is a restaurant grill originated from France, especially the Paris
region. This restaurant present a simple and non fuss dining
experience, or like what I prefer to call bistro. Decorated with red
colour, it looks a similar to American Diners, except it probably got
more cosy chair and more intimate dining experience.
time around we are here with a group of friends for Christmas dinner
and had made our reservations. A bit of disappointment because we are
placed in area near the front of the restaurant, where the chairs
already outside the restaurant. We do felt that they should have
given us a table inside because they are not crowded as it is a
weekday. It was slightly uncomfortable with the people from the
shopping area walking behind us. But with our jolly festive moods, we
ignored the environment and look forward to the food, with a big
group we have ordered a few starters to share.
start, we have bone marrow ($11.90), escargots ($16.90), foie gras
($17.90) and combo platter ($18.90). The bone marrow cut into half
and baked. The marrow taste creamy, buttery but a bit sticky. If you
have not tried this before, it is good to give it a try. I don't
particularly like it as I can't get used to the taste. The escargots
/ snails are cooked with herbs and butter. The meat come out quite
easy, the texture a bit springy, similar to other type of snails. The
herb and butter give it a nice rich flavour, a bit rich for my taste
foie gras comes in a pate version. The texture is soft and creamy so
it is easily spread on the bread. The Guerande sea salt really brings
out the taste of the liver. On this particular pate, the taste a
little bit strong and pungent than other foie gras pate that I have
ever tried. Definitely not for someone that can't stand strong smell. (Sorry no photo, too busy eating).
combo platter consist of “Rabas” style squids, cheddar and hot
peppers munchies, chicken wings, and spring rolls. All served with
Thai sweet chilli, mayonnaise and barbecue sauce. Unfortunately I was
having a sore throat at that time, so I did not try this dish. With
an empty plate at the end, I think it should have spoken by itself.
come the French Onion Soup ($8.90). Believe it or not, this is the
first time I ever tried and I seem to like the taste. On top of the
soup of the soup is the combination crust of grated Gruyere cheese,
parmesan cheese and bread. The soup is filled with onion sweetness
combine with the robustness of the stock. Simple yet delicious, a
true comfort food.
|French Onion Soup|
the main, we ordered medium rare Prime Rib 1.2 kg ($139.90). Together
with the steak come five type of sauces: Barbecue, Béarnaise, ,
Stewed Shallot, Pepper, and Roquefort Cheese. Other than the sauce,
they also give rock salt. For prime rib sides come with 8 serving of
sides, and we choose French Fries, Potato Gratin, Green Beans, Baked
Potato, and steam vegetables. Some of them double portion.
|On the plate, per person share |
notable mention for the side dish is the Potato Gratin. It is baked
to crispy on the top and creamy on the middle. The cream goes well
with the cheese. A must order side dish, if you are having a meal in
Hippopotamus. The rest of the side dish is just average.
some of us who still have stomach for dessert, we finished off the
meal with roasted pineapple ($7.90) and combo desert ($10.90). The
roasted pineapple is surprisingly delicious. Roasted in honey and
topped vanilla ice cream. The honey and juice from the pineapple
create a nice sauce for the dessert and goes well with the ice cream.
Such a simple dessert but yet Yummyyyy!!!
|The Roasted Pineapple|
combo desert come with crepe topped with chocolate sauce, floating
island, scoop of strawberry sherbet, crème brulee and fruit salad.
It is good that we are able to have a taste of multiple deserts on
offer. The floating island, a fluffy soufflé, paired with vanilla
custard, almond and caramel sauce is a nice and light desert. A good
way to end the meal. The crème brulee is good with the evenly
caramelised brown sugar. The Strawberry sherbet has a nice balance of
sweetness and sourness of strawberry. While the rest of the desserts
are of just average and personally think that you can give it a miss.
|The Combo Dessert|
service is friendly and good. The service staff try to be as
attentive as possible, however it can be very difficult to get their
attention because of the design of the restaurant and the placement
of tables given to us.
it is good place for a casual dining, if you are able to get the
table inner side of the restaurant. Their food is fresh and simple,
yet delicious. For the steak, I recommend to go for a normal and
standard steak instead of the higher end. This is based on a few
visit to this place. Price wise, it is similar to Jack's Place, but
better in the food quality. Worth a try but don't expect the sky.
& Drink: 7/10
Hours: Daily, 11 am – 10.30pm