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Absinthe Restaurant, The Green Fairy

By Wednesday, December 11, 2013 , , ,

F&B restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore these days and most don't even survive past a year. Which is why Absinthe is great, because despite its lack of publicity and even a change of location, it has been doing good since i last wrote about it 2 years ago (read about it here).

Led by award-winning Chef Francois Mermilliod and General Manager Vincent Jaureguiberry, Absinthe is best known for serving classic French cuisine complemented with well-priced wines right in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
Formerly located at Bukit Pasoh, Absinthe’s current premises at Boat Quay is spread across two adjoining shophouses over three floors, which accommodates 140 guests in various party configurations. A Seafood Bar and Chef’s Table on level one offer fresh seasonal catch, oysters and caviar. 
Enjoy an "Absinthe Afternoon" from 4 to 6.30pm on weekdays with drinks and some light bites such as fresh crustaceans from the Seafood Bar and an assortment of French cheeses. Grilled options such as Tiger Prawns ($18) and Foie Gras ($16) and gourmet sandwiches are available if you're more peckish.

Level two houses 2 dining rooms and one private room.
There is no minimum spending required for the private Beluga Boudoir, which seats 4. We heard that it is quite the popular proposal spot so do book in advance. I thought it was a wee claustrophobic with the curtains drawn.
There is another dining room and two private rooms on level three. Additionally, a private verandah on level three looks out into the stunning skyline of Marina Bay Sands and an outdoor al fresco area sets the scene for experiential dining along the iconic Singapore River. Perfect for a private party.

We sampled a couple of dishes from the ala carte menu. Pictures show tasting portions.
Hamachi ($26), carpaccio of marinated yellow tail kingfish with Aquitaine caviar, cucumber and baby cress. A simple refreshing start to the night.

Saint Jacques ($26), seared Hokkaido scallops, braised daikon, wakame and lemon thyme emulsion. Lemon line. This dish really whets the appetite with the tangy citrus. The braised daikon, while being thoroughly flavored, still maintained some bite to it. The scallop was perfectly executed with a light pinkish center and lovely browned crust.

Next, the Foie Gras Poêlé ($29), Chef Francois’ rendition of pan-fried foie gras served with warm blinis and Morello cherries. I found it little on the oily side and the blinis soaked up all the excess oil. Needless to say, I left it after a bite. If foie gras is your thing, opt for the Foie Gras Terrine ($29), layered with smoked duck breast and served with warm brioche (read it here). It's certainly a hot favorite.

The Bisque ($15), lobster (of course) was a little on the bland side. A hint of cognac was detected but did not lend any flavors to the soup.

From the mains, the Canard (lunch $40, dinner $42) is a French duck leg confit should not be missed. Nice crispy skin with a well flavored and moist duck meat. Comes served with Sarladaise potatoes, mushrooms and Madiran wine sauce.

We ended dinner on a sweet note with the Vanilla Madeleines ($15), freshly baked-to-order and accompanied with Valrhona chocolate mousse. Freshly baked goods are always good but this changed my mind about the boring madeleines. If you don't have a sweet tooth, then head for the Absinthe “French Farmed Cheese Trolley”, which are elected by an “Affineur” (Master Cheese Ager) in France, who recommends the variety according to their “best-age” for enjoyment, and are specially flown in for Absinthe on a weekly basis.

A reduced a la carte menu is available at lunch, and a full a la carte menu is available at dinner. A pocket friendly three-course Lunch Set ($38) offers good value with a selection of five dishes each under the entrées, mains and desserts. Additionally, a 7-course Degustation Menu ($98) is available for order at lunch and dinner. All menus are changed every three months but signatures will stay.

Thank you Absinthe and FoodNews PR for the delightful dinner!

71/72 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860
Weekdays: 12 - 2.30pm, 4 - 6.30pm, 6.30 - 10.30pm
Weekends: 6.30 - 10.30pm

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