The Place A restaurant which has been around since 2002 is definitely something rare in Singapore’s F&B landscape. Les Bouchons Rive Gauche located at Robertson Quay is in fact the second outlet of the group, having opened in this precinct since 2006 – with the first Les Bouchons located at Ann Siang Hill. I am surprised that it took me so long to check out this French restaurant for the first time, when I dropped by the Robertson Quay outlet for Sunday brunch.
Les Bouchons Rive Gauche at Robertson Quay is pretty casual in setting as it overlooks the river, with dining tables both indoor and outdoor.
The Food It is the first time the restaurant has introduced a dedicated Sunday brunch menu, and the Bouchons Riviera Brunch is only available at the Roberson Quay branch every Sunday from 11:30am to 3:30pm. It is not a buffet concept, but there are about 30 items on the brunch menu which is newly curated by Head Chef Mickael Cornac.
For a start, the Riviera Wellness Bowl ($S18) is a colourful presentation of granola, honey yoghurt, goji berries, banana, strawberries and chia seeds. A healthy and refreshing option on the brunch menu, though not something I would typically order.
For dishes to share, go for the Eggs Mimosa ($S14) with sauteed garlic asparagus, and one of the signatures at Les Bouchons, the Escargots De Bourgogne ($S16). The buttery escargot is served with toast, which is perfect pairing.
Impossible meat is possibly the biggest food trend this year, and it is evident in the Gueule de Bois / Bouchons Hangover Cure ($S24). Served with “Impossible” meatballs, scrambled eggs with truffle oil, sautéed porcini mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus on a toasted sourdough bread, go for this dish if you want something more substantial. Special mention to the Impossible meatballs which I wouldn’t be able to tell that it isn’t real meat.
For meats, the Bouchons Sunday Roast ($S32) is a rotating dish. I tried the lamb rack during my visit, served with mushroom sauce and roasted baby potatoes. The lamb flavour here isn’t too gamy, and the meat itself is quite tender.
Alternatively, you can’t go very wrong if you order the Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye Steak ($S39.80), one of the signature dishes here. The succulent steak is sinfully topped with vigneron butter, and served with mixed salad and free flow homemade french fries. Steak frites is as French as it can be, and the steak here is tender and juicy. I couldn’t resist over-indulging in the crispy fries as well.
For desserts, I had both the Crepes ($S8) and Chocolate Brownie “Fait Maison” ($S10) served with vanilla ice cream.
Rants I sat at the alfresco dining table and while it was nice with good natural light, the scorching mid-day weather was rather unbearable.
Will I Return Again? Competition is steep in Robertson Quay, but the offerings at Les Bouchons Rive Gauche is definitely a worthy addition for a weekend brunch if you fancy some very competent French fares.
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Les Bouchons Rive Gauche
60 Robertson Quay, #01-02
Tel: +65 6733 4414
Tuesday to Thursday: 12pm to 2pm; 7pm to 10pm
Friday: 12pm to 2pm; 6pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 6pm to 10:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am to 8:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter