The Place Located within Rendezvous Hotel , I came to know about Balzac Brasserie because of the Palate Card and decided to check this place out. My first impression of the restaurant is that of a pseudo French street, with alfresco seats within the hotel mimicking that of a dining street scene in Paris.
I chose to have the “alfresco” seats for a better feel of the French ambience.
The Food It is classic French fare here which I think is reasonably priced even without the Palate Card discount. To warm our stomach, we were served the complimentary home made bread which was soft and ideal to have while waiting for our food to be served.
For starters, I had the Traditional French Onion Soup ($14), with the bread soaked in the soup. This soup at any French restaurant never fails to amaze me, and it is no exception at Balzac Brasserie. The strong aroma of the onion is enticing at the onset while the soup is extremely appetising as expected.
I also had the Truffled Mashed Potato and Salted Butter ($8), which can be missed unfortunately. It does not taste so much of a truffled version of mashed potato.
Next up is my all-time favourite: Foie Gras Terrine ($24). It is always heavenly on the first taste of the foie gras terrine when taken with the bread. I first fell in love with this dish while I was travelling in London, and since then I have never regretted ordering this ever.
For mains, I had the Entrecote ($34) with butter and frites. The portion is generous and on the whole I am pleased with my medium-rare steak which was done to the degree I like. The steak is tender and succulent, and I am definitely not complaining about the huge portion. Makes me feel that it is a value for money dish.
The other chef specialty here is the Beef Cheek ($26) with mashed potato, which is especially soft in texture.
Desserts wise, we had the customary home-made Chocolate and Vanilla ice-cream ($5/serving) after a meaty meal.
Will I return again? It is always tempting to return to a restaurant if you are entitled to the Palate Card privileges. What’s more, while Balzac Brasserie may not offer the best French food around in town, it is certainly decent fare to satisfy my French craving the next time round. Another advice is that the ambience will be much nicer during dinner rather than lunch, and probably more romantic as well.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
9 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189559
Tel: +65 6336 0797