Friday, October 24, 2014

Seasons Bistro

Had dinner with a couple of friends at Seasons Bistro, an American styled bistro that has garnered pretty good reviews since its opening a couple of months back.

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Interior & Menu

Located on the ground floor of Triple One Somerset (the former PUB building) and playing neighbour to Imperial Treasure Windows of Hong Kong and Imperial Treasure Steamboat (which I personally don't find that great), Seasons features a down to earth wooden interior with huge wall to ceiling glass panels for a view of the exterior pedestrian walkway. 

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Season's Poutine ($10++)

I love my poutine and even though Season's poutine was specifically recommended in quite a few reviews, it was quite a let down in my humble opinion. Sure, the fries were moist but where was the lightly crisp skin? Also, the gravy was a tad too bland and the Stripey Jack cheese came in cubes, not mildly gooey curds, which is one of the hallmarks of poutine. I will take gladly take Triple O's version over this anytime.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($22++)

After a rather disappointing start, this Southern dish of buttermilk fried chicken perked things up a little though it did look rather dry on the outside. Thankfully the meat was flavourful and juicy with a nice crunch from the skin. 3 rather small pieces, served with a side of corn salad.

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Banana Split ($12++)

Season's deconstructed banana split. Done to an almost perfect disaster. 1 rock hard scoop of vanilla bean ice cream coupled with a dash of nutella and 2 pieces of caramalised bananas (goreng pisang) that came coated with a limp layer of flour and lacked any sweetness or taste for that matter. The granola nut crumbs gave this dish a slightly chewy taste which I personally didn't like; Crushed nuts would have suited better in my humble opinion.

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Bill

1 poutine, 1 chicken and 1 dessert cost me about $52 nett. Expensive? Quantitatively speaking, not really. But qualitatively, yes. General food quality was average at best and definitely not worth the price paid. Service was pretty decent though and the restaurant offers a relatively quiet place to catch up with friends in Orchard road over dinner but unfortunately that's just not enough.


Final Verdict:

Ambience: 7/10 (Based on a weekday night)
Service: 7/10
Food: 5/10 (6.5/10 for the buttermilk fried chicken)
Value for money: 5/10

Overall: 6/10

Address: #01-11/12, 111 Somerset Road

Contact: 68365841

Opening Hours: 10am to 1030pm daily

Website: http://www.seasonsbistro.com.sg/

5 comments:

muchadoabouteating said...

I went on the second day of opening it was terrible. Anyway those favourable reviews were written by bloggers and igers invited by them so we all know why.

fatpig said...

muchadoabouteating: That's usually the case nowadays, isn't it? :)

Maru said...

FP, u tried the poutine at Sauce (esplanade)? Dunno if its your type of poutine (or even original) but the last time i eat, super great with beer :P

fatpig said...

Maru: Nope haven't been to Sauce but will try out the poutine if I have the chance to. Thanks for the recommendation!

Thomas Leclercq said...

Too bad you had a bad experience in July with us @fatpig. We have improved our menu and are launching our new Fall menu tonight! We would be happy to invite you to try it out again!

@muchadoabouteating : Sorry you had a bad experience with us, would love to hear from you why it was so terrible. yes Bloggers have written about us, but there are many reviews out there from regular customers supporting us from the begining, we hope you can give us a chance to become one of them. I can be reached at thomas@seasonsbistro.com.sg