Le Binchotan French Japanese Tapas Bar
Telok Ayer, Amoy, and Gemmils is dining hotspot central. The number of restaurants and cafes that I fancy there is astonishing- Moosehead, Maggie Joan's, BoChinche to name a few. And now adding to the favorites list is the super underground French-Japanese tapas bar Le Binchotan!
|Myoban Uni ($23)- Corn Mousse, Grilled Corn, Sudachi, and Shoyu|
Cocktails and wine pairings by Head Bartender Sugar Ray Ruban is available. Ladies, start with the Freedom of Peach, a blushing Rose that will sweeten your night. The cocktails were all very refreshing. My preferred? The Sake My Cucumber ($21), a Japanese G&T; and the Leon: Tea Professional ($21), an Earl grey infused whisky with lemon egg white, and spiced apple.
One of my favorite dishes was the shaven Foie Gras ($21), which added a creamy texture to the well cooked oden-style daikon. It may sound very strange but the combination of the ingredients, including the dashi jelly, was refreshing, especially since the dish is served cold.
Also, order the Madai ($25), another starter that will whet your appetite with the tart sherry vinaigrette that is paired with the smoked sea bream.
From the Charcoal (Sticks) section, the Chicken Tsukune ($13) was a juicy blend of 90% chicken thigh and 10% soft bone, along with ginger, garlic and spring onion. For the Wagyu Striploin ($15), do tell the chefs to do it medium-rare instead. Typically served medium-well, the meat was too tough for me. Plus the ume sauce threw the dish off balance with the extreme sourness.
The Fungi ($29) is reminiscent of a Chazuke but took on more of a risotto presentation, especially with the shaved truffles but the Japanese flavors are strong in this one.
The tapas bar concept is going strong at Amoy Street! Make sure you check out Le Binchotan next! Psst, make a reservation if not you may not score a spot!
115 Amoy Street #01-04 (entrance from Gemmill Lane)
Tel: +65 6221 6065
Mon - Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6 - 11pm
Drinks: 10.30pm - 12am (only bar snacks and drinks served)