Chef Patrick Heuberger, part-owner and chef of Le Bistrot du Sommelier (right) in a cooking class
Ms. Atas said, “Have you tried Le Bistrot du Sommelier? The steak is to die for. I must bring you there.” Run by Chef Patrick Heuberger, former executive chef of Au Petite Salut, the restaurant serves French-styled steaks.
At the restaurant, we had the famous and signature cote de boeuf (pictured above, 0.8kg-1.2kg), which you have to pre-order a day in advance, that comes with two sides, a salad and sliced baked potatoes in cream and cheese, otherwise known as gratin. Was it the best steak I’ve ever eaten?
The steak was fantastic, juicy, buttery, done to a perfect medium-rare with slightly charred edges. But I think Ms Atas oversold it. With the profiteroles, which were the best in Singapore, crispy puff with super creamy ice cream, we paid slightly more than $80 each person. For that amount of money, I expected better. Besides, I didn’t think it was fair to weigh the bone with the meat and charge for the bone too?
The cost price of steaks isn’t expensive and another reason why I didn’t think the steak warranted such a high price is that the restaurant is cramp and noisy and the style is more of a rustic charm. If I go to JB, I want to pay JB prices. If the restaurant looks casual dining, I want to pay casual dining prices.
Ms Atas was so smitten by Chef Heuberger that we paid $160 or so per person to attend his cooking demonstration. I shan’t mention the cooking school because it has terrible management issues but that bad experience aside, Chef Heuberger was witty and charismatic, and unlike Chinese kungfu masters who taught 90% of their skills to their disciples, Chef Heuberger taught us everything. All the taitais were enamored by him. You should see their starry, lovelorn eyes.
Because of this cooking class, I got to taste four different beef: tenderloin, cote de boeuf, onglet (hanger steak), and tartare. They all tasted amazing and cote de boeuf was indeed the best, juiciest, tenderest, most flavorful and fattest, although the onglet had a nice bite, which may appeal to people who like to chew a little. The secret to the delicious steaks? SO MUCH BUTTER.
In general, Le Bistrot du Sommelier is a cozy, homely restaurant with amazing steaks but I wonder if the price-tag is set too high.
Le Bistrot du Sommelier
Rating: 3.722/5 stars