The Place Hotel G Singapore has quietly opened in the former Big Hotel along Middle Road at Bugis, which houses an all-day dining concept Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar in the heart of Bugis and Selegie enclave. With a focus on European cuisine, the setting of Ginett is modern and chic, with ample vertical space, a long communal dining table and a mezzanine level which houses four private booths seating.
The Food One of Ginett’s philosophy is to serve good food at affordable prices, which is not hard to notice from its wine prices. As an importer themselves, the wine prices here are extremely wallet-friendly, and carries about 15 varieties of French wine. Be it sparkling or champagne by the glass, prices start from S$6++ per glass and S$30++ by the bottle, extremely good value if you were to ask us in Singapore’s context.
Back to the food, we started with the 1 Metre Board (S$54) with 5 cheeses, 5 cold cuts and 1 Pâté. The cheese varieties include blue cheese and Camembert from Normandy, paired with cold cuts such as Parma ham and salami. The portions were ideal for about four diners to share, which can be ordered as a hearty starter or post-meal dessert to go along with some wines.
The other starter we were recommended by the staff to try was the Burgundy Snails (S$18), cooked with garlic and parsley butter. We thought it was average at best, not the best snails we have had unfortunately. It could do better with a richer flavour, perhaps more butter or garlic will work.
For mains, we love the La Joue de Boeuf (S$32), tender Wagyu Beef Cheek braised for over 12 hours and served with mashed potatoes. Other than the expected tenderness of the beef cheek, much credit has to be given to the delicious sauce.
The Scampi (S$26) spaghetti with creamy seafood sauce was another hearty dish we didn’t regret ordering from the wide variety of choices on the menu. The seafood sauce contained the sweetness of the prawns, which I would say was the best part of the pasta.
The Charcoal Grill selections takes centrestage of the menu so we knew that we simply had to order something from here. It was a brainless decision for us to have the Australian Angus Ribeye (S$42/300g), served with potato wedges. Our steak was done medium-rare, grilled to a nice succulent texture.
The most disappointing mains we tried was the Roasted Baby Chicken (S$34) cooked with Provençal herbs and served with truffled mashed potatoes. It wasn’t outright bad, but the chicken could have done better with a more flavourful marination. The texture was a tad too dry, and the overall flavour was relatively bland as compared to the other mains we had. The truffled mashed was the saving grace.
Rants Sure, European cuisine is a wide generalisation even though we noticed that the menu is heavily biased towards French food, with a small selection of pastas. Therefore, it is not very clear to us what is the true forte of Ginett.
Will I Return Again? With largely reasonable prices and a nice ambience, our experience at Ginett was a surprisingly good one. The wines are a good deal, and it is heartening that the food ain’t bad either.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
200 Middle Road
Tel: +65 6809 7989
Monday to Sunday 7am to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter