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db Bistro Moderne @ Marina Bay Sands

db Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands is  3 Star Michelin Chef Daniel Boulud’s re-interpretation of the Parisian classic. Among his many achievements, Chef Boulud is credited with elevating the simple burger into an art form with his creation, db Burger.

Chef Profile

Originally from Lyon, France, New York was where Chef Daniel Boulud’s name became synonymous with fine dining. His Manhattan restaurant ‘Daniel’ is considered one of the 10 best in the world.

Chef Boulud has published six books, has a successful television series ‘After Hours with Daniel’, and is recipient of numerous honors, including James Beard Foundation awards for ‘Outstanding Restaurateur’ and ‘Best Chef of New York City’.

db Bistro’s restaurant introductory video:

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A week ago, I went on a journey to Provence in south eastern France with Chef Daniel Boulud’s three-course Mondays in Provence menu, inspired by one of the most famous gastronomic regions in France.

Mondays in Provence is offered at $68 per person. For an additional $32, pair the menu with regional wines.

Executive Sous Chef Nicholas Tang who prepared our meal and gave an introduction on each of the dishes
Executive Sous Chef Nicholas Tang who prepared our meal and gave an introduction on each of the dishes

Below are the dishes I sampled:

House bread
House bread
Provencal Canapes
Provencal Canapes

The Provencal Canapes consist of Caramelized onion and rosemary tart (caramelized onions with garlic, rosemary and sherry vinegar topped in a tart case); Eggplant and goats cheese crostini (eggplant caviar with chopped basil, topped with creamed goat’s cheese that has been seasoned with espelette and chives); and Tart Provencal crostini (Tomato compote, basil pesto and smoked mozzarella).

Parmesan grissini, salt and espelette grissini
Parmesan grissini, salt and espelette grissini

Next up was Soupe au Pistou, a vegetable broth with coco beans, yellow and green zucchini, carrots, cabbage, fine beans, red onions and potato; garnished with basil pesto and oil:

Soupe Au Pistou
Soupe Au Pistou

After the soup came Petite Farci Provencaux – Baby zucchini, baby eggplant, red onions, purple artichoke stuffed with a mixture of minced lamb and beef. The stuffing mixture is seasoned with grilled peppers, onion, zucchini, rosemary, thyme, garlic and rice. The dish is topped with bread crumbs and cooked in the oven before being served with mesclun salad dressed with Melfor vinaigrette:

Petite Farci Provencaux
Petite Farci Provencaux

A salad dish was up next. Salade Nicoise – Confit and seared tuna served on top of butter head lettuce salad consisting of beans, olives, capsicum and artichokes. Quails egg and anchovy tied olives were used as garnish:

Salade Nicoise
Salade Nicoise

Bouillabaisse – Fish broth made from fish, saffron, Pernod and fish stock. The dish is served with roasted fennel, tomato confit, potatoes, John Dory, Red Snapper, Gurnard, scallop and tiger prawn, together with Saffron Rouille made with roasted capsicum, egg yolks, parsley, potato, garlic and olive oil:

Bouillabaisse
Bouillabaisse
A closer look at the lovely broth
A closer look at the lovely broth

Ravioli a la daube d’agneau and Ratatouille de Legumes – The stuffing of the ravioli consists of lamb shoulder that has been braised in red wine and lamb stock. After the ravioli has been blanched, it is glazed with rosemary lamb jus. The dish comes with a side of eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, red onions stewed with tomatoes and basil; and is served with a baked quail’s egg and crispy polenta cubes:

Ravioli a la daube d’agneau and Ratatouille de Legumes
Ravioli a la daube d’agneau and Ratatouille de Legumes
Close-up of the Ravioli
Close-up of the Ravioli
Accompanying side dish for the Ravioli
Accompanying side dish for the Ravioli

Desserts were up next.

The pastry chef sharing with us the details on his creations
The pastry chef sharing with us the details on his creations

The first dessert we sampled was the Apricot Clafoutis – this consists of almond tuile, honey marinated apricots, bourbon foam and almond ice-cream. The calfoutis batter is made with roasted hazelnut powder and served warm:

Apricot Clafoutis
Apricot Clafoutis

A specially prepared chocolate cake was served as a surprise dish. It is made with chocolate hazelnut biscuit, praline gelee, milk chocolate mousse, praline glacage and served with a cherry gel and a scoop of lemon-hazelnut ice-cream:

Dessert time
Dessert time
The whole cake before it was cut and served
The whole cake before it was cut and served
Individual serving portion
Individual serving portion

The meal was rounded up with some warm, petite Madeleines:

petite Madeleines
petite Madeleines

At S$68 per pax, the Mondays in Provence menu is affordable luxury the average Singapore working adults like yours truly can afford on special occasions or for a little pampering. More details on the menu and the restaurant is available via the official website. This definitely costs less than flying to Provence in France to satisfy a craving for quality French food. 🙂

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, #B1-48 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Tel: +65 6688 8525
Opening Hours:
Lunch – 11am – 2.30pm (from 18Dec 2010 onwards)
Dinner – 5.30pm – 10.30pm (daily)

2 comments
  1. I’m planning on going to DB over the weekend and have been reading up on reviews over what the order. The bouillabaisse looks good. Have you ever tried their burgers?

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