db Bistro & Oyster Bar
Daniel Boulud's flagship restaurant focuses on modern French plates and lots of fresh oysters.
Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant is awash with soft lighting, dark wood accents, and a beige marble bar dedicated to oysters; The menu is dominated by well-executed French classics including bouillabaisse and traditional coq au vin, as well as delectables like the quintessential original db burger. There's a dizzying amount of luscious seafood, too, covering the oyster bar, selection of tartares and ceviches and the handful of seafood cocktails.
We’re more than a little hesitant about celebrity chef establishments, and for good reason. After all, it’s no secret that many simply show up for the opening, peg their names on the door, never to be heard or seen of again in said city with nary a care about the restaurant.
Having been open for half a year, Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne is an impressive, well-oiled machine, with no sign of letting up. On our visit, we were ushered to our booth seats and greeted with warm bread rolls and fluffy gougères (cheese choux pastry). Not a bad start at all, with more goodness to follow in the form of an unbelievably smooth foie gras au torchon ($29). Paired with the buttery homemade brioche, apple marmalade and hazelnuts, we could hardly stop ourselves from inhaling it and even contemplated seconds.
The signature original db burger ($42), which came highly recommended by our attentive and helpful server, arrived according to our medium specification. While the portion was generous and ingredients appropriately decadent (a sirloin patty with tender braised short ribs hiding a foie gras center sandwiched between a parmesan bun), we found it a little too heavy for us. No complaints about the fries though: Crisp and golden just the way God intended for them to be.
The exquisite yet simple fare, along with impeccably-trained and knowledgeable service staff, earns this bistro a well-deserved place in our little black foodie book.
Have you tried the coq au vin? It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2011).
Don't miss: Foie gras terrine. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2012).
|Address:||db Bistro & Oyster Bar, #B1-48 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., Singapore, 018972 Singapore|
|Open since:||December, 2010|
|Opening hours:||Mon noon-10pm; Tue-Fri noon-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm|
|Reservation recommended, Parking available: at Marina Bay Sands, Dress requirements: smart casual|
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