given 7.5 if the burger wasn't that salty)
Value for money:6/10


Address: #B1-48 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Contact: 6688 8525

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12pm - 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm - 10.30pm

Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am - 3pm
Dinner : 5:30pm - 10.30pm


1 comment:

Sihan said...

man.. that burger looks heavy enough to kill! that being said. this review came just in time. will be going down tonight for dinner before my lion king musical, so, thanks a million!