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Monday, 30 January 2017

Dinner at Absinthe Restaurant Francais @ Boat Quay

72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860
Tel: 6222 9068

Being a lover of French food and having passed by this beautiful French restaurant with riverside dining option many times, I cannot believe it has taken years before I finally came down here for a meal.

Well so, here I was, with *Anoushka, sitting outdoors by the river enjoying the scenic view, kissed by the gentle evening breezes, listening to French music and chilling out. Absinthe Restaurant Francais is named after the famous "green fairy" whiskey, and the unassuming, ethereal restaurant serves up delicious French dishes. There's also an extensive wine list of reasonably-priced wines sourced from all over France itself.

Service was very hospitable and professional; the guys were happy to make good recommendations knowing it was our first time dining here.  We started with some Rose Wine (SGD$10.00 / glass) and I had a glass of Grenache Red (SGD$14.00) after that; it was simply divine in this lovely and comfortable ambience.

Bread starter was served, with good saltish butter; and the rolls while not soft or fluffy, had a lovely flavor that took to the butter's complement easily.

Wild Mushroom Risotto (SGD$22.00) was served with truffle oil and rocket salad; the grains were smooth, delightful to chew on, and the dark, earthly mushroom aroma filled every bite substantially.

The Wagyu Beef Cheeks (SGD$29.00) featured melty, utterly succulent slab of beef cheeks braised in red wine sauce; it was served with powdery mashed potatoes and vegetables, adding good touches of balance.

Both excellent dishes were recommendations by the service crew who took our order, and we were grateful for that.   Prices were suitably reasonable, and portions were large enough that we didn't have space for the tempting list of desserts.

All in all, this was a fabulous discovery and I look forward to be back at this romantic restaurant.

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