Le Parisien Bistro
If you happen to be strolling down the increasingly bustling Haji Lane with your shopping bags in hand, you wouldn’t think twice about popping into this two-month-old casual eatery for say, a slice of cheesecake or a long black. The name hints at a relaxed dining tavern with moderately-priced and straightforward grub, which is why we were more than a little more than surprised when we looked at the menu. Not only did it feature an impressive array of traditional French appetizers, entrées, soups and salads, there was also Wagyu ribeye beef with various grades of marbling, which could set you back a good $58-98. We went the more traditional route with homemade cream of potato and leek soup ($8). While pleasantly presented in a green porcelain soup cup, it was extremely runny. It was good then that they’d provided us with free bread rolls, which we dipped into the bland, creamy liquid while waiting. Next came the baked escargots bourguignon ($18), which were piping hot and flavorful, with a zesty bite we couldn’t put our finger on, but arrived mixed into an unflattering slop of green pea puree. It was a good thing we had this first because although our main of boeuf bourguignon ($23) sounded promising, it fell flat in terms of taste. Granted, the meat was tender and the sauce was just the right consistency, but the entire dish was much too sweet. Even the side of mash provided didn’t really help. Since they were out of tarts (including the one we wanted—the hazelnut and chocolate Gianduja tart), we left without getting our dessert fix. If you want to indulge your sweet tooth though, they’ve got standard offerings like fruity sponge cakes (flavors include pear caramel and mango passion) and opera cake ($6.50 each). For a bistro, this place is decent (though not great value considering what you’re getting). On the other hand, it is halal, so our Muslim friends now have one more place to gather for a cozy soiree.
|Address:||Le Parisien Bistro, 10 Haji Lane, Singapore, Singapore|
|Area:||Arab Street and Kampong Glam|
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 11am-11pm|
|Nearest train||City Hall|
|Alfresco, Parking available: along Arab Street|
|Report a correction|